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Fairfax County to move forward with proposal for new Reston library, apartments

Planning is underway for the redevelopment of Bowman Towne Court (via handout/Fairfax County Government)

Fairfax County is positioning itself to move forward with a proposal by developer Foulger-Pratt to build a new library and affordable units in Reston.

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority will hold a public hearing next week to get input on a potential agreement with Foulger-Pratt for a redevelopment project called Bowman Towne Court, an area located at the intersection of Bowman Towne Drive and Town Center Parkway.

The agreement comes after Foulger-Pratt filed an unsolicited proposal in October of last year to build an apartment building for working families and a new Reston Regional Library on a 2.9-acre property in Reston. The plan also called for another building with affordable housing on the parking lot currently used by Reston District Station police officers and staff.

The county then issued a call for proposals in response to Foulger-Pratt’s submission. According to the draft agreement, a new 40,000-square-foot library is planned, along with roughly 350-unit affordable housing units in two buildings with structured parking.

The public hearing is set for Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in conference room 11.

Copies of the draft interim agreement with Foulger-Pratt will be available at the meeting. The mixed-use development would be governed under the state’s Private-Public Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002, which requires additional provisions for official approval.

County officials note that a final agreement has not yet been determined. Community outreach is officially underway to court feedback on the proposal.

Here’s more from the county on how to provide feedback on the proposal:

Written comments may be submitted by email on or before Sept. 14 to Marwan.Mahmoud@fairfaxcounty.gov. Residents wishing to speak are encouraged to contact Avis Wiley at 703-246-5152, TTY 711, or by email at Avis.Wiley@fairfaxcouty.gov  Additional information or questions about the public hearing may be directed to Marwan Mahmoud at 703-246-5017, TTY 711.

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