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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuff Gettin' Smashed: Parc Reston Demolition in Full Force

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This is what it looks like when an earth-toned dream dies.

A Confidential Restonian Operative sent us these exciting photos of demolition work at Parc Reston, where three of the midrise condo/apartment buildings are getting torn down to make way for two 14-story residential towers. (The remaining buildings will stand, although we think the ones in the picture above are next for the wood chipper, warily eying their ultimate fate with the blank, soulless eyes of the vacated rental unit.

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Will the tree be saved? We just don't know.

With approved redevelopment projects across the street at the Reston Times building and just down North Shore at Fairway Apartments, it's going to be a busy couple of years for demolitioners, or whatever you call people with the awesome job of bustin' stuff up real good, in our neighborhood. They might want to consider getting a Frequent Eater card at the Macaroni Grill across the street, at least until the Spectrum Center, too, falls under the wrecking ball at some point in the future, the end.

16 comments:

  1. Screw the Gay Whales. Save the Low-Rise Garden Apartments!

    No Growth is Smart Growth.

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  2. I hope they implode the office building across the street with explosives when the time comes.

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  3. I am pretty sure that the tree is gone

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  4. A wonder whether they had RA approval for that, Anon 1131.

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  5. All we need in Reston is more high raises with traffic to go with it in a place where no new access roads are available and the transportation as confused and unused as ever I have seen on large buses. The bus stops are pathetic looking and very uninviting. maggie stewart

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  6. We live in the condos there. My three year-olds enjoy watching the destruction, but now they want to destroy things in our house. When we watched the trees being crushed,one of my boys said, "This is making God sad."

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    1. Sorry Dawn, but I think you need to explain to your boys that this is Fairfax County, and God doesn't have much to say about what goes on here.

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    2. That's right --- he doesn't even get to put more that two messages a day on a fixed church sign; but the cops get to put unlimited numbers of them (with moving letters no less!) on mobile signs in the middle of the so-called Reston "Parkway."

      It's tough to be among the faithful here!

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    3. PS -- Maybe that's why it's called "Temporary" Road?

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    4. The Convict says that the demolition of low-rise apartments makes Baby Jesus cry...

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  7. Rose By Any Other NameSeptember 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Yah, I used to sublet one of those apartments when I first moved to Reston for my job, decent enough place to live for a while, too.

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  8. I had no idea this was happening until I turned on Reston Parkway and saw a cloud of dust. People bought places out here in hopes that someday there would be a metro. It's totally unfair that they get booted out. Reston doesn't need more high rises.

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    1. You can still buy one if you want!

      http://www.homesdatabase.com/homes-for-sale/VA/RESTON/20190/11707-OLDE-ENGLISH-DR-11707--73587458

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    2. Olde English is part of the condos. They're only taking down the apartments...at least for now.

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  9. Where is Sustainable Reston and Habitat for Humanity Restore? The entire structure is being demolished with NO recycling or reuse at all?

    That's a disgusting waste.

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    1. Metro inevitably brings the Ballstonization of RTC. Bad, drab Soviet style architecture is not inevitable, however. It is chosen by drab, soulless property developers with more money than taste. Unfortunately, the design for these twin towers is an abomination and a sore sight for the eyes. A pity that an opportunity to erect a landmark structure has been lost.

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