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Arlington officials may try to entice developers to pickleball

Vacant office space could provide viable option for indoor courts

The Arlington County government stands willing to help, in ways that it can, with any private-property owner wanting to turn vacant office buildings into pickleball emporiums.

“Our economic-development staff is always on the lookout” for prospective tenants, including pickleball purveyors, County Manager Mark Schwartz told County Board members Nov. 14.

Sports facilities have been seen as one way to repurpose office buildings that may be lacking tenants. With office-vacancy rates in Arlington near the highest in the region, “we have plenty of space in the county,” Schwartz said.

But there may be competition – other ideas being floated for reusing existing but empty office buildings range from converting them to residential use to providing venues for urban-agriculture projects.