On Saturday, the Arlington County Board will decide whether a public hearing is needed in regard to a petition to designate a portion of the Robert Ball Sr. Burial Ground in Ballston as a Local Historic District.
A map of the site; the proposed historic district is outlined in blue
While there are several headstones scattered throughout the site in question, which also houses the Central United Methodist Church at 4201 Fairfax Drive (map), at issue is roughly 325 square feet of the square. Ostensibly, six members of the Ball family — that’s “Ball” as in “Ballston”, as in members of the family that is the namesake of the city where the site is located — are buried there.
The property owner is opposed to the designation, which would interrupt plans by the Ballston Station Housing Corporation to redevelop the church into an 8-story project with 132 residential units. The redevelopment would also deliver affordable housing, a new church, a daycare and preschool, and non-profit space.
A rendering of the proposed redevelopment
The County Board staff is recommending that the Board proceed with opening the matter for next month’s public hearing to solicit feedback on the proposal. It is unclear whether there are actually any remains on the site, which would require a separate process to approve any exploratory excavation; a representative for the developer surmises that the construction of the Ballston Metro station would have uncovered anything.
Thus far, members of the public have been both supportive and in opposition to the proposal; the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association has voted to support the request.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/ballston_burial_ground/11847.
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
The entry to This Week's Find sits on the pedestrian-only strip along the Georgetown ... read »
Here's what you need to know about reporting profit made from the sale of your home.... read »
Crescent Communities recently filed plans with Montgomery County for Novel Bethesda, ... read »
Steuart Investment Company and BXP have filed renderings for alternate ideas for how ... read »
Today, UrbanTurf is looking at the five DC neighborhoods that have been the most affo... read »
The preferred mortgage product among most home buyers is the fixed-rate mortgage. How... read »
To help home buyers and sellers both novice and seasoned, UrbanTurf is running a seri... read »
The development for four parcels at The Yards from Brookfield Properties and the Menk... read »
Plans for the New York-based eatery appear to be moving forward.... read »
Eights month after a new proposal to redevelop part of the Takoma Metro station was p... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro