County Board Approves New Assisted Living Facility Along Lee Highway

A plan to build a new assisted living facility along Lee Highway has received the green light from the County Board.

Rendering of Artis Senior Living project along Lee Highway(via Arlington County)

Meeting virtually to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve the assisted living facility, Artis Senior Living, at the intersection of Lee Highway and N Taylor Street in the Waverly Hills neighborhood.

The six-story, 175-unit eldercare center will replace several single-family homes on a large parcel of property and will include 80 units for memory care and 95 for assisted living, a parking garage with 112 spaces, as well as environmentally -conscious features and a new 10,000+ square foot public open space. The project was approved despite some opposition from residents in nearby condo building and townhomes.

“Residents from Tazewell Place, a townhouse development located directly to the south of the site, have expressed concerns regarding parking along Lee Highway, light pollution, noise pollution, and construction,” noted a county staff report. “Residents from Yorktown Condominium building directly to the west of the site have noted concerns regarding the rezoning request and also parking and traffic on Lee Highway.”

The plans for this project were first introduced in early 2019. Its approval by the Board was made possible by zoning changes that were approved unanimously in December last year allowing elder care facilities in more parts of the county.

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