2700 South Nelson Project

2700 S Nelson Project


2700 South Nelson Street/2701 South Oakland Street, Arlington, VA 22206  View Map

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Board Approval: The Arlington County Board approved the County’s purchase of two parcels at 2700 South Nelson Street and 2701 South Oakland Street in April 2021. At that time, staff were directed to plan scenarios for potential future uses for the site.

Demolition: TBD 2022

Community Engagement: In collaboration with public art and placemaking firm Graham Projects, the County will work with community stakeholders to conduct a series of engagement conversations to help build a framework for potential site uses and ideas.

  • Project Kickoff Meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 7-8:30pm, via Zoom
  • Pop-Up Engagement Event: Thursday, May 19, 3-5pm, Pedestrian Bridge @ Arlington Mill Drive
  • Pop-Up Engagement Event: Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm, New District Brewing (2709 S Oakland St)

Residents are also encouraged to submit their ideas and feedback online.

About the Project

The 2700 South Nelson Project is seeking feedback and conversation with community groups on a potential flexible outdoor arts and maker space in Green Valley. The County purchased two parcels of land (2700 South Nelson/2701 South Oakland) in April 2021. The acquisition of the property aligns with multiple goals of several adopted plans and policies, including the 2018 Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan that proposed a vision of a larger Arts & Industry District for the area. The area offers a mix of arts, creative activities, industrial, service and production uses. A vision for an arts and industry district was outlined by a County Board appointed group of citizens and can be found in The SNAIQ: Report from the Arts District Committee.

Additionally, the purchase aligns with the County’s Public Spaces Master Plan and the Arlington Arts and Culture Strategy, all of which look for temporary or “pop-up” uses of space for the availability of public art or other cultural opportunities.

The County has partnered with public art and placemaking consultants Graham Projects, who is joining community conversations to help develop a vision for the site.

About the Process


April 2021 Arlington County Board approves acquisition of the land parcels at 2700 S. Nelson/2701 S. Oakland (View Report(PDF, 1MB))

November 2021 Graham Projects awarded bid through competitive selection as a creative placemaking firm on the project

Project Timeline

Spring 2022: Public Engagement
Summer 2022: Creative Placemaking Plan
Fall/Winter 2022: Demolition of Existing Buildings
Spring 2023: Installation
Summer 2023: Opening

Public Engagement

Project Kick Off Meeting (Virtual)
Tuesday, May 10
7:00 to 8:30pm
Recording will be available soon

Pop-Up Engagement Event
Pedestrian Bridge @ Arlington Mill Drive
Thursday, May 19
3:00 to 5:00pm

Pop-Up Engagement Event
New District Brewing
2709 S Oakland St
Thursday, May 26
6:00 to 8:00pm


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