Development in the Metro Corridors 1960-2005
Profile of Pentagon City
The Pentagon City Metro Station Area comprises approximately 234 acres of land, half of which is made up by the Pentagon City Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP), a 116-acre planned high-density mixed use community. The Pentagon City Metro Station Area has easy access to I-395, the Blue and Yellow Metrorail lines, and National Airport and is home to major retail developments, including the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Pentagon Row.
In 1946, the Cafritz and Tompkins families, Washington DC-based real estate investors, acquired 190 acres between Arlington Ridge Road and Route 1 in what is now the Pentagon City Metro Station Area. Development proceeded slowly in the 1950s and 1960s. Major projects built during this time included the three River House apartment complexes, which opened in the early 1960s.
Change accelerated in the early 1970s when Arlington County began to shape comprehensive, Metro-related development plans. In a series of studies of the Jefferson Davis Corridor, the area that became known as Pentagon City was identified as a station area with potential for coordinated, higher-density, mixed-use development. After much community debate, the Pentagon City PDSP was approved by the County Board in 1976. With related changes on the General Land Use Plan and zoning, the PDSP set the parameters for balanced development of 116 acres around the new Metro station area with a mix of office, retail, hotel rooms, and residential units. Within several years, the Fashion Centre, Ritz Carlton Hotel, MCI office building, and Parc Vista apartments were completed.
In 1997, the Arlington County Board established the Pentagon City Planning Task Force to assess the future direction of Pentagon City and review the development planned for all unbuilt portions of the PDSP, plus the Pentagon Centre block. The main outcome of the ad hoc task force was a report that summarized the PDSP development to date and made recommendations for future development that focused on retail and residential uses.
In addition to Pentagon Row, recent development also includes The Metropolitan at Pentagon Row, a 326-unit high-rise apartment building completed in 2004. Another high-rise apartment building, One Metropolitan Park, Phase 1, with 399 units and 11,300 square foot of retail was approved in February 2004.
NEW Web Links! Pentagon City Transportation Improvements Conceptual Plans
2003 WMATA Concept Plan (9,000 KB PDF)
2005 WMATA Concept Plan (4,573 KB PDF)
Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development