More than 100 New Homes, Ground Floor Retail Approved on Columbia Pik

Published on June 18, 2016

  • Revitalizing the Pike
  • Preserving historic building facades
  • Creating street-level retail, 105 new homes

 The Arlington County Board today approved a redevelopment under the Form Based Code that will create 105 new condominiums, preserve historic facades and add ground-floor retail on Columbia Pike.

"Offering Form Based Code as a development option is helping revitalize Columbia Pike," County Board Chair Libby Garvey said. "This project will bring new housing and retail space to the Pike, while preserving facades that recall the Pike's architectural history. It is a project that was improved through an extensive public review process."

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the site plan. To read the County staff reports about this item, scroll to No. 39 on the Agenda for the June 18, 2016 County Board meeting.

Revitalizing Columbia Pike

Located at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Barton Street (and home to Rappahannock Coffee), this project, in the Columbia Pike Special Revitalization District, will replace three one-story buildings and a surface parking lot with a six-story building and underground parking, in accordance with the 2005 Columbia Pike Revitalization Plan and Form Based Code (FBC) standards.

As part of the Columbia Pike Initiative, the County outlined a vision for a new, revitalized Columbia Pike. The vision calls for transforming the corridor into a more vibrant, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly "Main Street" by encouraging a lively mix of uses with commercial storefronts and improved streetscapes.

The Board approved FBC standards for the Columbia Pike Special Revitalization District in 2003 to help achieve the vision. The code regulates land development by emphasizing building form, size and placement, rather than the density and use standards of traditional zoning regulations. The resident-endorsed regulations aim to improve properties in the designated areas to form quality public spaces.

Community process

The proposed redevelopment underwent a community-based review process that included meetings with civic associations, the Columbia Pike Form Based Code Advisory Working Group, the Historical and Landmark Review Board and the Planning Commission.

Project at a glance


  • Columbia Pike Special Revitalization District
  • Six stories
  • 105 new market-rate housing units
  • Approximately 14,562-14,737 square feet of ground floor retail
  • Two levels of below-grade parking; approximately 140 spaces
  • Preservation of historic facades for two existing buildings
  • Streetscape improvements on South Barton Street and Columbia Pike

Applicant: Four Mile Run Associates, L.C. and B.M. Smith & Associates, Inc.

Architect: WHA Architecture and Planning