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Planning Commission tackles Courthouse project tonight

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Arlington Planning Commission members tonight are expected to render a recommendation on a major redevelopment plan in the Courthouse area.

A developer has proposed razing most of a nearly one-acre lot surrounded by Wilson Boulevard, North Courthouse Road and 15th Street North near the Court House Metro station, replacing it with a 20-story mixed-use building featuring 423 residential units, 17,000 square feet of retail and 220 parking spaces.

The overall floor-area ratio (FAR) of the project stands at 9.84. FAR compares the total square footage of the project divided by the square footage of the lot it sits on; the higher the FAR, the more dense the project.

Planning Commission members are being asked to recommend a rezoning of the seven parcels on the lot from C-3 to C-0, as well as OK the development plan, which was submitted to county officials last August.

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County Board members are slated to consider the project later this month.

To sweeten the pot, the developer has agreed to a number of incentives, including pedestrian and streetscape improvements, contributions to utility and public-art funds, and contributions to affordable-housing efforts. The project is expected to garner “Gold” status through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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