Sunday, February 12, 2017

RCA Report on Merchant Meeting re: Reston Town Center Parking - 2/6/2017

Dennis Hays and Hank Schonzeit of the Reston Citizens Association were among the more than 60 people who met at the Vapiano restaurant on February 6th to express unhappiness and concern over Boston Properties' decision to charge for parking at the Town Center.   The meeting, primarily of owners and managers of businesses in the Reston Town Center,  was organized by Aaron Gordon of the Red Velvet Cupcake Shop and Aaron Mervis of Big Bowl.  

Speaker after speaker told of the direct and indirect costs to their businesses caused by the imposition of parking fees, where for 25 years there had been none.  

In general, business is down from 10 to 40 per cent.  Several managers stated that "walk ins" - people who stop into a store as they are passing by - are down by 50%.  Waiters and waitresses note their weekly earnings from tips are down hundreds of dollars.  Stores have cancelled weekday programs.  At least two owners said they may be forced to close their shops or leave Town Center.  A restauranteur expressed concern that he has not had a single person apply for a job since the parking fees were instituted.  A handicapped employee who used to park next to her store has been told to park three and a half blocks away.  

Ironically, a number of managers said some customers blame the stores for the new fees! 

The organizers stated they have tried to reason with Boston Properties, but without success. The next step is to publicize the plight of the businesses through events such as this one.   A possible third step is to consider obtaining legal representation.  The organizers have already been in touch with a distinguished law firm and a decision on this will be made in the coming days.  A large number of those present signed a pledge to support any legal engagement.  

The RCA representatives expressed their strong support for the merchants.  They noted RCA had met with a representative of Boston Properties last summer to express concern that the then proposed parking fees would cause great damage to the merchants, the public and for that matter the reputation of Boston Properties.  RCA noted there were alternative ways to address Boston Properties' expressed concern about commuter parking, such as have the first three or four hours be free, but charge after that.  The BP representative did not appear to be interested in alternative solutions.  

RCA will continue to work with the merchants and the public to find a reasonable path forward. Interested residents of Reston (including residents of the Town Center) are welcome to work with us.  Please contact RCA@northernva.com to find out more.  

- submitted by Dennis Hays, RCA Director

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NOTICE - Feb 9 Meeting of Reston's Hunter Mill District Community Resiliency Group

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Northern Virginia is lucky - weather wise. For the most part we do not have to deal with floods, landslides, tornadoes and severe hurricanes. As such, we may be a bit lax on being prepared for a natural or other disaster, but we should do some planning.  Remember the Derecho event in 2012?

Fairfax County has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enhance community resiliency. Volunteer Fairfax is calling on organizations - both large and small - to join this effort which could be so helpful in recovery after a disaster.

Last month Connie Hartke attended an introductory meeting of this "Community Resiliency Group." Its mission is "to create a local network to support each other and strengthen the whole community by coordinating our capabilities and resources to better prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies."

If your organization would like to learn more, attend the next event on February 9. Details and RSVP here and in copy of email below.


Hello Connie Hartke,

Thank you for participating in the Hunter Mill Community Resiliency Group Seminar on January 10! It was a huge success with over 80 individuals in attendance including Supervisors Hudgins and Foust.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the next piece in the Hunter Mill resiliency effort – the Table Top Exercise. This event will take place on Thursday, February 9 at Heritage Fellowship Church from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. At the Table Top Exercise (TTX), we will practice what we learned at the Seminar and identify ways to strengthen our resiliency efforts through a “winter event situation” designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program (NEP).

Like the Seminar, the Exercise is free of charge and, of course, we offer a catered dinner!

Register for the Hunter Mill District Tabletop Exercise on Thursday, February 9 from 6pm to 8:30pm by clicking here -huntermillresiliency.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative, we would be happy to speak with you further to provide more information regarding the importance of your organization’s participation in the Fairfax County Community Collaboration for Disaster Resiliency Program. Contact us at emergency@volunteerfairfax.org.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Agenda RCA Board of Directors Meeting

January 23, 2017
7:30 - 9:30 pm

National Realty/Hartke Building, 11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA

Item
Time
Topic
Disposition
Presenters

  1.  
7:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:35 PM
Approve November 28, 2016 Minutes
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:40 PM
Approve Treasurer’s Report
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:45 PM
RNAG/Transportation and Transportation Tax
Update/ Discussion
Hank Schonzeit/ RCA Board/ Member Comments

  1.  
8:30 PM
Tetra-Lake House Independent Review Contract Termination
Update
Sridhar Ganesan/ Moira Callaghan

  1.  
8:40 PM
Citizen of the Year
Discussion/ Action
RCA Board

  1.  
8:50 PM
Education
Update
Annmarie Swope/ Sridhar Ganesan

  1.  
9:05 PM
Community Resiliency Group – HM District
Update
Hank Schonzeit

  1.  
9:15 PM
Other Business
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:29 PM
Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
Action
RCA Board

Monday, December 19, 2016

RESTON NETWORK ANALYSIS ADVISORY GROUP MEETING - Monday December 19 @ 7PM @ SLHS Lecture Hall

When: TONIGHT - Monday, Dec. 19, 7 pm
Where: South Lakes High School Lecture Hall

The inner core of Reston is about to join the ranks of areas in Fairfax County that have a Transportation Tax* levied.  The Board of Supervisors is expected to take the recommendation of this RNAG committee and approve a tax in early 2017. If approved, it will take affect in 2018 on all residential and commercial property owners within Reston's Transit Station Areas. With some exceptions such as the Reston Town Center, this means all residential and commercial properties north of Sunrise Valley Drive and south of Sunset Hills Road.

To understand the background before attending tonight's meeting, please watch this presentation by Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. He presented at the 12/15/2016 RA Board meeting at the request of CEO Cate Fulkerson. His presentation begins at 2:21:  https://youtu.be/MFpMUv6qH34?t=2h20m52s.

The purpose of this tax is to help fund, over the next 40 years, some new streets and the following intersection improvements:
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More information on the Reston Network Analysis at  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/restonnetworkanalysis/.

After learning more about this subject, you are encouraged to send your comments to our County representatives:
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (huntermill@fairfaxcounty.gov)
Board of Supervisors (bos@fairfaxcounty.gov)
Reston 2020 has a petition here.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Agenda RCA Board of Directors Meeting

November 28, 2016
7:30 - 9:30 pm
National Realty/Hartke Building, 11890 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA


Item
Time
Topic
Disposition
Presenters

  1.  
7:30 PM
Adopt Agenda
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:35 PM
Approve October 24, 2016 Minutes
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:40 PM
Approve Treasurer’s Report
Action
RCA Board

  1.  
7:45 PM
RNAG/Transportation
Update
Connie Hartke/ Yavuz Inanli

  1.  
8:10 PM
Tetra-Lake House Independent Review Process
Update
Moira Callaghan/ Dennis Hays

  1.  
8:20 PM
Monopole
Update/ Discussion
Annmarie Swope

  1.  
8:30 PM
Education
Update
Annmarie Swope

  1.  
8:40 PM
501 (c) 3 Program and Fundraising Plan
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:15 PM
Other Business
Discussion
RCA Board

  1.  
9:29 PM
Time of Next Meeting; Adjourn
Action
RCA Board