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Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:36:36 -0400
Subject: Columbia Pike Charrette Week Calendar

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6/26-29 OPen Design Studio
MON 6/27, Planning Open Spaces
TUE 6/28, Open House
THU 6/30 Work in Progress Presentation
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June 2011
Columbia Pike Charrette Week Calendar

Friday, June 24, 7pm 
Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Kick-Off Presentation
When: Friday, June 24th, 7pm-9:30pm.

What: This introductory session will set the stage for the Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette and all relevant Events in the week ahead. 

Come to this session to learn about how the Columbia Pike Housing Study is progressing and how public participation will be organized in a series of meetings during the following week.


Here are important online resources:


Pike Neighborhoods Plan Website [Documents, Dates, Details] 

Under One Roof Blog Series on Columbia Pike

Frequently Asked Questions on the Col. Pike Housing Study.


And finally: What is a "Charrette"?

Here is a video that explains the concept! 

A "Charrette" is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for the development of our area. It is a forum for ideas and a tool for community transformation through public participation.


Saturday, June 25, 9am -2pm 
Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Day!
When: Saturday, June 25th, 9am-2pm.

What: Work alongside your neighbors to draw your ideas for the future of Columbia Pike's residential neighborhoods. 

Light Lunch will be provided. 


This is the 'actual' Charrette Day and everybody is invited to participate. 

RSVP is not necessary, however, please call 703-228-0096 or send an email to so that event organizers can anticipate the number of participants. 

This short Article provides a good overview on what some of the questions on this Charrette will be. 

Saturday, June 25, 7pm -9pm 
Fun after Work: A Community Social (not only) for Charrette participants!
When: Saturday, June 25th, 7pm-9pm.
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What: Join us at P.Brennan's to celebrate a Day of Community work. CPRO sponsors a light buffet and P Brennan's will be offering extended happy hour pricing for all Charrette participants, neighbors and friends. 


We will see you there ! Please RSVP


Sunday, June 26 - 29 
Open Design Studio
When: Sun 6/26: 1pm-6pm | Mon 6/27 - Wed 6/29: 10am-6pm

What: Stop by the studio to talk with the design team as the plan concepts evolve.



Monday, June 27, 6-8pm 
Planning for Open Spaces in Urban Settings
When: Monday, June 27th, 6pm-8pm.

What: Discussion about planning for public open spaces along Columbia Pike.


Tuesday, June 28, 7-9pm  
Open House
When: Tuesday, June 28th, 7pm-9pm.

What: An informal review of work completed at the design studios.


Thursday, June 30, 7-9pm 
Work in Progress Presentation
When: Thursday, June 30th, 7pm-9:30pm.

What: A presentation of work completed by the planning team during the charrette week


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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Big changes are under way on Columbia Pike, and now's your chance to make your voice heard. Join neighbors, County planners and urban designers at a multi-day open design studio session and share your vision for Columbia Pike. Can't make the charrette? Check out a live video stream of the work-in-progress presentation online at Under One Roof, June 30 at 7 p.m.

Click here to read the latest issue of Arlington Insider


The Arlington View Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carver Rec Center, Hoffman-Boston Elementary School. 


The Arlington View Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carver Rec Center, Hoffman-Boston Elementary School. 
Mrs. Ross, Secretary

Mrs. Florence H. Ross
Church Clerk 
Mount Zion Baptist Church
3500 South 19th Street
Arlington, VA 22204
703-979-7411 Ext. 213 Church
703-685-3658 Fax
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Monday, June 20, 2011


Another friendly reminder that the Columbia Pike Charrette meetings start this week! The Kick Off Meeting is scheduled for Friday night, 7 -9:30 PM, at the Sheraton National Hotel.

***NEW: The Studio Location has changed. The Studio will now be held at Siena Park (2301 Columbia Pike). (Drop-In times have not changed and will be as follows: Sunday, June 26 from 1 - 6 PM; Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, June 27-29 from 10 AM - 6 PM).

Please help us distribute this information to your respective distribution groups.

We would prefer that you RSVP for our planning purposes, but it is not Required. If you are able to attend a meeting, even if you haven't replied, please come and share your ideas!

Any questions? Please contact me at the info below, or through email. We have all meeting dates and times posted on the project web site, which can be found through this


Win $15k to Enhance Your Favorite Arlington Park!
> The Arlington County Park and Recreation Commission is offeringPark
> Enhancement Grants of up to $15,000 to resident groups to initiate
> small capital improvement and beautification projects for County
> parks and recreation facilities. Letter of intent to apply is due
> June 30. Learn more and read the PEG Program Guidelines FY 2012.

