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Carpool to Reopen in Fairfax County ‘Burbs in Summer 2017

Carpool’s Ballston location will be shutting down for good soon. The bar and pool hall will close sometime in early April as its former site in Arlington gears up for redevelopment. The bar’s owners have leased space that was a former Logan’s Roadhouse out in Fair Lakes and will reopen around July 1 this Summer. They’ll be at 12821 Fair Lakes Parkway next to suburban brands like Blue Iguana, Jersey Mike’s and Paisano’s Pizza.

The bar’s former home at 4000 Fairfax Drive, a 50+  year old building, will be transforming into a 22 story, 330 unit apartment building with ground floor retail and a large underground garage. You do the math. 330 Ballston apartments, no matter how many are market rate vs. affordable, generate far more rental income for the site owners than the Carpool could ever hope to.

“This is why you own your real estate, whether you are a consumer or a business owner,” said Gerard DiRuggiero, Principal Broker of UrbanLand Company. “This long-standing Ballston icon is having to move way down I-66 due to their long-term leased location being sold, and will face a fundamental change in their audience and the health of their business long-term because of it.”

We’ve talked about this project in the past.

From past coverage:

The ‘building’ will actually be three narrow towers with a ‘twisting glass end’ designed by Hickok Cole architects – the design is very different for the Ballston / Arlington area.  The project includes rooftop amenities, a retail courtyard, fountains, public seating and major streetscape improvements along Fairfax Drive.  The developers are contributing just over $2.2 million to Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund and are also putting up needed traffic signal improvements, underground utilities and public art for the site.

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