As a 20-storey apartment building by gray star taking shape at Courthouse, the developer is close to agreeing to take on some county-identified transportation projects around the site.
This Saturday, the County Council is expected to approve a deal delegating to Greystar the design and construction of light transportation improvements near the “Landmark Block” at 2050 Wilson Blvd. The county will reimburse the developer up to $2.5 million.
These projects are in addition to the streetscape improvements and community benefits that Greystar will provide through its redevelopment plans approved. The “Landmark” site previously housed brick buildings that housed a handful of restaurants, including Cosi, Boston Market, Jerry’s Subs, and Summers Restaurant.
After the county council approved the project in March, demolition began last summer and construction began in October. Greystar intends to complete the building in the fall of 2023.
The current deal would see Greystar repave streets, upgrade signals and work on utilities. County staff say it will be cheaper, easier and more efficient for Greystar to manage these projects concurrently with construction.
“These necessary transportation improvements…are either adjacent to, above or below the proposed site plan improvements, and align with the improvements already approved as part of the proposed site plan community benefits package. “, says the report.
Specifically, Greystar would relocate or install new sign posts, sign cabinets, and other traffic-related features within the public right-of-way at three intersections: Wilson and Clarendon Blvd and N. Courthouse Road; N. Courthouse Road and 15th Street N.; and N. Uhle Street and Clarendon Blvd.
It will also add a “bike island” at the intersection of N. 15th Street and westbound Clarendon Boulevard and install approximately 250 feet of a new 12-inch watermain in N. Courthouse Road.
As part of the approved project, Greystar has agreed to make the following streetscape improvements along Clarendon Blvd, Wilson Blvd and N. Courthouse Road:
- widen sidewalks and improve street crossings for pedestrians
- expand or add protected or dedicated bike lanes
- widen the median for Wilson and Clarendon Blvd
- move county parking lot entrance from 15th Street N.
- screen in or buffer the 15th St. N. county parking lot facade
Greystar also agreed to build part of a pedestrian promenade along N. Uhle Street and a shared street along 15th Street N. These community benefits were envisioned seven years ago as part of a effort to plan for the next 30 years of courthouse development.