Carr Properties’ big Courthouse win: New office building to rise at key Arlington intersection — Washington Business Journal

Carr Properties’ 2025 Clarendon will feature a public plaza at the intersection of Clarendon and Wilson boulevards.

The Courthouse revival begins with Carr.

The Arlington board on Saturday unanimously approved Carr Properties’ bid to build a 189,000-square-foot office building with 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail at the intersection of Wilson and Clarendon boulevards. The building will replace a Wendy’s and a Wells Fargo branch — though a new Wells Fargo will take the most prominent of the four planned retail bays.

«It is a constrained site,» Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada said of the skinny parcel. «I’m pleasantly surprised by the way the design ended up.»

Check out the designs in the gallery to the right.

Carr representatives told the board that 2025 Clarendon will appeal to smaller tenants eyeing new construction. The building, designed by SmithGroupJJR, will have «some of the best views outside of Rosslyn,» they said, great light and air and smaller floor plates. At the confluence of Clarendon and Wilson, Carr will construct a minimum 1,400-square-foot public plaza as a means of activating the site.

In the plaza, which sits outside the front doors of the Wells Fargo, Carr has agreed to market space for an outdoor kiosk, to offset the generally lifeless nature of a bank branch.

Arlington provided the project bonus density through the transfer of development rights from the nearby, historic Wakefield Manor Apartments, which will be preserved in perpetuity.

Per Arlington, 2025 Clarendon will be the first project to offer reduced parking in exchange for mitigation. The building will include 244 spaces, 60 fewer than the standard ratio for a building of this size. In return, Carr will contribute $145,500 toward multimodal transportation improvements in Arlington and $300,000 across 30 years toward an enhanced transportation demand management program for tenants.

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