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Spectrum, Terraset Before BOS on Tuesday

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors slated to discuss and decide on two major Reston projects.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will discuss and decide the future of two Reston projects at its meeting on Tuesday.

There will be a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. about redevelopment at The Spectrum shopping center.

A major redevelopment has been in the works for The Spectrum for years. The application, already recommended for approval by county planning and zoning, was recently reactivated.

The plan includes redevelopment of both Spectrum shopping centers, which reach from New Dominion Drive to Baron Cameron Avenue along Reston Parkway.

Land Bay A (where Best Buy and the soon-to-be closed Barnes & Noble are located) is planned for 546 dwelling units, 255 hotel rooms, 172,000 square feet of office, and 62,500 square feet of retail uses.

Land Bay B (along Fountain Drive) is planned for 643 dwelling units, 270 hotel rooms, and 48,650 square feet of retail uses.

Land Bay C (where Harris Teeter is located) is planned for 237 residential uses and 134,896 square feet or retail and bank uses (84,000 square feet of this retail is currently existing and will be retained.)

To see the entire staff report and plans for The Spectrum, click here.

At 4:30 p.m., the board will decide on the future plans for Terraset Elementary School.

The plans, approved by the county planning commission, include proposed building additions totaling 33,184 square feet to include an administration addition, art/music addition, two classroom additions and a multi-purpose addition.

The upper parking area will be redesigned to improve traffic flow and to provide a kiss-and-ride drop-off area. The two existing pedestrian bridges will be demolished, and a new centrally located bridge will be constructed to connect the school with the kiss-and-ride area.

The expanded Terraset, built in 1977, will increase the capacity of the school from about 600 students to more than 800.

If you would like to register to speak at the public hearing for the Spectrum, click here.

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John Farrell January 08, 2013 at 08:28 PM
If you look at the special exception plat there are four flat areas to be paved that will readily accommodate educational cottages. FOUR MODULAR UNITS (bigger that the one room trailers) equals 1200 kids. Bailey's Elementary currently has 1300 kids and is projected to go to 1600. And FCPS and the BOS have no plans to solve that problem which could easily be addressed by restoring the Willston Center to its original use but instead, because its zoned for multi-famly housing, Willston Center may be sold. Current attendance is 450. 900 would be doubling the number of kids going to Terraset with a comparable increase in traffic on Ridge Heights, etc. Karen, we spoke at 11:57 am. You could have asked these questions then.
Karen Goff January 08, 2013 at 08:47 PM
ah forgot about the modular units. OK, waiting for the BOS hearing, so we will soon see what the future holds....
Robert Beale January 08, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Will there be any free parking left at Town Center or where the new development at the two Spectrum centers redevelopment is planned?
John Farrell January 08, 2013 at 09:09 PM
It's a "decision only," not a hearing.
Karen Goff January 08, 2013 at 09:39 PM
oops. Yes, by 'Hearing" I meant "supervisors deciding." In any case, they are HOURS behind.

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