Arlington Planning Commission to consider Courthouse-area project tonight

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Arlington Planning Commission members tonight are expected to render a recommendation on a major redevelopment plan in the Courthouse area.

A developer has proposed razing most of a nearly one-acre lot surrounded by Wilson Boulevard, North Courthouse Road and 15th Street North near the Court House Metro station, replacing it with a 20-story mixed-use building featuring 423 residential units, 17,000 square feet of retail and 220 parking spaces.

The overall floor-area ratio (FAR) of the project stands at 9.84. FAR compares the total square footage of the project divided by the square footage of the lot it sits on; the higher the FAR, the more dense the project.

Planning Commission members are being asked to recommend a rezoning of the seven parcels on the lot from C-3 to C-0, as well as OK the development plan, which was submitted to county officials last August.

County Board members are slated to consider the project later this month.

To sweeten the pot, the developer has agreed to a number of incentives, including pedestrian and streetscape improvements, contributions to utility and public-art funds, and contributions to affordable-housing efforts. The project is expected to garner “Gold” status through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Janet Smith

Translation: More infill-for-the-sake of-infill, with more vehicles and vehicle trips in an already-congested area, "affordable housing" that's not affordable, more use of streets and sidewalks for recreation, more ethnic restaurants and boutique retail in area crammed with failing ethnic restaurants and boutique retail, more students added to overcrowded schools, a "green" building that's not energy efficient.

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