Reston Spring

Reston Spring
Reston Spring

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fairfax County Plan for Realignment of County & INOVA Properties in Town Center North

The County and INOVA have reached an agreement on a one-for-one square footage reallocation of their properties owned in the Town Center North area to create a more coherent plan of ownership consistent with the vision outlined in the new Reston Master Plan.  As depicted in the image below, the County will own the properties on the left (west) and bottom (south) while INOVA will own the shaded properties on the right (east) opposite the Spectrum Center.

The County plans to use a public-private partnership approach--an approach that allows virtually no public insight, much less input, into the negotiations  for what is developed.  The County plans to develop Blocks 7 & 8 (the library and Rucker shelter areas) first, stating it will issue a request for proposal this spring. 

The plan for Blocks 7&8 state:  "Specifically, the library, shelter and human services building are
anticipated to be replaced and integrated into the RTCN mixed-use development. The new public
facilities will include a 90,000 square-foot recreation center in Phase 2 and a 2.6-acre central green, which
will serve as a focal point for community activity and recreation." 

We would note that, given the planned residential and commercial density for TCN, this area ought to have more than 20 acres of new park space as shown below under the County's own Urban Park Guideline, not 2.6 acres.

The full text of the memorandum and graphics is appended below.

Realigned County and INVOA properties in Reston Town Center North.  Blocks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 (west and south) will be owned by the County while Blocks 2, 4, 6, & 8 will be owned by INOVA opposite the Spectrum Center.