The 1,700 Units on the Boards for Ballston (and Virginia Square)

  • December 3rd 2020

by Nena Perry-Brown

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As the year winds down, UrbanTurf is also winding down its updated area residential rundowns. Today, we turn our attention to Ballston in northern Virginia.

Over 1,000 residential units across three developments have delivered since our 2019 update, including what may be Ballston's tallest building at Liberty Center and an additional WhyHotel pop-up. A key piece of infrastructure has also delivered: the pedestrian bridge between Ballston Metro and the renovated mall now known as Ballston Quarter. A closer look at the pipeline is below.

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

1122 N. Kirkwood Road

Last June, the Arlington County Board approved an amended development proposal for 3411, 3415 and 3421 Washington Boulevard and 1122 N Kirkwood Road (map). Instead of a six-story, 247-unit building, the corner will host a seven-story, 255-unit building. Ground-floor amenities will include an interior courtyard, a fitness center with "motion studio", and a dog spa, and there will also be 190 parking spaces. Eleventh Street Development is leading the project and Odell Associates is the architect. 

American Legion Post Redevelopment

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) secured a building permit this spring for the seven-story building that is replacing the American Legion Post at 3445 Washington Boulevard (map). The new building will deliver 160 affordable apartments at 30%, 50%, 60%, and 80% of area median income (AMI); new office space for American Legion; and an underground parking level with 96 parking spaces and 48 bike spaces. Veterans will receive preference for half the units into perpetuity. The development is expected to deliver in 2022; DCS Design is the architect.

Central United Methodist Church Redevelopment

A few things have changed for the redevelopment of the Central United Methodist Church at 4201 Fairfax Drive (map). APAH is now helming the project instead of Bozzuto, and in October, the County Board approved a three-year extension of approvals as the team works to secure financing.

The eight-story building planned for the site will deliver 144 apartments (up from 119), and instead of 48 affordable apartments, all of the units will now be affordable at 30-80% of AMI. On the bottom two floors, the church will have new space and there will also be childcare and preschool facilities and nonprofit offices. DCS Design is the architect.

Ballston Office Redevelopment

In June, a proposal was pitched for the office building at 4420 Fairfax Drive (map) just as previous approvals were about to expire. Developer Kettler is proposing a 24-story building with 367 units above 5,200 square feet of retail; the previous plan was for 237 units over 9,200 square feet of retail. The site also has a WMATA easement and will need to include another entrance for the Ballston Metro station. 

The new development proposal would include 145 residential and 11 retail parking spaces below-grade. WDG Architecture is the designer.

11th and Vermont

At another church site, an approved condo/townhouse development has a new contract purchaser and a slightly different program. BCN Homes is now helming what was an approved development by NVR at North Vermont and 11th Streets (map). As of May, the new proposal would have 10 townhouses instead of 12, and a seven-story condominium building with 98 units instead of 58. The development will also include 134 parking spaces. KGD Architecture is the designer.

600 North Glebe Road

In November 2019, the County Board approved plans to redevelop the site of a grocery store, the former American Service Center building, and a Mercedes Benz dealership at 600 North Glebe Road (map). Now, utility site work has begun.

The approved development has three phases, with the first delivering 310 apartments above a new Harris Teeter. The existing Harris Teeter will remain open during construction, and the first phase is expected to be complete in 2022.

The second phase will consist of a 195-unit apartment building and a public park, and the third phase will consist of a 227-unit apartment building with additional retail. The project will also have 687 underground parking spaces and 294 long-term bicycle spaces. Southeastern Real Estate Group is the developer and DCS Design is the architect. 

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