Thursday, May 18, 2017


Common Area surrounding Hickory Cluster Goodman Houses is not just land left over after construction.  Architect Charles M. Goodman FAIA purposefully integrated landscape with his buildings as part of projects like Hickory Cluster, reflecting a modern vision of simplicity, continuity, and human interaction.  To maintain this legacy, Reston Association vested legal authority to maintain, improve, and beautify Common Area in the HCA Board of Directors through original Articles of Incorporation and Deed of Dedication founding documents.  Through at least 1975, HCA allowed limited private planting on Common Area, but reserved the right to take out any plantings on cluster property that did not harmonize with general cluster landscaping or that were poorly maintained.  And in 1988 and 1998, HCA developed and partially implemented clusterwide Common Area changes through professional landscape plans. 

More recently, HCA has discussed entrance enhancement concepts at public Board meetings and other meetings with individual Members since 2013, including at the May 2016 Annual Meeting.  Member and commercial architecture, landscape, and art professionals developed those concepts to complement HCA Goodman Houses and Common Area; to enhance cluster appearance and property values consistent with original Goodman designs and Modern Landscape Architecture principles; and to provide Block 1 and Block 3 Affected Neighbors with enhanced street privacy.  HCA received RA DRB approval for related single tree removal earlier this year, more than 2/3 Affected Neighbor approvals per HCA Bylaws, and extensive related guidance from HCA legal counsel.  HCA also advised an Affected Neighbor on April 19 in person and in writing of the tentative project schedule, and of related HCA Common Area and fence standards compliance requirements.  For more information, refer to the October 2016 HCA website post and/or contact project lead HCA Director Blake Travis.  UPDATES ... May 19:  HCA advised all Affected Neighbors via surface mail and emailed letters that work may begin as early as June 1, but most likely on June 15; HCA advised all Affected Neighbors to remove their private property from related HCA Common Areas no later than June 1, and to ensure compliance with HCA General Resolution 6 Fence Standards.  June 1:  The contractor just advised HCA that entrance project work will start on Friday, June 9, 2017, a change from the previous June 15 start date; HCA again advised Affected Neighbors via email messages to remove their private property from related HCA Common Areas, and to ensure compliance with HCA Fence Standards.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Reston RELAC appears to be posting timely system operation status updates on their official company website, in addition to emails they send directly to hundreds of customers and cluster homeowner associations.  So for the most up-to-date information, please visit the RELAC website.

Friday, May 12, 2017


From RA this morning:  "Members of Reston Association's Board of Directors will host four district meetings.  Residents in each district will be able to provide feedback and hear updates on a variety of district and community-related topics.  Lake Anne / Tall Oaks District (meeting will be) hosted by (RA Board of Directors President) Sherri Hebert (on) Wednesday, June 7; 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Reston Community Center - Jo Ann Rose Gallery, 1609-A Washington Plaza."

Monday, May 8, 2017


As advised in the May 1, 2017 Common Area Parking notice, parking hang tags and hang tag numbers must be visible at all times.  Vehicles without visible hang tags or numbers are subject to citation and towing.  In addition, 2015 hang tags lost and replaced, or otherwise unaccounted for, with the following numbers are now invalid and cannot be used for HCA parking:  Original or replacement tags 113, 125, 126, 127, 128, 133, 134, 159, 160, 191, 203, 204, 216, 225, 226, 237, 238, 253, 254, 267, 281, and 282 reported as lost; and replacement tags 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 294 and 295 unaccounted for due to clerical error.  Members who see these invalid HCA hang tags should report the vehicle description, license plate number, and location to a Director or TWC.  UPDATES ... May 10:  Hang tag 294 identified as Block 1 lost tag 216 replacement, list revised.  May 11:  Hang tag 292 identified as in use by Block 1 resident pending corresponding lost tag number, list revised.  June 27:  Block 3 lost tag 113 found, replacement tag 267 lost, list revised.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


The HCA Annual Meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Rose Gallery in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.  TWC will mail meeting information, Director nomination forms, and Proxy absentee vote forms to all HCA Members in late April or early May.  HCA will also post the 2017 meeting packet on this website.  However, only Members in good standing with no past due balances may vote or be elected. 

Two current Director positions are up for nomination and election this year for full three-year terms.  HCA encourages interested Members in good standing to provide Nomination Form statements of interest and qualifications to TWC as soon as possible, but no later than 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, and to indicate if you would like that information posted on this HCA website.  Or you can choose to be nominated at the Annual Meeting itself.

