Marriott International has an agreement with Comstock Partners to bring one of its Renaissance-branded hotels to the real estate developer’s mixed-use center at Reston Station, the Washington Business Journal first reported on Mar. 11.
Designed by Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects, the 250-key hotel will also have 80 luxury condominium residential units situated at the top of the building, which will be situated on a site bordered by Reston Station Boulevard, Wiehle Avenue, and Sunset Hills Road, according to the Washington Business Journal.
With construction expected to begin later this year and an anticipated completion date of 2022, the Renaissance Reston Station hotel is part of Comstock’s planned Promenade extension to its existing mixed-use development at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.
The presence of the Silver Line Metro station was a major factor in attracting Marriott to Reston Station, according to Comstock Holding Companies executive vice president of development and asset management Timothy Steffan.
“[We] introduced [Marriott] to the site, and very quickly we both agreed that this is a partnership that we’d like to be in,” Steffan said. “It’s an excellent site location with accessibility proximate to both National Airport and Dulles Airport, and then the deal just took its own form and we finished it fairly quickly.”
The Reston Station location will be Marriott’s third Renaissance hotel in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, joining hotels in downtown D.C. and Arlington.
Comstock wants to turn Reston Station into the “premiere” mixed-use development in Reston, and the company sees hospitality as a critical component of making that vision come true.
“It’s one of the necessary elements that you would require in any true mixed-use development,” Steffan said. “…When you get a global brand like Marriott that has the reservation system they have, you’ve got a loyalty program that is going to bring not only some level of tourists and weekend visitors, but you’re going to get a significant amount of business travel. That business travel really helps to fuel a lot of the uses.”
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Comstock’s proposed Reston Station Promenade development on Apr. 10, 2018, expanding on the 1.7 million square feet previously approved for Reston Station.
Bringing 1.3 million square feet of development on an 8.4-acre site, the Promenade will replace the former Sunset Hills Professional Park with up to 80,000 square feet in ground-floor retail, two residential buildings with up to 540 units, a 14-story, 300,000 square-foot office building, and the Marriott Renaissance hotel.
Fairfax County owns 1.3 acres of the site, and as part of the Promenade development’s approval, Comstock committed to making 16.5 percent of its residential units affordable and contributing more than $1.9 million to the county’s affordable housing trust fund, the county reported at the time of the board vote.
According to the Washington Business Journal, Comstock now controls nearly 40 acres and 4.5 million square feet of possible development within a walk’s distance of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.
In addition to the Marriott announcement, Comstock confirmed on Mar. 11 that Google will be moving into Reston Station at the Reston Metro Plaza as part of the technology company’s plans to double its workforce in Virginia.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the Virginia expansion on Feb. 13 in a blog post detailing plans to expand in 14 states and invest more than $13 billion in data centers and offices around the U.S. in 2019.
Steffan said on Wednesday that he is close to completing more retail deals related to restaurants and entertainment that he hopes to be able to announce soon.
The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, which counts Comstock among its corporate sponsors, welcomed the news that Marriott will establish a hotel in Reston Station.
“We’re thrilled,” Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Mark Ingrao said. The growing density of development in Reston means that space is increasingly difficult to come by.
Ingrao says that the local business community and organizations like the chamber need more conference space, though he suggests that a convention center would be ideal.
“We just hope it’s a big hotel, and we hope they have a lot of conference space,” Ingrao said. “…We love our Hyatt partners and our Sheraton partners, but we’re also happy to have other venues where our businesses can come here and host events here.”