Sunday, July 22, 2007
On July 11, the Arlington Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Clarendon residents that challenged the Arlington County Board’s approval of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon’s Views at Clarendon project, clearing the way for this contested development just a block from the Clarendon Metro station. The judge, in rejected the eight counts of the lawsuit filed by three residents after the Board approved the project in February, stated that the complainants failed to show the Board acted improperly in its decision, and that the zoning change by the Board was acceptable. While this case may still be appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court after a final order is entered, it appears that the Views at Clarendon might actually now see the light of day. The First Baptist Church of Clarendon is looking to build the Views at Clarendon, a mixed-use church and residential development, at its current location at 1201 N. Highland Street. The project will keep the church's 107-foot steeple, while rebuilding the church (a smaller version) within a 10-story, 116 rental-unit structure (with 70 units reserved for moderately priced housing). The project will also preserve Arlington’s largest child care center, which serves 185 children.