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Work Begins on Dominion Substation Wall

by Katie Pyzyk April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm 3,704 16 Comments

After years of waiting, it appears a wall is finally being built around the Dominion power substation (3245 Wilson Blvd) near Clarendon.

Workers have been spotted using heavy equipment to add beams along the perimeter.

Dominion had promised to upgrade the current fence with a more robust containment wall after replacing the substation in 2009. Residents had been worried not only about the aesthetics of what they consider an unsightly chain link fence, but also about safety due to the existing fence’s integrity, or perceived lack thereof.

Completion of the wall had originally been slated for spring of last year, but construction didn’t even start until a couple of weeks ago. So far, there’s no word on when the project will be completed.

  • Driving Instructor

    Substation II?

    • Brick

      this is over in clarendon by the GMU building i think there is a church behind it too

  • DarkHeart

    Mmmm, exposure to EMR.

    • bobco85

      We’ve all been exposed to EMR our whole lives, heck, the entire existence of our species, but at least now we will no longer have to be exposed to an ugly substation (a new triumph of humanity)!

  • M

    Yes, but unless the wall is a work of art to beautify the substation and make it look more like a high-class waste treatment facility, what is the point?

  • Clarendon

    The fence will be a medium to dark wood with certain artistic properties. Dominion calls this their “Ballston” substation.

    • Arlingtonian

      The substation’s wall will be certainly be artistic when compared to the fence and dumpster next door (see my message below).

  • .T-G.E.O.A

    Now on to getting rid of the used car dealers

    • Richard Cranium

      A couple of K-9 units could probably do that in short order if they wanted to.

      • nom de guerre

        No need to use the dogs. Just ask Karzai to wage an online campaign to shut them down due to their rude and inconsiderate behavior toward the community related to their failure to communicate their business hours.

        • drax

          Used Karzai

    • CW

      That taxi cab a couple months ago almost did.

  • Woofer

    Perhaps a new Wag More mural?

  • nom de guerre

    Sam’s Corner mural since it is only a block away.

  • Arlingtonian

    The back of the substation is on Fairfax Drive. The substation’s chain link fence is completely compatible with its surroundings. Next door, an auto repair shop has enclosed nearly all of the Fairfax Drive sidewalk with a wooden fence that surrounds a dumpster.

    You have to walk in the street to travely past the repair shop’s dumpster and fence. They must surely violate the County’s zoning ordinance, but they have been there for more than ten years anyway.

    The repair shop’s and the substation’s fences are among Arlington’s most scenic attractions. See them together before it is too late.

  • MC

    Thanks for following up on this Arlnow.


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