The aging Key Bridge Marriott hotel at 1401 Lee Highway will be partially demolished and renovated. Three new residential buildings will be added to the site under a plan approved by the Arlington County Board.

445 of the hotel’s rooms will be renovated. In addition, developer KBLH, LLC, will build three 16-story residential buildings – providing a total of 451 units – on the 5.5-acre site on the north side of Lee Highway. One of the new buildings is expected to offer rental apartments and the other two are planned as condominiums. The modernized hotel’s new façade will face Lee Highway and Gateway Park.

The plan, which evolved significantly before and during the public review process, also calls for two new streets that will connect with an esplanade open to the public on the north end of the site, accessible to pedestrians and cyclists but not cars. The esplanade will offer views of the Potomac River and Georgetown and connect to the bike path leading to Key Bridge. A crescent-shaped park will be built on the site’s Fort Myer Drive frontage and will provide an improved bicycle and pedestrian path to Key Bridge. Most of the park is on National Park Service property and will require federal approval for improvements.

The developer has committed to achieving LEED Gold certification for the residential buildings and LEED Silver for the hotel and will install ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliances. Among other community benefits, the developer would contribute land for a new public park on the site, fronting on Fort Myer Drive, $870,075 to help plan and build the park, and a contribution of $1.75 million to the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 39 on the agenda for the Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Recessed County Board Meeting.

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