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Reston Town Center’s main public spaces have gotten a facelift. 

A visual look shows that much of the work on the public spaces is completed or underway, bringing new life to areas that have been untouched for more than 30 years.

Upgrades to the pavilion include two fire pits next to Market Street, large fans, a wooden deck, the renovation of the lower base area, expanded seating, tiered landscaping, and more outdoor seating areas on artificial turf.

Sasaki Associates led the design work on the project.

The construction of the Fountain Square Pavilion was completed in October as part of a makeover of other common areas. The ice rink also opened in November. 

Boston Properties says work on the fountain area is slated to be completed in early February.

“We will be turning on the fountain in the spring as we normally do,” Sapna Yathiraj, a spokesperson for the company, told FFXnow.

The upgrades come as several tenants aim to open at the town center. Tatte Bakery plans to open at at 11910 Market Street.

Dallas-based wine restaurant Sixty Vines will take space formerly occupied by Clydes at Reston, and Piso y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar will open in space formerly occupied by Vapiano. 

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Construction is underway on a new Pottery Barn on a prominent street corner in the Mosaic District.

No signs indicating the store’s identity have been posted yet, but the home furniture company has filed for a commercial alterations permit to renovate the space at 2905 District Avenue, Suite 100.

Visible from Route 29, the store will be in the location previously occupied by Nieman Marcus and then, briefly, GreatGatherings. The suite is 14,879 square feet in size, per Fairfax County’s records for the permit, which is under review.

This will be Pottery Barn’s third store in Fairfax County, joining locations in Tysons Corner Center and Fair Oaks Mall. The business didn’t return multiple requests for comment, so it’s unclear when exactly construction on the Merrifield site will be complete.

Also coming to the Mosaic District are Brilliant Earth — a jewelry store that says it sells ethically sourced diamonds and other gemstones — and Faherty, a family-owned clothing business.

Brilliant Earth will occupy a 2,029-square-foot space at 2905 District Avenue, Suite 105. It will be the company’s first store in Virginia, though there are existing locations in Georgetown, Bethesda and Baltimore.

Founded in 2005 with the goal of fostering “a more transparent, sustainable, and compassionate jewelry industry,” Brilliant Earth was drawn to “the sense of community the Mosiac District is creating,” says Kathryn Money, the senior vice president of merchandising and retail expansion.

“Brilliant Earth uses a data-driven approach to identify new showroom markets and expand our physical retail footprint in existing markets,” Money said by email. “As a digital-first company operating an omnichannel model, we are able to use online data to inform our showroom growth strategy.”

Faherty is on track to open at 2905 District Avenue in Suite 125 early this summer, a spokesperson confirmed.

Started by a Brooklyn-based couple, Faherty highlights its use of “environmentally responsible” fabrics to make “casual and elevated” clothes. Its products are available through some local retailers, including the Nordstrom in Tysons Corner Center, but the Mosaic store will be its first standalone location in Fairfax County.

“The Mosaic District seemed like the perfect place for us to open as we were attracted to the vibrant experience it offers to the community,” Faherty told FFXnow by email. “Mosaic is an innovative shopping environment and we’re excited to expand our retail experience with them.”

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The 137-unit Flats condominium building has been completed (courtesy Christopher Spillman)

The construction of a 137-unit condominium in the City of Fairfax — The Flats at Boulevard VI — is officially complete.

The condominium building is part of Boulevard VI, a mixed-use community by developer IDI on the former site of Paul VI High School in Fairfax.

Residents have started moving into the building, the developer announced on Friday (Jan. 20).

“We’re excited to see the plans come to life and to see the response to this new community,” IDI Managing Director Enrico Cecchi said. “The fact that The Flats outsold every other new home community in the region in 2021 and that there are only a few homes left as we open is a much appreciated testament to the vision we had for what this important site could be.”

The Boulevard VI development was approved in 2018 for 115 townhouses, seven single-family homes, the condominium building, 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and 24,000 square feet of office and community space.

Work is still underway. IDI is selling two retail pads to two separate buyers. The first pad will feature a 20,000-square-foot Learning Experience, an early childhood learning and daycare center. The second pad will likely include a mix of retail operations, according to the company.

