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by ARLnow.com March 8, 2012 at 8:35 am 3,604 67 Comments

Marine Corps Marathon Sets Registration Record — The Marine Corps Marathon has recorded the fastest sellout of any U.S. marathon, ever. Registration for this year’s marathon, which starts and ends in Arlington, opened at 3:00 p.m. yesterday. It ended 2 hours and 41 minutes later, after selling all 30,000 of available online entries. “The MCM staff and U.S. Marine Corps sincerely thank each of the 30,000 participants for such an enthusiastic start to this year’s events,” marathon director Rick Nealis said in a statement. [Marine Corps Marathon]

New Apartment Building Coming to Ballston — Funding has been secured for the residential component of the new Founders Square development in Ballston, across from Ballston Common Mall. A $71.1 million construction loan will help build The Place, a 17-story, 257-unit luxury apartment building at 4000 Wilson Boulevard. The Place, which is expected to open in 2013, will feature “studio, one- and two-bedroom units with open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Washington, D.C.” [Citybiz Real Estate]

Metro Complaints Include Employee Harassment — During a public forum in Arlington about proposed service changes and fare hikes, Metro customers got a chance to express their gripes about WMATA. In general, riders complained the fares were going up at a time when service seems to be deteriorating. Among the more specific complaints: long wait times for trains, confusing bus schedules, rude Metro employees, and even “regular occurrences of sexual harassment by Metro employees and other riders.” [Arlington Mercury]

Flickr pool photo by Christaki

  • Josh S

    Will that be the tallest building in Ballston?

    • JamesE

      Negative, Ballston Place is 20+ stories. I just hope some nice retail goes in there.

    • Name

      Not sure about the height, but the name ? It will really be called “The Place”? Is that supposed to be edgy ? Maybe it’s a typo and should be “The Palace” ? Then it would sound like a casino or maybe a gentleman’s club !

      • Good Grief

        Hmm.. or the home of Aladdin and Jasmine.

      • Arlingtonian

        I thought the same thing when I heard “The Place” …. I know it’s the latest marketing trend to name things “The” something or other but that just sounds stupid.

        • JamesE

          The Hanging Gardens of Clarendon
          The Taj Ballston
          The Capital Estates at Virginia Square

          • Truth in Advertising

            I’d prefer a more honest approach:
            The Newest Eyesore

            If you still have to go for trendy:
            The Big Blight

        • Lloyd

          Usually the name needs to refer to something tied to the area, geographically or contextually speaking. For example, they just renovated a hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in the West End, and renamed it The Avenue Suites. That makes some sense, Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, etc.

          I’m trying to figure out what “Place” reference there is around there. The whole development is called Founders Square. Maybe they could have called it The Corner as in the corner of the square. Or The Edge. I guess we are lucky it’s not called The Corner Place at Founders Square.

          • JamesE

            They should have called it The Robotic Death Cheetah to honor their tenants next door


          • DarkHeart

            I thought DARPA was across from the Quincy Park Softball field.

          • Stan

            As I understand it, they were / are in the Nelson/Fairfax building and also in the building above Mr. Days (hence the jackbooted guys with the assault rifles and German Shepards). They’re consolidating into the building across from Baileys.

          • awh hells bells

            Submachine guns are not assault rifles. They do get the job done nonetheless.

        • drax

          The Building
          The Dwelling
          The Highrise

          I remember when stupid trendy names were more colorful, like The Mews at Ballston Ridge or something dumb like that.

          I give credit to The Church at Clarendon for taking a stupid real estate name now that its an apartment building with a church attached.

          • Ed

            How about “Go to Hell, Clarendon”

          • Tre


          • drax

            I like that!

    • Brian K

      Ballston Square is 22 stories in two towers

    • Vik

      The commercial building, next to DARPA, at the corner of Wilson and Randolph, across from Bailey’s, will be the tallest of the Founders Square buildings and will be 20 or so stories.

      There was another building proposed on Fairfax that was going to include a western entrance to the Ballston metro that was going to top out at 23 stories. It was a handsome building called The Spire, or The Fairmont, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

      • Ren

        According to Shooshan, *that* building will be the tallest in Ballston, in response to Josh’s question.

        • Southeast Jerome

          I thought I saw something about a 40-story building in Ballston. Maybe it was 20 stories.

          Now just need another metro entrance.

          • Balls West

            +1 (it’d be especially cool if the western Ballston metro entrance included an underpass to the West side of Glebe)

      • John

        Yeah. That was a JBG condo project. It would have been beautiful. It looked like a faceted, crystaline tower.

