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Isaac Newton Square, one of Reston’s first office developments and the former location of Reston Association’s headquarters for 30 years, is slated to be redeveloped in the coming years. The owner, APA Properties, which is associated with the Peter Lawrence Companies, has filed rezoning and redevelopment plans for the 32-acre site.
The property is in the residential mixed-use area of the Wiehle Transit Station Area and the comprehensive plan recommends approximately 3,200 units in an urban neighborhood setting. The current proposal recommends 2,100 residential units, up to 260,000 square feet of office and approximately 66,000 square feet of retail, as recommended in the comprehensive plan.
Of particular note, this redevelopment is proposing a full-sized, lighted athletic field adjacent to the W&OD trail. It has taken quite a bit of coordination with Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Parks, and the community should be encouraged that one of the goals of the comprehensive plan – to have a full-sized athletic field in each transit station area – is being realized here. Adjacent to the ball field will be a smaller warm-up field, an amphitheater and civic plaza for public use.
Isaac Newton Square has an impressive planting of 50-year old willow oak trees from the initial development and these oaks will be preserved and be the key element of a linear park throughout the site. There will also be major pedestrian element co-located with a linear rain-garden, which will help address the stormwater management on the site. The owners will also be providing interpretive signs about the history of Gulf Reston and RA as both were long-term occupants of the property.
This will be a long-term redevelopment project, possibly many years, and as development blocks come in for review, the community, through the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee, will be able to weigh in on the various aspects of the redevelopment.