Development in the Metro Corridors 1960-2005
Profile of Virginia Square
The Virginia Square Metro Station Area is comprised
of about 190 acres and is planned as a predominantly residential community and a center for cultural, educational and recreational activities. Virginia Square developed in the late 1940s as a residential community and one of Arlington’s commercial districts. Once home to the Kann’s department store and Virginia Square Shopping Center, this area was one element of the Clarendon-Virginia Square-Ballston trio of retail centers along the streetcar line in Arlington that thrived during the 1950s. More recently, with the development of the George Mason University Arlington Campus and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Training Facility, along with the expanded Maury Arts Center and Central Library, Virginia Square has become a cultural and educational center within the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.
The Ashton Heights community, part of Virginia Square, was first platted in 1921 and was originally developed with a collection of single-family detached homes. In recent years, there has been significant residential development activity, resulting in the construction of over 1,400 new residential units since 1999. The stable, low-density residential neighborhoods of Ashton Heights and Ballston-Virginia Square still frame the north and south sides of the Virginia Square Metro Station Area.
The most recent Virginia Square Sector Plan was adopted by the County Board in December 2002. The vision of this plan is to create and “sustain a premier residential station area with multiple cultural, education and recreational amenities, including a university campus, an arts center, performance space, and numerous parks and open spaces.” Specific goals include strengthening Virginia Square’s identity, improving pedestrian access, increasing transit use, providing services and retail to serve the community, attracting a diverse population, and developing new parking solutions.
The FDIC office building is the largest building in Virginia Square, with 370,000 square feet of office gross floor area. Phase 2 of the FDIC project is under construction and will include an additional 410,000 square foot office building. Construction began on this phase in Fall 2003. The George Mason University Foundation office building with 206,000 square feet, is also under construction. Recently completed residential projects include Ballston Gateway residential and the Maury Arts Center Expansion (County Cultural Facility).
Quincy Plaza, The Joule and The Monroe are currently under construction with a combined 665 residential units and more than 12,000 square foot of retail. In addition, Amelia Residential, The Hawthorn and Virginia Square Park have been approved but not yet under construction. These projects will add 386 residential units to the area.
Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development