2025 Clarendon Boulevard – Wendy’s Site

Site Plan #435

Location

Located at the intersection of Courthouse Road, Wilson Boulevard and Clarendon Boulevard.

Status

Under Review

This reports the status related to the 4.1 Site Plan Process only -- not the status of building or construction permits.

About the Project

The applicant, Carr Properties, proposes to build a LEED Gold 12-story office tower on 25,000 square feet of land on the site of an existing Wendy’s and Wells Fargo Bank. The new building would include 6,837 square feet of ground-floor retail, 185,003 square feet of office space, 237 underground parking spaces, a public plaza and a “unique glass column that will serve as an iconic architectural feature in Courthouse.”  The Rosslyn to Courthouse Urban Design Study recommends “signature gateway architecture with special treatment on the roof, building shape and materials” and a “pedestrian plaza at the western end to enhance gateway experience” for this site.

Project details:

  • A rezoning from “C-2” and “C-3” to “C-O-2.5.”
  • A General Land Use Plan (GLUP) amendment from “General Commercial” to “Medium-Office-Apartment-Hotel.”
  • A Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) from the Wakefield Manor site plan for historic preservation of the historic Wakefield Manor Apartments.
  • Requested modifications from use regulations include bonus density for LEED Gold and LEED-EBOM; exclusions from density calculations of below-grade mechanical rooms and storage and above-grade elevator/stair/air shafts; a reduction in the required parking space to square footage ratio from 1:630 to 1:780.
  • Community benefits would include:
    • Public plaza at the west end
    • Undergrounding utilities
    • 16-foot sidewalks and streetscape improvement along Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards
    • On-site public art or public art monetary contribution

Elements Under Consideration

  • Building height and massing is not compliant with the Rosslyn to Courthouse Urban Design Study.
    • The study calls for a maximum height of 95 feet or “generally 10 stories” at the western end of the property, and 55 feet on the east side of the property.
    • The study allows for flexibility in building height for projects that include affordable housing, community facilities, special design considerations and/or new streets.
    • A step-back of approximately 20 feet above the second story of the proposed building is recommended in order to be compatible with the low-rise structures on Wilson Boulevard.
  • The design of the public plaza also needs to be compatible with the design study’s requirement for “an enhancement to the gateway experience.”

Additional Information

The Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC), a Planning Commission committee, makes decisions about private development in Arlington. A complete list of meeting schedules, reports, presentations and drawings are available on the SPRC website.

SPRC Past Meeting Documents