Lake Anne condo association facing list of repairs
From balcony drainage problems and potholes in parking lots to cracks in several retaining walls, an engineering firm has identified multiple infrastructure problems with Lake Anne . Village Center, which contributed to months without hot water for residents earlier this year.
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn visited the community for a gathering on Wednesday (July 14) that attracted more than 40 people.
Possible solutions he discussed included having the Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association (LARCA) relinquish an asset, such as a parking lot, or development rights to Fairfax County in exchange for financial assistance from the county.
“This is the cultural heart of Reston,” Alcorn said of Lake Anne, noting that the village center is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The private community was established by Reston founder Robert Simon and construction began in 1963. But problems with the aging infrastructure have prompted residents to turn to the county for help.
LARCA president Jason Romano told Reston Now residents have had hot water after crews resolved issues in areas and the condo association used some $300,000 in its reserves to replace the system.
“This is not a quick fix,” Romano said after the meeting. “It’s not like breaking hot water at home. You are going to call a plumber; you may be without water for a day or two.”
Consulting firm Samaha Associates shared its findings after a pair of engineers assessed the village center’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure, spokesman Lisa Connors said in a statement.
The company identified one safety issue and found that some planters on the decks of the Heron House had exposed reinforcement, so district personnel notified the management company and communicated the issue to residents, Alcorn’s office said.
At the meeting, Michael Schaefer, whose wife sits on LARCA’s board, shared his concerns over management issues, pointing to the partial collapse of the 12-story Surfside high-rise building in Miami on June 24, which killed at least 97 people. others are still missing.
“We have gallons and gallons and gallons of water pouring out of the cracks in the pipes… here,” he said.
Romano said the newly replaced water system uses a fraction of the water it previously used.
“We shouldn’t have any more leaks,” he said.
The technical analysis of visible infrastructure could have cost estimates in the first week of September. Proposals from contractors are required for further details.
Suggesting that detection technology could be used to detect potential problems underground, Alcorn said he wants to address the infrastructure issues, revitalize Lake Anne and improve the sustainability of LARCA, which he says needs to be restructured.
He added that he is trying to ensure that solutions are found now so that no such conversation happens again in the near future.