Downtown Arlington is a hive of activity! Even throughout the pandemic, investors and developers were discovering Downtown Arlington. A number of new projects are starting or nearing completion in 2022, thanks to significant fresh investment from developers, philanthropists, public funds, and entrepreneurs. Housing, public services, mixed-use, performing arts, public art, a new office building, and a large number of adaptive re-use spaces ideal for restaurants and shops are among the projects planned.
Fire Station No. 1 is located in the heart of the city.
Construction on a more modern, more efficient Fire Station No. 1 in Downtown Arlington, set to open in 2023, is under underway. The new Fire Station No. 1 is a two-story, 17,667-square-foot structure that replaces the former Fire Station No. 1, which opened in 1954. The new building is intended to improve the working and living conditions for Arlington firefighters. Five larger, drive-through apparatus bays that can accommodate additional equipment, training areas and indoor and outdoor kennels for the Fire Department’s K9 Unit, a full kitchen and dining room, and various offices will be among the amenities. The station will also feature a public space for community events and gatherings, as well as a museum section dedicated to the Arlington Fire Department’s history and accomplishments, as well as a chance for visitors to get up close and personal with historical objects like an ancient fire engine.
Downtown Arlington’s Echelon
This new neighborhood will feature 65 two- and three-bedroom houses with attached two-car garages. The “for-lease” homes will be built on open common area to foster a sense of community, as well as having their own gated front yard.
Residents will have access to a lovely public park as well as restaurants, cultural activities, and entertainment in the Downtown zone, which are all within walking distance.
Phase 2 of Downtown Arlington’s first luxury townhouse villa development is now underway, with 16 villas expected to be completed by Summer 2022. The Main 7 development, which is modeled after the Dallas Highland Park luxury urban villas, offers 2/3 bedroom and 2 vehicle garage housing starting at $415,000 for people who want to live in the heart of the city.
With public art and a central sculpture garden for residents, the white finishes and painted brick create a lovely end cap to Downtown’s Abram and Cooper crossroads.
Clock Tower with a Mineral Well Fountain
The mineral well, which was built in the 1890s, was a key feature in Arlington’s downtown area. Until the early 1950s, when the well was broken down due to the City’s expansion, mineral water flowed through lions’ head sculptures erected on four corners of the fountain, acting as a focal point.
In 2022, work on a new cultural landmark, the Mineral Well Fountain Clock Tower, will begin in honor of this period in Arlington’s early history. The art project, which was designed by Jim Richards, a national award-winning landscape architect and designer, will include outdoor seating as well as a 40-foot-tall clock tower with four lion sculptures by local artist Janice Hart Melito. The tower will be built in the plaza between the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library and City Hall, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.
Theatre Arlington’s curtains will rise again in early 2022, when a $3 million refurbishment is finished in time for the start of its 49th season. The theatre’s restoration includes a new facade, an expanded lobby, and various internal changes such as new dressing rooms, the creation of two additional classrooms, and a new stage, which were designed in collaboration with LBL Architects and RJM Contractors. The company’s attempts to extend its outreach and educational programming will be aided by these much-needed enhancements, which will boost production quality and patron experience.
Phase 2 of the Urban Union
The Urban Union’s footprint will be extended west along Front Street in this ambitious extension of Downtown Arlington’s popular mixed-use development, which will feature five new mixed-use buildings. A new office building will be a significant element of this phase of Urban Union’s development, in addition to restaurants, retail, and loft residences. It will be the first large-scale professional office building developed in Downtown in decades.
Sutton Frost Cary LLP, Spiral Diner, Doughboy Donuts, Cow Tipping Creamery, and Coop’s Fowl Ball (a new sports bar concept with a family-friendly menu) are among the tenants who have already confirmed their participation in Urban Union Phase 2.