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by ARLnow.com | June 12, 2012 at 8:45 am | 4,588 views | 151 Comments

Arlington Funeral Home Demolition — Arlington Funeral Home in Virginia Square has been torn down to make way for a new office building. Arlington funeral home first opened in April 1956. [Arlington Public Library]

Election Day Today — Arlington voters are going to the polls today to cast their ballots in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives (see candidate essays for Rep. Jim Moran and Bruce Shuttleworth). Arlington has a complete list of polling places here.

Trader Joe’s Asks for Display Cases — Trader Joe’s in Clarendon is asking the Arlington County Board for permission to put display cases in the store’s windows along N. Garfield Street. Currently, the windows — which are legally required to remain transparent, per a site plan — look in on the store’s storage area. [Arlington County]

APS Accepting Applications for Committee — Arlington Public Schools is inviting applications from parents and community members for its Pupil Services Committee. The committee meets once a month during the school year and “reviews the services offered by psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors, school counselors, and attendance specialists.” [Arlington Public Schools]

Photo courtesy Bill Colton

Navy Annex Set to Be Torn Down This Summer

by ARLnow.com | April 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | 9,137 views | 65 Comments

 

Update on 10/23/12 — Demolition is now set to begin in November or December.

The 70-year-old Navy Annex complex, on the eastern end of Columbia Pike next to the Air Force Memorial, is set to be torn down starting next month.

Demolition on the complex will begin in late May, according to Rep. Jim Moran’s office. The demolition process is expected to last a couple of months.

Until recently, the Navy Annex was home to administrative offices for the Marine Corps. It was originally built as a warehouse in 1941 and has 1 million square feet of office space for up to 6,000 workers, according to GlobalSecurity.org.

The 37-acre site, along with other surrounding land, will be used to expand Arlington National Cemetery.

End of the Road for 10th Street Bridge

by ARLnow.com | March 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm | 5,090 views | 61 Comments

It’s sayonara for the 10th Street bridge over Route 50.

Assuming rainy weather doesn’t interfere, the bridge is set to be torn down this weekend. Police closed the bridge this morning in anticipation of the demolition, which is being done as part of the Route 50/Courthouse Road interchange project. As a result of the demolition, drivers heading east on 10th Street will now only be able to take the ramp to westbound Route 50, instead of being able to take the bridge over to the eastbound lanes of Route 50 toward D.C.

Drivers should plan for westbound Route 50 to be closed throughout Saturday and Sunday, during this weekend’s demolition. VDOT is advising motorists to avoid the area and, if detoured, to use Washington Boulevard as an alternate route back to Route 50.

 

Lynn Street Sky Bridge to Be Torn Down

by ARLnow.com | November 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | 3,310 views | 35 Comments

An aging sky bridge across Lynn Street in Rosslyn is set to be torn down.

The sky bridge, located on the 1700 block of North Lynn Street, will be torn down as part of the CentralPlace development. Demolition permits were filed earlier this month, and are still going through the county approval process.

No word yet on when exactly the demolition work would take place.

Photo via Google Maps

Ill-Fated ‘Goth’ Restaurant in Va. Square Torn Down

by ARLnow.com | July 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm | 7,072 views | 138 Comments

It couldn’t have looked more out of place. An old building near the Virginia Square Metro station, dressed up in black paint and Gothic-style accents.

What would have been a restaurant, bar and lounge called “Haze” is now being reduced to a pile of rubble. Arlington County purchased the property at 3540 Wilson Boulevard one year ago with the intention of tearing it down, and the demolition is finally happening today.

The property will be used to connect Maury Park and Herselle Milliken Park, two tiny swaths of recreational space located on the same block between N. Monroe and Lincoln streets. So what happened to Haze?

Last year we were told that the owner undertook renovations on the building before any county permits were issued or even requested. Obviously, a county that put the kibosh on a dog mural located next to a dog park is going to take issue with a business trying to pull a fast one with a gaudy black bar across from an apartment building. The owner finally decided to shutter the restaurant-that-never-was instead of trying to to get the building back into compliance.

At least for now, the prime Wilson Boulevard property will be used as a park.

“The entire parcel will be used as park space in the near term, although the immediate frontage on Wilson Boulevard may be reconsidered in the long term if the remaining retail/commercial parcels on the block are consolidated and redeveloped,” Arlington Park Division Chief Lisa Grandle told the Ashton Heights Civic Association last year.

H/t to Bill Colton

Demolition Underway on Pentagon City Warehouses

by ARLnow.com | July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | 4,566 views | 65 Comments

Demolition is underway on a block of empty warehouses on S. Fern Street in Pentagon City.

The warehouses, which used to house a DHL distribution office and a Danker furniture store, are being torn down to make way for a new 18-story apartment building called Three Metropolitan Park. The building will be the third in the Metropolitan Park development, across from Costco.

