Ballston Retail Study
Status: Under Construction
Developer: Forest City
Ballston Common Mall intends to be anything but “common” in the near future with a transformation along Wilson Boulevard when it turns the mall inside out. Forest City has approval to create what will become a new town center in Ballston. A new, fresh mix of great restaurants, shopping, nightlife, family activities and much more will fill the four levels featuring approximately 365,000 square feet of space.
The Ballston Common Mall plans also call for a new, luxury residential tower with 393 apartment units and 4 levels of underground parking. A tall and slender design allows for the creation of new, bright, open air pedestrian lane entered from Wilson Blvd that will be lined with shops and active spaces. Forest City is turning the development inside out to embrace street life and to “de-mall the mall” with:
- Creation of open-air retail concourses, as well as a multi-level main entrance plaza area as a community focal point
- All-new street front facade design
- Street life activation through creation of numerous exterior entrance store fronts, many with second level seating terraces
- Remodeling/upgrading of interior retail concourses
- Significant upgrading of retail mix to feature dining, entertainment, fitness, personal care & neighborhood support uses
- Macy’s, Regal Cinemas, Sport & Health Club, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, CVS, Capital One and Lenscrafters will remain open during redevelopment
365,000 square feet of retail space on four levels
4040 Wilson at Liberty South
Developer: Shooshan Company
The Shooshan Company proposes a site plan amendment to the Founder’s Square site plan for remaining approved, un-built building, 4040 Wilson, the final building to be built of the five building development. This would include a 20-story office building with ground floor retail at the corner of Wilson and Randolph with a 22-story vertical mixed use building to include ground and second story retail, 8 stories of office and 12 stories of residential. The vertical mixed use building is proposed on top of an existing below grade garage of 5 levels and 544 parking spaces. The site is set to have a high end fitness center & spa as one of its main tenants.
Status: Under Construction
Developer: Shooshan Company & Marymount University
Marymount University and the Shooshan Company have approvals to replace the existing ‘Blue Goose’ building with office, residential and educational uses. Plans call for a nine story building with 109,981 square feet of educational space and 55,067 square feet of office space, accompanied by a fifteen- story residential building with 267 units.
4318 N Carlin Springs Road
The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) has approval for a five-story, 104-unit residential building at 4318N. Carlin Springs Rd. approximately three blocks from the Ballston Common Mall. In addition to affordable housing units, plans call for 5,630 square feet of ground floor office space to be occupied by APAH. Twenty-one of the existing units are committed affordable.
Status: Under Construction
Developer: Penrose Group
The Penrose Group has approval for six-story, 175-unit residential building at 672 Glebe Rd. across the street from the Ballston Common Mall. The project will consolidate 3 multiple parcels currently used as a surface parking lot, a car sales lot, and an Exxon station. The proposal includes 4,400 square feet of first floor retail along N. Glebe Rd.
3901 North Fairfax
Developer: Crimson Partners
Located at the east edge of the Ballston boundaries, 3901 North Fairfax is a LEED Gold certified 9-story Class A office building currently under development with over 184,000 SF of space. This will be a mixed-use project with 173,131 square feet of office space and 3,200 of retail space. The building also includes a 13,000 SF performing arts theatre and conference facility, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an expansive public plaza with rich landscaping and a water feature.
Ballston Metro Plaza
Owner: Arlington County
The Ballston/MU metro stop currently receives 26,000 trips daily and it is anticipated to grow to 38,000 by 2020. In response to this increase, Arlington County has submitted plans to redevelop the Ballston metro plaza starting in 2016.
The redesign will:
- Increase traffic safety - decrease conflicts between buses and pedestrians, improve bike safety
- Improve transit circulation around the station - decrease the number of buses parked in nonbus spaces, improve the management of curbside operations
- Improve access and facilities for all users - enhance bus passenger amenities
- Enhance the design and increase the use of public spaces - increase the viability of retail, maximize green space and increase user comfort
- Provide sustainable infrastructure - enhance the attractiveness of transportation choices; provide for low-impact development, where possible
Planned improvements include:
- Additional bus bays
- New, modern furniture and bus shelters
- Real-time bus information at bus stops
- Expanded bus customer seating
- Additional bike parking
- Expanded public space on Fairfax Drive
- Dedicated Kiss-and-Ride curbspace
- Dedicated shuttle bus curbspace and bus shelter
- Improved aesthetics
Improved wayfinding signage
4000 and 4040 FAIRFAX DRIVE—CARPOOL and WEBB BUILDING
Owner: Jefferson Apartment Group
The applicant was approved to amend an existing site plan for the Webb (office) Building by adding the site currently occupied by the Carpool restaurant. On the combined site, the applicant proposes to construct a 22-story, 330-unit apartment building with 8,400 square feet of ground floor retail. The Webb Building will remain as is for the near future.
750 N Glebe Rd—MAZDA SITE
New Owner: Saul Centers
Saul Centers has been approved to transform the Mazda site at 750 N. Glebe Rd. and the adjacent 730 N. Glebe Rd. into a 483-unit apartment building. The building would total 500,000-plus square feet. The applicant is seeking to rezone the land to allow for a single building with tapered heights ranging from 12 stories to nine stories. The redevelopment will include 68,000 square feet of ground floor retail, including a grocery store, and more than 700 underground parking spaces.
Ballston Central United Methodist Church
Owner: Central United Methodist Church
Central United Methodist Church, that is located less than a block from the Ballston Metro station, controls nearly 30,000 square feet of land at 4201 Fairfax Drive, including the sanctuary and the Kinhaven preschool. It has filed preliminary plans with Arlington County to knock it all down and start anew, with a new church, a new preschool space, and a seven-story, 132-unit apartment building — 60 percent market-rate and 40 percent dedicated affordable