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Friday, July 20, 2012

So It Begins: Parc Reston Demolition Marks Unofficial Start to Reston Redevelopment

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Fans of stuff getting busted up real good should set up camp in the Macaroni Grill parking lot, as demolition is slated to begin on three of the buildings in the Parc Reston complex off Reston Parkway and Not Really Temporary Road. Fortunately, the 82 units in the three buildings to be demolished "have been vacated," sparing us some last-minute hilarity and hijinx.

The remaining buildings in the complex, which are all condos instead of rental apartments, will remain, giving their residents a front-row view of the construction of two 14-story residential towers connected by a fancy glass atrium. Behold the planned hawtness, which was approved by the DRB late last year:

Construction is slated to begin later in the year, according to our BFFs at Patch.

We doubt many tears will be shed over the loss of these buildings or the Fairway Apartments just down the road, whenever construction work on that massive redevelopment project begins there. But together, they mark a new stage for Reston, as for the first time large residential complexes are being torn down to build even larger, newer ones. We'll likely soon add the Crescent Apartments complex near Lake Anne to the list, once county officials announce the winner of its request for proposals to redevelop the county-owned property. (County officials now say that an announcement is planned for sometime in the third quarter.)

So get ready, folks. It's going to be a bumpy ride.


12 comments:

  1. Speak for yourself, Restonian. I like Fairway apartments. They have a charm that the proposed glass towers do not. I would rather live in a garden apartment than one of the proposed soulless monstrosities.

    Besides, in the off chance that some jihadi smashes a jet liner into your building, you won't kill yourself jumping from the balcony of your top floor apartment at Fairway. I doubt you can make the same claim from the 23rd floor of Beelzebub Towers I or II.

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  2. Agree that I wouldn't want to live in a shiny glass tower, but neither Fairway nor Parc Reston really screams "Reston" to me. Both have the feel of Any Downscale Suburb, USA.

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  3. For the 40th straight year, no housing redevelopment has occurred in south Reston. Just a few more years and we can have everything south of the Toll Road listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

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  4. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJuly 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Great idea, Anon 5:50 -- South Reston as the official 1970s Suburban Historical District of the United States. While we're at it, we can turn one of those vacant stores in Hunters Woods into the Smithsonian's National Museum of 1970s Home Design and Decorating. Pink bathrooms. Shag rugs. Sunken living rooms. Avocado kitchen appliances. Laundry chutes!

    The 1970s: the decade that taste forgot and time cannot improve.

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    1. Outstanding idea, Peasant. I've been looking for an appropriate place to where my leisure suit, silk shirt, platform shoes and man bag.

      Do you think that they'll put the Bee Gees on an endless loop soundtrack?

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  5. My avocado appliances are long since worn out and replaced with soulless white. But I still have my laundry chute. I still savor the look on evil delight on my boys' faces (then 8 and 10) when they realized the cat would fit in the laundry chute.

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  6. "I like Fairway apartments. They have a charm that the proposed glass towers do not."

    Fairway Apartments are a squalid eyesore utterly lacking in charm. Good riddance to them. I fail to see why such shabby creations have any "soul" or are worth preserving.

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    1. Spoken like a true developer, anon. I guess your townhouse has that steel and glass exterior instead of a brick one.

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  7. Hey, I sublet an apartment in Parc Reston when I first moved here! It was reasonably affordable, comfortable and certainly convenient to all things Reston and beyond.
    Sorry very sorry that its very physical appearance OFFENDS all you highly-aesthetic types, including you, Restonian! You sound like one of those highly-refined joes (see: jackass) that sit on the RDB. Apparently, you seem to favor the "built-up-like-Tysons and Ballston" sort of view from your front window...congratulations!... that is what you are getting.

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  8. Obviously, Anonymous, you aren't accustomed to living in "downscale" housing, like the rest of the middle class, har har.

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  9. Despite some what folks may think or desire, Reston is not a middle class community. We're talking the 1% here, not middle class. That is not to say that I want to live in a big city atmosphere with noise, traffic, trash, and crime. I left the Big Apple to come here in 1986 in search of a quieter, less crowded, and less tense lifestyle. Seems like that is gone.

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  10. All of these replies are from snobbish people. Makes me sad to live here.

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