Mixed-Use Development to Replace Rosslyn Holiday Inn

Published on September 25, 2019

  • 502 new residential units, conference center, new hotel

  • Achieving Rosslyn Sector Plan goals

  • LEED Gold certification

  • Better integrating Gateway Park into Rosslyn's urban fabric

  • Developer to contribute $4.5 million to affordable housing

A mixed-use project by the Dittmar Company at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive will replace the Rosslyn Holiday Inn with a residential tower, a new hotel and a conference center, under a plan approved today by the Arlington County Board.

"This redevelopment of a highly visible site in Rosslyn is an important step toward achieving the community's vision of a more vibrant and walkable urban village," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. "It will bring a new hotel, a much-needed conference center and additional housing to the Rosslyn core, help us turn Gateway Park into a more accessible front door for Rosslyn, and provide funding for affordable housing, transportation improvements and open space in the area."

The Board voted unanimously to approve a rezoning and major site plan amendment for this project, after making changes to conditions to respond to neighbors' concerns about parking, traffic and architectural design, and to ensure that the redevelopment fulfills the Rosslyn Sector Plan's goals of superior architecture and urban design, and of Rosslyn becoming a place "where people are comfortable with their surroundings, and which serves as a great stage for human activities."

The Board-approved changes require: that the parking management plan include accommodating full size motor coaches; that an option be designed for the Nash Street frontage that retains sufficient width to accommodate current turning movements, and that design options be provided for the building's Nash street facade and pedestrian passageway.

To read the staff reports for this item, visit the  County website. Scroll to Item No. 62 A-E on the agenda for the Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Recessed County Board Meeting.

Achieving Rosslyn Sector Plan goals

The approved redevelopment will achieve several goals of the 2015 Rosslyn Sector Plan, including better integration of Gateway Park into Rosslyn's urban fabric, the removal of the N. Fort Myer Drive pedestrian bridge and the creation of a pedestrian passageway through the northern third of the redeveloped block bounded by Lee Highway, North Fort Myer Drive, 19th Street North and North Nash Street. The project will provide wider sidewalks and enhanced streetscapes on each of the streets fronting the project and will remove the slip lane at the corner of N. Fort Myer Drive and Lee Highway, making it safer for pedestrians to cross.

Two towers

Under the approved plan, a 25-story residential tower with 502 units and a 38-story hotel tower, with 375 guest rooms, will be connected by a 10-floor building housing a restaurant associated with the hotel, two smaller retail spaces and a 37,000 sq. ft. conference center on the eighth and ninth floors. A coordinated façade design across all three components will screen four levels of above-grade parking. Part of the conference center will be made available to County agencies and Rosslyn community groups up to four times a year.

Public benefits

The developer will achieve LEED Gold certification for the project. The developer will contribute $4.5 million for affordable housing, money that, to the extent feasible, will be used within Rosslyn. The developer also will contribute $4.5 million for transportation improvements and $5 million for open space within Rosslyn, and $300,000 for on-site public art.