- The Bromptons at Cherrydale: back on track after years of delays. (Photo: Rebecca A. Cooper)
Whereupon we check in on the progress of seemingly stalled sites, high-profile projects, neighborhood improvements and the like. Got a question about a particular building or half-finished sidewalk? Let us know.
What: Unfinished 22-unit condominium building with retail space on the ground floor
Where: 3800 Lee Highway, Arlington (Cherrydale)
Start Date: Building permit granted in 2003
Since then: In 2006, construction completed up to that point was deemed so shoddy that Arlington County declared the building unsafe and forced the developer, Ed Peete Company, to stop work. The company said it would demolish Bromptons at Cherrydale and abandon the project, but instead, the building shell remained standing with a half-finished facade partially covered in plastic for more than a year.
The county got its lawyers involved in 2008 as the structure continued to fall into disrepair. The two parties reached a settlement in May of 2009. The developer agreed to finish the building according to several milestones laid out in the agreement, or else the county would demolish the building at the developers’ expense. “It was a disaster, there was no question,” County Attorney Stephen MacIsaac says. “If we hadn't lit a fire under their feet, I don't know what would have happened.”
Ed Peete did not respond to TBD’s phone calls.
The latest: Appearance-wise, neighbors say a completed brick facade and a functioning sidewalk along Lee Highway have made a world of difference. “For six years, we didn’t have a working sidewalk. I insisted they move the chain link fence back and give us back a sidewalk,” Cherrydale Civic Association President Maureen Ross says. “We’re finally seeing movement. It’s good. The county’s riding them.”
County officials say work has been moving along fairly well on the project since the initiation of the agreement. “Generally speaking, the developer has been very diligent in completing the required work within or ahead of schedule” since 2009, MacIsaac says.
The first phase, which included structural repairs, windows, the facade, and other exterior work, was finished in June, according to county building inspector Shahriar Amiri. The settlement allows six more months for completion of interior work and the rest of the building, but MacIsaac says that because the earlier work came in ahead of schedule, the company’s deadline is sometime in January 2011.
“Completion of the second phase will all but complete the entire building, although there will likely remain further elements that will need to be finished up,” MacIsaac said.
Bottom line: No word on any potential tenants sniffing around the retail space, but keep an eye out for a finished building early next year.