- Eight-story Art Deco-style hotel
- Affordable housing contribution
- Building to achieve LEED Gold certification
- Transportation improvements
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved a plan to build an eight-story Hilton Homewood Suites extended stay hotel on the Lee Highway site of the former Colony House Furniture store.
The one-time home of the Colony House Furniture store, a commercial building built in 1957, will be demolished.
The building will be replaced with a new LEED Gold certified, Art Deco-style hotel building that is eight stories tall (129,182 square feet) plus two levels of parking with 102 parking spaces. The 168-room hotel will offer studio rooms and one-and-two bedroom suites. Planned guests' amenities include a dining area, fitness room, meeting rooms, and private, landscaped terraces.
“This is a great development for this site,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “The project will provide more hotel options in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and will bring new life and attractive architecture to this intersection.”
The County Board took three votes on this project. The Board voted unanimously to amend the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) to “Low” Office-Apartment-Hotel on the site, located at 1700 Lee Highway. The Board also voted unanimously to rezone the property to C-O-1.5, Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Apartment Districts and to approve the site plan.
Walking distance to Metro
The site is a 10-minute walk and just half a mile to the Courthouse Metro and Rosslyn Metro stations. The plan includes improvements to the Lee Highway and North Quinn Street intersection and a contribution toward widening the sidewalk on North Quinn Street to improve walkability around the site. As part of the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan, the hotel will provide guests and employees with a shuttle service to and from the Courthouse Metro and Rosslyn Metro stations.
The developer has agreed to the following community benefits for this site plan:
- $510,000 Affordable Housing contribution
- $62,546 Utility Underground Fund contribution — The funds will be used to provide undergrounding utilities surrounding the development site.
- LEED Gold certification — The developer will be incorporating sustainable design elements and technologies, including energy efficient ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, and WaterSense label products that promote water efficiency. The developer has committed to design and construct the building to save at least 20 percent on energy costs. View the County's Green Building Density Incentive Policy.
- $75,000 Public Art contribution — The funds will be used either to commission on-site public art or as a contribution to the County's Public Art fund.
- Off-site transportation improvements — including new curb and gutter, a relocated bus stop at the North Quinn Street and Lee Highway intersection, and a $70,000 contribution to fund a widened sidewalk on North Quinn Street south of the site.
The site is located in the Colonial Village Civic Association. A special General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Study was conducted in 2011 to evaluate the GLUP amendment for the site. Representatives from the North Rosslyn Civic Association and Rosslyn Renaissance participated in two meetings of the Planning Commission's Long Range Planning Committee and five meetings of the Planning Commission Site Plan Review Committee.
To learn more about this planned project, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item 26 on the agenda for the June 15 Regular County Board Meeting to read the staff report.
The site is located in the Rosslyn Station Area and is governed by the Rosslyn Transit Station Area Plan Addendum (1992). However, due to the site's distance from the central station area, the plan offers limited guidance for the site and thus the Special GLUP Study was conducted to evaluate options.
The site plan is consistent with the recommendations of the Special GLUP Study, and with the County's goal of encouraging smart growth and sustainable, walkable development close to the metro corridors.
Learn more about Arlington County's current planning efforts. To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #26 on the Agenda for the June 15, 2013 Regular County Board Meeting.
Project at a Glance
Project Name: 1700 Lee Highway (Hilton Homewood Suites)
Developer: 1700 Lee Highway LLC
Architects: Gordon and Greenberg; Torti Gallas and Partners
Contacts: Mary Beth Avedesian, B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust
Type of Project: Hotel —168 rooms
- 93 garage parking spaces in a two-level garage
- 9 parking spaces at the hotel driveway/entry plaza
Sustainability: LEED Gold
Location:1700 Lee Highway
- 129,182 square-foot extended-stay hotel
- 8 stories plus two levels of parking
- 53,636 square feet site
- $510,000 Affordable Housing Contribution
- $62,546 Utility Underground Fund Contribution
- LEED Gold Certification
- Either on-site public art or a $75,000 Public Art Contribution
- Transportation Demand Management
- Off-Site Lee Highway Transportation Improvements:
- Remove the acceleration lane on Lee Highway
- New curb and gutter on Lee Highway
- New 12 foot sidewalk
- New grass planting strip consistent with the planting strip adjacent to the east on Lee Highway
- ADA compliant bus pad and a new column-mounted bus schedule
- New County standard street lighting
- $70,000 contribution toward North Quinn Street sidewalk improvements