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Arlington Mill Demolition Set for January

by ARLnow.com December 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm 2,796 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

  • Lou

    Remember when this was a Safeway?

    • BoredHouseWife

      Yes I do.

    • Rover

      Indeed. It still looks like one to me. When it closed, there was a grocery shopping gap on Columbia Pike. I guess there still is…

  • Me

    I remember when it was a furniture store. They knocked it down (probably less than 10 years ago) and built this center.

  • G

    The debris is being hauled to South Four Mile Run Drive? Where is it going from there?

    • Not sure… but that’s the general route it’s taking — something area residents might be interested in.

    • Let’s Be Free

      Probably going to the staging area, er, uh I mean park (don’t they always locate parks adjacent to sewage aeration tanks, imagine the inviting aroma as the kids toddle on playground) at 3600 Four Mile Run.

  • Wasteful

    The building looks pretty new already, and if it hasn’t even been there for 10 years yet, why are they building a new one?

    • Lou

      They stripped the original building down to the structure, made some modifications and then re-clad it with what you see now. All that space in front of it used to be the store parking lot. This was probably ~20 years ago.

  • charlie

    Arlington requires that all building demolition waste go to the County recycling center to be recycled by Arlington, first. If they don’t need it, then it goes elsewhere. So going down 4MR Drive is quick and easy.

  • Bluemont John

    Too bad it’s not still a grocery store, because the one on Wilson and N. Greenbrier is one of the worst in DC–not even a bakery! Never mind a pharmacy. The Safeway on Benning Road NE is seriously much better.

    And yeah–why does this need to be redone at taxpayer expense? Is it endangering anyone as it is?

    • mehoo

      Go to the Safeway in Seven Corners or the Harris Teeter on Glebe, John. The Wilson/Greenbrier Safeway functions as a glorified 7-11.

  • I am trusting that his project is appropriate in this economic climate. Or is it?

    • Lou

      Voters approved the bonds to allow the county to pay for it. Not sure how many of the voters considered the economics, but hey whatever. Right?

  • MC

    I can’t even tell you were my local “community center” is or tell you why people go there. This site has been sitting vacant for a very long time, and seems that life goes on in the community. I have always thought of community centers as buildings that were former schools that got justified as necessary so new schools could be built. Now we need to replace community centers because we are running out of schools to replace?

    • que_de_que

      umm… just because YOU don’t use your local community center doesn’t mean others don’t enjoy them. sheesh.

  • The Pope of South Arlington

    The old Safeway! This was my hood. Does anybody remember what a toilet Park Glen was before they turned condo in the early 80’s?


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