According to the Washington Post, a public planning workshop is scheduled for today at 6:00 pm at the Herndon Senior Center. The workshop is part of a year-long study to update Herndon’s land-use plan, including the plans for Metro’s new Silver Line rail extension station scheduled to open in 2016.
The station, though planned for the median of the Dulles Toll Road, will have a pedestrian bridge which town officials hope will connect to a public plaza, mixed-use offices and residential buildings, and other development. Attendees of the workshop will review plans and photos of Metro stations in Hyattsville, Silver Spring, Wheaton, and Clarendon to discuss which types of development appeal to them. Another workshop is scheduled for the fall and the Herndon Town Council is expected to adopt a plan in the spring.
Significant redevelopment in an area, including the addition of a popular transit choice like Metro, will undoubtedly affect property values in the area.
Herndon isn’t the only jurisdiction making big plans along the Silver Line–Arlington County recently adopted it’s redevelopment plan for the other end of the planned Silver Line at East Falls Church Metro station.