Arlington County gave approval this week for a final site plan application by Shirlington HHG Hotel Development on Arlington Mill Drive in Shirlington across from Jennie Dean Park. The proposal for the project, located at the corner of South Stafford St., was for a 7-story, 142-room Hilton (110,000 s.f.) located on a 0.79 acre parcel with street-level retail. The masonry structure with red, blond, and buff colored brick will feature a mix of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units, indoor pool, and provide parking with a residential garage located across S. Stafford Street. The entrance will face South Stafford St., and the developer will improve landscaping and sidewalks surrounding the building as part of the project. The county is requiring a minimum LEED score for the project, though the developer does not intend to seek certification for the project.
This hotel was initially given the green light by the County Board in late 2000 as part of a larger development by the Federal Realty Investment Trust, a nationwide developer which has been a shaping force in Shirlington. The completion of the hotel will be the final element of the Phase II plan.