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The Reston Town Center pavilion reopened in November after undergoing renovations (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Intricate ice sculptures are coming to Reston Town Center’s outdoor skating rink at the inaugural Ice-travaganza event tomorrow (Saturday).

The event, which is free and open to all, will also include a live carving demonstration, hot chocolate, s’mores, a photo booth and a DJ, according to event organizers.

“We created Ice-travaganza to provide a fun and engaging winter activity at RTC similar to the many events we host here in the warmer months. Our ice rink provides a perfect backdrop for this new event,” said Sapna Yathiraj, marketing director for Boston Properties, which owns the center.

The inaugural event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. It begins with complimentary Ben & Jerry’s hot chocolate, a s’mores station and a live DJ. An ice skating performance is slated for 1:15, followed by a 30-minute ice-sculpting demonstration at 2 p.m. Another performance is slated for 3:15 p.m.

The ice skating pavilion reopened in November after undergoing renovations. Other renovations to RTC’s public areas are ongoing. The fountain plaza is expected to be completed in February. RTC plans to turn on the fountain in the spring.

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Jos. A Bank has permanently closed in Reston Town Center (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Jos A. Bank has officially closed its doors in Reston Town Center.

A primary care practice — One Medical — will take over the former location of the men’s clothing store (11930 Democracy Drive).

One Medical is a membership-based, tech-integrated primary care practice that offers virtual care and in-person visits. The company says it aims to reinvent the healthcare experience by providing quick access to medical care. Other locations offer 24/7 virtual access to appointments.

Amazon hopes to purchase One Medical’s parent company, 1Life Healthcare, Inc. The company has 188 clinics in 29 markets across the country, including one in Fairfax and Tysons.

A spokesperson for Boston Properties confirmed that the company’s lease ended today (Tuesday). Jos. A Bank, which was established in 1905, specializes in suits and has more than 180 retail locations. It still has other local locations in Fairfax and Leesburg.

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Wegmans is officially opening its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday) in Brookfield Properties’ new Halley Rise development.

The 85,000-square-foot grocery store is located at 11950 Hopper Street and will officially open at 9 a.m.

Most of the store’s 425 employees were hired locally, according to the company.

Katie Sullivan, the store’s manager, told FFXnow that the Reston location is unique because it was adapted to an urban-focused environment.

“This store is unique in that it’s an urban-style Wegmans in a mixed-use development. We’ve automated the shopping experience at this store, with a unique layout that is built for the urban environment,” Sullivan told FFXnow.

The Reston location also has a self-serve coffee bar — the first in any other Wegmans store in the state. A Burger Bar is also available through the company’s online ordering app.

The store has the traditional restaurant section, which is a staple of the Wegmans’ brand. Items on the menu include fresh sushi, pizza, salads, sandwiches, packaged subs and other prepackaged meals.

In celebration of its opening, the grocery store has committed $20,000 through donations and event partnerships in the Reston area.

Parking is accessible in a structured parking garage below the grocery store. Residential units tower above the grocery store, which is accessible from the Reston Town Center Metro station.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc has 109 stores along the East Coast, including ones in Fairfax, Chantilly and Capital One Center in Tysons.

The grocery store is an anchor tenant of Brookfield’s development, which will transform a 36-acre office park near the Metro station with 3.5 million square feet of housing, retail, offices and open spaces. Up to 1,500 residential units, 250,000 square feet of retail, and 1.5 million square feet of office space are planned.

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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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The arts center could be located on Block J in Reston Town Center (via Fairfax County)

The location of Reston’s future arts center is officially inching closer to realization.

At a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ meeting today (Tuesday), Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn introduced a board matter selecting Block J — near the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway — as the location for nearly 60,000-square-foot future arts center.

So far, the county has determined that the block is the most appropriate location for the arts center. It’s part of proffers in Boston Properties’ development plans. The land could have been used as a park or a ball field.

The cost of the project is expected to be hefty — hovering between $58 million in current dollars and $81 million accounting for inflation. 

“This process clearly established that the arts center option is not only feasible, but it is clearly superior to the alternatives offered in the proffer,” Alcorn said in the board matter.

The center would be located across the street from the Reston Town Center Metro Station, fulfilling land use and transportation goals, according to the board matter.

A survey in 2019 found that 68% of residents supported the idea of a larger performing center in Reston. While Reston Community Center has advocated for the venue, no determination has been made yet on who will operate it.

RCC hosted a series of meetings on the issue and conducted a feasibility study on the possibility of the center.

Alcorn noted that the board matter doesn’t address financing and other details of the plan, but RCC has indicated that Reston’s small tax district will not be used to pay for the project. A bond referendum would likely be used to pay for the project.

The board approved the measure to accept Block J as the location for a community arts center.

“Accepting this land is accepting it under the provision that it become an arts center, should financing be worked out,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay said. “If for some reason that changes, there are other avenues we could pursue in the future.”

