Groundbreaking Scheduled for Rosslyn Skyscraper

by ARLnow.com September 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm 4,807 15 Comments

Originally approved by the county in 2007, the planned 35-story office tower at 1812 North Moore Street in Rosslyn is finally moving forward with construction. A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14.

Unable to sign a tenant or obtain financing for the building, owner Monday Properties is paying the first $30 million of the project’s estimated $300 million cost in cash, according to the Washington Post.

Once it’s built, the 390-foot building will be the tallest in the Washington area. It will offer expansive views of the DC skyline and surrounding areas.

Construction is expected to wrap up in early 2013.

“We’re of course very pleased to see it happen,” said Arlington Economic Development spokesperson Karen Vasquez. “[It is] a great addition for Rosslyn as well as for Arlington.”

Vasquez noted with a pinch of irony that with the 387-foot Central Place tower also moving forward, “we may see another Chrysler Building/Empire State Building competition right here in Arlington.”

  • JakeDC

    Ha. I remember the brochures I used to get from the leasing agent(s) years ago on this project. Didn’t realize it never even started!


    Where is the ghost of Tom Sarris. FREDTERP

    • Frenchy B

      I’ve seen him on many a foggy morn, piloting a haunted riverboat/salad bar down the Potomac…

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    It’s about time. This property has been the site of a mosquito-breeding lake for several years.

  • Rosslyn Resident

    Oh no! Where’s the McDonald’s going during construction?

  • shirley

    this is NOT the Orleans House site. It is the site next to the METRO. No salad bar or lake here.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      There is too a lake there; open your eyes. And after today’s rains, it’s probably closer to a great lake.

      • shirley

        well it might be a lake, but it hasn’t been that way for “several years” as the building only came down last year.

        • Don Ho

          That makes it acceptible?

  • Lou

    Is Central Place really moving forward? That’s news to me.

    • Don Ho

      I don’t think so. More like wishful thinking on Karen Vasquez’s part.

  • Crowded

    Rosslyn is already too dense.

  • Katie

    Rosslyn is ugly.

    Corporate Executive Board. Pfftt.

  • Ross

    Lots less ugly than the lot of rubble surrounded by temporary fencing. Also intrigued by the Vasquez comment about Central Place which is more relevant to the neighborhood as it will add residences and consolidate 2 small parks into 1 bigger park. Both projects add ground level retail which the neighborhood craves so this is good news.

  • Central Place is moving forward?! When am I losing my McDonalds?!
    Looking out the window of my workplace is going to be a lot more exciting now.


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