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Columbia Pike Charrettes Get Underway Tonight

by ARLnow.com June 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm 3,233 21 Comments

Disclosure: The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, which is helping to organize the charrettes, is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Want to help plan and design the future of Columbia Pike? A series of charrettes — fast-paced, wide-ranging planning sessions — are being held on the Pike over the next week.

The primary public charrette will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton National Hotel (900 S. Orme Street), and everybody is invited to participate and help guide the Pike’s continuing development. A light lunch will be provided.

Here’s a complete schedule:

  • Friday, June 24
    • 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.: Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Kick-Off Presentation — Sheraton National Hotel @ 900 S. Orme Street
  • Saturday, June 25
    • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Day — Sheraton National Hotel @ 900 S. Orme Street
    • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: Community Social and Light Buffet (“celebrate a day of community work”) — P. Brennan’s Irish Pub @ 2910 Columbia Pike
  • Sunday, June 26
    • 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. — Open Design Studio (“talk with the design team as the plan concepts evolve”) — Siena Park apartments @ 2301 Columbia Pike
  • Monday, June 27
    • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Open Design Studio — Siena Park apartments @ 2301 Columbia Pike
    • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Planning for Open Spaces in Urban Settings — Arlington Career Center @ 816 S. Walter Reed Drive
  • Tuesday, June 28
    • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Open Design Studio — Siena Park apartments @ 2301 Columbia Pike
    • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Open House (“an informal review of work completed at the design studios”) — Siena Park apartments @ 2301 Columbia Pike
  • Wednesday, June 29
    • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Open Design Studio — Siena Park apartments @ 2301 Columbia Pike
  • Thursday, June 30
    • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. — Work in Progress Presentation (“a presentation of work completed by the planning team”) — Sheraton National Hotel @ 900 S. Orme Street

  • jjbug

    I’m sorry. I don’t understand how you feel involved with this event since you waited until today to notify your list of an event tonight. Are you trying to kill the effort?

    • BoredHouseWife

      who are you talking to?

  • TGEoA

    Charette = gentrify all the latinos out of the area

    • SoArl Resident

      Good idea!

  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    I plan to char a steak tonight; and charette a cigar; while polishing off a keggette of beer.
    For christ sake, it is FRIDAY NIGHT. Go out and have fun.

  • John Andre

    Unusual charrette schedule…they start on a Friday night and it’s being held during the summer after school’s out.

    In order to achieve maximum participation, they should wait until Sept. 10 or later when fewer people are on vacation.

    • SArl2


  • Joe

    Anything CPRO touches turns to crap

  • nauckneighbor

    I just want to say that I made it to the Charette on Saturday and really enjoyed the process. It was great to see so many neighbors from along the Pike and everyone working together (with plenty of civil disagreements) about the future of the Pike. Hopefully the County Government and members of the planning team will follow these recommendations. I plan on returning on Tuesday just ot make sure they got it right. This is the time to speak up, (and I mean other than a whiny post) as the County decides the future of the Pike.

    • Thurston

      Wrong. I attended the Friday night meeting. An older gentleman brilliantly expressed the fact that affordable housing causes gang violence, and that we can’t have this “affordable housing” as there are gangs and criminals running around all over Columbia Pike. A handful of smart people, unbrainwashed by the Democrat machine cabal, applauded his remarks.

      Then, an obnoxious middle-aged man got up and spoke about how he “always wondered” who WERE these commenters were on Arlnow.com and on the Sun Gazette website. He then gestured to this man and said “now we know”, to loud laughing and guffaws throughout the room.

      He then had the NERVE to say that without density producing “committed” affordable housing, that various types of people represented in the room would no longer be living on the Pike. He then declared that this anti-affordable housing person’s children and grandchildren would not be able to live on the Pike without affordable housing!!!

      Imagine!!! It was absolutely terrible, and certainly un-neighborly. The elderly gentleman was simply stating that certain people don’t belong in Arlington, and for that he was painted this way. The middle-aged man should have been ARRESTED for insulting this person, and inciting upset amongst people who are concerned about what types of people are living in Arlington.

      • david


      • Winthrop

        Egads. Society’s betters simply cannot tolerate a certain sort in its midst. Would that our community fathers had put a fence along Rt. 50 with a gate to keep out the riffraff.

      • PikerShorts

        If only he was arrested for disagreeing with you. You’ve called out your own bias. Sounds like you were disappointed that not everyone was as refined and republican as you.

      • nauckneighbor

        I didn’t attend the Friday night session. I did hear the Green Party Candidate did a tirade against affordable housing, but his opinion is quite uninformed (he misconstrues basic facts) and is basically desperate for attention. This is a blue county, and I think it would turn red before green. (atleast I’m hoping)

        Also, there is no correlation between affordable housing and gang violence in Arlington. There is nothing brilliant about distoring facts to suit your own agenda.

        Also, when people speak about “certain people that don’t belong in Arlington” they’re just showing their bigotry and ignorance. I’m glad the middle aged man spoke up against him.

        Also, without the commitment to affordable housing (which was the number one issue of concern at the Saturday meeting according to the poll at the end) the people that currently live on Columbia Pike will no longer be able to live there. That’s just basic economics. As rents rise the apartments become less affordable.

      • Tabby

        This must be the “older gentleman”

        • PikerShorts

          Hear hear!

  • South Arlington

    I don’t agree with John Antonelli very often, but his email to the charrette chair on the 22204 listserv was spot on regarding affordable housing. There is no reason all of this affordable housing needs to be concentrated on Columbia Pike and not evenly distributed all throughout the County.

    • Joe

      There are more market-rate affordable units in South Arlington. These can turn over with any sort of redevelopment to luxury units.

      However, the real “prize” is the creation of “committed” affordable units. This is a long-term agreement to hold rents at an “affordable” threshold (e.g. 60% of median income). By that measure, NORTH Arlington has substantially more committed affordable units than South Arlington.

      Antonelli’s prescription, then, would result in the continued emphasis of committed affordable units in NORTH Arlington (where there are few market-rate affordable units). In South Arlington–where Antonelli, Reid Goldstein, etc. live–you would see few Committed Affordable units and then the INEVITABLE loss of market-rate affordable units. Antonelli’s plan would UNDERMINE efforts to harvest committed affordable units as those market-rate affordable units go away.

      • South Arlington

        Yes, and the long term plans for Columbia Pike are for a lot of redevelopment, presumably with committed affordable units. The loss of market-rate affordable (i.e. so crappy or poorly maintained that they are cheap enough for poor people to rent) housing couldn’t be more welcome. Antonelli was arguing it shouldn’t all fall on the back of Columbia Pike to maintain the current affordable housing numbers, even post redevelopment of Columbia Pike.

  • Lovey

    Thurston, dear, put your teeth back in and come have lunch.

  • South Arlington

    Antonelli said it best when he said:

    In conclusion, affordable housing is either a benefit or a burden and whatever way you decide that, it should be shared County wide. To have a County map that shows the majority of market rate affordable housing in one part of Arlington is a situation that must be mitigated, not a situation that must be preserved


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