1820 Fort Myer Drive – Ames Center


The 1.8-acre (78,671-sq.-ft.) site is located at 1820 Fort Myer Drive in the Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood. The site is bordered by North Nash Street (north), Fort Myer Drive (east), the Hyatt Centric Arlington hotel (south) and North Nash Street (west). The site is adjacent to the Rosslyn Metrorail station., Arlington, VA 22209  View Map

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This project was approved by the County Board on January 23, 2021.

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About the Project

Site Plan #1

The applicant, Ames Center LC (Snell Properties), propose a site plan amendment to construct two new residential towers with ground floor retail space. Project details:

  • Request to rezone the site from C-O, Mixed Use District, to C-O-Rosslyn, Mixed Use Rosslyn District
  • New mixed-use development with 740 total residential units within 30-story and 31-story towers consisting of:
    • 10,146 sq. ft. of retail space
    • 8,291 sq. ft. of commercial office or retail space
    • Up to 225 units proposed for interim hotel use for the first 5 years
    • 16,633 sq. ft. associated with the redeveloped church and 7,855 sq. ft. associated with redeveloped fueling station
    • 574 parking spaces in below grade and above grade structured parking
  • Proposed modifications for:
    • Required residential parking (0.72 spaces per unit)
    • Compact parking percentage
    • Required loading spaces
    • Mechanical penthouse height
    • Density exclusions
    • Additional density as provided under the Zoning Ordinance
  • Site plan improvements and public amenities, including:
    • Affordable housing contribution
    • Committed on-site affordable housing units
    • Cash contribution for off-site transportation improvements
    • LEED certification
    • Public Art contribution
    • Utility Fund contribution
    • Streetscape improvements

Applicant Materials

December 18, 2020 (Revised)

March 6, 2020

Public Process

  • This project will undergo public review via a virtual Site Plan Review Process. Learn more.
  • The SPRC Chair for the site plan review process is: Jane Siegel, janesiegel@icloud.com
Timeline Milestone / Meeting Materials
December 5
Site Plan Acceptance
February 24 Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting
July 16 – July 23 Online Engagement Opportunity


Review Focus: Transportation, Open Space, Construction Implementation, Community Benefits

September 17


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Virtual Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting
January 11 Planning Commission Meeting


Public Hearing

January 23 County Board Meeting


Pubic Hearing

*Process timelines are subject to change as needs arise. Check back for updates.

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