July Columbia Pike eNewsletter

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July 2017 Updates

Welcome to the eNewsletter Columbia Pike: Planning. Projects. Main Street Progress used to 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.

 In Case You Missed It

3rd graders Columbia Pike project

A class of Arlington Public Schools' students from Patrick Henry Elementary School – Mr. Erwin’s 3rd grade "Learning Legends" – shared their year-long Columbia Pike community project before the recessed County Board meeting on June 20th.  The effort included 3-dimensional models of Pike neighborhoods, an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, and an oral history captured from current residents.   

County Board meeting

You can see more photos of this event at Arlington County's Facebook page and view a short video captured in a recent "Around Arlington" web series.

Construction Updates

Have you seen recent construction progress along the Pike? These photos were snapped from the following active development sites:

Village Center (950 S. George Mason Dr.)

  • The site has been closed off for demolition which is scheduled to begin this summer
  • The Food Star has relocated to Alexandria (S. Glebe Road and Mt. Vernon Avenue)
  • Learn more on the project webpage
Food Star site

Gilliam Place (Columbia Pike & S. Lincoln St.)

  • Demolition of the Arlington Presbyterian Church has been underway since the spring
  • The developer (APAH) plans to hold a ground breaking in late July to initiate the construction of the new building
  •  Learn more on the project website

Arlington Presbyterian Church site

Save the Date

The Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development (CPHD) will be hosting a third and final workshop to discuss the status of architecture along Columbia Pike on Wednesday, July 26th at 7pm at the Navy League Building (2300 Wilson Boulevard).  The meeting is targeted for the following stakeholder groups, however it will be open to the public:

  • The Form Based Code (FBC) Advisory Working Group
  • The Planning Commission
  • The Design Review Committee of the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board
  • Columbia Pike Presidents Group
  • Columbia Pike development community

Material and feedback shared during this meeting will be posted online for those who cannot attend.  Following this meeting, staff expects to move forward with the standard FBC amendment process in the early fall, at which point, additional information will become available.   

Transportation Updates

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