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620 Units: Two Planned Office Buildings at Potomac Yard Could Go Residential

by Nena Perry-Brown

Rendering of proposed lobby entrance on Potomac Avenue. Click to enlarge.

Plans for a large parcel in Potomac Yard are now switching gears from office to residential. 

This week, ZMA Development applied to Arlington County to convert two office buildings planned at Potomac Yard into residential use, including the option to convert part of that space to hotel use. If the application is approved, the development could deliver an additional 620 residential units to the two-acre site at Landbay C-East at Potomac Avenue between 29th and 33rd Streets S (map).

East perspective of proposed development. Click to enlarge.

"Office use has proven extremely difficult to market or sell, partially due to
the long term market shifts affecting office uses," the application explains, citing distance from a Metro station and the "critical mass" of office space in Crystal City/Pentagon City surrounding Amazon's under-construction campus. County staff has stipulated that the application will not be accepted without written consent from Lidl, a grocer previously slated for the site.

Northeast perspective of proposed development. Click to enlarge.

The new proposal would deliver a 14-story building off 29th Street with 345 residential units and around 10,000 square feet of retail use, with the new 8,000 square-foot Lidl wrapping three sides of the building. The unit mix would span studios to three-bedrooms, and will include eight two-story townhouse units. Amenities will include co-working and dog run/spa space on the second floor and a roof terrace on the 12th floor.

Proposed façade. Click to enlarge.

The second phase would deliver a smaller building of up to 11 stories, with 275 residential units atop up to 5,000 square feet of retail. Alternatively, there could be 265 hotel rooms, and county staff has suggested that including a hotel use will better activate a public plaza interior to the site.

If the second phase goes hotel, there would be a pool atop a two-story retail and loading structure, and an additional 2,871 square feet of space on the 11th floor could be either a hotel amenity or a restaurant with attached outdoor terrace space. 

Three below-grade levels will provide a total of 435 vehicular and 177 long-term bicycle spaces. bKL Architecture is the designer.

CORRECTION: Lidl has told UrbanTurf no location is planned at Potomac Yard at this time.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/two-planned-office-buildings-at-potomac-yard-could-go-residential/16687

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