LOST: February 2020

LOST: February 2020

In February 2020, a total of seven demolition permits were applied for in Arlington County. January also starts with a higher number of demos. In comparison, February 2019 was 23, February 2018 was 16, February 2017 was 12; February 2016 was 23; February 2015 was 15; and, February 2014 was 11; All of the permits are for single family homes and all are in North Arlington. Two of the homes are in National Register Historic Districts:

  • 641 North Lincoln Street is in the Ashton Heights National Register Historic District
  • 6032 20th Street North is in the Highland Park/Overlee Knolls National Register Historic District

Totals for 2020
Homes: 22
– 2 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 14 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 0
Commercial Buildings: 0
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.

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