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.