WRAPS – Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study


The County Board voted unanimously to adopt the Western Rosslyn Area Plan on July 21, 2015. View the plan.

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The Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study (WRAPS) was a County-led community planning process initiated in 2014 to create a vision and Area Plan for the Wilson School and surrounding sites which include Fire Station #10, a park, an office building, retail and affordable, multi-family apartments.

The Arlington County Board adopted the Western Rosslyn Area Plan on July 21, 2015. Read the news release.

Site Challenges and Goals

The site’s challenging space limitations will require collaboration and compromise to balance community needs.

A key driver of the process was achieving the greatest amount of contiguous and usable open space. The School Board’s decision to locate a new school on the Wilson site significantly reduced the County’s ability for a major increase in open space while meeting site goals.

Specific County goals that were built in to the study charge:

  • A multi-story secondary school with up to 1,300 seats;
  • Recreation and open space that is up to 60,00 square feet in size; which could include athletic field(s) and interior space within the school to be used jointly by the school and the community, and other open space that replaces the existing playground and basketball court located within Rosslyn Highlands Park or provides similar needed passive and active park and recreational amenities for use by the community;
  • A new fire station;
  • Affordable housing;
  • Energy efficiency/sustainability;
  • Economically viable, urban and vibrant development with a mix of uses, heights and densities that  support achieving County goals; and
  • Effective multi-modal transportation facilities and services.

A Collaborative Effort

The County recognized this was an essential site for Arlington and worked with the community and property owners to achieve a comprehensive solution. The County Board appointed a Working Group of Arlington residents, business leaders, property owners and advocates, to work with the County’s planning staff.

Recently, the County Board committed to a continued partnership with property owner Penzance in an effort to be fiscally responsible and leverage additional resources. Through this partnership, the private developer will cover the costs of a much-needed new fire station and many other site amenities. View letters that detail this partnership.


The planning process has spanned over many months to include broad input and multiple opportunities for community engagement. The project schedule identifies June or July 2015 as a target for a County Board vote on the WRAPS Area Plan.

Learn more about the WRAPS process.


All project documents are available online including agendas, meeting notes, presentations, news releases and the WRAPS Briefing Book.

View WRAPS documents.

Study Area

The site is generally bordered by 18th Street North to the north, Wilson Boulevard to the south, North Quinn Street to the west and the eastern property line of the 1555 Wilson Boulevard office building site to the east.

Learn more about the WRAPS study area.