The Reston International Center is one of the older buildings in Reston. As a resident of Reston since 2004, I have always wondered about it because it (until recent years) was the tallest or one of the tallest buildings in Reston. Whenever you would drive around Reston, the Reston International Center would be on the horizon. An original sketch of the building is available here.
|Reston International Center - 2015|
It currently is undergoing a makeover as part of the Reston Heights development. The building has a long history, just a few years younger than the initial Reston development. It is a 15-story (200 feet tall), 179,000 square foot office building located at 11800 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston on the South side of Route 267 and can be seen prominently when coming from either Dulles Airport or Washington, D.C.
|Reston International Center - Aug 2017|
The building, owned by Gulf Oil Corporation, was sold to investors in 1980. During this time the building was home to many different types of businesses and groups, including Centec Consultants, E.C.O. Corporation, Montgomery Engineers of Virginia, Thomas and Associates, Inc., Cumberland Custom Homes, the Society of Packaging Professionals, Adabas (Reston) Software AG of North America, American Cardiology Technologists Association, Inc.,and the National Turkey Federation.
In newspaper research, I found that there was even a Burger Chef (I loved Burger Chef in Detroit) located next to the building; this was the pre-cursor to the Popeye's restaurant that still sits at this location.
|Burger Chef in 1970s|
|Popeyes on November 22, 2017|
|Chilis - 2014|
Redevelopment of Reston International Center 2017
The Reston International Center was sold in 2015 for $35 million to American Real Estate Partners. Basically, all of the businesses immediately surrounding the location would have to move, except for Popeyes which seems to continue to exist. Basically, the development is building around the Popeyes restaurant. Presently, one can see significant development of the building and even a name change at the top of the Reston International Center. The top of the building used to say "Reston International Center" and it now reads "Virginia Spine Institute."
|Reston International Center - November 2017|
|November 21, 2017 Development|
There are a number of new buildings which were built on top of the old Chilis' building, Reston Kabob and the 7-11, and the previously existing parking lot. In store for the new development is a redevelopment that includes 385 mid-rise residences (condos) and approximately 89,000 square feet of retail, which will be referred to as Reston Heights. Some of the retail tenants will include a 24-hour Fitness and restaurants to be determined. It is shaping up nicely if you drive by and should be a much needed convenience to Reston residents.
I found one of the most interesting posters on Reston International Center, which appear to be fairly old.
I am looking for great things from the redevelopment.