- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Arlington County Board is expected to decide next week whether to approve JBG Cos.’ plans to build a mixed-use project in the Ballston neighborhood.

The Peck site redevelopment would include two high-rise office buildings, 28 town houses and an apartment building around Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard.

The project would bring high-density development to a largely residential area in western Ballston, where JBG buildings are transforming the skyline.

Arlington Economic Development officials say the project would be a big addition to Ballston’s technology industry, which offers a location close to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

Virginia Tech researchers would take up much of the office space in one of the JBG office buildings.

The project would be built on the site of the former Bob Peck Chevrolet dealership. It is bounded by North Glebe Road, Wilson Boulevard, North Wakefield Street and Fairfax Drive on a tract of land that was not part of the original Ballston sector plan that Arlington County uses to guide development.

If the Arlington County Board gives its expected approval next week, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first half of this year.

“It’s a nice well-rounded project for the county,” said Karen M. Vasquez, Arlington Economic Development spokeswoman. “It will also create a research hub for Virginia Tech.”

Other JBG projects in Ballston include the Arlington Gateway complex of offices and a hotel, the Regent office building and the Fairmont condominiums and retail, all of which are located within blocks of the Peck site.

“They have created more of a signature skyline in Ballston than what was there before,” Ms. Vasquez said.

The developer’s latest project would consist of two office buildings that take up about 415,000 square feet of space. The four-story apartment building would include 90 affordable-housing units. The office buildings would feature ground-floor retail.

Architects from the firm of Cooper Carry are designing the office buildings with ample glass to give a sweeping view of the area. They also would have an open plaza and pathways between the two buildings.

In other news …

c About 100 acres of land are available in Prince William County to help fill Northern Virginia’s shortage of industrial space as the owners of a former clay mine on the site search for buyers.

The owners, Glen-Gery Corp., say the site offers as much as 2.6 million square feet for development. The property is zoned for light industrial uses such as warehousing or distribution.

Manassas Regional Airport has bought 14 acres of the property for $1.9 million, primarily to take it off the market.

“We didn’t want them to put it to some use that we felt was incompatible with the airport terminal right in front of it,” said Juan Rivera, the airport’s director.

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