The Arlington County Board approved a plan to replace the aging commercial buildings on the northwest corner of Washington Blvd and Kirkwood Rd with a seven-story apartment building. The site is home to the former Sport & Health Club fitness center, two single-story commercial office buildings, and the Specialty Services auto service building. All those buildings will be demolished. The new building will have an entry lobby on Washington Boulevard, a tree- shaded interior courtyard, and an underground 198-space parking garage.
The Board approved additional density on the site for green building certification, on-site affordable housing, and off-site utility underground and infrastructure improvements.
Washington Boulevard will be widened to add a parking lane along the north side of the street, and the sidewalk along the north side of Washington Blvd will be widened to make room for a 10-foot sidewalk and a six-foot planting strip with street trees. A new north/south alley will be built along the site’s western edge, extending from Washington Blvd to the northern property line.
The developer will fully reconstruct the traffic signal at Washington Blvd and North Kirkwood Rd. The project will also relocate an existing 84-inch storm sewer, designed to prevent flooding along Washington Blvd, adjacent to the site, and to improve storm water management.