ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Arlington County Board today approved a plan to build a new hotel in the Courthouse neighborhood, at 2401 and 2407 Wilson Blvd. The hotel will replace an existing one-story 1950s strip shopping center and surface parking lot.
The Board also approved building four new single-family homes behind the hotel on N. 16th Street, in the Lyon Village neighborhood, where four older single-family homes currently exist. The developer has worked with the County’s Historic Preservation staff to choose styles consistent with the houses traditional to Lyon Village.
The 93,000 square foot, eight-story hotel on the northwest corner of Wilson Blvd and N. Adams Street will have 161 rooms, 80 underground parking spaces, a bar/cafe associated with the hotel, 1,200 square feet of separately leased ground floor restaurant space and will be approximately 500 feet from the Courthouse Metro station.
“This project will provide a new hotel where it’s needed, near a Metro station along the busy Rosslyn-Ballston corridor,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “It also will provide a transition between the high density development along Wilson Blvd. and the homes in the Lyon Village neighborhood.”
The County Board voted unanimously on these four items: to amend the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for the site to “Medium Office-Apartment-Hotel;” to rezone the site to “C-O-2.5” Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment; to approve the site plan; and to approve building four houses in a Unified Residential Development (URD) on an adjoining residential site.
The developer will provide a number of community benefits, including:
The developer earned a density bonus by agreeing that the building will be LEED Gold certified and Energy Star certified. The developer received another density bonus by agreeing to contribute approximately $1.5 million to the planned elevator improvements at the Courthouse Metro Station, currently scheduled to begin by 2020.
Two special GLUP studies were conducted on the site in 2009 and 2010 to evaluate the proposed GLUP amendment. The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) discussed the plan at two of its meetings in 2009, and at three of its meetings in 2010 and 2011. The Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) discussed the plan at four of its meetings in 2013.
To learn more about this project, visit the County website and scroll down to Item #25 on the Agenda for the March 15, 2014, Arlington County Board Regular Meeting.
The site is located on the border of the Courthouse and Lyon Village neighborhoods. The site plan follows guidelines stated in the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum, such as concentrating higher density projects near the Metro station. Additionally, it follows the sector plan’s goal of tapering building heights and densities between developments in Courthouse and the nearby Lyon Village neighborhood.
The four single family dwellings in the URD were built at various times between 1926 and 1991. The owners of the adjacent strip center own three of the houses and have used them as rental properties for several decades. Parts of the houses’ yards are taken up by surface parking for the strip center.
Project Name: 2401 and 2407 Wilson Blvd.
Developer: 2401 Wilson, LLC
Architect: Gordon & Greenberg Architects
Contact: Sara Mariska; Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Walsh
Type of Project: Hotel
Parking: 80 spaces in a two-level underground garage
Sustainability: LEED Gold
Location: 2401 and 2407 Wilson Blvd.
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