Arlington just adopted its $1.2 BILLION Capital Improvement Program, which includes funding for the long awaited Columbia Pike Streetcar. Locals have watched Columbia Pike evolve over the past few years as the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization has worked to transform the neighborhood.
Arlington has a long history of successful redevelopment: from the “urban villages” of Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square, and Ballston as the orange line metro went in, to the more recent redevelopment of Shirlington. The County also recently announced its vision for the redevelopment of East Falls Church, the hub of the metro’s new Silver line to Tysons and Dulles Airport. (Read more about the proposed redevelopment of the East Falls Church area here.)
Arlington’s announced vision for the area is “to revisit a form of development that brings Columbia Pike back to a more traditional “Main Street” environment. The end result being an improved, enhanced, and walkable “Main Street” for Arlington County through preservation, revitalization, and new development, where people can live, work, and play – a place that is the center of the community’s commercial and social life to meet friends, to see a movie or to window shop.”
Columbia Pike has seen many changes in the past few years towards that goal: new restaurants and bars like the new outpost of Lost Dog Cafe, the new wine bar Twisted Vines, and of course the area’s mainstays like Thai Square and Bangkok 54, the Arlington Cinema n Drafthouse, and Bob & Edith’s are still attracting crowds.
The CPRO has been actively involved in planning community events like the upcoming Columbia Pike Blues Festival this weekend (June 19) and each Sunday’s Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market.
As the area grows, transit becomes more important, and the Pike Transit Initiative hopes to address that, along with the aforementioned Streetcar line just approved by Arlington County’s Board.
Some popular housing options near Columbia Pike are (click to see listings in each area) Arlington Village condos, and the neighborhoods of Penrose, Arlington Heights, Douglas Park, Barcroft, Columbia Forest, and Alcova Heights. There are also rentals available at the newly completed Halstead at Arlington. Other new development initiatives include Penrose Square, Siena Park (former Safeway location), Majestic Oak, and the 55 Hundred Project (formerly “Columbia Village”.)
If you’re interested in learning more about living in the up and coming area of the Columbia Pike corridor, contact us. We’d love to help you with your search!
And if you’re interested in selling, we know how to market the area to highlight all of these important initiatives to make your property most appealing to buyers!
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More Resources: Read Arlington’s Vision for the Columbia Pike Corridor here.
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