Similar to other corridors in Arlington, the Pike is targeted for denser development than what has been approved in the past. However, the community wanted something different than the high-rise developments that characterize the Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway corridors. Instead, the plans endorsed by community stakeholders call for mid-rise, mixed-use buildings with up to six stories along the Pike frontage and lower buildings to ease heights into the adjacent neighborhoods. Taller heights (up to 10-, 12- and 14-stories) are possible in the east and western ends of the Pike as allowed by the Neighborhoods FBC. Although FBC is optional, many developers have already opted to use it to complete new projects along Columbia Pike. In March 2017, County staff hosted a joint workshop as part of a periodic review of these projects built over the last 13 years. View the results.
By early 2020, the two FBCs will have delivered over 3,400 residential units, of which almost 800 of which are committed affordable units. Since the adoption of the first FBC in 2003 (commercial), redevelopment has delivered two grocers, a community center, 14,000 sq. ft. of office space, over 340,500 sq. ft. of retail, new streets, urban plazas and parks.