Future of Tall Oaks Village Center


The future of Tall Oaks Village Center is back open for discussion.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and The Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) are holding a community meeting on Tuesday, May 10th to share a revised proposal for the ailing Village Center, which has been mostly vacant for several years.

The meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. at Tall Oaks, 12040 North Shore Drive.

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Reston Town Center Paid Parking

Reston Town Center ParkingReston Town Center is planning to convert ALL of their parking spaces, including street side and garages to a PAID system on August 1st, 2016, charging as much as $2.00 per hour.

A Community Forum is being held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Thursday, March 31st, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

More information at the Reston Town Center website.

There is a Change.org petition and a Facebook page was set up by opponents to paid parking.


April Board of Directors Meeting

Board-meeting-post-itThe next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm, 1504 Scandia Circle.

Everyone is welcome to attend. As always, we start each meeting with a members’ forum in which neighbors are free to address the board.


Urgent! Two Upcoming Meetings on Tall Oaks Village Center Development

Please attend one or both meetings:

• The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee is meeting on October 19th at 7:30pm at the South Lakes High School cafeteria
• The Design Review Board meeting is on October 20th at 7:00pm at the Reston Association

Jefferson Apartments Group (JAG) has submitted their redevelopment plan for 154 residences in the Tall Oaks Village Center to the county.  Tall Oaks Village Center is just seven acres in size.

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.

New Door Color Palette

Updated and approved by the Reston Association Design Review Board in 2014

Sherwin-Williams Glossy Enamel Finish

  • Mount Etna SW7625 (Dark Navy Blue) – old Duron name Carolina Slate
  • Laurel Woods SW7749 (Dark Forest Green) – old Duron name Foxhall Green
  • Thunderous SW6201 (Medium Gray with green tint) – old Duron name Cobblestone
  • Mindful Gray SW7016 (Medium Gray) – old Duron name Incense
  • Rookwod Red SW2802 (Rustic Maroon) – old Duron name Farm House Red
  • Latte SW6108 (Sand) – old Duron name Chadwicke Tan
  • Neutral Ground SW7568 (Off white) – old Duron name Amber White
  • Yarrow SW6669 (Bright Medium Yellow)
  • Grasshopper SW6733 (Bright Green)
  • Show Stopper SW7588 (Red)

Olympic Solid Stain (paint to match in glossy enamel finish is allowed)

  • Mahogany
  • Oxford Brown

The Design Review Board notes colors in the old palette are allowed indefinitely, however once a new palette color is selected an owner must continue using a color in the new palette.

The main and external closet doors should be painted the same approved color.

A front screen door, if installed, must be painted the same color as either the front door or the trim.

Reston History Lesson

Excerpt from: “A Brutalist Wonderland in the South”

By Kris Casper

washington plaza 1969

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.

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