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Developer Moves Forward With Clarendon Project

by ARLnow.com November 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm 4,250 43 Comments

The now-empty lot at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Boulevard near Clarendon is finally ready for some construction.

Thanks to a $48 million bank loan, local developer Ironwood Realty is moving forward with construction of a 163,000 square foot mixed-use building on the site, which was most-recently home to a CVS Pharmacy. Work is set to begin in the next 2-3 weeks, according to the Washington Business Journal.

When completed, the development — dubbed Garfield Park at Clarendon Village — will house 149 luxury apartment units, 20,000 square feet of retail space and nearly 300 underground parking spaces.

Ironwood is also apparently eying some sort of redevelopment of the triangular block near Clarendon Metro known as the Silver Diner block.

In addition to Silver Diner, the block is home to a large parking lot, a service station, a used car lot, the Doctors Building and another small office building.

We’re currently not sure about the extent of Ironwood’s plans on the block. A company official has not returned our phone call.

  • Westover

    A sign of the recovering economy?

    This is great, it is a shame it took so long to get things back rolling after they knocked the CVS down.

  • Josh

    Aww man, I used this empty lot to throw a baseball/football around…

  • Zack

    Just what Arlington needs – another condo building!

    • Steve

      Beats a vacant lot.

    • rft

      I’m looking to buy a condo around that timeframe — it will be nice to have some fresh inventory on the market keeping prices down

      • david

        Isn’t it going to be apartments and not condos?

      • It will be apartments, not condos.

        • rft


  • Tom M

    Wasn’t Dremo’s planning a move to somewhere around there? I was really hoping to send them a startup check for $10K.

  • AJbaba

    Everything is a luxury apartment in these parts. And so many people wonder why affordable housing is so important to our community. Just read this article to see why: http://bit.ly/drNWRv but it is good to see that construction is picking up. I remember just 4 years ago when the skyline down the corridor was filled with construction cranes.

    • MikeyinCrystalC

      Yay for more luxury apartments. 😛

  • NJmetsfan

    A lot of construction going on in the Clizzledizzle.

  • Matt!

    I miss the miniature golf place that used to be there.

  • Clarendude

    Thanks for checking on the Silver Diner block. I doubt anything happens there soon, but that could have a big impact on the west end of Clarendon.

    • NorthAdams

      Silver Diner won’t happen in a long time. It is making too much money AND
      the owners of the property have no intention of selling. Ironwood may control the site but they don’t own it.

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    Can’t these developers find some new architects? Every building they build looks just like all the others.

    • jan


  • ClarendonDweller

    Very, very interesting. I’m curious to see what might happen to the Silver Diner itself; if it will remain there through any redevelopment. I know there has been a lot of debate on this site today both for and against “chain restaurants,” but I see how popular that place is all days of the week. I would also love to see any changes incorporate the brick “Doctors Buildings” instead of just seeing them torn down.

    • Clarendude

      What is it you like about those Doctors Buildings ? I kind of like them too, but can’t explain why. The bricks are kind of interesting on the one. Anyway, those are not planned to be saved in the sector plan, which also has Wilson blvd realigned to the South, increasing sidewalk width etc, there which would necessitate moving them. Clarendon needs to have an inexpensive diner or two whether or not it is the Silver one or not. I like having it there, but it’s mediocre IMO.

      • ClarendonDweller

        Sorry for the delay, Clarendude, just came back and saw your comment. I can’t really explain why I like the Doctor’s Buildings either, since they aren’t super interesting or significant. But I think with all of the new construction there’s just something comforting and nice about old, brick buildings. I wish that there was a way to incorporate them (or any other building like them) into the new plan in the way that places like Eventide and even CVS have done a nice job of renovating while keeping older-looking facades.

        • Clarendude

          I think I agree, it gives some kind of cultural continuity. They did this in the new Clarendon center project by reinstalling the facades of part of the older building on the North block building. I think that looks nice, although on the Clarendon Blvd side, what is a preserved 2 story facade (and was a two story building) was matched to a one story interior. It’s a lot easier to explain if you are looking at the building….

