In Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood, nestled between the Rosslyn and Court House Metro stations, construction has begun on a new high-rise apartment building that will provide new residential space and retail opportunity to the city.
The building, named “The Commodore,” will stand 20 floors high, with room for 423 apartment units and an array of amenities for its residents, including a pool and rooftop with views over the park, a fitness center, and a clubhouse. From the very top of the building, views will overlook the National Mall and Georgetown.
The Commodore isn’t just providing amenities for the people who will live in the units–for other people in the neighboring area, this building will usher in a collection of restaurants and shops that anyone will want to visit. Included in the plans for the building is a ground-floor level with 18,000 square feet of retail space available to locally loved vendors.
Greystar developing is taking on the project and anticipates that the building will be complete by 2023. In a press release, a representative from Greystar described the layout of the new building as “an open-space concept and thoughtfully designed outdoor areas, intended to foster a more interconnected community.”
This goal of promoting a close-knit community is reflected beyond the design of the building itself, but also extends to the plans for the surrounding area.
This new project marks a pivotal step in transforming this area of the city into what developers are calling Courthouse Square, a vision that has been in motion since 2015. The city’s plan is to make the neighborhood into an accessible, walkable area full of dining, residential spaces, and other community resources. At the center of it all will be a pedestrian walkway–a paved promenade lined with trees, lights, and shops. The promenade will begin around 14th Street North and move south along Uhle Street. It’s designed to make the area walkable and provide access to the surrounding areas, as well as the nearby Metro.
Even beyond the direct area of Courthouse Square, this ongoing project marks a new step towards rejuvenating Arlington’s city life and culture.
“Arlington has tremendous momentum, and we expect to add to it,” said Charissa Benjamin, a representative for Greystar.
With the central location of this square and the added accessibility that comes with a walkable plaza, these plans could entirely transform this area of Arlington.
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