Volunteer Directors of this non-profit, non-stock corporation are tasked by the original 1964 HCA Articles of Incorporation with maintaining and improving the Common Areas; enforcing covenants and restrictions; and assessing, collecting, and disbursing funds; all for the benefit of the property and peace, health, comfort, and safety of residents.  Directors typically review budgets, proposals, and contracts; collaborate with other Directors, neighbors, and consultants to make critical decisions; and may provide hands-on project leadership.  Directors must meet at least quarterly, but usually meet monthly.  At whatever level, HCA welcomes your participation.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


From the Reston RELAC air conditioning chilled water service team this morning:  "We are beginning our pre-season startup procedures for the RELAC system.  Please check your basement or other location in your home where your chilled water equipment is located.  Please call if you have any questions as to where the equipment is located.  You may hear air in your AC pipes occasionally while we pressurize the system and this is normal.  As always call if you see any signs of leaking or any other questions and we are looking forward to serving you for the upcoming cooling season.  All hosebibs should be fully closed and only used by service technicians.  As a reminder the 2017 season startup date is May 22, or the 2nd consecutive 80 degree day in May."  UPDATES ... April 24:  "As you know the official startup date is May 22 or the 2nd consecutive 80 degree day in May.  With that said we are pushing our schedule to try to get it (the chilled water central plant) operational by this Friday April 28th.  April 27:  "Reston RELAC is now operational (and chilled water is available for cooling in customer systems)!!  We began operations at noon on April 27.  Our push to get ready early for the 2017 season has been successful.  Once we get past this hot weather we will need to shutdown for a few hours during the day to complete the startup process.  We even beat our estimate of this Friday at noon.  Please let us know of any services issues by calling us at (703) 349-3301 ... "  May 11:  Due to the cooler weather RELAC has been temporarily turned off.  The weather forecast shows under 60 degrees for the next few days.  Sunday at noon is the most likely time for resuming operations.  If the temperature goes below 60 degrees we will again shutdown until noon the following day.  During shutdown times water will continue circulating but only at ground temperature cool.  For future service updates, please visit the Reston RELAC website at, and contact them to make sure you receive their service update emails directly.

Monday, March 13, 2017


From our snow removal contractor late this afternoon:  "... we will be mobilizing our snow/ice management team for the impending winter weather event.  Forecasts are conflicting right now so I am not sure exactly how much precipitation we will get and in what form it will be in.  Regardless we are ready for whatever mother nature happens to throw our way and will make sure that Hickory Cluster is in good shape. ... "  From the NOAA National Weather Service for Reston as of 3:04 p.m. today:  "Tonight:  Rain and snow likely before 8:00 p.m., then snow between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., then snow and sleet after 2:00 a.m.  The snow could be heavy at times.  Low around 30F.  Southeast wind 10-16 m.p.h. becoming Northeast after midnight.  Winds could gust as high as 24 m.p.h.   Chance of precipitation is 100%.  Total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of 2-4 inches possible.  Tuesday:  Snow, mainly before 2:00 p.m., then a chance of snow showers after 2:00 p.m.  The snow could be heavy at times.  High near 35F.  North wind 14-17 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 26 m.p.h.  Chance of precipitation is 100%.  New snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.  Tuesday Night:  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 2:00 a.m.  Cloudy, with a low around 22F.  Northwest wind 15-17 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 25 m.p.h.  Chance of precipitation is 50%.  Wednesday:  A slight chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29F.  Blustery, with a Northwest wind 16-24 m.p.h., with gusts as high as 38 m.p.h. Chance of precipitation is 20%."

Thursday, March 2, 2017


HCA will celebrate substantial completion of the Stream Restoration project and footbridge replacement with a gathering at the Blocks 1-2 stream pond footbridge on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  RA Lake Anne / Tall Oaks Director Sherri Hebert, RA CEO Cate Fulkerson, RA Watershed Manager Nicki Bellezza, Wetland Studies Project Manager Frank Graziano, and the HCA Board of Directors will participate.  All HCA residents are invited to attend. 

UPDATE ... With Members, Directors, and guests braving sub-freezing temperatures on an otherwise beautiful sunny day, HCA presented a surprise framed letter of thanks to the Wetland Studies team for the exceptional leadership, knowledge, and experience they provided to transform an eroding streambed from an environmental liability to a community asset.  In another surprise, HCA presented former multiple-term Director and Member architect-in-residence Ralph P. Youngren, FAIA with a laser-etched stainless steel plaque dedicating to him the replacement pond footpath bridge he designed ... now to be known as the Youngren Bridge.  The event concluded with a champagne toast to everyone who helped bring this decade-long project to successful completion.


The HCA grounds maintenance contractor will begin their Spring 2017 flowerbed/planter mulching and clean-up next week, March 6-10, in preparation for seasonal weekly mowing and related tasks.  And our tree maintenance contractor will begin removing HCA-approved high risk trees from now through about March 10.  In addition, HCA Spring 2017 Cluster Clean-Up will be held during the entire month of March 2017.  During this period, HCA encourages Members to remove vines from tree trunks and branches, remove debris behind rear row houses and carriage houses, stack fallen tree debris near the central RA footpath or HCA streets for April contractor removal, and remove personal property stored on nearby Common Areas.  However, Members should not otherwise remove invasive species English Ivy from HCA Common Areas because it provides inexpensive ground cover that controls soil erosion.  Be careful to avoid Poison Ivy and similar plants.  Contact individual Directors to coordinate special projects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


From our snow removal contractor this afternoon:  " ... there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow night into Thursday. ... I do not think we will be mobilizing our snow and ice management team.  I feel that whatever does fall will melt upon contact.  Snow that falls and actually sticks will be mainly on the grassy areas.  I will continue to monitor the situation and if anything changes I will let you know. ... "  From the NOAA National Weather Service, also this afternoon:  "Wednesday night, rain before 4:00 a.m., then rain and snow.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.  Thursday, snow, mainly before 7:00 a.m., then a chance of snow showers after noon. ... "