          • ClarendonDweller

            Thanks for pointing that out about the Clarendon Center project. I’ll have to look for the things you brought up on my way home. I love that with so much going on, we’re definitely not lacking for things to talk about in the area…

  • VA Square Guy

    I hope the Silver Diner isn’t scrapped, that’s the best place for post night out munchies.

    • DT

      Don’t worry, one of the major players in this development company also owns a piece of Silver Diner.

    • TGEoA

      They are going to convert it into a Waffle House.

      • Chris

        Waffle House!

    • rft

      There’s a sign on Silve Diner now that looks like they are changing their name. Does that make sense?

  • Bort

    I agree with Vinh An Nguyen. We need more interesting Architecture in Arlington!

    • SamsontheCat

      I propose a ziggurat or a pagoda. We are woefully deficient in both in northen VA.

  • MC

    I do wonder what will be on offer for the Silver Dinner lot. Ironwood’s past projects aren’t very inspiring: http://www.ironwoodrealtypartners.com/past_projects.php

    • A. Neighbor

      agreed. I think this new building is simply a mirage. It looks like a reflection of what is across the street.

    • NorthAdams

      one of the cheapest poorest quality builders in Arlington.

    • rft

      It’s hard to tell since they don’t have any examples of urban residential in that list. I doubt they’d put something like Avalon in Clarendon, and all the rest look like office buildings.

  • One of the things on the Silver Diner Block is Joyce Motors, an awesome auto repair shop. I hope they don’t get forced out, Joyce has been a reliable place to get car work done for the 25 years that I’ve lived in Arlington.

    • Wilson Blvd Express

      Yep, a great shop! Additionally, the design of the shop just screams the Arlington of my youth. Hopefully whatever happens the place will be preserved.

  • Black Flag

    More condos in Clarendon! shocking! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. awful

  • a’town

    maybe they’ll add a TGI Fridays or a Chili’s. That would be sweet.

    • ThisisSarcasm

      …fingers crossed for an Olive Garden!!!

  • Stefan Sittig

    At least these are mixed used bldgs, folks. People who are poo-pooing with cries of “another condo” don’t realize that there will also be office and commercial space in these buildings.

    As someone who currently lives 1/2 block away from the proposed new mixed use development, I welcome even more options of retail and restaurants to frequent, all within walking/metro distance.

    I rarely use my car. 🙂 It’s actually getting to the point, where, like many of my colleagues who live in DC, I may be able to get rid of my car completely.

    The only reason I drive now is to go to a Target or Tyson’s.

    On that note, my parents have been living in Ballston car-free for the past 6 months and have found it incredibly easy to get around all sorts of places using the ART bus, the Metro rail/bus and walking.

    These sort of “urban/suburban villages”, in my view, are the wave of the future and adding another mix use development only improves the quality of life in Clarendon.

    What I’d like to see is a Landmark Theatre (art house movies) open up somewhere along Ballston-Rosslyn corridor as well as a Target, Best Buy and Bed Bath Beyond. Once that happens, many of us will probably not even have to leave the neighborhood. 🙂

  • Hooorraaaayyyy!

    The Wachovia and it’s parking lot, next to Silver Diner is a waste of space. That could be a great property to develop. I hope they keep it to shops or restaurant space when it happens. Put the Best Buy or other store(s) on the side where the used car place sits on 10th (keeps potential traffic from 50 and or 395 on 10th and not Wilson). How does that place stay in business, there are never any customers there.

  • some people are dumb, others are like that idiot who said “best buy” and 10th street. you wonder how they learned how to type.

    I think we can all agree on that.

  • karzai

    What’s the story with Dr. Dremo? Someone mentioned they might open up again, this time in Clarendon? Anyone know if they’ve found space, or how far along they might be to reopening?


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