Work Spotted on Development Site in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com January 3, 2012 at 11:24 am 6,113 20 Comments

Some minor construction work has been spotted at the long-stalled apartment development site at 1200 N. Irving Street in Clarendon.

The site — which was recently purchased by USAA Real Estate from developer Zom Inc. — has laid fallow for years as Zom struggled with financing. A 186-unit apartment building with ground floor retail (previously dubbed “The Waverly at Clarendon Station“) is planned for the site.

Contractors started bidding on the project this fall, though no construction timeline has been formally announced. Late last month a tipster sent in a photo (above) of a small group of workers shoring up the empty shell of the former Madhu Ban Indian restaurant.

Renderings show that the building will preserve the existing retail facades on the block, though it’s not clear which of the establishments — including O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub, Sam’s Corner Deli and the new LeoNora Bakery — would remain open during and/or after construction.

  • Clarendon

    I believe the only part of the existing buildings that the developer own is “Madhu Ban” and they are required to preserve that facade. The rest of the buildings housing the businesses mentioned are not part of the development and should theoretically not have to close during construction. Sam’s Corner will remain “open”. πŸ˜‰

    • CW

      But they’re “closed” for the holidays!

    • Burger

      Thank goodness they are saving the facade of Madhu Ban et al. I mean where else could we find crappy 50’s motifs.

    • DeeSap

      I managed to eat at Sam’s Corner once many years ago. By random chance they were open around lunchtime on a weekday. Of course, I say “at” as in I got a sandwich and left, since they had no tables and no chairs.

      • karzai

        Sam’s Corner is a net negative for Clarendon. A nice, vibrant store or restaurant could do a gangbuster business in that location, in place of the moribund, stagnant, anachronism that is the [mostly closed] Sam’s Corner.

  • PurpEB

    This area of Clarendon could certainly use the development. It would be nice to see the block with the Wells Fargo redeveloped as well.

    Lastly, the intersection of Clarendon, Wilson, Washington, and (Fairfax) could use a little bit of work πŸ˜‰

  • Ben

    They were slated to begin in early 2012 so I guess that rang true….

  • John

    Another mediocre design. I was hoping this project would disappear. And what’s with the architectural “asshat?”

    • MC

      The legacy design for this site is god awful ugly. Hope the new owner will make better, without the cheap shiny look.

  • does anyone know what happened to the shoe repair shop that was located in that site? The first photo shows a man on a ladder – the little green door and the wood frame was the entrance to the shoe shop. They were great and I lost track of them. Would love to find them again.

  • j

    “Laid fallow.” Fancy. Classin’ this joint up a little I see.

  • karzai

    It is really welcome to see that project finally starting. Maybe the design does not please anyone, but it is certainly better than the open field with weeds growing, and jersey barriers and fences. It will bring additional retail and hopefully new restaurants with outdoor tables, as well as yet more customers for the retail throughout Clarendon. This site is really the anchor spot for the southern/western border of Clarendon, and building out this site will connect Clarendon to Lyon’s Village and the retail on Washington Blvd (Malang Hot Pot, Rocklands, the outdoor gear store, etc)

  • karzai

    It is great to see this site, which anchors, south/west Clarendon, start construction. The site, when built, will visually and commercially connect Clarendon to Lyon’s Village and the Washington Blvd businesses such as Rocklands, Malang Hot Pot, the outdoor gear store, etc. The design may not be perfect, but is superior to overgrown weeds, filthy jersey barriers, and rusting fences.

  • Hasdrupal

    Tear it all down and start from scratch. Building an ugly new construction next to ugly old construction is not progress. And work should be done on that dangerous intersection. Were’t they going to make it a traffic circle?

    • Thes

      Turns out they couldn’t make it into a proper circle without demolishing the historic building that now houses Liberty Tavern.

      However, don’t despair! It turns out that, statistically, that “dangerous” intersection has surprisingly few injuries for its volume. It turns out that drivers are so inherently aware of the “danger” that they tend to slow down and pay attention. There are various kinds of free web-based mapping software (“zoom in a few times”) that can show you the relative dangerousness of intersections in the area. This one does not rate.

    • charlie

      it WAS a traffic circle for decades. and the traffic circle had a statue in the middle of it.
      the genius transportation planners don’t want it to happen.

      • Ron Paul

        Actually, in a place like Arlington, I’m sure there are plenty of planners in the county office that would love to turn it into a circle. But how would you achieve that? Maybe in the hours between about 3PM on Christmas eve through noon on December 26th? A la the Oak-SF Bay Bridge closings on Labor Day weekends when they’ve hoisted entire 200 foot sections of bridge into place, shifted roadways 20 degrees, etc?

  • John H

    Maybe a traffic circle wouldn’t fit at Wilson and Washington, but I think traffic would move with less delay, and pedestrians would have an easier time crossing the streets of Clarendon, if Washington Blvd was made one-way westbound and slimmed down in spots; and Kirkwood Dr / 10th Street became one-way eastbound and narrowed.


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