For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA – Citing the importance of bringing a grocery store to the heart of one of Arlington’s most vibrant urban villages, the County Board today approved site plan modifications to accommodate a Trader Joe’s in the nearly completed Clarendon Center.
“Bringing grocery stores into our urban villages, where they can help achieve our goal of creating walkable, transit-oriented communities, is a high priority for the County,” said Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “Trader Joe’s will be a welcome addition to Clarendon’s thriving mix of restaurants, shops, services.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve modifications to the site plan it originally approved in 2006. Among the changes is a reduction in the number of required parking spaces in the building’s parking garage from 220 to 214, to provide for shopping cart corrals and two elevators that will provide direct access to the grocery store. Seventy parking spaces in the garage will be reserved for use by the grocery store’s customers until 10 p.m. The County also agreed to expand the hours of operation of the loading dock to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week and to allow limited, temporary outdoor displays of store merchandise on the North Highland Street sidewalk.
Read the staff report (Item #36) for a full list of the modifications to the original site plan, and the conditions the Board attached to its approval.
Trader Joe’s plans to occupy the entire first floor of Clarendon Center’s “South Block” building, fronting on North Highland Street. The grocery store will be about 10,300 square feet, plus a 2,000 square foot storage area. They project opening in mid-2011.
In its 1985 “Policy for Grocery Stores,” the County Board pledged to “support the construction of new grocery facilities where feasible, appropriate and in accordance with the County’s general land use policies.” The policy went on to say that the County would “seriously consider any reasonable suggestion for modification of County policies and regulations, (such as those pertaining to zoning, site plan, and parking standards) that would support the retention, expansion or establishment of grocery stores.”
Clarendon Center, at 3030 Wilson Blvd. will include residential, office and retail space across from the Clarendon Metro Station. It consists of the “North Block,” a six-story office building with ground floor retail bounded by Wilson Blvd., North Garfield St., Clarendon Blvd. and North Highland St., and “South Block,” a nine-story office building with ground floor retail and a 12-story residential building with ground floor retail bounded by Clarendon Blvd., North Garfield St., 11th St. North and North Highland St. The building is expected to be ready to occupy by the end of this year.
Clarendon, on Metrorail’s Orange Line, is one of Arlington’s most successful urban villages. Its restaurants, pubs and nightlife attract visitors from across the region. Its urban village design of multi-story mixed-use buildings that taper down to tree-shaded single-family neighborhoods that flank Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards have earned national recognition as models of Smart Growth.
Contact: Robert Brosnan, 703-228-3516
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.