LOST: April 2017

LOST: April 2017

In April 2017, a total of sixteen (16) demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. In comparison, April 2016 was 11; April 2015 was 17; and April 2014 was 22.

Single Family: Fourteen are for single-family homes all of which were located in North Arlington. At least nine of the projects are speculative developments. Five homes and one commercial building are located in National Register Historic Districts:

  • 4722 16th Road North, Woodlawn Waycroft National Register Historic District
  • 423 North Fillmore Street, Lyon Park National Register Historic District
  • 1509 North Kentucky Street, Westover National Register Historic District
  • 1814 North Oakland Street, Cherrydale National Register Historic District
  • 604 North Jackson Street, Ashton Heights National Register Historic District
  • 701 23rd Street South, Aurora Highlands National Register Historic District

Commercial: There was on commercial demolition permit for 701 23rd Street South.

The demolition of 3507 Columbia Pike marks the end of an era and the beginning of another for Arlington Presbyterian Church. The property has been sold by the congregation to APAH (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing) to redevelop the site into affordable housing. The church is expected to return to the site in the future. APC was listed on Preservation Arlington’s Most Endangered List in 2014.

Totals for 2017
Homes: 46
– 18 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 28 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 0
Commercial Buildings: 1
Other Structures: 1
Civic Buildings: 2

The pending demolition of these homes and buildings represents a 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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2 thoughts on “LOST: April 2017

  1. I don’t understand how a property in a designated historic district can be demolished. Can you explain?

    1. Aurora Highlands is on the National Register of Historic Places. This designation provides some tax benefits for renovations. It does not provide ANY protection from demolition.

      Only the Arlington designated local historic districts provide protection from demolition. Even that only provides some opportunity for input and opposition but still allow, eventually, someone to tear down a property.

      Our property rights in this state are very strict and there are only a few tools available for local governments to preserve properties from demolition.

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