February cooled a bit with 13 applications for demolition permits. Eleven of the thirteen are for single family homes with the other two being commercial properties. In comparison, February 2018 was 16, February 2017 was 12; February 2016 was 23; February 2015 was 15; and, February 2014 was 11;
Single Family: Eleven (11) of the permits were for single-family homes. All but one were in North Arlington. seven of the permits were for speculative developments. Two of the homes are located in a National Register Historic Districts:
- 1725 North Barton Street is in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District
- 1532 North Randolph Street is in the Cherrydale National Register Historic District
Commercial Buildings: One of the commercial teardowns, 933 North Kenmore, is due fire damage suffered in the property last year. The second one is very minor in which a security shed from an office complex is removed as the federal agency has left and the building is being repositioned for other users/uses.
Totals for 2019
– 5 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 17 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 3
Commercial Buildings: 5
Other Structures: 1
Civic Buildings: 0
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.