First look at the Wegmans slated for Brookfield’s Reston Crescent Project
NEWS | JUNE 18, 2018
Brookfield Properties’ 4 million-square-foot redevelopment of the 36-acre Reston Crescent site, a short walk to the future Reston Town Center Metro station, is expected to house the community’s first Wegmans.
Now we know what that building will look like.
Brookfield has submitted two applications to Fairfax County. One is a conceptual development plan for the entire site, and the other is a final development plan for the first new building there, featuring the urban-format Wegmans topped by 380 apartments. That building, to include a screened garage with more than 1,000 parking spaces, will front Reston Parkway, just south of the Dulles Toll Road. The architects are MV&A and Alexandria-based LandDesign.
As currently envisioned, Reston Crescent will total 4.16 million square feet of mixed-use, including the two six-story office buildings there now. Those two buildings, constructed in 2000 and 2007, will remain.
The property’s existing surface parking and open space will be developed over time with about 3.77 million square feet of new construction, to include up to 1,721 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of office, 380,000 square feet of retail and a 200-key hotel. The overall project will offer at least a half dozen park spaces — a dog park, fitness area, neighborhood park, Gateway Plaza and others.
The Wegmans building is slated for the second phase of Reston Crescent, though the first phase is simply the addition of an interim surface parking lot. The Metro station is scheduled to open in 2020.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to review the project on June 28. A staff report released on Thursday finds that Brookfield “has worked diligently with staff to create a mixed-use development that is envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan and supports ridership to and from Metro.” However, it recommends denial because Brookfield had not, as of the report’s publication, met the county’s demand to financially support transportation improvements in the area.
That issue is expected to be worked out as soon as this week.
“We take seriously and appreciate the County’s diligence in waiting until they have received all of the relevant feedback and necessary information before recommending approval,” Andrew Brent, Brookfield spokesman, said in a statement. “We have worked extensively with County planning staff and independent consultants to ensure the project has a positive impact on the Reston community, and we look forward to the County’s subsequent review, which we anticipate will happen very soon.”
Brookfield has agreed to expand Reston Parkway along the Reston Crescentfrontage to three lanes southbound, largely to mitigate the anticipated Wegmans traffic.