Smart Growth in South Arlington – Good for business, real estate, transit, residents

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Decades of planning yield results for Columbia Pike residents, businesses

Arlington, Va. – June 8, 2010 – The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) today hosted a tour of the grounds of a diverse Arlington County community to demonstrate how the county has used public-private partnerships to meet goals for smart growth.

“The Columbia Pike community is starting to see the fruits of a collaborative effort begun a dozen years ago by county government, neighborhood leaders, business owners, and CPRO,” said Christopher Zimmerman, Vice-Chairman of the Arlington County Board and a Columbia Pike resident, who led the tour.  “After years of planning and preparation, we are beginning to realize the vision of a re-born Main Street:  pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving, environmentally sustainable, diverse and appealing to new business.”

Takis Karantonis, CPRO executive director, said, “The economic rebirth of various segments of the high-density Columbia Pike corridor is being realized with developments such as apartment complexes, new cafes and restaurants in the town-center section of the revitalization district near the Walter Reed Drive intersection. The same is true for the 55 Hundred luxury apartments and retail building located on the western portion of the Pike around the corner from the newly renovated, eco-friendly Columbia Grove affordable housing complex.”

To build on smart growth goals and revitalize the neighborhood, the Columbia Pike Initiative, adopted in 2002, aims to “build a safer, cleaner, more competitive and vibrant Columbia Pike community.” Public-private partnerships have been established to provide more efficient transportation and make attractive, affordable, environmentally friendly housing and community centers available to the widest possible range of Arlington’s workforce – from lower- to higher-income.

Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH, said, “Our community support programs offered to South Arlingtonians allow for the county’s low- and moderate-income residents to live closer to where they work. Offering bi-lingual staff resources, literacy courses, activities for children and many other services involves residents in their communities rather than forcing them to the more affordable outer suburbs, which puts a strain on transit, families and the environment.”

On June 19 from 1-8 p.m., CPRO and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8 will sponsor the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, one of the many celebrations of the Pike’s diverse restaurants, artisans and businesses. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public. For all of the latest Blues Festival information, follow the event at and on the website at

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For nearly 25 years, CPRO has brought together area businesses, residents and Arlington County officials with the mission to promote smart growth and diversity on Columbia Pike and in its surrounding communities. The 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in partnership with ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8, the official television media sponsor of the Blues Festival.


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