(NOTE: This release was corrected on 03/16/2015 to reflect that the SPRC discussed the plan at three meetings and not five, as first reported).
- Transfer of Development Rights preserves historic apartments
- 12-story office building, ground floor retail planned
- Community benefits include AHIF contribution, public plaza
- LEED Gold certification
A Wendy’s and a Wells Fargo Bank in Courthouse will be redeveloped with a LEED Gold 12-story office tower with ground-floor retail, underground parking and a public plaza under a plan approved today by the Arlington County Board. The site was designated as a “key redevelopment site” in the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum.
The planned redevelopment at 2025 Clarendon Boulevard includes a rezoning and a General Land use Plan (GLUP) amendment. It provides significant community benefits and uses the Transfer of Development Rights to preserve the Wakefield Manor and Courthouse Manor apartments which were classified as essential on the County’s Historic Resources Inventory.
“This ambitious redevelopment in the heart of Courthouse will achieve much of what the community had hoped for this area,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “With the Transfer of Development Rights, we will be able to preserve the historic Wakefield Manor Apartments and their market rate affordable units. We will also see the key intersection of Courthouse Road, Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards greatly improved, and gain many important community benefits.”
The County Board voted unanimously to approve the site plan.
Preservation of historic Wakefield Manor Apartments
The County provided an incentive to preserve the historic Wakefield Manor Apartments that allowed the owner to move density from his site to this one in return for the preservation.
The project includes a 12-story, 195,870 square-foot office tower with approximately 6,960 square feet of ground floor retail, below-grade tenant fitness facility, and bonus density for meeting County Community Energy Plan goals by building to LEED Gold and Energy star certification.
First project to mitigate reduced parking under 2013 policy
The applicant is providing 244 parking spaces, 60 spaces less that the standard parking ratio for site plan office buildings of this size. The Board approved the parking reduction along with the applicant’s contribution of $145,500 toward the County’s construction of multi-modal transportation improvements and $300,000 over 30 years toward enhanced Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for site users.
Under the County policy enacted in December, 2013 for parking reductions in commercial buildings, the contribution towards infrastructure improvements along with an enhanced TDM mitigate the impacts of the parking reduction. This is the first site plan for an office development in Arlington that is subject to the 2013 policy.
The project is generally consistent with the recommendations of the adopted plans for the area, the Rosslyn to Courthouse Urban Design Study and the Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum and other County plans and policies, including recommended building height, a public plaza, and higher density close to the Metro (the site is 350 feet from the Courthouse Metro Station).
As with all site plans, this one provides undergrounding of utilities, streetscape upgrades, public art and contributions to the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund. It also will contribute $557,250 for a public plaza of at least 1,400 square feet at the highly trafficked intersection of North Courthouse Road and Wilson and Clarendon boulevards. The plaza will include a seasonal cart or kiosk to encourage active uses in the area.
The Planning Commission’s Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) reviewed the proposal at three meetings between July, 2014 and October, 2014.
The Urban Forestry Commission and the Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board also discussed the project.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #27, A-F, on the Agenda for the March 14 Regular County Board Meeting.
Project at a Glance
- 2025 Clarendon Blvd.
- Two parcels totally approximately 25,000 square feet with a 12-story, 195,870-square foot office tower
- 244 underground parking spaces
- 1,400 square foot public plaza with a seasonal kiosk
- Transfer of Development Rights from Wakefield and Courthouse Manor Apartments to subject site
LEED Gold certification and Energy Star compliance
- Carr Properties
- Jason Bockneck
Sustainable Design Commitments
- Commercial building
- LEED Gold