Civic Association Newsletter

March/April 1997 - Volume 20, No. 5


The site plans for Brighton Gardens and the Ballston Station town houses will be heard by the Planning Commission on March 31, 1997 and by the County Board on April 12, 1997.

Brighton Gardens Site Plan

In our January/February Newsletter, the Association provided information on two site plans in the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association community. The first site plan is the Brighton Gardens, which is a major site plan amendment for an elderly assisted living facility that was first heard by our Civic Association at our last Membership Meeting on January 29, 1997, and the Arlington Site Plan Review Subcommittee (SPRS) on February 18, 1997. The proposed amendment is for a total of 101,348 square feet of GFA, and includes 125 assisted living units and 25 Special Dementia Units for a total of approximately 152 beds. The proposed density is 2.41 FAR.

The SPRS has requested another meeting on March 4, 1997, to review any changes in response to SPRS members concerns from the SPRS meeting of February 18, 1997. Some of the SPRS issues included: (1) Parking does not meet Zoning Ordinance requirement for rest homes, convalescent homes/institutions, etc.; (2) Applicant should consider minimizing use of dryvit on the building; (3) The 2-story piece adjacent to 9th Street (kitchen, and garage and loading entrances) should be redesigned; (4) A special roof treatment should be provided for aesthetic appeal, if 2-story piece remains; and (4) Details of all of the building's elevations should be presented.

Ballston Station Site Plan

This site plan was presented by the site plan applicant at our Membership Meeting, January 29, 1997, and was well received by the Association members in attendance at the meeting. At least 13-14 members, indicated enthusiastic support for this site plan project. The Ballston Station town house proposal on the northwest corner of the North Nelson Street and Washington Boulevard intersection in the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association area was first heard by the Arlington Site Plan Review Subcommittee on February 18th.

The site is currently zoned "R-5"; the applicant proposes to rezone the site to "R-10T" in order to permit a proposed 13-unit town house development. The General Land Use Plan designation for this site is "Low" Residential (1 to 10 units per acre). The "R-10T" zoning district would correspond to this land use designation. The proposed density is 9.87 units per acre. A total of 26 garage and 7 surface parking spaces are proposed, for a total of 33 spaces. The parking requirement under "R-10T" is 2.5 spaces per unit, or 33 spaces. In addition, 26 spaces are provided in unit driveways, for a grand total of 59 parking spaces. Site coverage is proposed to be 44%.

The Arlington Site Plan Review Subcommittee has requested another meeting with the site applicant on March 4, 1997, to address the SPRS members' concerns about the project. Some of the issues identified by the SPRS members and interested citizens at the February 18th meeting included:

  1. The block the subject site plan is proposed for is quite large with deep lots facing Washington Boulevard. Some members were concerned about the precedent for the rezoning and the town house site plan and what this would mean for adjacent properties on the block.

  2. Concern was expressed about the proposed project in terms of the context of the whole block and transitions to single- family detached areas north of Washington Boulevard.

  3. The configuration of the town house units on the site and their relationship/placement to the street was discussed. A majority of the members believed that units should have front doors that face the street and that there should be some architectural relationship to the existing structures in the area.

  4. The height of the proposed units would require a modification of use regulations from the "R-10T" requirement. Height is four (4) feet above the 35-foot height requirement.

  5. A large oak tree in the northwestern corner of the proposed site was requested to be examined for possible retention by the urban forester.

The Civic Association has invited representatives of the site plan applicant to make a presentation on the Ballston Station town house project, if the site plans are significantly changed by the Arlington Site Plan Review Subcommittee meeting of March 4, 1997. If the presentation is necessary, it will be made by the site plan applicant at the Wednesday, March 12, 1997, Membership Meeting, at the Arlington Hilton Hotel, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, above the Ballston Metro Station, from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The site plans for Brighton Gardens and the Ballston Station Town Houses will be heard by the Planning Commission on March 31, 1997 and by the County Board on April 12, 1997. The Association encourages interested members to attend both of these meetings and express your views.

Virginia Square Condomoniums

Dittmar Company is excited to announce its latest addition to the Rosslyn-Ballston Metro Corridor.

Virginia Square Condominiums located on Fairfax Drive between N. Lincoln and N. Monroe Streets will contain 230 condominiums in a 16 story building with a gross floor area of 256,000 square feet. Models will consist of one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, one and two bedroom with den topped with a handful of exclusive, larger condominiums up to 1768 square feet on the penthouse level. Prices will range from the $120's to the mid $300's.

Each condominium will feature Corian kitchen countertops, marble foyers, kitchens and baths, gas fireplaces in the living room, gas heat, over 8 1/2' ceiling height in living areas, full size washer and dryer, range with microwave oven, crown molding, chair rail and private balconies. Building amenities will include a spacious exercise facility, outdoor pool, lounge, game room and a community meeting/party room.

The lobby entrance will be from a semi-circular drive on Monroe St. with garage entry from Lincoln St. to four levels of underground parking.

Construction on two full size models and the sales pavilion located at the corner of N. 9th and N. Monroe Streets commences March 1997 with sales opening planned for May. Site excavation is scheduled for April/May 1997 with projected occupancies beginning late 1998/early 1999.

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