In February 2014 a total of 11 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County, all of which were for single family homes (see photos below).
All of the homes are located in North Arlington and the majority (seven) are north of Lee Highway. Three are located in National Register Historic Districts: 1743 North Quincy (Cherrydale Historic District), 2511 16th Street North (Lyon Village Historic District), and 6126 22nd Street North (Highland Park/Overlee Knolls Historic District). Several of the homes are located in neighborhoods that could qualify for historic designation under National Register criteria.
In a review of the Arlington County tax records, it appears that seven of the 11 houses are owned by builders and are speculative redevelopments, and three are being redeveloped by individuals who bought the property within the last year.
Cumulative demolition total for 2014:
- – four are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 15 are speculative developments
Commercial buildings: 1
The looming demolition of these houses and buildings represents an incredible loss of history, architecture, time, energy, and materials. Many had the potential for renovation and additions, or, at a bare minimum, reclamation/reuse of building materials. These buildings are often replaced with new construction that is out of scale and proportion to the community. Preservation Arlington urges citizens to adopt Local Historic District designations for their communities, with standards for design, height, and placement that could be customized to reflect community needs while still allowing reinvestment to occur.
Similarly, if you are a property owner and are contemplating a change to your property, Preservation Arlington encourages you to work with your architect or builder to consider how some or all of your house or building could be incorporated into a renovation, or the materials reused.