IDI says the condominium community is intended to “ground the community in both the history and the present of its surroundings.” The 18.5-acre parcel of land owned by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington was previously occupied Paul VI and Fairfax High Schools, along with George Mason University.

The building includes a fitness center, a party room, club room, work station, a fire pit, and an outdoor pool.

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The Mather, a pair of senior living apartment high-rises in Tysons’ Arbor Row neighborhood, topped off this January (courtesy Mather)

The Mather is now as tall as it’s ever going to get.

The apartment high-rise buildings for adults 62 and older “topped off” earlier this month, less than a year after beginning vertical construction.

Workers poured a final round of concrete onto the roofs of the two towers on Jan. 10, the nonprofit senior living developer behind the project, Mather, announced that day.

The buildings now reach 308 feet or 27 stories above ground at 7929 Westpark Drive in Tysons.

“General Contractor Whiting Turner estimates the project includes more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete and represents almost 700,000 workforce hours to date, a number made even more significant considering the pandemic,” Mather said in the media advisory.

The Mather consists of two phases. The first phase, a 27-story high-rise, will have 179 apartment units, while the second 18-story high-rise will have 114 apartments.

The apartment homes range in size from 850 to 3,300 square feet, and entrance fees start at $646,700. Prices are dependent upon apartment size, location, service package, and health plan selected. The buildings will be connected at the third through fifth floors. Third-floor amenity spaces include a fitness center, spa, indoor pool, multiple restaurants, outdoor terraces, art studio, and more. The fourth and fifth floors will be home to a Life Centre with 16 assisted living apartment homes, 20 memory care suites, and 42 private skilled nursing suites.

The complex will also have 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, including a publicly accessible community center devoted to people 50 and older. The center is a “unique collaboration” with Fairfax County, according to Mather.

On track for a move-in date in 2024, The Mather is among six buildings currently under construction in Tysons, according to Fairfax County’s Tysons Tracker. One building — The Brentford apartments at The Mile — was completed in December, after the tracker was last updated.

The Monarch, a condominium building that’s part of the same Arbor Row development as The Mather, is expected to finish construction this spring. The units are 70% sold, and move-ins are scheduled to start in April and May, a public relations representative for developer Renaissance Centro said.

Other projects being built in Tysons include The Boro’s expansion and the Heming apartments in Scotts Run.

All that construction will add 3.2 million square feet of development in Tysons, including a total of 1,613 housing units, nearly 900,000 square feet of office space, and over 123,000 square feet of retail.

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The groundwork has been laid for a new townhouse development on Leesburg Pike in Pimmit Hills.

Vertical construction is expected to start late this spring on Tysons Ridge, a 104-unit complex replacing the circular office building at 7700 Leesburg Pike, according to developer EYA.

Built in 1976, the 150,000-square-foot office building has now been demolished. Fenced off and cleared, the 6.7-acre site is located across the street from Marshall High School and in walking distance of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.

“We are currently projected to open for pre-construction sales around Spring of 2023,” Tara Rosenberg, a new home advisor for EYA, told FFXnow.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved EYA’s proposal last January after the developer agreed to install water treatment facilities and an underground detention system, among other steps, to address stormwater runoff concerns.

Per the site plan, the project will include 38,101 square feet, or 0.87 acres, of parkland, concentrated on the north side of the property. The plan shows fitness and play areas as well as an 11,210-square-foot central courtyard with a pergola and terraces called The Green.

According to the Tysons Ridge website, the townhomes will start in the $800,000s and come in four floorplans. Prices for units equipped with private elevators will start at $1.1 million, though a “more concrete” pricing list and more detailed floorplans will be available closer to opening, Rosenberg said.

Move-ins are expected to come sometime in 2024.

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A Marriott hotel is planned at Reston Town Center (courtesy Donohoe Development)

(Updated at 4:50 p.m. on 1/19/2023) A new dual-branded Marriott hotel is coming soon to Reston Town Center, according to a release.

The concept — the first of its kind by the company — would bring a Marriott AC Hotel and Residence Inn to the town center, The Donohoe Companies Inc. announced today.

