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Historical Aspect of Arlington Plays a Big Role in Courthouse Development

Being the next-door neighbor to the capital, a place where much of the nation’s proud history has been rooted, Arlington has had its own share of history and intrigue. History began in Arlington County and more locally in the Courthouse neighborhood of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in 1791, when the county was originally part of Pierre L’Enfant’s plan for the national capital. The area remained a part of the District of Columbia, known then as Alexandria County, before being given to the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 1840s.

In its early days, Arlington was a rural area featuring mostly large plantations mixed in among smaller farms. The area had a place in major wars throughout the history of the United States. In 1861, Fort Woodbury was built during the Civil War where the courthouse currently stands.

Arlington County was renamed as such in 1920, when modern history began in the area. The area grew rapidly throughout the twentieth century around the development of the Hoover Airport and the Pentagon. When the Metro line came in the 1970s, the Courthouse neighborhood swiftly transitioned from a sleepy neighborhood to a vibrant area for residents of all ages.

Spirit of History Drives Courthouse Square Development

In a survey of Courthouse residents conducted by Envision Courthouse Square as the committee once again revitalizes the neighborhood, it seemed that many home owners in the area recognized this history as an important part of their daily lives and found it paramount to the strength and success of the neighborhood to preserve that history as much as possible.

Among the most important topics remarked upon by residents was the need to keep developers from over-building in the area. Approximately 40 percent of residents preferred private development of land in the Courthouse neighborhood, provided that developers maintain a standard height, keeping buildings between 12 and 18 stories.

One anonymous respondent remarked of the need to maintain the spirit of Courthouse: “Don’t over-build. Ballston has become a place where I really don’t enjoy being; don’t turn Courthouse into a similar place.”

While 41 percent of those polled preferred no preservation to the facade of existing buildings, many more wanted to see the construction of a cultural facility to preserve and honor the local culture of the area. About 49 percent expressed a preference toward a cultural city, but in an effort to keep the area less congested and “urban,” residents would like to see this at a low height.

Another important issue at hand for the county government seat is the construction of a county building. Locals seemed to be on the fence with this development, as some saw it unnecessary while others thought unused space on 14th street would provide the perfect location for additional government buildings.

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