WCI Communities and WDG Architecture have just started the design and development phase for a mixed-use project, the Club on Quincy, two blocks from Ballston Commons at 3901 N. Fairfax Drive in Arlington. The project, bounded by N. Fairfax, N. Pollard, 10th and N. Quincy Streets, was approved this past November and will serve as the newest addition to the heavily developed Ballston area.
WDG's design plans call for the construction of 162,000-s.f., 120-unit condominium building standing 12 stories high with roughly 2,700 s.f. of ground floor retail space. According to Tamera Reed at WDG, Club will also provide three levels of underground parking housing 232 parking spaces for its residents. But the pair of acronymic firms didn't stop there; in an attempt to push the meaning of 'mixed-use,' the firms will not only include the typical ground floor retail amenities, but also add an 11,000-s.f. black box theatre and a 13,000-s.f. funeral home to the ground level. (Talk about one stop shopping…)
In order to clear the way for the project, WCI will have to demolish the currently standing Arlington Funeral Home, and build the project on its footprint and its neighboring parking lot. Construction is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of this year.
And in case you’re wondering what a “black box” theater is, New York City's notorious Roundabout Theatre Company says: "By definition, it is a neutral environment. Its walls are painted black so each theatre production and design team can transform the space utterly in their own ways to suit the needs of each show. There is no raised stage or even designated ‘acting’ area. Black box theatres are perfect for ‘workshops, rehearsals, readings, and experimental productions. They’re incubators, a tabula rasa—or blank slate—onto which can be written each new testament to theatre artists’ imaginations"
Thank God for google