Because Fort Belvoir is the flagship installation for both the Department of Defense and the Army, developer Clark Realty had to appeal to multiple families at varying pay grades in building Fort Belvoir Residential Communities. The ambitious development spans 576 acres spread across a peninsula overlooking the Potomac River. After demolishing and replacing 1,192 homes and restoring 170 historically significant units, the developer produced 15 neighborhoods with a mix of apartments, duplexes, and single-family houses.
In such a vast spread, it would be easy for residents to feel isolated. So Clark designed the units to be bright, with open spaces and large windows, and created an identifiable thread between the communities by erecting community centers and linking jogging and biking trails through the neighborhoods. The villages, individually conceptualized with their own look and feel, are also anchored by an easily accessible town center, complete with a gym, a child-care center, a central library, and shops to appeal to the mix of residents. Maintaining such a level of community was of the utmost importance when developing the $708 million project, to help residents unite around their active military lifestyles. —