Virginia Square

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About Virginia Square

The Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood in Arlington County, Virginia is bounded by N Kirkwood Rd and 10th Street N on the northeast and east, I-66 on the north, N Glebe Rd on the west and Wilson Blvd. on the south and southeast.

The Virginia Square name is taken from the former Virginia Square Shopping Center, which opened in early 1952 and was redeveloped as office buildings in 1988.

Ballston began as “Birch’s Crossroads,” later “Ball’s Crossroads” (for Ball’s Tavern at the intersection of N Glebe and Wilson Blvd.), and finally “Ballston” for the Ball family, who date back to John and Moses Ball, early pioneers and land owners in the Arlington area and cousins to George Washington.

These urban villages share borders, amenities, a civic association and two Metro stations; the Virginia Square Metro station and Ballston-MU station; but claim separate and distinct histories and identities.

Virginia Square

This neighborhood offers a thriving business district, a mixture of residential options, and parks with picnic areas and athletic fields. Also located in Virginia Square are the main branch of the Arlington Public Library, the Arlington Arts Center and campuses of George Mason University and The George Washington University. Residents are served by Virginia Square Metro station.


This neighborhood developed into a vibrant and desirable urban village offering a local farmer’s market, retail and restaurants, and the MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Ballston Quarter Redevelopment and impact of National Landing promises a major value-add.

The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor

In the early 1970’s, Arlington planners decided to build the Orange Line Metro underground, with mixed-use properties surrounding each station. This foresight resulted in the RBC becoming a model for other cities nationwide.

After extensive study and utilizing community input, County officials decided to concentrate the highest density uses within walking distance of Metro stations, taper densities, heights and uses down to surrounding single family residential neighborhoods, and provide for a mix of office, hotel, retail and residential development. This “bulls-eye approach” targets the tallest and most dense development within one-quarter mile of each Metro station. Sector plans were created to guide future development in each of the five Metro Station Areas. The plans establish goals and guidelines for desired public improvements, urban design, retail locations, infrastructure and open space. This marked the beginning of Arlington’s highly successful ‘urban village’ concept.