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by ARLnow.com — March 29, 2011 at 7:41 am 1,409 22 Comments

Grand Opening for USAA Office in Pentagon City — A new USAA branch has opened on Pentagon Row. The “financial center” — in company parlance — will hold its grand opening celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The branch is located at 1301 South Joyce Street.

Doorways Job Featured — Arlington-based Doorways for Women and Families is looking for a new executive director. The job was featured as the MyFoxDC.com “Job of the Day” yesterday. The listing notes that Doorways’ annual operating budget has more than doubled in the past five years, to $3.1 million. [MyFoxDC]

Hilton Garden Inn Sells for $60 Million — The Hilton Garden Inn in Courthouse has changed hands for $60 million, or $320,000 per room. [GlobeSt.com]

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  • Winthrop

    Before we get all gushy about Doorways, just remember that they are enabling the people infesting Arlington of tenants at places like Parc Rosslyn and the coming “Views at Clarendon”. The $3.1 million that Doorways gets would be better served up as tax relief–with the even bigger benefit of flushing these people out of Arlington into Southeast DC and PW County.

    • PikeHoo

      Oh, come on. Isn’t Parc Rosslyn a brand new building?

    • Joe Dirt

      why do you say ‘these people’ are above them?
      Come on, but nice to people- there is no reason to force people into SE-DC…

      Unless their name is Vince Gray.

    • cj

      Your sense of superiority is awesome. May you never encounter hard times, health problems, abusive people, financial reverses, or anything else that you can’t manage all by your privileged self.

      • Banksy

        Wait — is Winthrop serious? His/her comments are so breathtakingly ridiculous and callous that I thought s/he was channelling Thurston Howell III (or Grover Norquist) as a joke.

        • mehoo

          Sadly, it’s quite possible that he’s serious. And he’s not the only one on this forum who talks like that.

          Anyone who uses the word “infest” to refer to human beings is downright frightening.

        • Tabby

          Thurston and Lovey were snobs but they weren’t vicious!

          What is this person’s point? Can anyone translate? Is he/she/it implying that the people who seek help from Doorways are living in swanky apartments and bothering the people paying full fare? Or just that they live in proximity or are seeking services in close proximity to the upscale dwellings?

  • Arlington, Northside

    Great news about the USAA Branch!!

    • USAA for Life!

      +1

      • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com TGEoA

        Sadly USAA has gone downhill. Maybe its due to the membership being infested with non-officers.

    • mapchick

      It is actually currently open for business now, they just haven’t had their grand opening. It’s between the World Market and DSW on Joyce Street and they have two ATMs outside.

      • Tabby

        Are they offering bonuses for starting an account?

        • mapchick

          No idea Tabby, I’m not eligible to join, I just walk past it twice every day.

      • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

        Okay, I’ll change the blurb a bit to reflect this.

    • Tabby

      Yea, I may move my Roth IRA over. Already have car insurance and credit card. I love it when people at stores thank me for my service. Erm, dad spent a few peace-time years as a Marine Corps officer.

    • Ben

      Finally a reason to close my suntrust account. The only reason I kept it open was the rare cash deposit.

      With the capability of depositing checks via my camera phone and ATM fee refunds – I love USAA!

    • DT

      Why does anyone need a branch for USAA? Their whole business model is based on no brick and mortar branches. I hope them growing and becoming more like other banks doesn’t make them act more like other banks.

  • CW

    Sixty million dollars for a Hilton Garden Inn. What’s their main client demographic there, anyhow? Aside from out-of-town parents coming to visit their twenty-something kids who live in the area, who stays in court house?

    • Take it down a notch

      My family stayed in Courthouse when they visited DC a few years ago, because it was Metro-accessible at a decent price.

    • Ben

      People avoiding DC hotel tax? Lot’s of tourist stay outside of the district.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Lots and lots and lots of conventioners and other folks visiting DC for business who are smart enough to avoid the downtown prices.

  • Sophia

    USAA! YES! I got a checking acct with them and now I can withdraw cash.

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