“Reston Town Center is the proven premier mixed-use development in Northern Virginia. The growing residential and business population leads the region in balanced growth,” Donohoe Development President Evan Weisman said. “The newly opened Metro Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport will afford our guests easy access to the hotel’s doorstep.”

Located at 1975 Opportunity Way, the project will feature a 120-key Residence Inn and a 147-key “upscale” hotel, connected by a direct pedestrian entrance to the new Reston Town Center Metro Station.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Artemis to close this financing in an extremely challenging capital markets environment,” Robert Donohoe, Donohoe’s chief investment officer, said. “Artemis was able to provide a structure consistent with our business plan while addressing the complications associated with financing a component of a larger development.”

The LEED Silver project will include a shared lobby, a 4,000-square-foot restaurant, an indoor pool and a fitness facility. An upscale rooftop bar and lounge is also planned.

Here’s more from the company on the project:

The project’s 34,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space will be the central gathering place for local offices and residents. The upscale rooftop bar and lounge will be a unique draw with spectacular views of northern Virginia.

Donohoe Development, Donohoe Construction, Donohoe Hospitality, and Complete Building Services worked with Reston Town Center master developer, BXP, to bring this project to life. Donohoe Construction has already commenced construction at the shovel-ready site. Upon completion in late 2024, Donohoe Hospitality will operate the hotels, and Complete Building Services will provide facilities management services.

Donohoe says it has obtained $74.7 million to finance the hotel’s construction with Artemis Real Estate Partners.

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Stabilizing and drainage work to be done at Burke Lake (via Fairfax County)

Burke Lake’s marina is being closed for a number of months, and the lake will be lowered by two feet to help stabilize the beach area and improve drainage.

The $1.5 million project aims to stabilize the beach area as well as add “armoring” — the use of physical structures to prevent further coastal erosion — to a large portion of the shoreline. Drainage will also be improved around the existing boathouse and restroom buildings.

“Gravel from the shoreline has eroded and deposited in the shallow area where [Fairfax County Park Authority] boats are launched, creating challenges when launching boats and causing damage to the boats,” spokesperson Judy Pedersen told FFXnow. “In addition, existing storm outfall and foot traffic are causing erosion to the shoreline adjacent to the marina.”

Paid for by county voter-approved bonds, construction is expected to start next month. The marina is already closed until the spring.

“Contingent on the weather, the marina is expected to reopen at the end of April 2023,” the park authority says on the project page.

To help with the construction, Burke Lake is now in the process of being lowered by two feet.

A “controlled drawdown” is underway, with 2 to 4 inches of water being pumped out of the lake a day. It’s estimated that Burke Lake will hit the 2-foot goal “on or before” next Monday (Nov. 19), based on a predicted lack of rainfall over the next several days.

The lake is expected to remain at this lower level until at least the end of March 2023, but its normal elevation will eventually return through natural runoff.

The rate and timing of the lake level’s rise is “contingent on precipitation,” the project page notes.

While the marina will be closed and water levels will be lower than usual, Burke Lake will remain open to those looking to fish and spend time on the water.

However, the park authority is asking boaters, canoeists, and kayakers to proceed with caution since “numerous obstructions will be exposed or may be present just under the water’s surface.”

The 218-acre public fishing lake is owned by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. The lake is located in Burke Lake Park, which is owned and operated by FCPA.

The park sits on land originally purchased by the federal government as a potential site for an international airport. When airport plans shifted to Chantilly, the nearly 900 acres of land were handed over to the county. The park opened to the public just about six decades ago, in 1963.

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Vienna Market brings townhouses and retail space to Maple Avenue (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

After a noisy couple of years, construction is wrapping up on the Vienna Market development that now looms over Maple Avenue.

Replacing the former Marco Polo restaurant at 245 Maple Avenue West, the complex consists of 44 condominium townhomes and 8,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. It broke ground in mid-2019 after a lengthy planning and design process.

“The construction is practically completed and we have received our occupancy permits for all of the homes and closed most of them,” Stephen Collins, senior vice president of Northfield Construction and Development, told FFXnow.

According to NV Homes, which partnered with Northfield on the project, all residences have been sold out. The 38 townhouses at the back of the site were finished first and have seen occupants move in over the past 18 months.

