LOST: June 2020

LOST: June 2020

This June may have been the slowest month for demolitions permits since we began tracking them in 2013. A total of four permits were applied for this month. A total of 9 permits were applied for in 2019, June 2018 was 17 permits, June 2017 was 20; June 2016 was 12; June 2015 was 29; and, June 2014 was 44. Two projects were speculative developments and one property, 1311 North Highland, sold for $1.25 million in January of this year.

Single Family: Of the permits for single family homes, two are located in a National Register Historic Districts:

  • 4432 17th Street North is in the Waverly Hills National Register Historic District
  • 1311 North Highland Street is in the Lyon Village National Register Historic District

Totals for 2020
Homes: 71
– 18 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 42 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 0
Commercial Buildings: 1
Other Structures: 0
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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