Thursday, February 21, 2008

Club (ing) on Quincy

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


Anonymous said...

How many people want to live above a funeral home?

IMGoph on Feb 21, 2008, 9:50:00 PM said...
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Anonymous said...

Love Ballston or hate it, it has way more density than DC ever will, and though it doesn't feel very urban despite the density, due to the newness of the buildings and the overall mediocrity of the architecture, give it some time and it will become a center of its own right. A little age and some retail infill should make this a pretty diverse place.

DC is missing out by tying its own hands with such pathetic building height limitations.

Anonymous said...

Technically, an acronym is an abbreviation that can be pronounced as word, so simple initialized abbreviations don't count.

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