Rendering of Ballston Center.
The Arlington County Board approved plans late Tuesday for the long-planned redevelopment of the Ballston Mall.
Owner Forest City will redevelop the three-story mall and the three floors of office space above the Macy’s store, while the Macy’s Home Furniture store at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Randolph Street (map) will be demolished. A new 22-story, 406-unit building with approximately 66,500 square feet of retail and 282 below-grade parking spaces will be built as part of the new project. The project, dubbed Ballston Center, is designed by CallisonRTKL and the architect of record is Cooper Carry.
The Board unanimously approved three site plan amendments for the project on Tuesday, as well as a financial partnership with Forest City whereby the county will invest approximately $55.5 million into the project. $10 million of those funds will come from the county while a Community Development Authority bond will finance the remaining $45.5 million.
Renderings of residential building planned at Ballston Center.
“The new Ballston Quarter will reinvigorate shopping, dining, entertainment and living in one of our outstanding urban villages – benefiting both the immediate neighborhood and the entire County,” Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes said in a statement. “The long-term benefits to the County of a revitalized Ballston Quarter warrant a public-private partnership – a wise strategic investment for the public good.”
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/arlington_county_board_approves_ballston_mall_redevelopment/10601
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