Development in the Metro Corridors 1960-2005
The Clarendon Metro Station Area comprises about 212 acres and contains a mix of single-family detached homes, multi-family apartments and condos, office buildings, and a number of local and national commercial establishments. From the 1940s through the 1960s, Clarendon served as an important regional retail center. By 1960, the Sears Roebuck complex and nine small office/commercial structures had been built in this area. In the 1960s and 1970s, commercial activity in Clarendon declined
as a result of the construction of the Capital Beltway and suburban shopping malls. However, during the 1980s, Clarendon experienced significant growth in the number of small businesses. In the past several years, there has been a tremendous
growth in both local and national retail and restaurant establishments in the Clarendon Metro Station Area.
There are several well-established residential neighborhoods in Clarendon with single-family homes dating to the middle of the 20th century. In addition, there has been a recent surge in construction
of multi-family rental and condominium residential buildings.
The Clarendon Sector Plan was adopted and amended in 1984 and 1990, respectively, and outlined
a plan for the Clarendon Metro Station Area as an “urban village.” The urban village concept in Clarendon is achieved by focusing development around a focal point block that includes the Olmstead Building and the Clarendon Metro Park, giving
a sense of place and uniqueness to Clarendon within the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The plan is currently undergoing review and an update will be published in 2005.
The Olmstead Building is currently the largest office building in Clarendon at 213,000 square foot of office space. Completed in 2003, The Hartford Office Building, includes about 207,000 square foot of office space. There were 887 residential units, 64,545 square foot of office space and 25,615 square feet of retail under construction in December 2004.
Over 570 residential units and almost 50,000 square feet of retail in the Clarendon Metro Station Area were approved in 2004. These projects include The Phoenix at Clarendon Metro, The Views of Clarendon, North Filmore Street and Garfield Park at Clarendon Village.
Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development