The site is located at 1800 N. Edison Street and is bounded by N. George Mason Drive, 19th Street N. and N. Edison Street and the existing Virginia Hospital Center campus. It is located in the John M. Langston Citizens Association and is adjacent to the Tara-Leeway Heights and Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Associations.
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About the Project
In 2015, Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) proposed the expansion of the hospital on an adjacent parcel of land at 1800 N. Edison Street. Generally known as the Edison Site, the 5.6-acre site was owned by the County at the time. This initiated a process to evaluate the site and community needs, consider options of purchase agreements and collect public input. At the conclusion of that process, a purchase agreement including a land swap was finalized between the County and VHC. Learn more about the land purchase agreement.
The design of the proposed expansion has gone through County’s site plan review process, with multiple public meetings and opportunities for public input. All meeting dates and materials have been posted to this page.
VHC intends to incorporate the Edison Site into their existing, adjacent campus for a total site area of 21.6 acres. VHC’s rezoning, site plan amendment, and use permit amendment applications propose to:
- Rezone Edison Site from “S-3A” to “S-D”
- Replace existing buildings on Edison Site with a new 7-story medical office building and a 6-story parking garage
- Convert 120,000 square feet of medical office use on the current VHC campus to hospital use
VHC Expansion Development Timeline
Nov. 27, 2018: The County Board approved the Virginia Hospital Center Expansion.
Sept. 2018: Following commission and County Board public hearings and review of the proposed development, the County Board voted unanimously to defer action the VHC expansion to Dec. 2018, or earlier if requested design revisions are ready for review. Read the full County Board motion.
Dec. 2017 – May 2018: The Site Plan Review Committee, including members of the Planning Commission and representatives of other advisory commission and nearby civic associations, met to review the proposed development plans.
Dec. 2017: VHC submitted a final site plan application for the proposed expansion.
Nov. 2017: An initial community meeting on Nov. 16 kicked off the public review process of VHC’s site plan application.
Dec. 2015: Arlington County Board approved an agreement granting VHC an option to purchase County-owned land at 1800 N. Edison Street. The approved option requires County Board approval of the expansion site plan prior to closing the sale. The agreement included the possibility of a land swap between the County and the hospital. Learn more.
Sept. 2015: The County Manager gave a presentation to the County Board about the proposed VHC expansion and upcoming public process.
About Virginia Hospital Center
For over 70 years, VHC has served Arlington and the region as a valuable health and economic asset, providing excellent health care services. As our community and population continues to grow, VHC needs room to expand to continue to meet Arlington’s needs.
The County views the continued success of VHC as important to our entire community, both for the purpose of providing high-quality health care and for the economic benefits of having a major health center in Arlington.
VHC is experiencing demands on its services and the need for more in-patient beds. In 2014, 65% of the days the hospital operated were at or above an 80% occupancy level. In 2014, the number of patients exceeded the available beds on 83 days.
Designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, today VHC is a 342-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple, independently recognized Centers of Excellence including: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience/Stroke, Oncology, Orthopedics (Total Joint Replacement Services), Bariatric Surgery, Palliative Care, Inpatient Rehab, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric, Emergency Services, Women & Infant Health and Urology.
- Supplemental 4.1 Drawings (Nov. 19, 2018)
- Revised 4.1 Site Plan Submission (Sept. 13, 2018): Civil Part 1 | Civil Part 2 | Architecture | Landscape | Conceptual Master Plan (Not for Approval)
- 4.1 Site Plan Submission (Dec. 1, 2017): Civil Sheets | Architecture Sheets | Landscape Sheets
- Application Forms (Dec. 1, 2017): Site Plan Amendment | Rezoning | Use Permit Amendment | Disclosure Statement
- Supplemental Materials (Dec. 1, 2017): Support Statement | Traffic Impact Analysis
|March 18, 2019||SPRC Post-Approval|
|Nov. 27, 2018||County Board|
|Sept. 22, 2018||County Board|
|Sept. 6 and 11, 2018||Planning Commission|
|Sept. 5, 2018||Transportation Commission|
|May 14, 2018||Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #6|
|April 19, 2018
|Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #5|
|March 22, 2018||Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #4|
|March 8, 2018||Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #3|
|Feb. 10, 2018
|SPRC Walking Tour (10 am)|
|Feb. 5, 2018
|Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #2|
|Dec. 18, 2017||Site Plan Review Committee Meeting #1|
|Nov. 16, 2017||Kick-off Community Meeting|
- Signed Memorandum of Agreement and Staff Report on “Diversion First: A Pilot to Divert Arlington Youth with Behavioral
Health Crises from Hospitalization" (Nov. 15 and Dec. 3, 2018)
- Staff Report on VHC Land Purchase Agreement (Dec. 3, 2015)
- Signed Letter of Intent with Virginia Hospital Center for Option to Purchase Real Property and Improvements at 1800 North Edison Street (Sept. 24, 2015)
- Site Plan Conditions for 2000 VHC Site Plan Amendment (May 20, 2000)