- Excavation should be done by the end of next month at The Views at Clarendon. (Photo: TBD Staff)
What: Housing complex with 70 units of affordable housing and 46 market rate units being built behind an existing church in Clarendon.
Where: 1315 North Hartford St., Arlington, VA 22201
Start date: Planning began in 2003, work at the site began in spring of 2010
Since then: Demolition of the existing church building began in January, according to the construction log, despite an outstanding court case against the project. (Residents from nearby the church had been suing to stop the project on various grounds since 2004.) The case, brought by nearby resident Peter Glassman, was dismissed by a U.S. District Court Judge in April. He filed an appeal which is pending at the appellate level.
Demolition and excavation has had to be done very carefully, according to Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing President/CEO Nina Janopaul, because the building is preserving the existing front of the church building and the school building behind. "A lot of this has been done by smaller excavation equipment because of the two existing buildings there," she says. Excavation began in May and was expected to be done by the end of this month, according to the project's blog.
The latest: Excavation of the three-level parking garage below the building is expected to be finished by the end of September, according to Janopaul. Floor-to ceiling concrete work will begin after that and last through February of 2011. Earlier this month, conduits for Verizon and Comcast utilities were installed (a 4" line for Verizon, does that mean the new building will be FiOS-ready?) and work to install a fire hydrant across Hartford Street from the building was ongoing this week.
Bottom line: Neighbors are likely in for a noisy few months as the skeleton of the building goes up. The project is on schedule for completion by November 2011, according to APAH.