(JETMA Arlington, Virginia) Arlington County has received plans for the demolishing and redevelopment of the eyesore known as the Ames Center office building in Rosslyn, located at 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive. The new development will consist of and replace 31-story tower with 424 units on the south side of the property and a 30-story tower with 364 units in the north side.
Snell properties provided the following information that the south tower will have 411,338 square feet of residential space, and the north tower will feature 382,608 square feet of residential space. Together, the two will offer 8,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level.
Some noted Currently, more than half of the Ames Center is vacant, with the remaining leases to expire before construction begins, according to a letter filed by an attorney for the developer.
Snell’s proposed plans to include several “interim” changes to the streetscape around the site:
Removing one parking lane and one travel lane from N. Nash Street (between 19th Street to Wilson Blvd) and adding 6-foot-wide bike lanes with 3-foot medians on both sides the street. Additionally, the developer is asking to widen the sidewalks from 12 feet to 16 feet wide.
Removing one travel lane from Fort Myer Drive and replacing it with a 7-foot-wide parking lane, and a 5-foot bike lane.
Removing two travel lanes from N. Fort Myer Drive and replacing them with a parking lane and a bike lane.
Snell also plans to build a four-story parking garage on site, with around 650 spaces for cars — equivalent to 0.81 spaces per residential unit — along with 10 dedicated spaces for retail, and 4 additional spaces. The developer is also planning space for tenants to park 317 bicycles.
This development fits with the county’s Rosslyn sector plan and seems to have the county’s blessing. A county traffic analysis wrote, “The proposed redevelopment of the Ames Center would improve the existing outdated office building and bring a vibrant mixed-use development to the central core of Rosslyn,” “This development will in particular aid in planning efforts to increase the amount of residential within Rosslyn, lessening the amount of commuters traveling to/from Rosslyn today,” read the report.
photos courtesy of Snell.