South Carlin Springs Property


601 S Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Demolition of the property began on Jan. 5 and expected completion is summer 2023. Typical work hours for this project are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

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All of the superstructure has been demolished, and work continues on the demolition of the remaining slab and foundation. Approximately 130 new trees are being planted around the perimeter of the property through the end of May. Grass will be planted across the rest of the site when demolition is complete. View a copy of the landscaping summary to see the types of trees and where they will be planted.

As a reminder and for your safety, please obey all traffic signals around the site as increased truck activity continues.

Learn more about the proposed VHC Health Behavioral Wellness Facility at this site following demolition.

About the Project

The County completed the acquisition of the South Carlin Springs property located at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road on Dec. 31, 2019. The 11.57-acre site was previously occupied by the former Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) urgent care facility and the County developed plans to remove the building because it was incompatible with any County uses. Learn more about the 2019 VHC land purchase agreement.

The former VHC Annex is undergoing demolition and deconstruction in two phases. Phase 1 included the decoupling the former urgent care building from the doctor's office building at 611 S. Carlin Springs Road, which was completed in late Summer 2022. Phase 2 began in November 2022 and includes demolition of the former urgent care building.

Residents and travelers through the area should expect the following during the demolition process:

  • Construction noise
  • Trucks entering and exiting the site
  • Tree protection
  • Selective deconstruction and removal
  • Sequenced building demolition
  • Sediment and erosion control features
  • Site grading and landscaping

Please stay outside of the fenced construction area and obey all traffic signals around the site.

Construction Activity Updates

March - April 2023: Removal of the slab foundation and footings.

February 2023: About half of the superstructure has been demolished.

January 5, 2023: Demolition of the 601 S. Carlin Springs property began.

November - December 2022: Crews prepared for the demolition with activities including fencing, equipment staging, and the safe abatement, removal, and disposal of hazardous materials.

Summer 2022: Decoupling the former hospital building from the doctor's office building at 611 S. Carlin Springs Road (Phase 1) was completed.



November 2016: Formation of County and School Board-appointed Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC). This was a recommendation within the 2015 Community Facilities StudyLearn more about the public process

June 27, 2017: JFAC determined that the community strongly endorses the idea of acquiring land for public facilities and, in its Phase 2 Status Report to the County Board, recommended that the County acquire both the S. Carlin Springs Road and Buck sites.

July 18, 2017: Board voted 5-0 to elect to acquire the S. Carlin Springs Road property, should VHC exercise its option to buy the County’s 1800 N. Edison St. property. (Item No. 54 on agenda)

July 2019: County acquires the 601 S. Carlin Springs Road site. Begins six-month lease-back period to allow VHC additional time to relocate facilities operated on the site.

Dec. 31, 2019: End of lease-back period. County takes possession of facilities at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road site.

Feb. 3, 2020: County and APS staff provided an update on site activity at the Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association meeting. View the presentation.

July 2020: Preconstruction activities began on site to decouple 601 S. Carlin Springs and 611 S. Carlin Springs. View the update presentation for more information on the phase 1 (decoupling) process.

September 2021: A contract was awarded to Landivar Associates to provide construction services for the decoupling of the former urgent care facility (601 S. Carlin Springs) from the currently operational medical office building at 611 S. Carlin Springs. Decoupling work is scheduled to begin winter 2022 and finish summer of 2022. 

November 2021: The project team provided a briefing to the Glencarlyn Civic Association. View the presentation.(PDF, 303KB)

September 2022: Phase 1 decoupling of the former urgent care facility was completed. The project team provided a briefing on the upcoming Phase 2 demolition to the Glencarlyn Civic Association. View the presentation.(PDF, 841KB)