ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — Arlington County is condemning the property at 1401 Langston Boulevard, “due to the risk posed to the community’s safety and health.”
According to a notice to the community, leaders say it is “unsafe and unfit for habitation.”
Bags sit outside the entrance–left behind by squatters and those experiencing homelessness. County leaders had them removed, also on Friday, after they declared the building is unsafe and unfit for people to stay.
“It’s unfortunate the building wasn’t able to be habitable for people obviously that sheltered there,” said Amanda Avenoso.
KBLH LLC bought the former Key Bridge Marriott in 2018.
“In March 2020, the County Board approved a site plan project from KBLH to partially demolish and renovate the existing hotel and construct two new residential buildings,” a county spokesperson said.
In July 2021, “Marriott ceased the operation of the hotel and the building” to prepare for development, but “the current property owner has not proceeded with the project.”