Arlington Mill Community Center Construction Update

Beginning in the next few weeks, demolition and construction will begin on the Arlington Mill Community Center renovation project.

Proposed Design of the New Arlington Mill Community Center

Originally approved by the County Board in 2008 to include a mixed-use building with a new community center, gymnasium, retail space, residential units, as well as, a separate residential building with an affordable housing component. The hard economic downturn of 2009 has changed plans for the site.

Current plans when the center reopens in 2013 will include:

  • A Gym
  • Retail Space
  • Public Plaza
  • Garage

Once Phase 1 of the community center is completed, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing will begin construction on an affordable housing project adjacent to the community center with 122 units. The mixture will include 6 efficiency, 18 one-bedroom, 73 two-bedroom, and 25 three-bedroom units. For more information on Affordable Housing in Arlington, read on.

For neighbors, Arlington County has released the following guidelines:

  • Demolition will last approximately 30 to 45 days, weather permitting
  • Hours of operation – 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays; 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Crews will demolish the building by pulling down the structure and pushing it in on itself.
  • Noise will be within approved levels – not exceeding the County noise ordinance –  and during demolition hours of operation.
  • The safety of all workers and residents is our top priority.Signs and a construction fence will warn pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be guided by flag men when construction vehicles are entering or exiting the site.
  • Asbestos abatement is under a separate contract and scheduled for completion prior to the demolition to ensure dust from the work is not hazardous.
  • The contractor will also work to minimize disruption to local residents and traffic.Pedestrian access will be maintained along S. Dinwiddie St. and S. Arlington Mill Dr.
  • No impact expected on bus or other transit. No street closures are planned.
  • Crews will haul materials from the site via S. Dinwiddie St., Columbia Pike, and S. Four Mile Run Dr.
  • Lights in the existing parking lot will remain powered to allow residents access until construction begins.