The 7 Big Developments (Still) On The Boards in Rosslyn

  • March 6th

by UrbanTurf Staff

While there are still thousands of new residential units in the works, the development pipeline in Rosslyn has gotten smaller over the last year as two firms sold properties that were slated for massive new projects in Northern Virginia. 

Below we take a look at the developments in the works across the Potomac in Rosslyn. If we missed a large project, just shoot us an email editor(at)urbanturf.com.

In case you missed them, here are the other rundowns we have published this year:


1601 Fairfax Drive

Monument Realty has plans to redevelop the former Inn of Rosslyn site at 1601 Fairfax Drive (map) into an eight-story, 141-unit residential project. The building, designed by DCS Design, will have an underground parking garage with 87 spaces, but no retail. The Inn of Rosslyn, formerly know at Motel 50, closed in January 2021 after a sixty year run. 


1400 Key Boulevard

Monday Properties still has plans for a two-phase development at 1400 Key Boulevard and 1401 Wilson Boulevard (map). As approved, the project would deliver a 28-story building with 274 residential units above 44,000 square feet of retail fronting Key Boulevard and a 24-story building with 513,000 square feet of office space and over 11,000 square feet of retail fronting Wilson Boulevard. The buildings would share over 750 spaces across five below-grade parking levels, and the development would also deliver a new 1.25-acre public park and replace the skywalk spanning Nash Street. 

Crestmont Apartments Redevelopment

Sentinel Real Estate filed plans with Arlington County in 2022 to replace the 63-unit mid-century Crestmont Apartments and a trio of houses at 1817 N Quinn Street (map) with a 12-story, 225-unit building. Twenty-four of the units will be townhouse-style, and the development will have up to 318 parking spaces on three below-grade levels.

The unit mix will span from junior one-bedrooms to two-bedrooms with dens. Amenities will include a courtyard, fitness room, a clubroom, and a rooftop pool. The development will also deliver a community garden along the building perpendicular to 19th Street N and a nature trail along N Quinn Street. WDG Architecture is the designer.

Ames Center Redevelopment

Snell Properties has plans to redevelop the Ames Center office building at 1820 and 1830 N Fort Myer Drive (map) into a two-phase development with 732 residential units, 10,150 square feet of ground-floor retail, and 5,000 square feet of flex office space across 30- and 31-story buildings. As part of the redevelopment, the developer will rebuild the new Arlington Temple United Methodist Church and Sunoco gas station currently on the site.

Up to 225 of the apartments could be short-term rentals for the first 2-5 years after delivery, and the development will also be the neighborhood's first high-rise to include on-site affordable units (24 for households earning up to 80% area median income). There will also be 574 below- and above-grade parking spaces. 

Shalom Baranes is the design architect and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol is the landscape architect. 


Holiday Inn Redevelopment

Work is in the final stretch at the former Holiday Inn site at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive (map), where a 36-story Hilton hotel tower and a 25-story residential tower with 517 apartments are being built. These buildings will share a 10-story base with a 47,450 square-foot conference center, an 8,000 square-foot ballroom, nearly 14,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a pedestrian walkway from N. Fort Myer to Nash Street.

The unit mix spans from studios to three-bedroom units, and the project would also be served by 818 regular and 79 tandem parking spaces. Dittmar-affiliate Rosslyn Syndicate is the developer and MTFA Design + Preservation is the project architect. 

Rosslyn Gateway

Late last year, Penzance purchased the office complex Rosslyn Gateway from JBG Smith for $52 million with plans to redevelop the site. JBG's now-defunct plans for the site at 1911 N Fort Myer Drive (map) included a 25-story building with 490,000 square feet of office space above 8,688 square feet of retail on one site of the building and another 25-story building would deliver 133 apartments, 148 hotel rooms and 10,000 square feet of retail on the other.


Best Western Redevelopment

Orr Partners and KGD Architecture are working on an eight-story, 447-unit development that would include the former Iwo Jima Hotel site at 1501 Arlington Boulevard (map), as well as the adjacent Ellis Arms and Williamsburg apartment sites. 

The road has been a fairly long one for the redevelopment of this site. Six years ago, a proposal for the Best Western and Ellis Arms sites called for a new 12-13-story hotel building with 250 rooms and a residential building with 64 condominiums. In 2018, plans were revised for a smaller hotel portion with just 160 rooms. And then at the end of 2021, the development team asked for an extension to complete the project through early 2025, due to impacts from the pandemic. In 2022, Orr Partners nixed the previous plans in favor of large apartment building currently on the boards. 


RCA Building Redevelopment

Jefferson Apartment Group is developing the former RCA office building at 1901 N. Moore Street (map) into a 26-story development with 423 apartments across two volumes, connected by a penthouse amenity bridge, above 12,130 square feet of podium retail. Shalom Baranes Associates designed the project. There will also be 286 below- and above-grade parking spaces, the latter behind decorative screening, as well as 169 secured bicycle spaces. 

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_7_big_developments_still_on_the_boards_in_rosslyn/22042.

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