Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Columbia Pike is for Squares


Because no revitalization effort is complete without open green space, the Arlington County Board approved the master plan for Penrose Square, a 33,000 s.f. square planned for Columbia Pike's Town Center last night. Designed by a twelve-member citizen Working Group and landscape architectural firm Oculus, Penrose Square is the first and largest of three squares planned for the Town Center, and will include a tree-covered terrace with movable seats and tables, public art, a centrally located paved plaza, and an interactive water fountain.

The square will be developed in two phases. Phase One, a $2.4 million endeavor, will begin construction in mid-2010 and will deliver 17,760 s.f. Phase Two will be coordinated with the redevelopment of the Fillmore Shopping Center site and will cost an additional $2 million. There is no set completion date.

The parcel was dedicated to the county by Carbon Thompson Development, which is planning a mixed-use Penrose Square development that will include a 57,000 Giant supermarket with 325 residential units above it that will be completed in 2011. The project, which was approved in 2006, will also deliver structured parking (325 retail and 400 residential spaces) and 40,000 s.f. of retail space.

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