Senior living developer proposes additional housing option for planned Reston facility

Developer Silverstone Senior Living is seeking to revise its plan for The Canopy in Reston (via Fairfax County)

The Canopy, a planned assisted living community that was once supposed to open in Reston last year, has resurfaced with hopes of attracting a broader range of future residents.

Developer Silverstone Senior Living submitted a rezoning application to Fairfax County on May 6 that would allow it to provide independent living units in the facility at 10819 Leesburg Pike, along with the previously approved assisted living and memory care services.

“It is Silverstone’s experience that current and future demand for senior-based supportive housing in Fairfax County is strong,” Walsh Colucci land use lawyer Lynne Strobel wrote in a statement of justification for the developer. “Residents who have lived lives in Fairfax County wish to stay in the area as they age to be close to familiar services and family. In addition, active seniors wish to relocate to Fairfax County to be near adult children and grandchildren as they age. Silverstone’s proposal addresses these needs.”

Now vacant after an existing single-family house got demolished, the nearly 22.5-acre site off of Route 7 was approved for a medical care facility in February 2016. At that time, the prospective developer, Singh Senior Living, which manages the Waltonwood at Ashburn, intended to build a 155,150-square-foot, three-story complex with 135 assisted living and memory care units.

It’s unclear why the facility never got off the ground, but county records show that Waltonwood Reston sold the property to Silverstone for $12.1 million in July 2021.

Silverstone announced plans for The Canopy in November 2021, anticipating that it would break ground later that year and complete construction around fall 2023, Reston Now reported at the time. However, the company requested additional time to start development in 2022 and again in April 2023, citing delays related to a construction loan and site plan revisions.

Silverstone and Strobel, the developer’s representative for the new rezoning case, didn’t return requests for comment by press time.

According to the application, the layout and architectural style of the senior living facility will be mostly consistent with what was approved for Waltonwood Reston. The building will still top out at three stories or 45 feet tall, but it will be slightly bigger with a gross floor area of 170,200 square feet.

The Canopy will have two interior courtyards and could range in height from one to three stories (via Google Maps)

The design for one of two planned interior courtyards has been tweaked.

“The east courtyard has been opened up to the rear of the property to take advantage of natural views and increase the amount of ground level open space for the residents,” Strobel wrote. “The two wings on either side of the east courtyard will be connected by an elevated walkway.”

The developer has proposed a total of 131 dwelling units that can accommodate 202 residents — an increase from the 155 beds planned for Waltonwood, since more couples are expected with the addition of independent living units. The “greater independence” of those residents will require fewer staff, the application says, reducing the number of workers per shift from 45 to 30.

Instead of providing affordable units in The Canopy, Silverstone intends to meet the county’s affordability requirements by contributing $3 per square foot to the Housing Trust Fund, which is used by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to help private developers build and preserve affordable housing.

Indoor amenities for residents will include dining facilities, health and fitness rooms, game and activity rooms and a beauty salon. In addition to the courtyards and recreational amenities, such as a pop-up pickleball court, the facility will have “a series of trails, sidewalks and resident gardens…to encourage connectivity with the outdoors,” according to the application.

As part of the project, the developer will “modify” a portion of the recently opened shared-use path along Route 7 to accommodate a new right-turn lane into The Canopy.

“The Applicant will provide high-quality amenities and services consistent with its other communities to ensure that residents can successfully age in place,” Strobel wrote.

Silverstone’s other projects in Fairfax County include The Providence Fairfax, which opened at MetroWest near the Vienna Metro station in 2021, and The Trillium Tysons, which is currently under construction at The Boro and expected to open later this year.