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Demolition Underway on Pentagon City Warehouses

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm 7,641 65 Comments

Demolition is underway on a block of empty warehouses on S. Fern Street in Pentagon City.

The warehouses, which used to house a DHL distribution office and a Danker furniture store, are being torn down to make way for a new 18-story apartment building called Three Metropolitan Park. The building will be the third in the Metropolitan Park development, across from Costco.

According to the county’s planning division web site, Three Metropolitan Park will consist of 411 apartments and 16,345 square feet of ground floor retail space, one block from the Pentagon City Metro station. The building will be 18 stories — or 202 feet — tall and will have 502 parking spaces.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the apartment building is expected to start renting by the beginning of 2014 at a construction cost of at least $160 million.

Photo courtesy @hoborocks

  • Texas Wahoo

    Will there be any ground level retail?

    • meh..

      Not really….a measly “16,345 square feet of ground floor retail space”…

    • “According to the county’s planning division web site, Three Metropolitan Park will consist of 411 apartments and 16,345 square feet of ground floor retail space…..”


      • Texas Wahoo

        Wow – that’s embarrassing. Can’t believe I missed that.

  • CrystalMikey

    Wow, won’t be the same walking past there. Anyone have any idea how old those warehouses were?

    • Randy Moore

      Those warehouses were there (at: 1450-S. Eads St.) as the location was where I had my first job upon discharge from the U.S. Army in July 1965, and they were not too new even then. The business that I worked at was: Virginia Service, Inc., which was then changed to: Jacob’s Transfer of Arlington, Inc., which was a warehouse and hauling facility and I was the clerk typist then……

  • Chris

    Not sure how old they are\were, but didn’t their used to be an old hospital there too? I seem to remember the Pentagon City Hospital from my childhood but my way-back machine may be mixxing and matching memories.

    • Steve

      You might be remembering the Urgent Care that used to be there awhile back.

  • Amy

    The hospital was nearby on Army Navy Dr but was replaced with apts in 2001. See story below.

  • Lou

    Why are they showing a rendering of Ballston instead of the new apartments? Oh…..

  • J

    I hope these new apts have better carpeting and floor tiling than in the Millennium building….and please no HVAC units in the bedrooms!

    • BerryBerryCold

      I’ve looked at new construction and if I were living in an apartment or condo, I would avoid new construction. It seems that units built since the 2000s generally have paper thin walls, thin floors, and noisy HVAC systems, as well as inefficient windows. The general build quality seems to be low, with buildings hoping to make up for that by having stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops.

      • CW

        I respectfully disagree. I’ve rented two new construction units in succession, the first of them being a Dittmar property and the current being a Saul Centers property. In both cases I’ve not been able to hear a peep from neighbors above or on either side, and the new-building hiccups and surprises have been at a relative minimum. The HVAC systems have run quite well and power bills have been low; windows blocked out all noise from Wilson and Clarendon boulevards, repsectively. The buildings also get more attention from engineering since the companies have retained engineering staff to see them through the opening period. Plus, no stained carpet or bed bugs. My two cents.

        • SB

          Love Dittmar, and I don’t have much neighbor noise, but man is my HVAC noisy. Used to startle me in my sleep when it turned on, but I’ve slowly gotten used to it.

          • CW

            You want to hear noise? You should see these GE front-loader washer and dryers we have at the current place. The old units, at the Dittmar property, let you turn off the buzzer thast sounds at the end of the cycle. Not this one. I’ve looked it up and the only way to turn it off is to physically pull the jumpers off of the control board (and thus invalidate the warranty). I will never get used to it.

        • BerryBerryCold

          You live in Clarendon center?

          • CW

            We’re all friends here…

      • Runaway Train

        Sorry what? I forgot everything before stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

      • NPGMBR

        I’ve noticed the same. People are paying ridiculous rents to live in the Hallstead, Penrose Square, Alexan, 55 Hundred and others. Unfortunately the quality of the build materials is not top quality and thats sad. For what they charge in rent you should not be able to hear your neighbors conversations as you walk the halls. A friend of my room mate just move out of Sienna Park after one year and purchased a house. People don’t do that when they are satisfied!

    • samsonite

      First they Clarendonized Ballston, then they Ballstonized Crystal City. Or is it Ballstonizing Courthouse and then Crystal Citied Rosslyn? Can’t keep it straight.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    Wow, the only way to get to Costco will be by bus or metro. Driving/parking there is already a huge time suck. Good thing there are alternative big box places.

    • BerryBerryCold

      I agree. I’d much rather go to the one in Fairfax or Woodbridge than endure the third world experience at the Pentagon City Costco.

    • TJ

      BJs on Wilson Blvd….

      • Aaron

        Hey, we don’t need a re-hash of the Pentagon bikepath discussion. Let’s keep it clean around here.

        • AllenB


      • samsonite

        I thought that was illegal, TJ.

        • AllenB

          Only if you charge money for it.

          And I live on Clarendon, not Wilson.

      • Burnsie

        Been to BJs. It sucks. Prices, selection–very unimpressive, and not just compared with Costco,

        • Very punny..

          Did you just say that “Been to BJs. It sucks”

          and here I thought that this board was PG rated…..

      • Suburban Not Urban

        Guess Arlington doesn’t need the tax dollars – since Wilson BJ and none of the other CostCo’s are in Arlington – that’s whats wrong with constant density increases….

