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Downtown Herndon redevelopment review continues as deadline looms

Downtown Herndon is slated for redevelopment into a mixed-use community (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem)

Building permits are still under review for the stalled redevelopment of downtown Herndon.

At a work session on Feb. 6, town manager Bill Ashton II said the town was still engaged in discussions with Comstock on the site plan process. At the time, Comstock had several items it was working on after town feedback.

A spokesperson for the Town of Herndon told FFXnow there were no further updates to report. Comstock, the Reston-based developer of the project, paused the development in April 2022, citing increased construction costs.

Under an agreement between the town and the developer last updated in late 2020, construction must begin by April 2024.

The cost of the $101 million project increased by $25 million due to issues related to materials, labor, and workforce restrictions caused by the pandemic. It’s unclear what the current estimate is.

Ashton reported in mid-November that Comstock had submitted a revised site plan to the town. Related permits are now in review.

In the works since 2017, Comstock’s plan for downtown Herndon would transform nearly 5 acres at the northeast corner of Center Street and Elden Street into a mixed-use development. The site is currently occupied by the Arts Herndon building.

The proposal calls for 273 apartments, approximately 17,000 square feet of retail space and a 16,265-square-foot arts center. The area would be served by a new, 726-space parking garage.

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