Need for a high school
:The major issue, as TammiPetrinehasnoted, isthat thisproperty had long been earmarked as the site for a new Reston HighSchoolandMiddleSchool. As Restonpopulationgrowth subsided, the county transferred the landa fewyearsago to FCPA.Thehigh schoolcrowdingsituation is already becomingsevere. Projections made a fewyears ago by FCPublic Schools (FCPS)showed South Lakeshundreds of studentsovercapacityin the next few years. Herndon HS isalsoexpected to be over capacity. (Needupdate projections and info on Great Falls HS)The county school demographers only project a few years ahead based on clearly evidentschool population trends. For that reason they have not provided theReston Task Forcewith any serious projections beyond about 2018. YetTask Forceprojections suggest thatReston
populationmayincrease by 40,000 people by 2030with development aroundthe TOD areas. More development may be expected aroundthe villagecenters if re-development isapproved there.Althoughmuch of this new population will be younger people, couples at the pre-childbearingperiod, andolder coupleswho are empty nesters, FCPS school projectionsindicate that theschool system could stillexpect asubstantial schoolpopulationamongthe new residents.Unfortunately, theTask Forcehasnotgotten seriously engaged in the school issue.EventheTask Force
Vision Com left this issue as “TBD.”
It is assumed thatanyneededelementary schools could bebuiltas part of commercial development on the groundfloors. But a high school with its associated library, theater,cafeteria,andindoor andoutdoorrecreational facilitiesneeds a lot more room.Baron Cameronis the one place inReston that could potentially accommodate it.Until Reston, Herndonthe WesternGreat Falls area can clearlyrule out the need for anew high school/middle school, Baron Cameron should beprotected
Other site-related issues
There is very limited public transport to the area (oneinfrequent RIBs bus and rush hour bus), so we will have a car dependent facility.The BaronCameronarea is almost two miles from the projected sites for more intensivedevelopment inReston (the TOD areas).And that means developers will have littleincentive to underwritepart of the cost, and yet the vast majority of Reston populationgrowth will be generated by TOD development.
This villagecenter hadbeen mentioned as the site for aRecCenter, including in the RCAReston2020working grouppaperon parks and facilities(writtenby RCC head Leila Gordon). It noted that theunderutilized center might be reprogrammed and theRec Centertiedinto the existing RA pool across the street.
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