The Waycroft (750 N Glebe Road)
Arlington, VA
CLIENT
Saul Centers
STATUS
Completed 2020
LEED
Certified LEED-NC Gold
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Program

890,000-sf, mixed-use building ranging from 12-, 9-, and 4-stories with 491-units, below-grade parking and 60,000-sf of retail, including a grocery store.

Description

Located in the heart of Ballston, 750 N. Glebe is revamping the Arlington corridor. This 890,000-sf mixed-use building is strategically located at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, and across from the Ballston Commons Mall. Formerly an auto dealership, the site is being redeveloped to meet the residential and retail demands of the high-density neighborhood.

The design of the building was heavily influenced by the contextual fabric of Ballston, and the owner’s admiration for traditional architecture. Having successfully gone through Arlington’s rigorous 4.1 approval process, 750 N. Glebe will be a 491-unit residential building with more than 60,000-sf of first floor retail including a Target, which will be a first for the Ballston neighborhood. The stacked building serves as a transition from high- density to low-density areas. The building’s massing responds to neighborhood activity; the 12-story façade is on bustling Wilson Boulevard, whereas the 4-story façade is on the quiet, residential side of N. Tazewell Street. The additional elevation creates a more balanced massing relationship with the existing commercial buildings on Wilson Boulevard and N. Glebe Road, and also increases the building’s presence. The massing along N. Tazewell Street purposely reduces in height to four stories, matching the height of the existing neighboring townhouses.

Comprised of brick and cast stone, the building’s color scheme changes along each façade. Red and yellow hues along the N. Tazewell frontage complement the color scheme of the neighborhood. The higher stories will have a more muted color palette, drawing attention to the multi-colored retail awnings and vibrant signs along N. Glebe Road. Metal and cast stone balconies are placed throughout the exterior of the building. The building is positioned along the perimeter of the site, creating a private, central courtyard for residents. These gathering spaces will feature water fountains and fire pits, providing a relaxing area for residents and guests. Other amenities include a rooftop pool, grilling deck, and fitness center.

WDG is Executive Architect, in association with David M. Schwarz Architects as Design Architect.

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