Monday, September 29, 2008

Residential "Village" Springing Up in Arlington


This coming fall, Silver Spring-based hotel and golf course developer Sunburst Hospitality will open its first residential project, Vista on Courthouse, in Arlington's Courthouse District. The development sports a blend of townhomes, duplexes and apartments two blocks from the Courthouse Metro station.
Construction at the former Quality Inn site began in the summer of 2007, after languishing for more than 2 years after receiving the go-ahead from the Arlington County Board. Two hotel structures on the site were razed to make way for the new WDG-designed, 11-story, 507,735-square foot tower. Vista will feature 252 rental apartments - with 14 reserved for affordable housing - and floorplans ranging from 1100 to 2400 square feet apiece. In addition to rental units, the developer has also inserted 24 brick facade townhomes, 4 duplexes and 7 “plank townhomes” into the grounds that will go on sale upon completion of the project. Coming in at a cost of $88.5 million, Vista will feature an in-house movie theater and bar, a fitness center, game room, outdoor pool and park.
While the project at 1200 North Courthouse Road is not seeking LEED certification, its website features a laundry list of features labeled “green” - including its “Metro-centric” location and storm water recycling system. Another highlight of the design: a supremely-private, 3-story underground parking area that features direct access to individual units from self-contained, closed door garages – much like one would find adjoining any home in the suburbs. This touch - coupled with sidewalks and private streets - is part of the developer’s strategy to create a “village” atmosphere in the middle of downtown Rosslyn. Construction on the project is being handled by the Donohoe Construction Company.

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