2First, reduce substantially the minimum parking requirement for this block to be morein line with the County’s transit-oriented development policy “best practices.” Inthis area, one should not need 3,000 spaces additional to the metro parking. If about6,000 parking spaces are built, we can expect more than 6,000 vehicles to travel theredaily, most at peak traffic hours. You build it and they will come. Moreover,reducing the parking requirement should reduce the number of floors of aboveground parking, permitting Comstock to create a better looking complex with a smaller building footprint and larger plaza area.Also, some or most of the underground Metro-related parking may be not benecessary when Metrorail is extended to Dulles and Wiehle Avenue is no longer aterminus. The planned parking at Herndon-Monroe and Route 28 should be morethan sufficient to meet the needs of commuters arriving from Loudoun County and beyond. The excess metro parking can then be used by the residents and officeworkers. AndFinally, the parking requirement and congestion can be reduced if the site’s mix of uses emphasizes more residential construction and less office space. This would helpto make the Wiehle TOD area a 24-hour community destination, not primarily a dailycommuter stop. The current Comstock proposal offers residential construction belowthe Plan’s authorized overall limit of 40 percent for the site and this proportion should be increased.As we have said, Restonians want the plaza at this Metro station site to be a large,attractive, sunlit public place for people to use and enjoy. For that one needs to reduce the heightof the buildings on the south side of the plaza and substantially reduce or eliminate cars from the plaza. Otherwise, Comstock’s plaza will end up serving as a congested “kiss and ride” drop-off,a crowded hotel entrance, and a pick-up point for commuters and shoppers. But cars on the plaza and tall buildings to the south are not necessary. Consider, for example,Although Comstock has argued that the hotel requires an aboveground access for visitors, a quick look at major hotels elsewhere shows this is not the case. For example, the Westin Peachtree Plaza in central Atlanta, a huge five-star hotel, has anunderground entrance. Comstock could build the same type of partially undergroundentry on the north side of this block.Also, one can reduce the heights of the buildings on the south side of the site andincrease the heights of the buildings on the north while maintaining the overalldensity of the parcel at the currently authorized level. We understand that this wouldrequire more substantial footings in the underground parking garage and further amendment of the site’s height limitations. The financing for these footings must befound.Finally, additional building space on the north and west of the parcel may be obtained by exercising air rights over the proposed Reston Station Boulevard, thus maintainingthe overall parcel density with lower buildings on the south of the site.