LOST: April 2014 Snapshots

LOST: April 2014 Snapshots

In April 2014 a total of 22 demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County, 20 of which were for single-family homes and two were for a commercial demolitions.

Of the twenty new permits, all but one are located in North Arlington. Five of the homes are in National Register Historic Districts: 19 North Highland Street (Lyon Park), 3501 17th Street North (Cherrydale), 1810 North Cleveland Street (Lyon Village), 5808 22nd Street North (Highland Park/Overlee Knoll) and 2009 North Madison (Highland Park/Overlee Knoll). At least 50% of the permits appear to be speculative developments by investors. This month there was an unusual showing of homes that are on multiple lots — including 2745 North Randolph Street, which is a modern home built in 1974.

The commercial buildings slated for demolition are part of a county-approved site plan across from the Virginia Square Metro Station. 3601 Fairfax Drive (c 1957) is an example of the continuously disappearing small-scale commercial buildings that were an important part of our early growth as a vibrant and viable community.

Cumulative demolition total for 2014:

Homes: 48
– 11 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 33 are speculative developments

Commercial buildings: 4

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.

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