Updated 06/04/2012 to give the correct link to the County Board report.
- Project to include apartments, townhomes, flats and ground floor retail
- Seventh form based code development approved for the Pike
- Revitalization gains momentum
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved a rezoning and use permit for the redevelopment of the Rosenthal site at the corner of Glebe Road and Columbia Pike into a multi-family residential project with a six-story main street residential building with ground floor retail, apartments, and townhomes.
“The Form Based Code is beginning to make a real difference in the look and feel of Columbia Pike,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “With this, the seventh Form Based Code project approved by the Board for the Pike, our community’s vision of a revitalized, more vibrant, walkable Pike is becoming reality.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning and use permit.
Replacing Rosenthal car dealership
Located at the southwest corner of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road, the approved development, proposed by Penrose Property Company, will include a 245-unit building, 44 townhomes, 12 stacked flats and 15,443 square feet of retail on a 4.68-acre site. The development would replace the Rosenthal car dealership that has stood on the site since the 1950s. The project will include a new north/south street that ultimately will connect 11th and 12th Streets, as well as a new segment of 11th Street South.
The development conforms to the standards of the Columbia Pike Form Based Code but requires a special use permit because the site area is more than 40,000 square feet. The project is one of seven form based code developments that the County has approved since the 2002 adoption of the Columbia Pike Initiative – A Revitalization Plan.
Open house events were conducted to reach out to the neighborhoods surrounding the development proposal. Civic Associations that participated included the Douglas Park Civic Association, Alcova Heights Citizens Association, Arlington Heights Civic Association, Columbia Heights Civic Association, and Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. All were generally supportive of the project.
Form Based Code
In 2003, Arlington was one of the first local jurisdictions to adopt a form based code to achieve the community’s vision for its neighborhood. The code regulates land development by emphasizing the building form, size and its placement, rather than traditional zoning regulations that are based on specific density limitations and use regulations. Smaller projects — less than 40,000 square feet — can be built with an administrative review, resulting in a streamlined review process that benefits both the developer and the property owner.
To learn more about this planned project, visit the County Board website; choose the May 22 meeting and scroll down to Item 42 on the County Board Agenda to read the staff report.
For more information on approved Zoning Site Plan, view the site plan map.
Learn more about revitalization efforts on Columbia Pike.
Project at a Glance
- o Pike 3400
- o Penrose Columbia Pike Associates
- o Lessard Design Inc.
Penrose Columbia Pike Associates
8330 Boone Blvd., Suite 460
Vienna, VA 22201
Type of Project
- Main Street building (mixed use residential and retail), stacked flats, and townhouses
- Site is approximately 204,000 sq. ft. (2.68 acres)
Main Street Building
- 245 apartments (136,868 square feet residential)
- Six stories above grade, 1 ½ below
- 12 units
- 44 units
- 338 spaces in parking garage and on-street for the Main Street building and stacked flats
- 69 spaces for the townhouse, including on-street parking and garage parking
- LEED Certified
- o 3400 Columbia Pike at the SE corner of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road
- Ground floor retail along Columbia Pike and Glebe Road and residential units above
- Varied façade treatment utilizing neutral-toned brick colors, Hardi Board, metal accent panel at the corner of Columbia Pike and Glebe and glass
- 3 ½ level townhouses with varying tones of brick and setback penthouses