Inside the boundaries of Alexandria's historic districts developers must comply with strict design rules for approval but outside those areas, apparently anything goes.
New townhomes by Prolandian Corp are planned for the northern section of the city at 101 and 103 East Reed Avenue. A dilapidated 15,287 square foot plot of land will be turned into five townhomes with architecture that's being coined as "contemporary urban chic".
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but the renderings show an overall design reminiscent of 1960s vernacular. The most unusual feature of the design plans call for heavy use of glass on the façades and sides of the end unit. The glass windows take up two stories on the three level townhouses that measure a little over 36 feet in height.
The rest of the façade utilizes brick masonry via input from the Lynhaven community, if not for those suggestions the townhomes may have ended up using vinyl siding.
The list price for the LEED certified townhomes start at $649,000, they include 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 1 partial bathroom. Each home would be about 2,502 square feet with a roof top deck and have a detached garage in the rear.
At the April 3rd Alexandria planning commission meeting, a hard to make out design feature in the third floor window was mistaken to be a religious cross by planning Chairwoman Donna Fossum. After reassurance from architect Richard Newland that the townhomes were not church inspired, the commission approved the final site plan 7 - 0. The homes are expected to be completed late 2012.