Northfield built the six remaining townhomes fronting Maple Avenue and the retail podium underneath them. Collins says those residents closed within the past week and have or are in the process of moving in.

The retail portion of the project will be transferred to a new owner who’s expected to take over “soon” and has been working on the leasing, according to Northfield.

First, though, Vienna Market will return to the Vienna Board of Architectural Review tonight (Thursday) to address some design tweaks made during construction.

“It is not unusual to do this with such a complex project and the nature of detail in the original approvals,” Collins said.

According to a town staff report, the requested alterations primarily relate to the building façades and the “corner park,” a small landscaped area on the corner of Maple and Pleasant Street NW.

A change in size and location of the building’s transformer required adjustments to the park’s sidewalks and planting locations, including the elimination of planter boxes at the end of each leg.

“Without the vault that had previously serviced the site, a second transformer was required as well as additional primary lines. To run adequate power to the site, and maintain a safe distance from the townhome units, this design and location was required,” the report said, noting that the changes were requested by Dominion Power.

Northfield is also seeking approval for metal canopies added over the storefronts on Maple and Pleasant as well as the removal of columns shown in previously approved renderings on a retaining wall facing the adjacent Bank of America.

According to the report, the wall needed more room to place the columns than anticipated, so adding them would’ve required workers to go outside the property line.

Vienna Market was approved by the town council in May 2018 as only the second project to advance under the town’s short-lived Maple Avenue Commercial zoning code, which was intended to promote more pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development along the main street.

“We think the final project looks tremendous and it’s been a great development partnership with the community and Town throughout the entire process,” Collins said in a statement. “We look forward to tying up all the loose ends over the next few months and hopefully we can find another project to work on with them.”

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Construction has officially begun on equestrian parking at Turner Farm Park (via Fairfax County Park Authority)

Construction has officially begun on equestrian parking at Turner Farm Park (927 Springvale Road).

Contractors began working in the area Monday (Oct. 17) to install stormwater and drainage elements, a new driveway entrance, and a gravel parking lot.

The project is expected to wrap up by the end of December. Work will be limited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. The contractor might work on Saturdays to avoid project delays.

Construction access to the site is primarily through Springvale Road.

Turner Farm Park spans 40 acres, and the ground are open to the public. The park was a former dairy farm that is open for general riding.

The facility includes a playground for small children and a picnic pavilion and shelter.

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The Lake Thoreau pool in Reston has been reduced to a dirt ditch at the corner of Sunrise Valley and Upper Lake drives, paving the way for a full renovation of the facility.

On-site work at 2040 Upper Lake Drive began over the summer. The pool has now been completely demolished, including the pool shell and concrete deck, according to the latest update from Reston Association.

“The spa is completely gone from here, and the wading pool is gone from up top. All that material has been brought off site, and now, we’re on the recreating process,” RA Capital Projects Manager Austin Mayhugh said in the video posted last Friday (Sept. 30).

Now, the crew from contractor Hubert Construction is preparing to install caissons to serve as the foundation for the pool’s new wooden deck, which will overlook Lake Thoreau, Mayhugh said.

Other construction activities on the horizon include laying a new stormwater pipe that will go under the parking lot, followed by pouring for new retaining walls around the site.

Going forward, the contractors will generally be working from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Mayhugh. RA still estimates that construction will take about a year, projecting a potential opening in summer 2023.

“In the next coming months, we anticipate machinery still coming through the site, which will make noise,” Mayhugh said. “We appreciate your patience, and we can’t wait to see this wonderful new facility open up this summer.”

Lake Thoreau’s pool has been closed since 2020 for the renovation project, which was originally scheduled to break ground last fall.

The new facility will have a pool with six lap lanes and a ramp to provide ADA access, a redesigned deck, a larger 25-space parking lot, an overlook with a pollinator garden, and expanded bathhouses, which have been moved away from the spa.

According to RA, the overall project carries an estimated cost of $3.5 million, which hasn’t changed despite inflation and supply challenges affecting the construction industry in recent months.

“It is possible that at some future date that could change due to inflation or other factors, but at the present time, that is not the case,” RA spokesperson Mike Leone told FFXnow.

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