Monday, May 14, 2007

JBG Eyeing Massive Complex for Courthouse Metro Site

Is Chevy Chase-based JBG Cos. the "Superman" of developers in the Washington region? It appears the company isn’t content just leaping the tallest buildings in Arlington in a single bound with its Central Place project at the eastern foot of Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. Now it wants to take us to court – namely, the Courthouse Metro block, just a mile down Wilson Boulevard between Rosslyn and Clarendon. JBG is now working with Arlington County on plans to redevelop an existing commercial strip along Clarendon Boulevard (at the corner of Courthouse Road, where it runs right next to Wilson Boulevard) above the Courthouse Metro stop (now home to long-time favorite Summers restaurant, Boston Market, Cosi, and the Strayer University building, among others) as well as the parking lot behind it into a block-long, 700,000-sf office and ground-floor retail complex that would be the tallest building (up to 16 stories) in the Courthouse area (but smaller than Central Place). The complex would connect to a civic plaza and culture center to be built on the parking lot site. The Courthouse development will be just blocks west of the new residential condos The Odyssey (2001 N. 15th Street) and 1800 Wilson, as well as the upcoming 2000 Wilson project .



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