Wednesday, April 09, 2008

2000 Wilson Waits on Approval as Apartments

2000 Wilson, the dormant residential project that had once been discussed as condominiums, now appears to be commencing as an apartment building. Designs for a mixed-use project at 2001 Clarendon Boulevard in Rosslyn were submitted recently and are awaiting board approval, as Elm Street Development and WDG Architecture plan demolition for June, and construction in the third quarter.

The project, to be located on the eastern part of the area bounded by Wilson Boulevard, N. Rhodes Street, Clarendon Boulevard, and N. Courthouse Road, will now feature 141 rental apartments rather than condos. The plans call for an average unit size of 1,031 s.f., and will most likely not include affordable housing. The units will straddle 36,000 s.f. of ground floor retail, as well as about 250 underground parking spots. The exterior of the building will have facades of brick and corner balconies, generally rising five-stories, but tapering towards Wilson Boulevard and the eastern edge to utilize the incline of the land (see rendering).

Developers have included a "green," reflective roof, and plan to achieve LEED certification. Arlington County also decided the plan conforms to the Rosslyn to Courthouse Urban Design Study, an Arlington County working group designed to shepherd development of said area. After initially applying in 2005, Elm Street received rezoning approval in March of last year, giving them the go-ahead for demolition of a group of buildings that now occupy the space near the Courthouse Metro Station. The project will replace the 79 cent meals at Taco Bell, a car repair shop, several parking lots, and Dr. Dremo's, which closed for business on January 27th in anticipation of the long-anticipated demolition.

"Elm Street Development is looking forward to beginning construction this year on 2001 Clarendon Boulevard," said James Mobley, project manager at Elm Street. "We expect to welcome our first residents in 2010."


David Garber on Apr 10, 2008, 12:18:00 AM said...

i'll always miss dremos, but am glad to see this corridor continue to fill out

erin*carly on Apr 10, 2008, 9:26:00 AM said...

i still think they should have kept Dremo's instead of building *another* apartment/condo building. at the very least, they could include some 'affordable' housing! we have enough 'luxury' apartments that cost my entire salary just to live in, let alone pay for utilities or food or transportation.

not everyone in Washington makes a 6-figure salary (or even a high 5-figure one at that!) or wants granite + stainless steel . . . build some apartments for *us* to live in, please!

Anonymous said...

It's called supply and demand. This is one of the most highly sought after corridors in the region. Not all people will be able to afford to live where they want to, particularly if where they want to is one of the nicest in the area. There are plenty of affordable apartents for "us" to live in - they're just not in a premium neighborhood, on top of a metro, 5 minutes from downtown, with monument views.

Anonymous said...

Just ridiculous how expensive living in that corridor is. I am really hoping for a huge condo crash in Arlington.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but that stretch was a dump that took like 15 years too long to do away with. Things NEVER move fast enough in Arlington.

retracsemaj on Apr 10, 2008, 6:05:00 PM said...

anon 4:43

Things may not move extremely fast in Arlington, but I think they are getting things done the right way along the Orange Line corridor. Especially in Clarendon down to Rosslyn. Not a fan of VA Square...

Anonymous said...

It's almost 2012 and it's still an empty lot... Just not so slightly bitter about seeing my favorite bar torn down for absolutely no reason.

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