Thursday, December 30, 2010

Axumite Village to Break Ground in Spring

Although not exactly equaling the golden-clad grandiosity of the great Axumite Kingdom in ancient Ethiopia, the four-story, 36-unit "Axumite Village" set for 1100 S. Highland St. in Arlington will be a proud accomplishment for the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) nonetheless. The Arlington County Board approved the Columbia Pike project plans in the summer of 2009, but the developers have been slow to secure financing and move forward with construction. That patience is soon to be rewarded with progress according to project manager and President of the ECDC Dr. Tsehaye Teferra.

Developers are now polishing off the last of the many necessary construction documents due to the County before building can began. "Financing is finalized, and now we must wait for our construction documents to be approved and permits issued," says Teferra. Drafted by local firm KGP Design Studio, the structure, dressed in red brick and accented with sleek black-metal framed industrial windows, will see 12 new townhouses divided into three stacked apartments. The $12 million project also features detailed landscaping as well as 41 parking spaces. Nearly a quarter of the development site is being forked over to the County for public access, as officials propose to extend 11th Street through the northern end of the property.

The Columbia Pike Form Based Code helped guide the development's planning and design, expediting the often lengthy approval process; unfortunately there is no such mechanism to accelerate construction, estimated to last 12 to 18 months. Dr. Teferra says his team hopes to begin that countdown to delivery with a groundbreaking celebration in late May or early June.

ECDC is a local nonprofit that works to "resettle refugees and promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States."


Anonymous said...

I hope there will be a good Ethiopian restaurant in there. Mmmm

Anonymous said...

Great project! Why isn't KGP listed as architects? They've done a coupe of great projects including the Bicycle Transit Center at Union Station!

Ken on Jan 15, 2011, 1:14:00 PM said...

Uh, did you read the article? They are listed.

Anonymous said...

May 2012. Nothing happening. Just an ugly cyclone fence around the abandoned buildings? It seems they ran out of money. What a shame. It has become an larger eyesore that the eyesore than the property already was. Really trashy.

Anonymous said...

Another year has gone by on this project and nothing has changed. How can a non-profit build this type of thing anyway? It's just a bunch of abandon buildings now.

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