Updated, 10/21/15, 1:42pm: Corrected project acreage to 3.51 acres.
- Three residential buildings with 580 units
- Ground floor retail
- Road network changes to improve connections between 13th St. and Washington Blvd.
- Parcels dedicated to create Washington Blvd/13th Park
- On-site affordable housing units
The Arlington County Board today approved a plan to redevelop the Red Top Cab property in Clarendon with three residential buildings and ground-level retail, along with changes in block structure/road network and improvements to the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 13th Street North. The Board adopted both the site plan and a related Zoning Ordinance amendment.
“This is an ambitious redevelopment that will transform the western end of Clarendon,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “It continues and expands the vision set forth for the Clarendon Revitalization District, and brings a much-needed street realignment and improvements to the transportation network. Importantly, it will add six Committed Affordable Units within walking distance of the Clarendon Metro, and provide land for the Washington Boulevard/13th Street Park envisioned in the Clarendon Sector Plan.”
The County Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the site plan, and an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance’s Clarendon Revitalization District to support the site plan. The Board will hear the associated vacation application and Master Transportation Plan at the Board’s November 14, 2015, meeting.
New residential buildings, retail and street and intersection improvements
The Shooshan Company plans to build three free-standing buildings with a total of 580 multiple-family residential units and nearly 3,500 square feet of retail on the 3.51-acre site, with 468 parking spaces. The site already is under contract by the Shooshan Company. Red Top Cab plans to move its operational headquarters elsewhere in Arlington. The other existing buildings — a two-story commercial building and a child care center — also will be demolished.
Changing the block structure
The planned redevelopment includes an amendment to the block structure that deletes a portion of N. Ivy Street south of 13th Street N., and shifts 12th Street N. to the east. The applicant will construct 12th Street N. to provide a complete connection between N. Hudson Street and Washington Boulevard, and will participate with the County in improvements to Washington Boulevard, 13th Street N., and N. Johnson Street. In addition, the applicant will be dedicating four parcels of land to the County which will be used partially to support off-site transportation improvements as well as partially used to create the Clarendon Sector Plan’s recommended Washington Boulevard/13th Street Park.
The three buildings will vary in height and taper up to 110 feet for the tallest building closest to Washington Blvd. The residential buildings will each include a courtyard and green roof elements. Rooftop amenities include a pool, deck, and activity area. This site plan is located within the Clarendon Revitalization District and adheres to the Clarendon Sector Plan.
The developer will comply with the Zoning Ordinance requirement for affordable housing either through a contribution to the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) or through the provision of on-site units. In addition, the developer will provide six on-site committed affordable units. The developer will reimburse the County $3 million for costs associated with the improvements to Washington Boulevard, 13th Street N., and N. Johnson Street. In addition, the developer will dedicate parcels to the County which eventually will be used to create the Clarendon Sector Plan’s recommended Washington Blvd/13th Street Park.
Other benefits include streetscape improvements, and contributions to public art.
The Planning Commission’s Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) reviewed the proposal at five meetings between May and July 2015.
The Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission, Transportation Commission, Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board and Housing Commission also discussed the project.
Read the staff report on the County website. Scroll down to Item #39 on the Agenda for the October 20 Recessed County Board Meeting.
Project at a Glance
- Clarendon West
- 3.51 acre site with 580,881 square feet of development across three freestanding residential buildings
- 580 residential units
- 3,477 square feet of retail space
- 468 underground parking spaces
- Zoning Ordinance amendment to reflect changes in block structure and building height for properties proposed for redevelopment with the site plan
- LEED Gold certification and 18% energy savings
Developer: Shooshan Company
Architect: WDG Architecture
Sustainable Design Commitments
- LEED Gold
- 18% energy savings