The Arlington County Board is scheduled to vote on a plan to redevelop the Westmont Shopping Center during their meeting this Saturday.
The developer, Republic Properties Corporation (RPC) is seeking a permit for the project which aims to redevelop the single-story Westmont Center into a six-story mixed-use building with 250 apartments and 22,500 sq. ft. of retail space. As per a staff report to the Board, the county staff has recommended the Board members to approve the permit.
For a year, the Board has discussed plans to demolish the current single-story strip mall and parking lot, located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Glebe Road. The 1.82-acre lot lies within an area set for revitalization, in accordance with Columbia Pike Form-Based Code, which is meant to streamline development within certain limits.
The code’s guidelines cap a building’s story to six and include other standards for projects along the Pike. In the case of this project, the code allows the developer to build all market-rate housing, refraining from affordable units despite the county’s decreasing stock of affordable housing.
RPC aims to build a two-story underground parking garage with 343 parking spaces for vehicles and another 60 above ground spaces. The garage will have 104 bike parking areas, with 90 reserved for the residents as per the plans submitted to the county. The building will also have an interior courtyard with amenities for residents.