April 2019 Reston Now article provided an early project report.
For more June 23 Vantage Hill project application package information, see the following links:
Developer DRB Application, Attachments
Vantage Hill Condo Assn. Letter to Owners
Developer Letter to Affected Parties, Map, List
Affected Parties Statements of Concern
Developer Site Plans Proposed
Developer + Vantage Hill Slide Presentation
To attend the June 23 FDRB virtual Zoom meeting, see the Affected Parties Letter link above and/or the following online access summary:
Meeting ID: 956 8866 0759
Monday, June 22, 2020
HCA website Governing Documents webpage for cluster-specific HCA General Resolution architectural standards that take precedence over RA guidelines, the more general RA DRB Cluster Housing Design Guidelines webpage, and the RA DRB application webpage.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
The HCA Board of Directors advised that they will hold a monthly Regular Meeting on June 17, 2020 as a public GoToMeeting due to continuing coronavirus pandemic emergency concerns. Virginia law requires homeowners' associations to hold physical public meetings and Director votes, but April 22, 2020 emergency legislation temporarily allows association meetings via electronic means without the requirement of at least two directors meeting in person. HCA Members can attend the meeting online at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join using the GoToMeeting webpage or app. Or attendees can dial into the meeting via telephone at (312) 757-3119 or toll free at (866) 899-4679. Participation requires a 9-digit security Access Code available to HCA Members via email request prior to the meeting from HCA Secretary Tom Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org. HCA Regular Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact HCA Secretary Drake.
The gel is mostly a substance called sodium polyacrylate, a powder that can absorb 300 times its weight in water, something very effective in diapers. However, the meal kit providers give conflicting recycling guidance. Blue Apron says "Defrost pack completely, cut corner and drain contents in sink, recycle empty plastic pack." Hello Fresh says "Cut a corner, empty non-toxic contents into trash, recycle plastic pack." Freshly also says to dump the gel in your trash. But from industry leader Blue Apron you might get the impression that pouring this gel into your sink and down your drain with lots of water and garbage disposal action in general is okay. Especially if you tend to recycle as much as possible. Wrong, wrong, wrong. What the meal kit ice packs should say is: "DO NOT EVER POUR THIS STUFF DOWN YOUR DRAIN". If you do and it clogs, it may take three or more tries with a 60 ft. rotating mechanical snake to somehow move it out of the way. Roto-Rooter charged an HCA Member a flat $655 fee for this, and it did not work the first two times. If the snake fails, your plumber may have to try a water jet system, typically used to remove restaurant drain grease. That will cost about $2,000. Bottom line: Just throw the entire meal kit ice pack ... water and gel and plastic bag ... into your trash. Or send them back to Blue Apron as described in a June 4, 2017 Mother Jones article. Anywhere but NOT your drain. UPDATE ... Large meal pack gel packs create another problem if left to thaw in a stainless steel kitchen sink during humid weather. The packs chill the stainless steel, the humid air condenses on the underside steel surface inside the sink storage cabinet, and the condensation then drips down onto the cabinet bottom. If not somehow contained, this dripping condensation will ruin unprotected cabinet wood.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
The HCA Board of Directors advised yesterday that they will hold a monthly Regular Meeting on May 20, 2020 as a public GoToMeeting due to continuing coronavirus pandemic emergency orders. Virginia law requires homeowners' associations to hold physical public meetings and Director votes, but April 22, 2020 emergency legislation temporarily allows association meetings via electronic means without the requirement of at least two directors meeting in person. However, Code of Virginia Chapter 18 Section 55.1-1815, Paragraph G still requires associations to provide members with at least 14 days annual or regular meeting advance notice. HCA Members can attend the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smartphone via https://global.gotomeeting.com/join after downloading, installing, and running the GoToMeeting application. Or attendees can dial into the meeting via telephone at (312) 757-3119 or toll free at (866) 899-4679. Participation requires a 9-digit meeting security Access Code available to HCA Members via email request prior to the meeting from HCA Secretary Tom Drake at email@example.com. HCA Regular Meetings normally begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact HCA Secretary Drake.
Monday, May 11, 2020
BLOCK 1 Wednesday, May 13
BLOCK 2 Wednesday-Thursday, May 13-14
BLOCK 3 Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18
This schedule is subject to change depending on weather and other factors. HCA residents should remove all personal property stored on hardscape Common Areas, including planting pots and furniture, to allow contractor access and cleaning of all areas. Residents should also relocate their vehicles parked near sidewalks if concerned about possible damage. This work will include Block 3 front main entry door Common Area elevated landings and carriage house driveway aprons from building edge private property lines.
HCA website posts and Fairfax County website posts.
May 13: "The forecast is for 80 degree temperatures this Friday and Saturday (May 15-16). RELAC will start up this Friday by noon for at least two days. Then the forecast is for 4 cooler days. If this forecast holds RELAC may not be operating till the temperatures gets to 70 again Thursday May 21. ... "
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
From RELAC LLC President Mark Waddell to customers via email this morning: "I hope everyone is staying safe. With the current stay at home directive it is very important to make sure our system is operational so our customers are able to use their A/C effectively. RELAC began the seasonal startup process on April 1. This year we are only using our regular staff for startup and not hiring any temporary workers. We made this decision to limit contact between our staff and outside help in order to keep our staff as safe as possible. Therefore the startup will take longer than usual. We will do our best to get everything up and running by the second 80 Degree day in May. If the RELAC team needs to do some work within your homes they will first ask if you are comfortable with them entering. They will wear gloves and masks to keep everyone as safe as possible. Our mask supply is getting low and we are finding it hard to find good replacements. If anyone has any information where to find masks to help us out, we be most appreciative."