In November 2019, a total of twenty-five (25) demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. In November 2018 there were 13; 2017, there were only 8 permits; 2016 was 28 (although only 15 were for single family homes); November 2015 was 17; November 2014 was 19; and November 2013 was 23.. And, of the twenty-five permits, almost all, 23, are for single family homes. Four of the demolitions (Jackson Street and 20th Street South) are County-owned properties which are part of park and/or street re-alignment projects. 20% of the permits (5) are for homes in South Arlington. And, over half (13) are speculative developments. Five are located in a National Register Historic District:
- 1900 North Oakland Street is in the Cherrydale National Register Historic District
- 262 North Barton Street is in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District
- 905 20th Street South is in the Aurora Highlands National Register Historic District
- 1122 North Jackson Street is in the Lyon Village National Register Historic District
- 1501 North Hartford Street is in the Lyon Village National Register Historic District
Demolition permits were for the remaining two commercial buildings on Jackson Street at Washington Boulevard. These buildings, along with the house, are being demolished as part of an approved siteplan which involves relocation 13th Street North.
Totals for 2019
– 34 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 84 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 3
Commercial Buildings: 11
Other Structures: 3
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.