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Reston residents push back against proposed redevelopment of Fannie Mae property

Community members concerned about the proposed redevelopment of the Fannie Mae campus in Reston have one overarching message: it’s just too much.

The site at 11710 Sunset Hills Road is already approved for three office buildings — only one of which has been built. But developer Wheelock Street Capital wants to add between 87 and 92 town houses on the central and western portions of the site. The town homes would be divided between four blocks and no additional offices will be built.

The proposal narrowly cleared the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee (RPZ) at a recent meeting. But a staff report from Feb. 24 recommends denying the application.

In an April 2 letter to Hunter Mill District Supervisor Alcorn and the RPZ, Reston Association’s Board of Directors, which represents more than 50,000 households, said the number of units is still too high.

That’s after RA voiced concerns with the developer that have since been addressed, including ensuring that American Dream Way remains public and revising the design to make the development more accessible for pedestrians.

Some concerns remain outstanding. The association says Wheelock wants RA to take charge of pond maintenance, a proposal that RA says has not been formally discussed between the two parties.

While the association believes residential use is a good choice for that area, it remains opposed to the application.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said he has not yet made a decision on the project. 

As the Fannie Mae application works its way through the land use review process, I encourage interested residents to share their concerns and suggestions with Hunter Mill Planning Commissioner Carter and with my office,” Alcorn wrote in a statement to FFXnow. “If and when the application gets to the Board of Supervisors I will review the Planning Commission and staff recommendations, and all public input at that time before making a decision on the case.”

The proposal is currently under review. A public hearing before the Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled for April 27.

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