Their plan is not consistent with the Reston Master Plan guidance on Village Centers nor does it satisfactorily address community concerns expressed by the RA Board of Directors and the Tall Oaks community. Shortly before his death Robert Simon came to some of the public meetings and to express his unhappiness with JAG’s plan.
In a letter to Supervisor Hudgins concerning JAG’s plan, the RA Board made a straightforward declaration: JAG’s plan “falls woefully short of meeting even minimum standards sought for a village center.” In fact the submitted JAG plan falls short in just about all, if not all, of the areas of Tall Oaks community’s concerns as expressed at multiple meetings with the developer.
We need as many people as possible to attend the next two meetings to provide a united front and try and stop JAG’s current development plan for the Tall Oaks Village Center.
Please try to attend and bring as many supporters of the Village Center concept as you can. See you there.
The Lake Anne Village Center of Reston, Virginia was the first town center in the early 1960s around which several others were planned and developed in coming decades. Named with its developer’s initials, Robert E. Simon, Reston was the first post-war, planned community in the United States. In 1960, Simon, who had owned Carnegie Hall, sold it to New York City. He used the funds to purchase approximately 7,000 acres of land in Fairfax County, Virginia about 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. Inspired in part by the recent New Towns movement of urban planning in England, he had the idea to develop a new type of community not seen before in the states. He worked with Conklin & Rossant Architects to design and develop a master plan for the Lake Anne Village Center. The village of Lake Anne started around a reservoir and took cues from the way buildings were situated along the water in Portofino, Italy, but executed in a distinct Brutalist style. In May of 1963, construction of the town center began.
Fairfax County Supervisor, Cathy Hudgins, and the Jefferson Apartment Group will host an open house at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22 to share the revised proposal for the Tall Oaks Village Center. The informational meeting will be held at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza.
The shopping center is currently being considered for a redevelopment project that would include a mix of residential and commercial uses. The open house will include a briefing on the proposal. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback.
Click here to see the conceptual plan that was presented by the Jefferson Apartment Group in April 2015.
For additional information on the open house, email Goldie Harrison or call 703-478-0283.
Retain Tall Oaks as a Village Center and protect our community
WE ALL WANT DEVELOPMENT – SMART and BALANCED
The current plan for the re-development of Tall Oaks is to basically create a new cluster. The developers want to add 154 new homes with only 5,000square feet of open space and 8,500 square feet of retail space (the equates to 2-3 small businesses). Currently, the occupied retail space (Fur Factory, Kumon, Paradise Nails, Pho 75, Mama Wok, Cleaners, Veterinarian, and Piasanos) is close to 20,000 square feet, according to Jefferson Apartment Group.
Tall Oaks community needs and deserves a Village Center with retail that we can walk to and green space where the community can gather. A balance of residential and retail in a plaza-like setting would be a good compromise.
Let Reston Association know you are in support of a mixed use Village Center. Ample retail on bottom and residential above.
The new owners of Tall Oaks Village Center are offering Reston residents two upcoming chances to see what changes they have in store for the nearly vacant center.
Tall Oaks Development Group, a division of the Jefferson Apartment Group of McLean purchased Tall Oaks in December for $14.3 million.
The Jefferson Apartment group has developed more than 18,000 rental units in 10 states, including Virginia.
Locally, the Jefferson Apartment Group has developed, among others, the Residences at the Fairfax County Government Center, Tellus in Arlington, The Asher in Alexandria and the Jefferson at 14W, a seven-story, mixed-use luxury development in Northwest DC.
Jefferson representatives, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, will hold meetings April 23 and 27 at 7 p.m. at Reston Association headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.
You can read the rest of the article at Reston Now…