Arlington County Allows New Ground Level Uses

Arlington County is allowing land use flexibility on ground floors in the hopes of transforming the Columbia Park as more of a pedestrian-oriented "Main Street."

November 17, 2021, 7:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Street signs at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Highland in Arlington, Virginia.

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The Arlington County Board voted unanimously to allow "greater flexibility for commercial, office, light industrial, and agricultural uses—including animal boarding and craft beverage production—on ground floors along the [Columbia] Pike," according to a November 13 press release from Arlington County'.

"The changes approved at the Saturday, Nov. 13, Board meeting will enhance the variety of businesses serving the Columbia Pike community, attract new customers for area businesses, and increase opportunities for first-time and minority business owners. County staff recommended the changes based on over a year of research, analysis, and engagement with residents, property owners, and the business community," according to the press release.

According to the press release, the changes respond to market conditions along the Columbia Pike and with the planned goals of making the corridor more of a walkable "Main Street" with increased pedestrian activity.

Hat tip to Matt Gontarchik for sharing the news.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 in Arlington County Government

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