Development in the Metro Corridors 1960-2003
Profile of Ballston
The Ballston Metro Station Area encompasses approximately 260 acres of land surrounding the Ballston Metro Station. The Ballston Metro Station,
located on the Metrorail Orange Line at the western end of the Rosslyn Ballston Corridor, provides direct access to I-66 and to Glebe Road, the County’s main north-south artery. Ballston is one of Arlington’s earliest communities and has been a major retail center since the 1950’s when the Parkington Shopping Center (now Ballston Common Mall) was first constructed. Ballston’s commercial establishments prospered throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. The late 1960’s brought about a shift in population growth toward the outer, less developed jurisdictions of the metropolitan region and less development attention was focused on Ballston. In the early 1970’s, planning efforts began for the area along the proposed subway line between Rosslyn and Ballston.
Adopted by the County in 1980, the Ballston Sector Plan sought to create a “new downtown” in central Arlington. The land use and development guidelines adopted for Ballston sought to facilitate the creation of a dynamic downtown area by ensuring that development would include a mix of commercial, office and residential uses. The Concept Plan that was adopted as part of the Ballston Sector Plan provided a picture of the future urban environment envisioned in Ballston. The Concept Plan’s recommendations that have been implemented successfully include the redevelopment of Parkington
Shopping Center as Ballston Common Shopping Mall, development of infill housing on North Tazewell and Vermont Streets, and Stuart Park.
Throughout the Rossyln-Ballston Corridor, the County’s development and growth goals provide for a concentration of density around each Metro station. Even though high density office and residential
development has been concentrated around the Metro station itself, the Ballston Metro Station Area includes a number of single-family detached homes, particularly in the southwestern portion of the station area. In 1995, the County Board adopted the North Quincy Street Plan which provides a conceptual framework for the future development of the area.
In 2000, 36 percent of the residents of Ballston were born in another country and nearly 40 percent spoke a language other than English. Approximately 40 percent of workers commute via public transportation. Ballston is home to Arlington’s science and technology related organizations. These include The National Science Foundation, CACI International, SAIC, Office of Navy Research and E*Trade Bank.
The most recently completed residential projects include The Berkeley at Ballston and The Continental. Recently completed office projects include 4501 Fairfax Drive and 4100 Fairfax Drive. Other projects under construction include Liberty Center Office and Residential as well as the Arlington Gateway development including The Regent office building.
Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development