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Bow Tie Cinemas closed in April at Reston Town Center (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem)

It may be a some time before Reston Town Center patrons get a first look at the replacement for BowTie Cinemas.

Initially expected to come in late 2022, LOOK Dine-in Cinemas now anticipates an opening sometime in the first half of this year.

A company representative told FFXnow that the movie theater will likely open sometime in the second quarter of the year, which runs from April to June.

Once an officially date is known, the company plans to announce details on its website.

This is the first location in the D.C. area for the company, which plans to renovate the Reston theater. Other features of the “luxury” brand include a food, beverage and cocktail menu, according to the company’s website.

Bow Tie Cinemas, which acquired the theater from Rave Cinema in 2011, closed in April.

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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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The work, Ethos, is inspired by community interviews and Reston’s founder Bob Simon (via WMATA)

The atmosphere of the recently opened Reston Town Center Metro station will get a boost with artwork planned for this year.

Artist George Bates is working on artwork inspired by Reston’s founder Bob Simon and the statement “You can’t have a Utopia of one.”

The artwork, titled “Ethos,” is made of ceramic grit printed on safety-glass art panels.

Areas near the entrances of the stations at Ashburn and RTC will be replaced with glass art panels with images inspired by the communities around the station and poetry by local poets, according to Sherri Ly, a spokesperson for Metro.

Here’s more from Metro on the artwork:

The artwork is multifaceted and thought of as a dialogue in which everyone can participate. Bates’ design for the station can be seen as referencing artistic movements and philosophies such as Brutalism, Modernism, Wabi-Sabi, and Universal Constructivism, or as an echo of the biophilic character of Reston’s history of natural and environmental integration, growth, and togetherness. It may also be experienced as a representation of emotional delight, as the “Play” from the “Live, Work, Play” maxim of Reston’s founding vision. Ultimately, it’s about the past, present, future, enduring ideas, and histories that transcend time.

Bates has created 10 large-scale public artworks in the U.S. and several more are in progress. His work focuses on exploring the plastic nature of systems, communities, complexities, and the reality of society in relation to art.

“Both Reston Town Center and Ashburn have similar concepts,” Ly wrote in a statement to FFXnow.

Metro expects to install the artwork in the summer, she said.

The art was commissioned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority through its Art in Transit initiative.

Four of the six new stations in phase two of the Silver Line — Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington-Dulles International Airport, and Loudoun Gateway — all have new artwork.

Several other stations also have artwork. A temporary installation called “Community in Motion” at the Tenleytown station brings a mix of color to construction barricades. It’s designed by artist Tamao Nakayama.

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Tatte Bakery and Cafe has multiple locations, including one in Clarendon (staff photo by Pia Kramer/ARLnow)

Tatte Bakery and Cafe is opening a new location in Reston.

According to a report by Washington Business Journal, the chain has signed a lease for roughly 3,750 square feet of space at 11910 Market Street in Reston Town Center. The location will include outdoor seating.

The company, which was started by Boston pastry chef Tzurit Or, has a location in Clarendon that opened last year. Another location is anticipated in Old Town Alexandria.

Or told the WBJ that Tatte chose Reston Town Center as a new location so that it could be in “the true core of Reston.”

According to the WBJ, the lease is part of an effort by Reston Town Center owner Boston Properties to liven up the pavilion area, which has been under renovation. The pavilion reopened in November, but construction on the fountain is still ongoing.

“We felt like we needed a food use that would really speak to the community, that would be something that would be a gathering place, so we reached out and said, ‘please, would you come to Reston Town Center, we think we have the perfect space for you,'” Boston Properties Vice President of Retail Leasing Stephanie Friedman told the WBJ. “We added quite a bit of outdoor seating around the pavilion, a lot more soft landscaping and that’s where Tatte shines. Their outdoor seating is very inviting.”

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Bestselling and award-winning author Kwame Alexander and Dara Coulter will take part in a book signing and reading later this month (via Brown Books for Young Readers)

Bestselling and award-winning author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Dara Coulter will visit Reston later this month for a book signing and reading.

Alexander and Coulter will take part in the event at Scrawl Books (11911 Freedom Drive) on Sunday at 4 p.m. The team is celebrating the release of “An American Story,” a picture book that tells the story of teacher struggling to help her students understand the history of American slavery.

Leah Grover, the communications and events manager for Scrawl Books, said the bookstore is looking forward to welcoming both authors and illustrators.

“Kwame is a friend of the store, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of the widespread love and admiration he’s received. It’s always a pleasure to work with him,” Grover said. “If you’re not familiar with Dare Coulter, you’ll be blown away by her artwork! Her illustrations are as affecting and complex as Kwame’s words.”

Participants are encouraged to register online for the event.

Alexander is currently on a book tour featuring his latest release. He has authored 36 books, including “The Door of No Return” and “The Crossover.”

He has received several rewards including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and three NAACP Image Award nominations. He writes in a penthouse in London, where he now lives, according to his website.

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