Sunday, October 30, 2016


HCA Directors at the October monthly Board meeting continued ongoing discussions and agreed on a new uniform landscaping plan to enhance both the Maple Ridge Road and Hickory Cluster entrance Common Areas.  The Member advisory team, Perfect Landscapes designer, and project leader Director Blake Travis collaborated after the meeting to revise the plans and reduce proposed costs to fit within an agreed maximum budget.  HCA then signed a contract to include regular maintenance for the first year, and work will begin following RA DRB approval of a related HCA tree removal application.  Affected Neighbors will be notified in advance and asked to remove any private property from these HCA Common Areas before clearing and planting.  Future improvements will include other similar hardscaped and landscaped areas clusterwide.  UPDATES ... a three-person RA DRB panel will discuss the HCA tree removal application and related landscaping plan as agenda item No. 5 during its Tuesday, December 6, 2016 public meeting at RA Headquarters, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.  Agenda items may be called earlier or later than announced, so interested Members should arrive no later than the 7:00 p.m. meeting start time.  On December 6, 2016, an RA DRB panel of three approved an HCA application for removal of a single Dogwood tree and replacement with three new Dogwoods at the Maple Ridge Road entrance, and advised that related planned entrance enhancement planting was an internal HCA issue not subject to RA review or approval.  However, the panel requested confirmation that planned Lirope was not an RA-designated invasive species before HCA proceeds further.  On February 21, 2017, the full RA DRB heard additional Member comments and voted to support the DRB panel December 6 decision that allowed the HCA project to proceed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


HCA Directors learned this week that two unlocked Member vehicles were ransacked last night, this time at the north end of Block 2 in the 1153x and 1159x Maple Ridge Rd. address areas.  They are the most recent of several nighttime car burglaries in all Blocks dating back more than a year that HCA Directors discussed with Members at the May 2016 Annual Meeting.  Fairfax County Police detained one suspected local car burglar in August:  " ... A resident reported two males looking into vehicles in the parking lot. ... One of the suspects was apprehended shortly thereafter. Property was recovered. ... "  The arrest mugshot shows the suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt.  Coincidentally, a Block 2 Member captured 4:30 a.m. security camera images of a car burglar at work last Spring ... tall and wearing a hooded sweatshirt.  HCA Members should call FCPD at (703) 691-2131 to formally report items stolen from Hickory Cluster vehicles, and (703) 246-2786 to claim stolen items already reported that may have been recovered.  FCPD cannot identify or return recovered stolen items without a formal crime report.  More importantly:  LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND REMOVE VALUABLES.  UPDATE ... FCPD reported November 1 that another Hickory Cluster vehicle was burglarized in the 15000 Maple Ridge Rd. area.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Although not publicly reported until today, affordable senior housing provider Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) signed an agreement on September 1, 2016 with affordable housing developer Community Preservation and Development Corp. (CPDC) for a new facility to replace all 240 apartment units in two 1970s buildings now massed in the center of the site.  FSF says there is " ... sufficient excess land available on the site to allow construction of a new building.  Once the new building is completed, the tenants of the existing building will be able to move in. ... "  These statements indicate that, like the 2014 plan presented to RA DRB for comments, FSF may again propose to build along Baron Cameron Ave., Village Rd., North Shore Dr., and Hickory Cluster Block 1 property lines.  It also appears that such a plan may require removal of numerous mature trees that have provided a natural visual buffer to Block 1 homes for decades.  According to the original March 1964 Reston Deed of Dedication Book 2431 page 359 subdivison land survey, the Hickory Cluster Block 1 property line with the FSF parcel is 75.66 feet from the carriage house rear patio far edges.  Fairfax County Planned Residential Community (PRC) Commercial/Industrial zoning regulations and building setback requirements may also apply.  FSF and CPDC must still finalize architectural plans, obtain RA DRB approval, obtain required zoning and building permits, and secure construction financing.  More information is available in previous HCA website posts.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


From Reston RELAC LLC yesterday:  "The end of the 2016 Cooling Season is this Sunday, October 9.  We had a record number of over-90F days this summer without any major problems. ... During the next four weeks we will schedule work that had to wait until the end of the cooling season to be completed.  Many of you may need shutdown valves replaced on your systems.  While the water pipes are drained is the time for any maintenance on your units.  The water pipes will be empty from October 24 through November 23.  ... "  And remember to leave your system inside return valve open so Winter furnace-heated water or air between the supply and return valves can escape without expanding and rupturing your chilled water cooling coils.