Renewed interest in vibrant urban neighborhoods is driving a wave of residential development in the Clarendon section of Arlington County. Developers are building, preparing to break ground or seeking approval for about 1,000 residential units in this community centered around an Orange Line Metro stop, says Thomas Fairchild, executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, a public-private partnership chartered by the county to promote economic development.

“It has a combination of location, accessibility with the Metro and a large number of one-of-a-kind retail establishments that offer a comfortable community living experience,” Fairchild says. The neighborhood has a residential vacancy rate of less than 0.1%, according to the Alexandria real estate research firm Delta Associates.

Plans for the area include two joint projects by the John Akridge Cos. and Holladay Corp. One, a 249-unit, 11-story apartment building at 3000 Washington Blvd., is scheduled to break ground this winter. The other is a 75-unit condo project at 3101 Wilson Blvd. The office portion of that tract will be developed as a 223,000-sf building with ground-floor retail.

In addition, Ed Peete Corp. of Falls Church is seeking county approval to build a 23-unit townhouse community at Washington Boulevard and Kirkwood Street, and McCaffrey Interests is building 300 apartments and 87 townhouses as part of its Market Commons project on Clarendon Boulevard.

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