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:
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.