July was pretty slow with tear downs. A total of six permits were applied for this month and all were in North Arlington. A total of 13 in July 2019; July 2018 was 21; July 2017 was 6; July 2016 was 20; July 2015 was 32; and, July 2014 was 6. Two of the properties this month are in National Register Historic Districts. They are:

  • 1904 North Oakland Street is in the Cherrydale National Register Historic District
  • 2609 3rd Street North is in the Lyon Park National Register Historic District

Totals for 2020
Homes: 77
– 20 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 45 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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