        It ain’t ever gonna happen. Maybe another developer will step up up to the plate and build something similar and the new Metro entrance.

  • nunya

    cool spot for fireworks watching on the 4th

    • JamesE

      I remember watching them from Dremo’s, RIP.

      • nunya

        i heard they are opening a new one on H St.

        • JamesE

          I try to avoid going into DC at all costs.

          • drax

            That’s sad.

          • nunya

            you just need to know where to go and where not to. drax and i can show you a good time.

          • JamesE

            I grew up here, I know where to go, I just prefer not to, usually because I end up waiting 30 minutes for the metro or spending a lot on a cab.

          • drax

            nunya and I will keep you company while you wait, dude.

          • nunya

            nunya has a car and drax will protect you. we can also walk to dc. arl is close enough.

            cmon chopchop…

          • drax

            I think it’s just you and me, nunya.

            You said you have a car? Can you pick me up?

          • nunya



    “In my time in DC, service has eroded substantially,” said Ryan Jesian. “I would rather gargle hot tar that spend another minute on the system.”

    A whiny knucklehead? FREDTERP


      I’d say that was a fair commetn on how metro is doing METRORIDER

  • Frivolous

    Studio’s starting at $2,000!

    • BreakPause02

      That’s affordable housing 4 hipsters!

      • outoftowner

        another incorrect use of ‘hipster’

        • drax

          It’s a joke referring to a previous story.

    • JamesE

      After my refinance these rents are more than my principle + interest + taxes + condo fee, I like it!!

      • SteamboatWillie

        principal, like at school but different.

      • BreakPause02

        But you’re locked in for x years. A renter is probably locked in for a much shorter term.

        While the market is red hot, no one can predict where it will be in 5-10-15 years. So while our mortgages our lower, we may not have the flexibility that renters have down the road…

        • drax

          To get out of a mortgage, you sell. Then you get cash (hopefully). When you end your lease, you get…nothing.

          • DarkHeart

            Security Deposit?

  • novasteve

    Last week I had a Train offload at Farragut West due to the typical door problems. Platform was incredibly overcrowded, and the next train wasn’t for 6 minutes so I realized to get to my destination, bussing or walker would be preferable. I go to the station manager’s box and ask if there’s a bus to Metro Center and she looked at me, and asked Why I don’t take the metro instead, and I said because the platform is overcrowded because a train got offloaded and it will take probably the next 4-5 trains to get everyone. She wasn’t even aware of what was going on in her own station.

    • speonjosh

      Definitely walking is better in that case. Heck, I’ll walk from Foggy Bottom (unless it’s raining). It’s really not that far.

      • novasteve

        Of course, I walked, and enjoyed it, but some people don’t have flexible work start times. However I would hope that the Station manager would be aware of what’s going on inside her own station, especially with the platform being entirely packed with people.

        • drax


          • Quoth the Raven


  • Brian K

    They started construction on that apartment by blocking the right turn lane from Wilson onto Quincy, closing off the sidewalk, and pile driving loudly 8am-6pm

    • speonjosh

      I started making my breakfast this morning by getting a bowl, opening the box of cheerios and then pouring milk on them.


      • FrenchyB

        Honey Nut, Apple Cinnamon or Original (Cardboard) flavor?

        • speonjosh

          I gave the new multi-grain flavor a try.

          • drax

            Is multi-grain even a flavor?

          • nunya

            mmm fiber is good fer ya.

          • speonjosh


            “Studies show that people who choose more whole grain tend to have a healthier body weight. “

          • drax

            Yeah, but it’s just funny to call it a flavor, that’s all.

          • speonjosh


      • FunnyMunny

        I cracked two eggs in a bowl and the pile-driving vibrations scrambled them for me. Cha-ching!

        • SteamboatWillie

          I didn’t notice, but I was doing some pile driving of my own this morning.

          • drax

            You’re a construction worker? I’m confused.

          • nunya

            that’s MS pile driver to you!

          • FREDTERP

            I have hemorrhoids

          • FREDTERP2

            I pick things up. I put them down. FREDTERP2

    • bred

      I think that this is a hotel. The apartments will be a Wilson & Randolph if I’m not mistaken.

      • Vik

        I’m pretty sure the residential is on Quincy.

        • Brian K

          Residential and hotel are on quincy/Wilson … Residential is at corner of WIlson, Residence Inn is a little bit up Quincy .. DARPA is on Randolph behind the hotel and another office building will be at Randolph and Wilson


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