In April 2015, a total of eighteen (18) demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. Seventeen (17) were for single-family homes and one was for a major site redevelopment in the Pentagon City area.
North Arlington accounted for all 17 of the residential permits while South Arlington accounted for the commercial permit. Five of the properties are in National Register Historic Districts: three in the Cherrydale National Register Historic District (1814 North Oakland Street, 1904 North Quebec Street and 2021 North Stafford Street); one in the Ashton Heights National Register Historic District (811 North Ivy Street); and one in the Overlee Knolls/Fostoria National Register Historic District (1420 North Nicholas Street). At least 12 of the 17 single-family demolition permits were for speculative developments.
Totals for 2015
– 17 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 45 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Commercial buildings: 2
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.