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Groundbreaking for Clarendon Office Project

by ARLnow.com May 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm 13,638 47 Comments

A groundbreaking was held this morning for the new 3001 and 3003 Washington Boulevard office project in Clarendon.

Local officials, including Rep. Jim Moran and County Board Chair Mary Hynes, were joined by officials from Penzance, the project’s developer, at the ceremony.

Demolition work on the one block construction site actually got underway while the ceremony was taking place, we’re told. Taking the place of the small buildings that once occupied the block — including those housing a restaurant, a car dealership, a gym and a bank — will be two office buildings. Construction on the 8- and 10-story buildings is expected to wrap up in early 2014, according to Penzance.

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  • ACI

    Moran was there because……..?

    • novasteve

      I’d be interested in knowing why too.

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      Let’s try this. Free shovels?

    • Mary-Austin

      Man…ol’ Jim is looking rough!

    • Arlingtonian

      He is running for re-election in November.

    • tumblebum

      ………………….there are lots of saloons with a couple of blocks.

  • Mr T

    Those sure are some shiny shovels!

  • DCBuff

    Next time I put up the soccer net in the backyard, maybe Jim and Mary can come by.

  • ClarendonDweller

    Wait, let me guess, the building will be LEED certified!

  • Becoming indifferent

    Thank God–we just don’t have enough high rises in Clarendon. Thank you Jim Moran, even though you had probably nothing to do with this. Just glad you made the effort to show up in person. Hope you didn’t say anything stupid, if that’s possible.

  • nom de guerre

    This building will bring at least 75 “new jobs” to Arlington AND it will be LEED Certified. It is also located within walking distance to Sam’s Corner, so it will also be sustainable-a trifecta for Arlington.

    • Richard Cranium

      It had darn well better have an Organic, Sustainable Dog Park on the roof or I’m a-gonna get Reeeeal Maaaad!

      • BB

        Eh….what’s up, doc?

    • Arlingtonian

      It will add traffic to the streets and crowding to Metro.

      The building will retain two historic art-deco store frontages. Two corners of the new building’s lower levels will be curved to give an art-deco appearance. When the project is completed, each of the buildings in the four corners of the intersection of N. Highland St. and Washington Blvd. will then have this art-deco architecture.

      Few people will notice the curved corners. More people will notice the traffic and Metro crowding.

      • NIMBY

        All development should stop as soon as I get here.

    • karzai

      Will Sam’s Corner still be in business by the time these buildings open? By then, there will likely be lots of construction on the USAA’s Waverly building, which is to be on the block where Sam’s is located.

      • nom de guerre

        Sam’s Corner will be open today for lunch-today’s daily special featurs a seared black pepper crusted salmon petite fillet topped with apple wood smoked bacon, broccoli rabe and lemon dill caper aioli on artisan multigrain rustico bread. We also offer a side of hand cut, organic russet potato chips fried in extra virgin peanut oil topped with sea salt and Old Bay seasoning. Only while supplies last.

  • Cyrus

    It was nice of Captain Morgan to show up on the left

    • Mr T

      thanks for the laugh!

    • SomeGuy

      Brilliant observation!

    • Nick

      The Captain’s sorry, he can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome he is.

    • Michael H.

      Nice one

    • TJ

      That must be the guy from Penzance, since, you know..that’s where the pirates are from.

    • Brenna

      This is exactly what I came to say! Glad to see it was covered.

    • Chuckles

      your visual vocabulary is spot on!

    • Mrs. Morgan

      I told him to NOT wear the red socks this morning, but did he listen….NO !!!

      • Capt M.

        They’re called ‘hose’. *arrrgh*

  • DCBuff

    Understand there will be affordable units for businesses selling brown flip-flops.

    • SomeGuy

      Understand that you missed a memo. It was that one about how brown flip-flops jokes have been played out since 2010, if not earlier.

  • SoMuchForSubtlety

    Great project! This will help expand retail beyond Wilson / Clarendon. The office will add to the tax base, and the office workers will help even out day / night business at restaurants. Also, this was an extremely underutilized piece of land.

    • ClarendonDweller

      Thank you for weighing in, Penzance.

    • MC

      I agree – looking forward to more retail, and connecting the Clarendon Blvd and Washington Blvd centers.

      • WeiQiang

        What’s a Wash Blvd center?

    • J

      . . . let’s hope for some interesting retail . . .

      • W

        More froyo.

      • xtr657

        I’m sure the rent’s will be too high for anything interesting other than a national chain.

        • xtr657

          …or a bank.

      • Josh S

        Just out of curiousity, and I’m not trying to be snarky at all here – what would consitute interesting retail? I agree 100% that the last thing we need is another national chain or place to get something to eat. But I’m always just curious to hear what others think of when they think interesting retail.

        • WeiQiang

          Universal Gear.

        • Clarendonish

          Food – Good seafood restaurant, amazing deli and thats about it.

          Merchandise – (chains ok with me) Hardware/Variety, Art Supply, Apparel/Department

          Newbury, a single street on the back bay in Boston has a lot of ideas

        • Chuckles

          I think there are some interesting places here already.

          But I would like to see: a small hardware store like the one RiRa replaced. Another music venue like Iota, or a record store big enough for in-store weekend visits before evening gigs in DC. Maybe the existing one does that, don’t know. A junk shop, or used furniture store like the one on Wash. Blvd, but less antiquey and more aimed at the churn of new residents in the area. A used book store. A small art gallery. Alas, as xtr657 pointed out, high rents mean chain food or froyo – gotta get people and their money in and out fast – or sell big ticket items, like bicycles or computers.

          • bemused bystander

            You can’t just replace a good ol-fashioned hardware store. Those institutions aren’t built — they accrete over several decades.

        • Clarendoom

          Gun store?

          • Clarendalicious

            I’d prefer an indoor shooting range.

          • WeiQiang


            Brilliant idea … shooting range/bar called Shooter Patterson’s [in honor of the guy whose headstone is already on-site]. It would be the VA version of “H Street Country Club” in DC.

  • Ken

    Enough mega-infill. Our neighborhood playground is being used by parents driving with kids from 3 miles away. Residential streets were not designed to be parks, but they’re being used as such by everyone from bicycle racers to skateboarders.

    • bemused bystander

      Which neighborhood playground would that be?


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