Photos: Make Way for Construction

Crews get busy clearing trees and buildings at Parc Reston.

Demolition has began on a portion of Parc Reston in order to make room for construction of two 14-story towers.

Crews were busy clearing several 40-foot pine trees from the site at Reston Parkway and Temporary Road on Thursday. Demolition of three buildings will likely begin on Friday, members of the demolition team said.

The 82 units - along with the leasing office - slated for demolition were rental properties that have been vacated. The remaining buildings at Parc Reston are condos and will remain.  

After several years and design changes, Design Review Board in November

The design includes two towers and three levels of underground parking. The buildings will most likely be luxury rentals, developers said.


El September 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Just what we need-"luxury" rentals. Told you they are trying to drive the poor and working class out of Reston, didn't i?
Diane Blust September 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It's very sad to see those trees being removed. Fairfax County has a tree canopy goal of 45% by 2030. Reston was only at 37% coverage a few years ago. With all the trees lost in storms of the last few years, we are probably below that now. This is important because trees provide something called "environmental services". They reduce the urban heat island effect, capture storm water, reduce atmospheric carbon, filter the air we breathe, etc. Who is going to replace all the trees? Who is going to pay for the loss of environmental services provided by the trees being removed in the name of progress and development? We will be seeing this picture repeat itself at the nearby Fairway Apartments on North Shore Drive when they are redeveloped. The old growth trees on that site intercept 1.354 million gallons of storm water per year and reduce atmospheric carbon by 184,000 pounds per year. Who pays Restonians for the loss of those environmental services?
Uncle Smartypants September 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
How tall are the towers?
Karen Goff September 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
14 stories
John G September 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
El...good comment, but I think it is already too late and this has occurred...there are two restons: divided by the toll road...working class, disappearing...and elite, and increasing...just look at the stores in the town center...4 places to buy yogurt yet not a single place to buy an aspirin or a postage stamp...
Steve Resz September 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
KILL THE TREES - VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS! These attacks on Reston will continue to happen as long as the Democratic Party continues to nominate people like Supervisor Cathy Hudgins - and Restonians continue to re-elect her. She supported this destruction. Why hasn't the DEMOCRATIC Party come out against this - and the impending destruction of the golf source open space? Because they LOVE Hudgins and her developers, and HATE the trees. For that matter, why haven't the REPUBLICANS come out against it too? Shame on both those Political Parties. Mark my words: Hudgins will come out in favor of spending your hard-earned tax dollars to plant other LITTLE BITTY TREES to replace them somewhere else in the county. RESCUE RESTON.
Chipperson September 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM
So be it
janice atkinson September 14, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Everything that made Reston so special is going, going, GONE!
Stella McEnearny September 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Drove by there this morning...this is sickening, and the resultant 14-story monstrosity will be only slightly dwarfed by the gargantuan, 23-story Goliath to spring up virtually across the street... From Reston to Roslyn in 15 seconds.
RKO September 15, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I would like to lodge a formal complaint to the heads of the Democratic party about Cathy Hudgins. Democrats have not yet become a "by the special interests and for the special interests" party nationwide like the Republicans have, but the developers are surely trying to make inroads in the Va. Democratic party, and in Northern Virginia, developers now completely control the Democratic party. It's a very, very sad statement on the state Democratic party to see some one like Cathy Hudgins basically catering to and serving wealthy Wall Street based developers at the expense of everyone else and using an excuse like "she's giving low income housing to the poor." What an embarrassment and disgrace this woman is to someone like Obama. We really need to remove her from office.
GetReal September 16, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The only way to save Reston from the approaching urban sprawl is to incorporate into an independent city where we can establish our own zoning laws. Fairfax County will always side with the developers because with more density, Fairfax government will get more coin to support their gold plated lifestyle.
HarleyGirl October 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
If you haven't driven by the former Parc Reston recently, please take a moment (OK a very long commuting moment) to look. It is absolutely criminal what they have done. There is not one single tree left on the corner. It looks like a giant bomb went off, leaving nothing behind. How can this be possible? How can it be right for our community? I am so sad to see the Reston I moved into 15 years ago change so radically.


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