1950s-era Rosslyn hotel
A 1950s-era Rosslyn hotel and surrounding parcels could become a multifamily building with 423 units. GOOGLE MAPS STREET VIEW

An Orr Partners-led venture wants to revive and expand plans to redevelop a hotel in Rosslyn.

The Arlington County Board previously greenlighted two high-rises there, totaling 183,000 square feet. Having recently acquired another parcel adjacent to the site, Reston-based Orr now wants to build a 422,000-square-foot multifamily building instead.

The project began in 2017 with six adjacent parcels, totaling 1.9 acres, located at 1501 Arlington Blvd. and 1523 Fairfax Drive. They’re currently home to a 141-room Red Lion hotel — officially, the Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn/Iwo Jima — and the 14-unit Ellis Arms Apartments, both 1950s-era buildings. In 2019, the County Board approved their redevelopment as a 12-story, 160-room hotel and a 10-story, 48-unit multifamily building — about 183,000 square feet in all — plus a 136-space parking garage. But construction stalled due to Covid.

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