Thursday, December 14, 2006

Bowling for Condos (or Visa Versa) in Falls Church


While plans for the north side of Falls Church’s City Center village project have apparently stalled, the same is not true for the southern part of this project, encompassing 5.3 acres on the south side of the 200 block of W. Broad Street, extending down to the current Bowl America site. On Tuesday at a special City Hall briefing, Falls Church leaders and Atlantic Realty representatives officially unveiled their plans for this long-awaited project, which includes a nine-story office on W. Broad Street, a 10-story, 180-room hotel at the corner of S. Maple and Annandale Road, and a new 55,000 sf Harris Teeter grocery on the Bowl America site. In addition, there will be 500 rental apartment units over the grocery store site, plus a 67-unit senior living condo building, 25,000 sf of new retail, and 1,500 parking spaces. And don’t fear – Bowl America is expected to be relocated to a new site, ensuring funky polyester shirts and cheese fries for generations to come. Atlantic Realty is currently seeking comprehensive zoning changes to accommodate the project, which the company hopes to start building in September 2007, with a completion date of 2011. The project plans are expected to be opened for public comment starting sometime this January.

3 comments:

dgarbs said...

I can't wait for a new Falls Church. However, I am very concerned that it will all look like fake colonial style and very "fairfax county government building"-esque. Brick is great, but let's be a Little more creative in the design....

Anonymous said...

All the new development looks awful. What happened to the days when architects made buildings that were works of art instead buildings that are inspired by disneyland sets made of cardboard and the fake stick on brick. Those fake materials fool no one. All junk!

Nick on Dec 22, 2006, 6:12:00 PM said...

Like everything else, the first folks to do that style did it well and it was novel and welcome after years of buildings ignoring the historical surroundings, then the years of carbon-copy imitations and laziness ruined it - same can be said for every style over the decades. What we need are some forward-looking architects to stop the faux-retro thing and be daring enough to try something respectful of neighbors but looking forward ... and of course having developers willing to pay for it (that money thing always gets in the way ...).

 

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