Tour: Columbia Pike Revitalization and Form Based Code - Community Vision Becomes Actuality

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Friday, August 26, 2016
10 a.m. - noon CDT

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* Experience the transformation of a former strip mall to a vibrant public square flanked by mixed-use buildings. Learn the details behind the completion of Pike’s first Formed Based Code building. Explore an energy efficient and award winning modern community center. This tour will provide participants a brief overview of the planning process and how a ground up community planning process evolved into a Formed Based Code that has dramatically changed the urban design and architectural landscape on the Pike.

* Hear from the people who helped make it happen. The tour will be led by County staff, property owners, and the design teams. The tour begins and ends at Penrose Square (Site #1), an open space with a variety of unique and sustainable design features, including public art, a tree-covered terrace with bio-infiltration, and a popular water feature that’s lovingly used by neighborhood children. (Site #2) is the Halstead Building, an 8-story residential building with ground floor retail and preservation of historic facades. (Site #3) is the newly constructed Arlington Mill Community Center, a modern facility with a myriad of programming activities. The center is the result of a long-term collaboration with the community to improve services, preserve affordable housing and create a “Main Street” environment along the Pike. Transportation will be provided between tour stops.