ARLINGTON, VA-Work has begun on the massive $100-million expansion of the Village at Shirlington, a 361,000-sf “main street” commercial district in the local neighborhood of Shirlington. Federal Realty Investment Trust has scored commitments from the Bozzuto Group, Trammell Crow and Arlington County to make the project a reality.

When all is said and done, the Village will feature additional retail space, a new residential element, as well as cultural venues. “The Federal Realty development team, along with Arlington County, has created a successful project that is much, much more than the sum of its parts,” says Barbara A. Favola, chair of the Arlington County Board. “This development substantially enhances Shirlington and makes this neighborhood a premier destination for the performing arts and delectable dining experiences.

Created in 1947, the Village at Shirlington underwent a massive redevelopment endeavor in 1987 that converted the commercial community into a mixed-use locale. While this new expansion of the Village is a group endeavor, every participant has its own individual responsibility. The Bozzuto Group is in charge of the apartments which will go up above new retail space that spans three structures.

The 241 units will sit in the eastern portion of the Village on a segment of 28th Street that will be extended as part of the project. The condominium building will be the product of Trammell Crow and will feature 159 for-sale units in a structure on Arlington Mill Road. Not surprisingly, given the demand for condominiums in Arlington and the desirable location of the property, all of the condos have already been spoken for.

As for Arlington County’s part, the local government entity will spearhead development of a building containing a 15,300-sf library on the first floor and the new 39,100-sf home for Signature Theater on the top two floors. The project is expected to reach completion sometime next year.

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