Reston Association (RA) is studying the construction of a five court indoor tennis facility at the current location of the Lake Newport Tennis Center – six outdoor courts. In 2003, the Design Review Board (DRB) gave conceptual approval to cover four courts at this location; however, the proposal was never brought to the community by referendum to approve the funding.
Here are some important facts about the proposed indoor tennis facility project.
- A community-wide referendum is required to fund this project, and the Members will have several opportunities to provide input on the proposal.
- RA has made no decisions regarding this proposal, other than to continue to study its feasibility, including aspects of the site and design, maintenance, operations and finances.
- RA is developing operation and maintenance cost estimates. These costs along with the preliminary construction budget below will be presented to and discussed with the Board and community later this summer.
In 2008 and 2009, RA and RCC jointly studied a more comprehensive indoor recreation facility; however, this proposal was dropped by a vote of RA’s Board of Directors (Board) later in 2009. The Board then tasked the RA Parks and Planning Advisory Committee (PPAC) with developing more specific recommendations and timelines for indoor tennis, indoor aquatics and improvements to existing facilities at Brown’s Chapel Park.
The PPAC recommended, as a prior review had, that the Lake Newport Tennis Center be considered for conversion to year-round play. This is consistent with what RA heard during the district meetings held in the summer of 2009 – explore converting existing facilities to year-round play versus developing new facilities on open space or parkland.
As part of the discussions on the feasibility of bringing indoor tennis to Reston, the Parks and Planning Advisory Committee recommended that the Board of Directors (BOD) develop concept schematics for a five-court indoor facility at the Lake Newport Tennis site. The BOD approved this request on February 25, 2010 and subsequently has received and reviewed the concept plans. The BOD then directed staff to further develop information for such a facility, including securing a cost estimate.
Based on concept plans developed by Miller Architects and comments provided by the Design Review Board during an information only (i.e. no decision) session, Hitt Contracting has provided a preliminary construction budget for the five-court indoor facility. It should be noted that this budget is based on concept plans, and not full architectural and engineering drawings. The budget could be more or less, depending upon prevailing economic conditions and the demand for commercial type construction at the time, should the project move forward.
As shown below, the budget provided by Hitt is broken down in three categories. An estimate of soft costs (architecture etc.) has been included by staff, after consultation with Miller Architects.
|Architectural, engineering, permitting:
| Fee (3%):
Staff developed a 10-year projection of revenues, expenses and financing costs which was presented to the Board of Directors. Subsequently the Board passed a motion
directing staff to gather additional information, including reviews by consultants of the projections developed for revenues and expenses and construction. This work will commence soon subject to Board approval.
The Fiscal Committee, Parks and Planning and Tennis Advisory Committees will also review the information developed to provide feedback to the Board.
The Board’s motion also included community meetings, which will commence once the review of the projections in completed, which should be some time in early to mid-April.