Tuesday, May 08, 2007
For years, Arlington County’s long-neglected Columbia Pike corridor has stood by while other areas of the county saw new residential and commercial development, the windfall of the hot real estate market. But the next few years will be the Pike’s time to shine, as a number of revitalization projects are about to deliver, break ground, or make progress (such as the 235-apartment Columbia Village, the 299-apartment Penrose Square, the proposed $150 million streetcar system planned for a five-mile stretch along Columbia Pike between Pentagon City and Skyline in Fairfax, and more . Next up: Arlington County’s proposal to redevelop the Arlington Mill Community Center site, located at 4975 Columbia Pike, just west of S. 4 Mile Run Drive. The County is now accepting proposals from pre-qualified developers interested in turning the Center into a mixed-use site, with a new community center, up to 250 residential units (no decision yet on condo or rental), and 5,000 sf of retail space. The County hopes to have a partner for this project selected and ready for the County Board’s approval this July, with final approval hopefully granted by year’s end. The Request for Proposals can be found here.