Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Get Involved: Public Hearing February 26 on RA Purchase of Tetra Property

by Connie Hartke

Purchasing property is one of the largest investments that most people make. There are inspections, bank approvals and usually input from family members and friends to help you decide whether you are making a good choice.

Reston Association (RA) is asking its members to participate in deciding whether or not to purchase the Tetra property at 11450 Baron Cameron Avenue. Get involved! Start by attending the first public hearing – info at end of article. This photo shows the 3.48 acres of the property:

The building was once used as Reston’s Sales Center by Reston’s developer. It was sold in 2003 to Lake Newport LLC and is currently used as corporate headquarters for a commercial developer, Tetra Partners. This business has enjoyed its unique location on Lake Newport but has decided to move to one of its other Reston locations. The owner actively pursued Reston Association, offering the first right of refusal to purchase the property.

Reston Association is preparing lots of information to share with us so that we may make an informed decision when asked to approve or not a referendum to purchase.  Information and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be on the RA website, to be updated based on public input over the next weeks.

I strongly urge everyone to visit the property. Park and walk up the wooden steps to the RA path along the dam. You’ll have great views of the building, lake, and surrounding open space that extends over to Baron Cameron Park.  Get a feel for the views from inside the building by looking at photos under “about us” at the Tetra website. Start imagining what sorts of activities RA could host there.  RA wants to hear your ideas.

The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) encourages you to attend the first of two public hearings this Thursday, February 26, starting at 6:20 pm at RA headquarters.

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