Wilson Blvd Power Station to Get New Facade

by ARLnow.com September 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm 2,586 11 Comments

Last year, Dominion upgraded the power substation at 3245 Wilson Boulevard to help provide additional power capacity to the ever-developing Clarendon area. As part of the upgrades, Dominion promised a new containment wall that would make the facility easier on the eyes. So far, though, it’s still just a fence.

That has some locals worried. One resident contacted us and pointed out that the Dominion web site lists the project as “complete.” Would the prominently-placed substation remain surrounded by the “ugly” chain link fence?

No, says Dominion spokesperson Le-Ha Anderson. The wall is coming.

“Dominion is working with Arlington County, community members and an art consultant to select a vendor to create the artwork for the façade around the… substation,” Anderson told ARLnow.com. “We expect to have a design proposal by late November – early December.”

Anderson said she expects the wall to be built by spring 2011.

  • Thes

    Mmmm. Art. Yummy.

    Thanks for keeping us posted.

  • LP

    So does this mean the facade of the fence is going to stay and there is just going to be artwork on the fence? If so, that’s hardly a new containment well, just the same thing that will attract more eyes – which is not what is wanted since so much of the sub-station can be seen above the fence.

  • JosephRicks

    just so long as the new artwork doesn’t contain any lighting bolts, ohm’s law, or anything relating to power and electricity … because that would be considered “advertising”, right?

  • JW

    I walk past this every day on the way to work and can hear static or something running through the chain link as I walk by. Hopefully a more substantial barricade will make it feel less like I’m going to get radiation poisoning every time I walk past.

  • Ali

    How about fixing the one in Crystal City so it doesn’t explode/catch on fire every few months?

  • Skeptical

    Please tell me they arranged a reasonable “kill fee” for the art consultant this time in case the proposal involves antennas, foil sculpture or anything like that.

  • TuesdaysChild

    I think a plain wall; with maybe some texture would be fine. No public art.

  • charlie

    let’s hope it isn’t as expensive as the last public-utility art installation.
    more power to ARLNOW!!!

  • Novanglus

    Why just a facade, and not a more substantial structure like there is around the Virginia Square substation? (http://bit.ly/bQuTLd)

  • This all begs the question why the substation is in such a prominent location. Even before the new Clarendon renaissance, it would have been only a block off the old Clarendon Circle. Shouldn’t it be off a side street somewhere?

  • Jason

    Does anyone know who to contact about other substations that are eyesores? There is one at 4100 S. Four Mile Run Dr. that is an equal eyesore. I contacted Dominion about a year ago and got a callback from someone saying they would look into it and never heard anything back.


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