|5600 Columbia Pike|
A large office building at the corner of Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road is going to be torn down and replaced with a six-story apartment building. The new building is expected to be completed in 2018.
The project, on the Fairfax County/Arlington border, will “create a sense of place” and serve as “a gateway to Bailey’s Crossroads,” said Scott Adams, a land use attorney with McGuireWoods. Adams gave a presentation on the building with Dick Knapp of Foulger-Pratt, the developer, at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation.
Knapp said there’s no market for new offices in the area, so the property would be of more use if repurposed—and rezoned—for residential use. The project would be marketed to what he calls “young aspirants,” professionals age 24-39 moving to the D.C. area for jobs but not yet ready to buy a house. He also it would attract older people who want to move from single-family homes to a more walkable community.
The project would take advantage of the streetcar line planned for Columbia Pike, which has already led to lots of new multifamily development in Arlington, and would be a catalyst for future development farther south on the Pike.
The building would have 400 units: Thirty percent of them would have two bedrooms, 60 percent would have one bedroom, and 10 percent would be studio apartments. Knapp expects the rents would range from about $1,700 for a studio to $2,500 for a two-bedroom unit.
The studios would not fall under the proposed residential studio unit (RSU) zoning category proposed by Fairfax County as an affordable housing option, as they would be larger than the 500 square-foot minimum for RSUs and would have market-rate rents. About 6 percent of the units would be below-market-rate “workforce housing” as defined in a Fairfax County ordinance.
The existing above-ground, 400-space parking deck would be retained, and about 60 to 90 underground parking spaces would be added. Adams plans to ask the county to allow fewer than the required number of parking spaces. He said that would work because the building is on a bus line with service to Metro and is within walking distance of stores. He also proposed a Zipcar facility on the site.