From Macy's to American Legion to the YMCA: The Next 900 Units on the Boards for Ballston

  • November 2nd 2022

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Below, UrbanTurf takes an updated look at what's in the works in the residential pipeline in Virginia Square and Ballston. If we missed a project in that area, shoot us an email at editor(at)urbanturf.com. 

In case you missed them, here are the other neighborhoods we have covered so far this year:

1122 N. Kirkwood Road

Eleventh Street Development has a seven-story, 270-unit building in the works at the corner of Washington Boulevard and N Kirkwood Road (map). The development will include 190 parking spaces across two below-grade levels. Odell Associates is the architect. 

YMCA Redevelopment

Orr Partners filed plans with Arlington County in 2021 to redevelop the YMCA campus at 3400 13th Street N (map), delivering a new 88,815 square foot recreational facility and a 374-unit residential building. The YMCA will have a two-story natatorium with a below-grade pool and racketball and tennis courts. Republic Properties is a development partner; Perkins Eastman is the architect. 

American Legion Post Redevelopment

Last spring, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) got a permit to commence construction on the seven-story building approved to replace the American Legion Post at 3445 Washington Boulevard (map). The development will deliver new office space for the American Legion and 160 affordable apartments at 30%, 50%, 60%, and 80% of area median income (AMI); there will also be 96 below-grade parking spaces and 48 bike spaces.

Veterans will receive preference for half the units into perpetuity. The development is expected to deliver in summer 2022; DCS Design is the architect.

Ballston Station

Construction continues at the redevelopment of the Central United Methodist Church at 4201 Fairfax Drive (map). The project, formerly led by APAH, will deliver an eight-story building with 144 apartments affordable at 30-80% of AMI. The church will return to new space on the bottom two floors, joined by childcare and preschool facilities and nonprofit offices. DCS Design is the architect of the project. 

Ballston Office Redevelopment

Kettler has plans to redevelop the office building at 4420 Fairfax Drive (map) into a 367-unit project above 5,200 square feet of retail. The WDG Architecture-designed building would also have 156 parking spaces below-grade. The site has a WMATA easement and requires construction of another entrance for the Ballston Metro station at N. Fairfax Drive and N. Vermont Street — a source of much of the delays on the site. 

Macy's Redevelopment 

Insight Property Group intends to replace the Macy's/office building at 685 N. Glebe Road (map) with a 16-story, two-phase development, delivering 555 apartments above a grocery store. The first phase would deliver 345 units above the 41,500 square-foot grocery store; the second phase would front Glebe Road, delivering 210 units and creating a shared outdoor terrace on the third floor. The project would include 241 residential and 148 retail parking spaces on two below-grade levels, along with 222 residential bicycle spaces. 

The project would also require a transfer of development rights and density from the affordable Tyrol Hill/Haven Apartments off Columbia Pike, also owned by the developer. SK+I Architecture is the designer.

11th and Vermont

Jefferson Apartment Group and STARS REI are under construction on a 98-unit development at the former Portico Church Arlington at North Vermont and 11th Streets (map). The building will have a roof deck along with 120 below-grade parking space and 40 bicycle spaces. The development broke ground earlier this year and is looking to deliver in late 2023.


600 North Glebe Road

Work continues to redevelop the Harris Teeter and the former site of a Mercedes Benz dealership at 600 North Glebe Road (map). The entire project will be completed in three phases, starting with 310 apartments above a new Harris Teeter to replace the former American Service Center building. The second phase will raze the old Harris Teeter and construct another building with 195 apartments and a public park. The third phase will deliver 227 apartments with ground-floor retail and 687 below-grade parking spaces. The project will also include 294 long-term bicycle spaces; Southeastern Real Estate Group is the developer and DCS Design is the architect. 

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