ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved a site plan for a new development that will transform an entire block in the heart of Rosslyn. The redevelopment will include two mixed-use, energy-efficient buidings, certified LEED Platinum and Silver, on the block of 1401 Wilson Boulevard and 1400 Key Boulevard.
“This redevelopment is a key part of our efforts to transform Rosslyn into a world-class downtown,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “It will bring a much-needed full-service grocery store, a beautiful public space with interactive play features, and 274 residential units to the heart of Rosslyn.”
The County Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the site plan and rezone the site to “C-O-Rosslyn” Commercial Office Building, Retail, Hotel and Multiple-Family Dwelling District.
The Monday Properties project includes a 24-story office building that will combine 513,004 square feet of Class A space with 11,131 of ground floor retail space, and an adjoining 28-story, 274-unit luxury residential tower.
The project also will include an underground garage bike facilities, pedestrian walkways and improvements to area streets. As part of the redevelopment plan, Monday Properties will contribute $7.8 million to support affordable housing initiatives within the Rosslyn Metro Station Area. This is the largest contribution to date for any “C-O Rosslyn” project.
“This redevelopment epitomizes Monday Properties’ commitment to creating a sustainable and dynamic 24-hour business and residential community in Rosslyn,” said Tim Helmig, co-president of Monday Properties. “We believe that our plan for the block will be the catalyst for economic development and job growth. It could generate the critical mass that will attract businesses and the talented people who want to live within walking distance from their jobs.”
The site will have six levels of below-grade parking, including 816 parking spaces and 219 bicycle parking spaces. Improvements also will include realigning and rebuilding part of the existing skywalk system that provides an elevated crossing of North Nash Street. This will be a temporary solution until the 18th Street corridor, and associated transportation improvements such as the removal of the Ft. Myer Drive tunnel, are completed.
The development will provide additional benefits to the Rosslyn area, including:
The new structures will replace two 1960s office buildings and the parking garage that once served as a frequent meeting place for FBI Agent Mark Felt and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. A historic marker will be erected on the site to commemorate the location’s significance in the Watergate scandal.
The Site Plan Review Committee reviewed the proposal eight times. The proposal also was reviewed by the Transportation Commission, the Park and Recreation Commission, the Housing Commission and the Planning Commission, all of which voted unanimously to approve the project.
The 1401 Wilson Boulevard Site Plan is the first approved development guided by the recently adopted Rosslyn Plan Framework. The Framework is the result of the Realize Rosslyn community planning effort and represents a major milestone in the process to update the Rosslyn Sector Plan, which will guide decisions about new growth and development in central Rosslyn.
To read the full staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #31 on the June 14, 2014 Regular County Board Meeting Agenda.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.