In August there were a total of eleven demolition permits applied for in Arlington County. Ten of them were for single family homes. All of which are located in North Arlington. One, 1523 North Randolph Street, is located in the Cherrydale National Register Historic district. August applications range greatly from eight (2014) to twenty-one (2019).
Totals for 2020
– 21 are located in National Register Historic Districts
– 51 are speculative developments (owned by developers)
Garden Apartments: 0
Commercial Buildings: 1
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.