Reston is a community 15 miles from Washington, DC, first planned in 1964. The initial phases of Reston were auto dominant developments in sub-urban environments. Cooper Carry has been retained by Boston Properties to be their master plan architect for the 17-acre next phase of development, where by 2022 the Washington METRO rail system will be serving Reston Town Center.
This 17- acre, new phase of development, called Reston Gateway will set the standard for pedestrian driven, transit-oriented community. With the new focus on place-making in the design of the urban place the master plan embraces mixed-use land use that includes Office Workplace, high rise residential, hospitality, and main street retail. Reston’s unequivocal success illustrates the value that can be created in a high- density, mixed-use, and distinctly urban environment.
The central organizing element for the town center is Market Street. Eight blocks of cars, parallel parking, sidewalks, and street trees offers the scale, density, and a variety of uses consistent with that of a major American city. The public domain is further defined by a sequence of open spaces, each of distinctly different design, which are located at two-block intervals along Market Street. These spaces include Fountain Square, which is the urban center and focus of community events, as well as less formal green parks that serve the surrounding residential uses. Fountain Square is the focus for civic events, making Reston Town Center the symbolic heart of Reston and surrounding communities. The walkable design of the town center has succeeded in reducing automobile trips by nearly 30% as compared to other suburban sites.
The program for the Reston Town Center includes over 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, a cinema, convention hotel, over two million square feet of offices, and over 1,500 units of high density residential. There is one block remaining to be developed to complete the 85-acre core area of the town center. With a Washington-area metro transit stop under construction within walking distance of the core, Sasaki has developed plans to transform adjacent, older suburban sites into mixed-use transit-oriented developments.
The phased redevelopment will enable the existing retail center to operate during initial phases. One of the first steps in redevelopment will be to tear down four of the complex’s smaller buildings.