Friday, July 14, 2006
As reported back in April, the retro-looking Bob Peck Chevrolet showroom in Ballston at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road was sold to JBG Development. Now we know what JBG has in mind for the lot (as well as for the space next to it now occupied by Staples). Plans call for JBG to build a 12-story office building on the Peck site, and an eight-story office building just to the north. JBG will also build 28 townhouses on N. Wakefield Street, behind the towers. Construction is expected to begin in early 2008. Residents are pleased with the plans, noting that the townhouses will face the homes on N. Wakefield Street, promoting a more neighborhood feel. However, opposition remains to the idea of building a new road connecting Glebe and Wakefield, to alleviate congestion on Wilson. Neighbors fear this will disrupt the quiet neighborhood.