Last year March set a record for March permit applications. This year March beats that. A total of 24 permit applications — topping March 2019 by 4. The majority of the permits are for single family homes. Past March numbers are: March 2019 was 20; March 2018 was 11; March 2017 was 13; March 2016 was 16; March 2015 was 16; and, March 2014 was 9.
Single Family: A total of 21 of the permits were for single-family homes; two were for garage demo; and, one was for the American Legion Post #139. Four were in South Arlington with the remainder in North Arlington. Eleven, just over half, are for speculative developments. Five of the homes are located in a National Register Historic Districts:
- 601 North Highland Street is in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District
- 1102 18th Street South is in the Aurora Highlands National Register Historic District
- 904 19th Street South is in the Aurora Highlands National Register Historic District
- 1608 North Quincy Street is in the Cherrydale National Register Historic District
- 6017 16th Street North is in the Highland Park/Overlee Knolls National Register Historic District
Totals for 2020
– 7 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 25 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 0
Commercial Buildings: 0
Other Structures: 2
Civic Buildings: 3
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.