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Paid Parking slowly killing Reston Town Center?

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"End of Free Parking is the Last Straw for Some Reston Residents" by Antonio Olivo on washingtonpost.com

...and, with free weekend parking:

"Family Fun Saturdays - March 11" on restontowncenter.com

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FWIW - decided to meet friends at Mon Ami on Sunday for Brunch - excellent food and even better create-your-own Bloody Mary bar.  Restaurant was busy, but there were empty tables and you could easily sit in the bar area.  Parking was free and here was plenty of it.

When leaving, it was noticeably quiet and many of the restaurants we passed on our way to our car were not busy.  

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What worries me is what happened about twenty years ago, when people said "the last straw" was tearing down Evans Farm Inn. That was the beginning of *all* this "Tysons as the next New York" crap peddled on people by real-estate developers. The Metro to Dulles should have been underground until it got out to the toll road; now it's just a big eyesore, and always will be. I'm all for Metro going to Dulles; they simply (or, not-so-simply, because it would have been expensive as hell) needed to have run it underground until it got out past the commercial sector of Route 7 - *then*, it could have run above-ground between the toll lanes, and nobody would have cared. Tysons is an absolute disgrace, and Route 7 - between the Beltway and around Tyco Road - may be the single ugliest stretch of asphalt in the entire DC Metro area right now. I don't care how much it would have cost to have run the Metro underground to that point, but as a long-term investment, it would have been worth it. This is Virginia's Whitehurst Freeway.

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The people who run the RTC can do whatever they want - their choice. They can also watch the patrons of the stores and restaurnats and whatever also make a choice - some may stay and pay, others will say piss off and go somewhere else.

Retail is dead. It's been dead for 20 years.

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More Attention for Town Center Parking Debate — Reston Town Center merchant Aaron Gordon was on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on D.C. radio station WAMU on Tuesday speaking about paid parking at the Town Center. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was also on the show to give her thoughts. [WAMU/player.fm]

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Town Center Restaurant Files Lawsuit Against Boston Properties Over Parking

by Dave Emke — March 23, 2017 at 11:00 am3 Comments

ParkRTC sign in Reston Town Center

(Edited 11:35 a.m. with more information from lawsuit and link to view document)

The first lawsuit regarding Boston Properties’ paid parking system at Reston Town Center has been filed.

In a press release Thursday morning, Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge (11927 Democracy Drive) announced the suit, which includes a motion for a temporary injunction over the “cumbersome paid parking system [Boston Properties] implemented in January 2017.”

Representatives of Town Center businesses have been meeting among themselves to discuss their options since paid parking began, and the threat of potential legal action was first made public in early February.

The suit by Jackson’s (view) was filed Wednesday afternoon in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County. In addition to the injunction, the restaurant seeks “an award of damages of $500,000 or other specific amount to be established at trial.”

According to the lawsuit, Jackson’s says it negotiated lease terms preventing Boston Properties from implementing parking controls that “unduly impede” guests and requiring Boston Properties to assure that any paid parking system must allow Jackson’s to validate parking — at no expense to the restaurant — for guests and employees. The lawsuit claims the validation system imposed by BXP violates the restaurant’s lease rights and the requirements it sought.

“Our team has been inundated with complaints from guests who tell us that the process to use the validation system is cumbersome and confusing,” said Orson Williams, managing partner at Jackson’s, in the announcement. “On top of that, Boston Properties’ parking attendants often give incorrect and misleading instructions when our guests seek help in getting unlimited free parking.”

Jackson’s, operated by Great American Restaurants, opened in the Town Center in 2008.

Restaurants and other businesses within the Town Center have claimed major decreases in business since the paid parking system went into place. An organized protest that took place earlier this month saw hundreds of participants from throughout the community.

Boston Properties has said the impact of paid parking on Town Center business has been “far less” than claimed.

“We did not want to have to sue and we tried to work with Boston Properties to address our concerns and our rights under the lease to give our customers free and hassle-free parking, both before and after Boston Properties implemented this parking system. But they were uncompromising and appeared disinterested in working with us to provide our guests a better experience at Reston Town Center,” said Jon Norton, CEO of Great American Restaurants, in the announcement. “It appears to us that they are focused on maximizing revenue instead of honoring the spirit and terms of our lease, and seem unconcerned with the impact their system has had on the Town Center. It is disappointing that they have spent so much time bolstering a PR campaign rather than working with us to fulfill their lease obligations.”

We have reached out to Boston Properties for comment and this article will be updated with any response that is received.

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Went over to RTC last Sunday to pick some salads at Sweet Green for lunch and the parking garage was pretty empty. Actually parked downstairs and some lights came on from the motion detectors since no one was down there. In the past, the the garage was filled with Sunday Brunch business. 

Also now going to the local 'strip malls' like Plaza America or South Lakes Shopping Center is challenging for parking. These smaller business areas seem to be picking up the slack and unfortunately were not designed to have the parking lots as full as they get these days. 

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