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March 2017 Updates

New eNewsletter

Welcome to the eNewsletter Columbia Pike: Planning. Projects. Main Street Progress. We'll share periodic updates on topics such as Form Based Code, Pike-related planning, public meetings, construction progress highlights, reports on development review procedures and updates on zoning amendments. Invite others to subscribe here.

Construction Updates

More construction progress is coming to the Pike.  Two recently approved development sites will be getting underway before summer time:

Village Center (950 S. George Mason Drive)

  • The lease for the Food Star supermarket is set to expire by May 25, 2017, with construction of the site anticipated to start soon thereafter
  • The new Harris Teeter supermarket is currently expected to begin operations in late 2019
  • Staff is not aware of any relocation plans by the Food Star operator.
  • Staff has posted additional information on nearby grocery options in the vicinity which may meet community needs. For more information, please visit the project page here.

Did You Know?

The recently completed Columbia Place project located on the corner of Walter Reed Drive and 11th Street S. has a new retail tenant.  Pureluxe Nails & Spa is open for business, occupying a prominent corner across from the Halstead building and Rite Aid pharmacy.

Pureluxe Nails Spa

Save the Date

As part of its assessment of the current architectural requirements contained in the two Form Based Codes, the Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) will be hosting a workshop to discuss the status of architecture along Columbia Pike on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm at the Navy League Building (2300 Wilson Blvd).  CPHD has invited the following stakeholders for this discussion:

  • The Form Based Cody Advisory Working Group
  • The Planning Commission
  • The Design Review Committee of the Historical and Landmark Review Board
  • Columbia Pike Presidents Group

Additional information will be made available before the meeting, which will be open to the public.  Material and feedback shared during this meeting will also be posted online for those who cannot attend.  Please check online for updates about future meetings.

Arlington's Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) is getting an update! 

Adopted in 2004, the PAMP outlines a strategy for how public art will improve the quality of public spaces and the built environment in Arlington for civic placemaking. The update will revisit the vision, opportunities, locations, strategies, criteria, priorities, and procedures outlined in the original plan. 

As part of the PAMP update, a number of artist-led community engagement activities will take place throughout the County, including Columbia Pike.  Join Graham Coreil-Allen on May 21 from 11:00am-12:30pm for an eye-opening tour exploring and reimagining the urban and suburban spaces of Columbia Pike.  The tour will start at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market (2820 Columbia Pike) at the “Pike Park” sign (corner of Columbia Pike and Water Reed Drive).  

For the latest information on the PAMP update process, please visit Arlington Public Art’s website.   

Transportation Updates

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