Thursday, July 21, 2011

Demolition Permits Falling into Place in Court House District

A demolition permit was granted, yesterday, to property owner USAA Real Estate to demolish one of the two buildings it owns at 1900 and 1916 Wilson Blvd. in the Court House district of Arlington. Obtaining the permit is one step in the right direction for USAA, currently on track with a timeline to deliver 167,000 s.f. of mixed-use residential-and-retail along the 1900 block of the Wilson Blvd. corridor in less than two years.

Though one raze permit is in the hands of The Berg Corporation to demolish the former Hollywood Video at 1900 Wilson Blvd, another permit for 1916 Wilson Blvd. - formerly an office building - still awaits approval (it was filed yesterday), as does one for infrastructure/sewer work (filed July 1st), and demolition on site is not likely imminent. Construction, under general contractor Harkins Builders, is due to officially begin "in the fall," according to a representative, today, at Zom Inc., the development manager on the project.

Zom Inc. (Mid-Atlantic region) is now the development manager, but was once the owner, having bought the site in 2006, for $21.5 million; Zom was financially forced to sell, and USAA Real Estate purchased the property in 2010, for $18 million.

The 1.73 acre property will become a transit-oriented, mixed-use development thanks to its location two blocks from the Court House Metro stop. The new Torti Gallas and Partners-designed buildings on site will rise five stories, the majority of use going to multifamily apartments (191 units) with 17,300 s.f. of ground floor retail and 256 parking spots.

A collection of renderings have been filed with the Arlington government. USAA originally planned a Fall 2011 start date; if the project continues to adhere to the proposed timeline, the development, one of three big projects planned for the corridor, will deliver in June of 2013.

Arlington, Virginia real estate development news


Nitin on Jul 21, 2011, 5:23:00 PM said...

Arlington is a county, not a city.

DH on Jul 22, 2011, 1:15:00 PM said...

Definitely an improvement, gotta love the renderings. But in this economy, more than a couple projects have been stopped even after permits were received due to lack of funds.

IMGoph on Jul 24, 2011, 1:43:00 PM said...

looks like the google maps are working again!

Anonymous said...

Another blah mixed use development in the works practically designed by Arlington County itself and the drones in the zoning department. Someone in that place has to own a large share of stock in a brick and precast stone company. The older storefront strips in Arlington have character. They are trying to design an atmosphere, and in Arlington's case, that atmosphere is boring and commercial.

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