Modern look, no "Texas Donut" mean developers can move ahead with redevelopment of aging complex.
By Karen Goff
. . . When JBG last presented to the DRB in June, it was criticized for townhouses that were too tall, a "Texas Donut" (big buildings centered around a parking lot) look for the multifamily buildings, and a look that did not fit in with the Lake Anne area of Reston.
The DRB was not going to approve it, but JBG asked for a last-minute deferral.
Now, the Texas Donut is gone and townhouses will be 3.5 stories. Parking for the multifamily buildings will be in a podium position that will blend in with the surroundings.
JBG architects also used nearby buildings, such as the Charles Goodman-designed Hickory Cluster, as inspiration for the exteriors of the townhouses, which now have a Cubist look to them.
"The board should congratulate itself for sticking to its guns and getting to this point," said DRB member Ed Abbott. "And I congratulate JBG for sticking with us.". . .Click here for the rest of Patch's good coverage of last night's DRB discussion of Fairway Apartments.