Feb. 8, 2023


As many in the community know, the redevelopment of Reston Town Center North (outlined in the photo, click on photo for larger view) has been planned, analyzed and argued about for more than a decade now. The newly formed RTCN Task Force recently had its first meeting, and I am looking forward to getting input from these community members on how the county-owned property can accommodate the multiple public facility needs listed in both the existing and proposed Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. Key components of the redevelopment include additional affordable housing units and a new Reston Regional Library, among other county facilities. Last year, developer Foulger-Pratt entered into an agreement with the county to build up to 350 new affordable apartments and a new regional library on a 4.49-acre site at the corner of Bowman Towne Drive and Town Center Parkway (area shown outlined in yellow, click on photo for larger view). However, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority was notified this week that Foulger-Pratt is terminating its agreement.


The developer cited significantly higher construction costs and recent interest rate hikes as the primary reason for ending its agreement with the county. In its termination letter, Foulger-Pratt said that the project’s cost had increased by about 24% compared to its original estimates. This increase would have delayed completion of the project.

It proposed to deliver two, five-story buildings with up to 350 rental homes that would have replaced the county’s 30 existing affordable housing at this location called Bowman Towne Court. The project also included a new 40,000 square-foot Reston Regional Library, plus parking for these two uses and the adjacent Reston Police Station.


The withdrawal of the unsolicited proposal under PPEA (Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act) provides an opportunity for the public sector to better define the redevelopment approach for this site – instead of reacting to a developer’s ideas for highest and best use. Our pressing public needs have not changed, starting with a new regional library, a new shelter, updated and more affordable housing. 


It should be noted that construction of a new Reston Regional Library will now be delayed for several more years. For more than a decade plans for a new regional library have assumed it would be built through a public-private partnership – thus only $10 million in general obligation bond funding was approved by voters in 2012. The existing library is at the end of its useful life, and a new building is urgently needed. The Fairfax County Public Library is reviewing its options.


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Board of Supervisors Update

The Board of Supervisors met yesterday, Feb. 7. You can review the Board Package here and watch the meeting here. Here are a few highlights:

Recognition of Reston Native Nate Mook for Humanitarian Work with World Central Kitchen

I was honored to bring Nate Mook before the Board to be recognized for his tenure as CEO of World Central Kitchen in war-ravaged Ukraine, as well as myriad other global efforts and accomplishments. Nate has strong roots in Reston and Fairfax County and is a graduate of South Lakes High School. You can watch the recognition presentation here.

COVID-19 Local Emergency Declaration Ends March 1

The Board approved ending the local emergency declaration that has been in place since March 2020 for COVID-19 effective March 1. The declaration officially activated the county’s Emergency Operations Plan and authorized the furnishing of aid and assistance to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Learn more.

Urban Design Guidelines Updated to Encourage More Street Trees

The Board of Supervisors approved a new appendix for the Urban Design Guidelines yesterday. The additional guidelines award credit to street trees to help achieve canopy requirements. Previously, street trees were not included in tree canopy calculations. Areas where changes apply include Reston. Learn more.

Land Use and Transportation Updates 

Reston Comprehensive Plan

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage and podcast.

Hunter Mill Land Use Committee Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Use this link to attend. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 813 290 85#. For information, contact Shruti Nallappa.

Reston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Virtual Meeting, Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

The Reston P&Z meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Use this link to attend and participate. You may also call in and listen to the meeting, dial 571-429-5982 and use conference call ID: 233 397 540#. For more information contact Shruti Nallappa.

Support for Turkey/Syria Earthquake Victims

There are multiple organizations who are assisting with efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Turkey and Syria following the devastating earthquake. As noted in Delegate Ken Plum's newsletter this morning, the ADAMS Center has created a fund and you can donate here. PBS News has also compiled a list of nonprofits assisting victims, which you can find here.

I also hope that you keep in your thoughts our Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department personnel who are part of the Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) Urban Search and Rescue Team headed to the earthquake area. Yesterday morning, VATF-1 began to mobilize their 79-person team along with three members from the Disaster Assistance Response Team. They are now in Turkey to begin rescue and relief efforts. VATF-1 is one of the few federally funded task forces of its kind in the U.S. If you have a Twitter account, you can follow their progress here. (Photo credit: VATF-1)

What's News in Vienna

Spring Event Guide: Registration is Open

Registration for spring classes and events is officially open for Town residents. You will find spring break camps, the Family Fishing Rodeo, Walk on the Hill and a lot more. To register, visit http://viennava.gov/register.

Health-Related Updates

County Honors Public Health Partners for Critical COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Support

Last Saturday, Feb. 4, more than 1,000 community members and organizations gathered at the Fairfax County Government Center for an official recognition ceremony hosted by the Health Department and the Board of Supervisors. They were recognized for their critical (and tremendous!) support and resources over the past three years. Honorees included medical providers, restaurants and other local businesses, residential buildings and communities, faith leaders, nonprofit organizations and individual volunteers. Learn more.

COVID-19 Resources

Opioid Overdoses Continue; Learn How to Get Help

Residents are asked to stay vigilant and learn how to access help as the county and the nation work to curb fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses. A growing area of concern here in Fairfax County and around the country is fatal and nonfatal overdoses involving youth. Learn more.   

4 Things to Know Today

Spanish Language Workshop for Landscape and Gardening Professionals

Plant NOVA Natives is hosting a Spanish-language workshop about native plants and managing the local natural landscape on Monday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Annandale. Learn more.

Volunteers Needed for Hunter Mill District Representatives on Boards, Authorities and Commissions (BACs)

For more information on these volunteer positions and how to apply, contact Gwendolyn.Minton@fairfaxcounty.gov

Good News If You’re Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Station in 2023

The Board of Supervisors authorized the exemption of all electrical, building and sign permit fees for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) for a trial period of 18 months. The exemption was effective Oct. 31, 2022. Eliminating the permit fees for EVCS may encourage the use of electric vehicles, which is an important step toward fulfilling the county's climate goals. Learn more.

Donate to Diva Central Dress

Tuesday, Feb. 28 is the last day to donate to Reston Community Center's (RCC) annual prom and middle school formal dress giveaway. Donations are tax-deductible and may be dropped off at RCC Hunters Woods or RCC Lake Anne from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more.

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