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Another Rosslyn Groundbreaking

by ARLnow.com — January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm 3,145 17 Comments

The JBG Companies broke ground today on the latest large construction project to hit Rosslyn.

The project, formerly known as Rosslyn Commons but now being called Sedona and Slate, will consist of two residential towers on the 1500 block of Clarendon Boulevard.

The 14- and 12-story towers will have about 450 housing units, including 55 affordable housing units. The buildings, which will be LEED Silver certified, are expected to have sweeping rooftop views. One building will have a rooftop pool.

JBG says they’re targeting restaurants to fill the ground floor retail slots. To further entice potential eatery tenants, the company is promising cafe seating along Clarendon Boulevard.

Among those at the groundbreaking this morning were County Board Vice Chair Mary Hynes, County Board Member Barbara Favola and Rosslyn BID Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy.

This was the second residential project to break ground in Rosslyn so far this year. Abdo Development held a groundbreaking for the Gaslight Square luxury condo development earlier this month. Meanwhile, work is well underway on a new Skanska-developed office building on the 1700 block of Wilson Boulevard.

  • OX4

    I wish we’d see something more interesting than restaurants along that stretch. What about book stores or hobby shops? Anything but dry cleaning and fro-yo.

    • Andy

      Won’t be able to afford it – and the restaurants will change frequently – can’t afford to stay in business. Just watch.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      Olssen Books went out of business. Apparently people won’t support anything but restaurants and bank branches.

  • JS

    Anyone know if there are legal restrictions on what days/hours they’re allowed to be constructing this thing? We live right across the street from it, and I’m not going to be happy if I’m constantly woken up by bulldozers on Saturday mornings…

    • david

      I lived across from Lyon Place when they began that project. Most days they started around 7 am and 8 am on Saturdays.

      • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

        Most of those crews will start idling machines up to 30 minutes before that, which is against the law.

        I suggest you keep a log.

      • JS

        Weekdays don’t really concern me… Saturdays might be rough though

    • Martin

      I lived right across the street from the Palantine in Courthouse when it was going up. You will most certainly not be happen when they are driving their pylons into the ground and when the saws start up in the morning. They are however very consistent at starting right on time.

  • Zoning

    Don’t worry JS. The project will only be able to operate 22 hours per day. There will be a one hour breakfast and lunch break.

    • JS

      Excellent! Just enough time for a couple naps

  • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

    Looks like Babs has dropped a few pounds.

    • KArlington

      Maybe, but the ankle straps are doing no favors.

      • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

        Hey it’s an improvement.

        Before should could ride HOV3 with herself and her 2 thighs.

  • Charlie

    noise ordinance allows for almost all construction-type noises to start at 7 AM, Monday-Saturday. Sunday is 10, I think.
    your level of acceptability may differ. no, will differ.

    • Hank

      Unless you operate a beer Garden in Westover. Then the noise ordinance will be adjusted to accomodate 1 unhappy neighbor

  • Clarendon Resident

    Chapter 15 of the Arlington Code contains the Noise Control Ordinance of Arlington, Virginia. Section 15-6 provides that construction noise must not exceed the maximum permissible levels set forth on the attached Table I during the “daytime,” which Section 15-3(6) defines as 7:00 am – 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am- 9:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.

    But good luck getting any enforcement! I live next to the almost-completed Clarendon Center and for the past two years, have been routinely awakened by arriving workmen whose idling trucks and sidewalk conversations prevent any further slumber past 5:45 a.m. After several sleepy (but polite!) reminders to eager workmen as to the details of the noise ordinance, the job site was mostly in compliance…but routine gets established by the various crews pretty quickly, so my best advice is to address any infractions early on

    I have the greatest possible respect for this dedicated, hard-working group of construction workers…but with rowdy bar patrons carousing until 2:30 a.m., Clarendon needs all the quiet time the law provides.

    • GeorgeOrwell

      and the real problem is that people talking and vehicles idling isn’t really going to violate the decibel levels anyways. it is more annoying than illegal. people just need to prepare for the worst because “the standard” may not be what one finds acceptable.
      in my own case, walk by my house at night whispering, and i’ll hear you. firetrucks responding to the neighbors heart attack, eh, not likely to hear that.

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