    • CW

      My brain may have rotted from the heat but why would this affect the ability to drive to Costco?

    • soarlslacker

      The only safe time to go to Costco is at 10am on a weekday. You can park then and there are fewer people in the store. Any other time is madness. I have ridden my bike to Costco to svoid the mess of parking, but you can’t much home on a bike.

  • Aaron

    Check out the artist’s impression of a nifty forest where a Costco used to be! That’s one way to get the county board to fast-track this plan into completion.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Oh boo hoo. The county is changing. What are we going to do without all that warehouse space? Now my property values will go up. Why can’t things just stay the way they were when I moved here?

  • Eric

    I applaud Arlington’s continuing development/re-development but can’t get over how the new condo buildings continue to share the architectural features; or lack thereof (full disclosure: my wife is an architect) that are rampant in Clarendon, Ballston, PC, and now portions of Columbia Pike.

    We recently moved from Arlington to Charlotte and we were amazed at how much more willing Charlotte was to accept building designs that eschewed what I saw in Arlington for the last 11 years. They aren’t all squares and rectangles, don’t have decorative halos, and often incorporate some of the newer designs found globally.

    I suppose my question is why hasn’t Arlington taken a risk architecturally? When Arlnow has a headline for a new construction project, I can already correctly guess what it’s major features and look are before seeing an artist’s rendition.

    • yep

      I totally agree. All the new buildings are a mix of brick, concrete and “steel,” and they all look exactly the same. I wonder 20 years down the road how the area will be perceived.

      • Lou

        Just wait until 800 Glebe is done. It’s going to be a gem.

        And Rosslyn Central Place is going to be pretty cool too, they might even finish it in my lifetime.

        But those are commercial buildings. The residential building around here is what leaves so much to be desired.

    • SamsontheCat

      Do you have any suggestions for different designs? I’ve always thought Arlington needed an apartment building in the shape of the Washington Monument…only at least twice as big and with a giant disco room in the top pyramid; something that totally shows up DC.

      • soarlslacker

        Long ago the apartment blgd that might have been able to “show up DC” was the Prospect House. Even in the 80s is was a very cool blgd, but there was 0 insulation between units and it could be very noisy. While the outside architecture was not extraordinary, the inside was lovely and the folks that worked there were fabulous. There was a gentleman at the front desk who used to size up my dates and give me a full report on them later.

    • NPGMBR

      Honest question: So the architect doesn’t have the most input into the design of the building or is it County regs that restrict building design?

  • SamsontheCat

    That picture has a 4 lane road on top of Nell’s Carryout Trailer!!!

    • tom

      You mean the “temporary” Nells that was the roach coach for the construction workers at the Fashion Centre in the 1980s and has been at the site since.

      • SamsontheCat

        Exactly. So much character to that little shack.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    I hope they saved space for an arboretum, a dog park, and a Latino-oriented homeless shelter. Otherwise I will NOT be happy with progress.

    • G Clifford Prout

      Maybe they can find a place for the misplaced Bosque that didn’t arrive at Penrose Square.

      I want my bosque waaaa waaaa

  • Meowzers

    Anyone know if there is a restaurant moving into the Metropolitan next door to the new post office yet?

    • PentCityDude

      I think you meant Millennium. I live in the Millennium. I would love to see more restaurants in these buildings that we can walk to here in Pentagon City….Sweetgreen, Potbelly, Firehouse Subs, Roti, anything really that is a decent/good restaurant that is walkable for the entire PC neighborhood.

      • CrystalMikey

        All you need is to walk a little farther east for Potbelly.

      • Kwiki Mart

        Sweetgreen is the most disgusting, over priced salad place ever. Chop’t is so much better. I don’t understand how Sweetgreen does any business.

        • J

          Guac Greens salad is delicious!!! And…Potbelly is too far to walk to;)

        • NPGMBR

          I’ve only been to Chop’t and love it but 11 bucks for a salad is crazy.

  • Michael H.

    Glad to see those eyesores getting torn down.

    Now when are they going to tear down the abandoned buildings a few blocks to the east, near the Long Branch Park site. That old Crystal City Motel building looks like Norman Bates’ hangout.

    • cj

      Those will likely be gone within months. A proposal for a new Boeing local headquarters is headed for the Board in September. Not the best neighbor for the new park, but …

  • steve85

    Out with the old in with the new. No body cares about the warehouse. This is 2011 not 1961. The building was an eye sore

  • Boring Dan

    IMHO, and I live in the area, Pentagon City could use a Wegman’s.

    • Kat

      Oh please, God, yes!!!!

  • Rick

    A baseball stadium would have looked much nicer there…

    • Lou

      Oooh, opening up the old wounds.

      One of the very few things I thought Paul Ferguson really screwed up on. Whatever happened to that regional conference center?

      • Rick

        No, opening up old wounds is putting stuff in my attic and seeing the chicken suit folded up in a bag. I still have the picture of me with the hogettes at ballston… memories

  • YTK

    MEH– just more Heat-Generating buildings, more cars to clog and pollute the streets. A waste.

    • steve85

      Wrong… Its one block from the metro. No need for cars. Not a waste

      • Stu Pendus

        411 apartments, most of which will have a car. 502 new parking spaces in the new building.

        • steve85

          I’m pretty sure all of the parking spaces won’t be used up


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