According to the county’s planning division web site, Three Metropolitan Park will consist of 411 apartments and 16,345 square feet of ground floor retail space, one block from the Pentagon City Metro station. The building will be 18 stories — or 202 feet — tall and will have 502 parking spaces.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the apartment building is expected to start renting by the beginning of 2014 at a construction cost of at least $160 million.

Photo courtesy @hoborocks

Z-Burger Coming to Virginia Square

by ARLnow.com | March 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | 5,411 views | 43 Comments

A Z-Burger restaurant is coming to Virginia Square.

The small District-based burger chain is in the midst of renovating a two-story red-brick house at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Kenmore Street, according to county records.

Reached by phone, Z-Burger owner Mohammad Esfahani said that he is hoping to have the restaurant open by this summer. This will be Z-Burger’s fourth location and its first Virginia outpost. The restaurant serves burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, fries, onion rings and 75 flavors of shakes and malts.

The building — which is situated 3-4 blocks from both the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations — once housed a couple of business, including a video conversion business and a realty company. An attached one-story building that housed a palm reader, Madame Jacy, has been demolished. (A Yelp review of Madame Jacy once complained that the building “smelled really, really raunchy.” The same reviewer bemoaned that the predictions came true but were not specific enough.)

Once it opens, the restaurant will have a limited amount of off-street parking available to customers. It will face competition from Mario’s Pizza House, across the street, and the soon-to-open BGR: The Burger Joint in Clarendon.

Photo (and tip) courtesy Garrett P.

Arlington Mill Demolition Underway

by ARLnow.com | March 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | 1,086 views | 6 Comments

Demolition work is underway at the Arlington Mill Community Center site on Columbia Pike.

Heavy equipment was brought in to tear down the old building and chain link fences have been set up around the building’s perimeter. Already, the front of the structure has been demolished.

The demolition is expected to take 30-45 days. There are no road or sidewalk closures planned as a result of the work.

Once the demolition is complete work will begin on the new Arlington Mill Community Center, which is expected to open in 2013.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | January 27, 2011 at 9:15 am | 1,293 views | 59 Comments

Power Expected to Be Restored This Afternoon — As of 1:00 a.m., Dominion was reporting that about 16,700 customers in Arlington — nearly 20 percent of all customers in the county — were without power. That number is now down to 13,350. Throughout Northern Virginia, 138,000 Dominion customers lost power after the storm. The company expects to have power restored to most locations in Arlington between 4:00 and 6:00 this afternoon.

Pike Gym Opens at Last — The World Gym at Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive has opened after a three-week delay in construction and permits. [Pike Wire]

Lee Center is No More — The Lee Center shopping center, at Pershing Drive and Route 50, has been torn down. [TBD]

Photo courtesy Steve Buttry

Demolition Work Well Underway on Wilson Blvd Office Project

by ARLnow.com | January 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | 1,434 views | 24 Comments

The buildings that used to house Arlington Motorcar Service, Medical Service Corporation International and the Fashion Dreams tailor between Rosslyn and Courthouse are no more.

Demolition work has reduced the three small buildings on the 1700 block of Wilson Boulevard to rubble. A large, empty lot and a pile of debris is all that remains. (See the before and after photos below.)

A new office building is expected to spring up by mid-2012.


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Arlington Mill Demolition Set for January

by ARLnow.com | December 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | 1,148 views | 17 Comments

Arlington is preparing to demolish the old Arlington Mill Community Center to make way for a brand new community center in 2013.

Due to some expected minor disruptions, Arlington County staff will be presenting information about the demolition plan at a public meeting next week. Update at 1/3 — The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Greenbrier Baptist Church (5401 7th Road South).

In case you can’t make it, here’s an executive summary:

  • No explosives will be used in the demolition, which will begin in January
  • No road closures are expected
  • Traffic and transit on Columbia Pike will not be affected
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained on surrounding streets
  • The demolition will take 30 to 45 days, weather permitting
  • Debris from the site will be hauled from South Dinwiddie Street to Columbia Pike to South Four Mile Run Drive
  • Construction on the new Arlington Mill Center is expected to begin in the spring
  • Another informational meeting will be held regarding the construction plan

Demolition Rubble Makes Yorktown High Look Like a War Zone

by ARLnow.com | September 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | 1,517 views | 5 Comments

Construction crews have been working feverishly over the summer to get the new Yorktown High School ready for students, while tearing down remnants of the old Yorktown High building. With one week left until students return and with a field full of rubble left to clear, it looks like the work may be coming down to the wire.

Check out the photos below, which show heavy equipment picking through huge piles of debris as well as a worker hosing down the rubble, apparently to keep dust down. Also below: a photo of the old high school, just before the demolition.

Old Westover Library Bites the Dust

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm | 644 views | No Comments

The old Westover library on 1800 North Lexington Street was torn down yesterday. The 67-year-old building was closed in October after the library moved to a new building at 1644 North McKinley Street.

The land occupied by the old library will now be turned into a green space.

More from the Library News blog.

Photo courtesy Arlington Public Library.

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