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County Approves Pharmacy’s Historic Designation

— The Arlington County Board voted unanimously in a recessed meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29, to recognize Green Valley Pharmacy located at 2415 Shirlington Road as a historic district.

The pharmacy met three criteria of 11 for historic designation in the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance, surpassing the minimum of two.

The pharmacy, owned by Dr. Leonard Muse, is the only African American-owned pharmacy to have been continuously operated for 60 years.

The pharmacy is also Arlington’s second oldest business — a few months younger than the Friendly Cab Company — and it is a popular gathering place for the Nauck community.

A number of Nauck residents spoke before the board at the meeting about how they had known Muse since they were children and everything he had done for them.

Muse first requested the designation through a formal letter and a petition that received 143 signatures in November 2009.

A historic marker that costs about $2,000 will be installed at the site.