September Columbia Pike eNewsletter

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September 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.

Construction Updates

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

Columbia Hills (1010 S. Frederick St.)

  • Concrete work is moving along with several of the upper stories and parking garage already poured.
  • Learn more on the project webpage

Columbia Hills

4707 Columbia Pike (S. Buchannan St.)

  •  Wood-frame construction of the upper stories is nearing completion with only the upper-most story remaining
  •  Learn more on the project website


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Columbia Pike Architecture

Following several workshops held earlier this year, County staff are moving forward with an amendment to Form Based Code regulations impacting building design and architecture.  Recommended changes will first be presented to the FBC Advisory Working Group on Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm.  Additional discussions on this topic are scheduled with the Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm and the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30pm.

Material for these meetings will be posted online.  Following these meetings, staff anticipates a Request to Advertise action in November, with final consideration by the Planning Commission and County Board in December.   

Western Gateway Public Art

Donald Lipski, the artist selected for the Western Gateway public art project, is coming to Arlington and will participate in an Artist Talk program on Monday, September 18th at 7pm.  The event will take place at the Columbia Pike Library.  Mr. Lipski will discuss his creative process in producing art work for the public realm in a moderated discussion with Arlington County Board member Christian Dorsey.  You can view more information about this event by clicking here

Carver Place Historical Markers

The Carver Place townhouse project is nearing completion in the Arlington View neighborhood.  Elm Street Development and Craftmark Homes will host a small ceremony to unveil the historical markers that were delivered with this project as part of a new mini-park.  The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:30am and honor Albert I. Cassell, the architect who designed the original apartments (Carver Homes) built on the site in 1943, as well as the residents who lived there until the site was sold for redevelopment.  An Arlington County Board member is expected to give remarks and refreshments will be served.   

Transportation Updates

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