Slow Progress on Courthouse Plaza Brick Work

by ARLnow.com June 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm 5,241 12 Comments

Work on the brick pavers at Courthouse Plaza appears to be behind schedule.

We’re told by a source that the project will most likely not be completed this month, the anticipated completion date that TBD.com reported in February. No official word yet on how much longer the project might take. Multiple calls seeking information from the owner of Courthouse Plaza, Vornado Charles E. Smith, have gone unreturned over the past week.

Courthouse Plaza is the home of restaurants, small shops, a movie theater, a hotel, county government’s main office building and a Courthouse Metro entrance. The project has resulted in a gauntlet of fences around the plaza, and the displacement of some outdoor seating, but access to businesses and Metro has been maintained.

Currently, workers are using pools of water to test the sealant used underneath the brick pavers. The pavers themselves — which, we’re told, only arrived recently after a significant delay — are stacked near the county government building, awaiting installation.

  • I swear there is one guy who works 4 hours a week on this project. It’s hurting the businesses there and a general mess.

    Anyone surprise that Vornado isn’t returning calls?

  • YTK

    Brick work? Wait til they start popping out of the ground because of water, expansion, etc– how many people are going to trip on these ^&%*$! bricks and fall??!!!! POUR CONCRETE SIDEWALKS instead!!!!

    • AllenB

      No more than have tripped on the current brickwork since it was installed in the late 80’s.

    • CW

      Personally, I prefer a bunch of little bricks that individually shift with the ground underneath to concrete that breaks and creates fault lines where it juts out of the ground at a 30-degree angle.

  • John

    What’s wrong with concrete? Maybe use a color additive to make it distinctive.

    The worst are those asphalt “bricks.”

  • CW

    Quasi-related, nah, unrelated topic – what’s up with the Clarendon metro “park” renovations? They started working on it a couple months ago, had bobcats in there, fenced things off, and then packed up and left. My understanding was that there was to be some major landscaping and prettying-up of the area. I can’t find an article. Maybe I made it up?

    • novanglus

      My guess re the Clarendon median: they’re waiting on permits.

  • Conspiracy Theorist

    Anyone know who owns the company that supplies the constantly-in-need-of-maintenance-and-replacement pavers Arlington is so fond of? Is their lase name Tejada or something?

    • Conspiracy Theorist


    • TGEoA

      First name Jose?

  • geebee

    I don’t know if it’s related, but the shallow water fountain at the Marriott end of the plaza is not running. It’s a lovely feature, especially for kids, in this hot weather. When I asked at the hotel last week, the woman at the counter said it had something to do with the County.

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