Grab your kids and gather around the YouTubes machine for yet another edition of Reston Today. In this thrilling May installment, dulcet-toned Andy Sigle dons a hard hat and visits the Wiehle Metro station's parking garage, where Dave Mesich, senior superintendent of construction, updates us all on the progress at everyone's favorite Sleestak pit:
"We dug a big hole," he explains. "Then we filled it with concrete and steel."
Along with the usual hawtt concrete riser action we've grown accustomed to in previous video tours of the garage, we get to see the shiny new glass atrium that will transport pedestrians from the sun-filled civic plaza to the dark shadowy nether regions where the buses (and aforementioned Sleestaks) will prowl. Even the concrete planters that will adorn the civic plaza are already in place, though the fanciful concrete bollards are still conspicuously absent.
Also, with garage construction topped off, the first of the five high-rise buildings are now rising from the ground. Along with the interim retail center that will someday become the ground floor of a hotel, the vowel-free apartment building is now built up to the second floor. Work will "really get rolling" this summer, we're told.
Moving away from the construction site, we learn about this weekend's long-anticipated reopening of Dogwood Pool. But to be honest, we weren't paying much attention because of this teaser at the beginning of the video:
That's right. Reston will soon be besieged by millions of the winged crawly hell-beasts known as cicadas. "They're quite harmless," Sigle says reassuringly. Yeah, right. That's what they said about the Sleestaks too, and just look what happened, the end.