Interim Parking Lot at 3108 Columbia Pike

Location

3108 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Status

Construction

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Demolition of the property began during the week of April 8, 2024. Construction work on the site is expected to be complete in fall 2024. Typical work hours for this project are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

About the Project

The Arlington County Board acquired the 3108 Columbia Pike property in March 2022 to serve as temporary overflow parking while the Arlington Public Schools (APS) Career Center project is ongoing. Additionally, the property at 3108 Columbia Pike has been identified as a potential site for a future Columbia Pike library and for co-location of County Board priorities, such as affordable housing.

The existing vacant, 15,200 square foot three-story office building on the site will be demolished because it is not compatible for public use. After demolition, the existing parking lot will be expanded from 63 parking spaces to approximately 92 parking spaces.

Redevelopment of the site is expected to occur after the APS Career Center construction is complete and overflow parking is no longer required. A community engagement process for the site’s long-term vision will be determined at a later date.

What to Expect

Residents in the area should expect the following during the demolition process:

  • Construction noise
  • Trucks entering and exiting the site
  • Tree protection
  • Selective deconstruction and removal
  • Sequenced building demolition
  • Sediment and erosion control features
  • Site grading and landscaping
  • Paving

We will make every effort to protect the safety of the community and minimize inconveniences. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. For your safety, please stay outside of the fenced construction area and obey all traffic signals around the site. Please remind children of this as well.

Construction Activity Updates

April 2024: Demolition of the 3108 Columbia Pike property began.

April 2024: Crews prepared for the demolition with activities including fencing, equipment staging, and the safe abatement, removal, and disposal of hazardous materials.

 

Timeline / Materials

In spring 2023, the County took several planning actions as part of the redevelopment process: a General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Amendment, Rezoning, and Use Permit. The property was proposed to be rezoned from R-5 (One-Family and Restricted Two-Family Dwelling District) and C-2 (Service Commercial-Community Business District) Zoning Districts to an S-3A Zoning District (Special District) to allow for publicly owned parking by Use Permit.

Nov. 4, 2023: Presentation(PDF, 1MB) to the Columbia Pike President's Group

Oct. 4, 2023: The County hosted a community meeting about the upcoming demolition plans (View the slides)

June 13, 2023: The County Board approved the resolution to amend the GLUP Public Facility Map and Table, adopted the rezoning ordinance, and approved the use permit

June 3, 2023: Presentation to the Columbia Pike President's Group

May 31, 2023: Planning Commission Hearing

May 23, 2023: Presentation to the Long Range Planning Committee

May 13, 2023: The County Board adopted a request to advertise public hearings by the Planning Commission and at a future Board meeting (View the board report)

May 10, 2023: Presentation to the Form Based Code Advisory Working Group