Ballston: A Neighborhood in Transformation
Over the past 30 years, Ballston has transformed from a quiet suburb to a vibrant urban community. And it continues to grow in new and exciting ways every year.
At our recent annual meeting on June 21st, we highlighted several developments that are transforming Ballston and making it an even better choice as the place to live, work, learn and play.
We also debuted our new Interactive Directory on our website. We like to think of it as Google Maps on steroids – it’s a very innovative way for us to highlight everything about Ballston!
The Interactive Directory allows you to explore Ballston and discover all of the great amenities the neighborhood has to offer. Users can search for the latest restaurants, explore the inside and outside of our commercial properties, as well as learn about upcoming events and other resources.
The directory will be evolving every day as we add more information about our growing neighborhood. This tool is especially important when you consider all of the incredible redevelopment projects going on- this is a great place to learn about everything coming online in the next 5 years.
During our annual meeting we highlighted nine of these projects. They represent 420,000 square feet of office space, 480,000 square feet of new and redeveloped retail space and 2,000 new apartment units coming to Ballston.
Here’s a quick look at those projects:
Marymount University: Marymount University and the Shooshan Company have partnered to build a two buildings - an apartment building and a nine-story educational building. The education building will feature nearly 110,000 square feet of education space and more than 55,000 square feet of office space. The second building is 5-stories with 267 apartments.
Metro Plaza: The Ballston Metro Station Plaza is undergoing major improvements by Arlington County. The project will include additional bus bays, new furniture and bus shelters, real time bus information at bus stops, more seating and bike parking, expanded public space on Fairfax drive and other improvements. In addition, near the end of the 18-24 month project, the BID in partnership with Arlington County Public Art, will install an interactive light art installation in the metro canopy.
CMUC Redevelopment: Central United Methodist Church and Bozzuto Group are partnering for a big redevelopment project. This will include renovating the church and preschool space and constructing a seven-story apartment building. That building will have 132 units, with 60 percent market rate and 40 percent affordable housing.
Carpool Redevelopment: At the spot of the former Carpool restaurant, a new 22-story residential tower will be built by Penzance. It will include 330 residential units and 8,400 square feet of retail.
3901 N Fairfax: A LEED Gold certified, 9-story Class A Office building will be constructed at 3901 N Fairfax. It will include over 184,000 square feet of space for office, retail and a 13,000 SF black box theatre.
4040 Wilson: Shaooshan Company has proposed to build the first truly vertical mixed use building in Arlington- meaning it will have office, retail and residential components. The 22-story building will have nearly 420,000 square feet of space that includes ground and second story retail, 8 floors of office space and 12 floors of apartment living space. The project proposes to include a high-end fitness center and spa tenant.
Ballston Quarter: This exciting project by Forest City Enterprises will include open air retail concourses, all-new street front facade design, upgrading of interior retail concourses and a significant upgrade of retail offerings to include a curated selection of restaurants, national retailers and independent boutiques. In all, there will be 365,000 square feet of retail on four levels as well as a residential building on the northeast corner.
750 N. Glebe: Saul Centers’ 500,000 square foot building will include 483 apartment units, ground floor retail with a proposed grocery store and 700 underground parking spots.
672 Flats: This project by Penrose will be a six story, 175 residential building with retail on the first floor.