There’s Clarendon, Ballston, Rosslyn, and Crystal City…and now Shirlington! We know it’s been around for decades (good enough for Sharon Rockefeller to report to work every day at WETA), but it’s on the verge of becoming—gasp!—trendy. The urban village got its name as a cross between Shirley Highway (I-395) and Arlington, but if Transwestern Investment Co., Federal Realty Investment Trust, and Monument get their way, people from all over the region will flock to its new restaurants, stores, buildings, and condos. Bisnow sent its editorial swat team (otherwise known as Stacey Pfarr) across the river to take some names and snaps.
Monument’s Bethany Allen flanked by Transwestern’s “I-395 Experts,” Matt Bundy and Josh Masi, on the 4th floor of their new office building joint venture, Randolph Square. The property was designed by Hickok Cole; it’s being built by Davis. They say the 207k SF building, just three miles from Reagan National, is ideal for large tenants like government contractors and associations. In the background, the Ed Peete Company’s 244-unit Ió Piazza rises 13 stories high—set to deliver by the end of the year. Not seen in the background: Washington Monument and Capitol. Either it was cloudy or someone forgot to set the focus.
The (Shirlington) Village People: Monument’s Meghan Johnson, Bethany Allen, Jim Roberts, Tasha Stancill, and Molly Davis, showing off their matching hardhats by Randolph Square. Right around the corner is the new Shirlington Transit Center, delivering at the end of the year. That 2,400 SF site will handle 400+ bus trips per day to neighboring Metro stations.
Much of the retail side is being handled by Federal Realty’s Ralph Ours, who’s rustled up U St. faves Cakelove and Busboys & Poets, the eclectic French boutique Le Village Marche, restaurant Saigonique, and Johnny Rockets. And colleague Chris Weilminster is reeling in the much-anticipated Harris Teeter.
The Laverne and Shirlington Brewery? No, just everyone already shown in the pictures above using our photo op as their excuse to drink at the Carlyle Grand Café. Even Stacey Pfarr, pfarr left. (Hahaha, as we say.) Her super sleuthing uncovered the fact that Molly has a new house in Georgetown and Ralph visited the family home in Biarritz, France. And that Jim is Monument’s newest addition, coming up from Boynton Beach, FL, to head marketing. And that Josh and Matt are headed to Dewey Beach on Saturday for a mini-triathlon. Oh, so an extra excuse for what’s happening here: essential pre-race carb-loading.