Land Use & Zoning
Considered one of the most complex mixed-use approvals in Arlington County, an office, residential apartment, townhouse, and retail development in the heart of Ballston was approved by the Arlington County Board in February 2008. The approval process was led by Managing Shareholder and Land Use Attorney, Nan Walsh. Located at the intersection of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, the redevelopment of the approximately five-acre parcel known as the “Peck Automotive Site” included a transitional site plan featuring 415,000 square feet of office in two high-rise office buildings with 36,000 square feet of retail, a 90-unit midrise apartment building, and 28 townhouse units adjacent to the Bluemont neighborhood. One of the office buildings houses the Virginia Tech Foundation and the apartment building is owned and operated by Arlington Housing Corporation as a 100% affordable housing development. The diverse retail tenants include four restaurants with outdoor seating, a cyber cafe, and Total Wine.
Complex coordination was required among the developer, the Arlington Housing Corporation, and Arlington County to balance the needs of each organization while negotiating the appropriate transition from one of the busiest intersections in Arlington County to a single-family neighborhood. Ultimately, approvals were achieved, resulting in a dynamic, mixed-use project that includes dramatic architecture incorporating the signature “diamonds” from the old Peck dealership wrapping the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road.< Case Studies