Interim Parking Lot at 3108 Columbia Pike

Location

3108 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204  View Map

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Status

Planned

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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. Demolition is expected to begin in March 2024.

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.

About the Process

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 GLUP Amendment proposed to update the GLUP Public Facility Map to show the property as Public Use. The property was also 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. Finally, the Use Permit was required to allow for APS Career Center staff and contractors to use the property as overflow parking.

On May 13, 2023, the County Board adopted a request to advertise public hearings by the Planning Commission and the Board to consider an amendment to the GLUP Public Facility Map and Table at a time concurrent with anticipated rezoning and use permit requests. On June 13, 2023, the County Board adopted a resolution to amend the GLUP Public Facility Map and Table and adopted the ordinance to rezone to S-3A. Additionally, the County Board approved the use permit for commercial parking on the property.

Timeline / Materials

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