> Columbia Pike Documentary Project Oral History Report and Reception
> The Columbia Pike Documentary Project continues with an Oral
> History Report and Reception at 4pm Thursday, June 23 at Central
> Library. Field researchers from George Mason University will share
> what's been documented in communities along the Pike so far as
> well as plans for the next phase of the project.

> Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan
> Attend the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Kick-Off
> Presentation on Friday, June 24 at 7pm at the Sheraton National
> Hotel and help shape the future design of residential development
> projects along this thriving and rapidly changing corridor.
> Starting with the Charrette, County residents can participate in a
> series of neighborhood design events between June 24-30.

> Arlington County Fair Competitive Exhibits
> The Arlington County Fair is looking to showcase the best of the
> best of Arlington's creative talent at the 2011 Arlington County
> Fair Competitive Exhibits competition. Do you have a knack for arts
> and crafts, a special talent for cooking or a great eye for
> photography? Be sure to enter the Arlington County Fair's
> Competitive Exhibits! Choose from several fun categories. Learn more.

> Swapping Stories Workshop
> On Tuesday, July 19, Arlingtonians will come together at Westover
> Library from 6:30-8:30pm to learn to share narratives, listen to
> each other, and experience 'walking in another's shoes'. Through
> fun and easy exercises, participants learn to find, structure and
> exchange stories, improve speaking and listening skills, bridge
> cultural and generational gaps, and make new friends! RSVP online
> or call 703-228-0751. Learn more. This workshop is part of the Tell
> Arlington's Story initiative.

> PRCR Earns National Re-Accreditation Certificate
> Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural
> Resources was honored at the June 14 County Board meeting with a
> certificate of re-accreditation from the Commission for
> Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) for
> demonstrating excellence in all facets of operations and service.
> Only 97 out of an eligible 12,000 park and recreation agencies
> nationwide have earned CAPRA certification.
> Nate Spillman
> Public Relations Coordinator
> Arlington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
> 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 414
> Arlington, VA 22201
> p: 703.228.0785 f: 703.228.3328

Sunday, June 19, 2011



Penrose Square Grand Opening!

Join us for the premiere of Giant's spacious new store at Penrose Square,
Arlington, VA. Friday, June 24-26. Doors open at 6am June 24.

We're rolling out the red carpet!

wine tasting * tapas sampling * prizes

Special event hours Friday 3-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm

Free groceries for a month to one lucky customer each day June 24-June 26. *
See store for details.

Free bag of Giant brand products to 70 shoppers, during our Grand Opening
raffle! * See store for details.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Coming Soon: Columbia Pike Charrette... June 24 - June 30

As Columbia Pike is transformed into a more walkable "Main Street," with more transit options and shops, the County is committed to embracing, preserving and enhancing its economic and cultural diversity. Help us explore ways to ensure that happens at a series of public meetings from June 24 – June 30.

A 7-day open design studio, or charrette, will be held as part of the Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Study. In three sessions, to be held at the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., design professionals will work with Columbia Pike residents and other stakeholders listening and drawing ideas on maps.

  • Fri. June 24, 7-9:30 p.m.: Kick Off Presentation
  • Sat. June 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m: Hands-on working session with breakout groups
  • Thurs. June 30, 7-9:30 p.m.: Work In Progress Presentation

Please RSVP by June 13 for each event to to confirm which of the above events you plan to attend.

Can't make it? Drop by the design studio during the week to view the drawings and chat with the designers, located in the newly constructed Penrose Square project(see times noted below). For updates and more details, visit

The Study will culminate with a new component of the Columbia Pike Initiative Plan - the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan - which will steer public and private investment decisions to match community goals. These goals call for enhancing the quality of life along the corridor, creating a walking and bicycle friendly community, supporting the planned streetcar investment coming to the Pike, and sustaining a housing supply that serves a diverse population.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


From our friends at the Pike Wire:
"A series of public meetings, known as the Columbia Pike Charrette is set kick off on June 24 until June 30th. The County plans to use these meetings to finalize the way forward in transforming Columbia Pike into a more walkable Main Street, with more transit options and shops while embracing, preserving and enhancing the Pike's economic and cultural diversity.

At the three sessions to be held at the Sheraton National Hotel (900 S. Orme Street), Columbia Pike residents can work with design professionals to put ideas on maps.

The series schedule is:
* Fri. June 24, 7-9:30 p.m.: Kick Off Presentation
* Sat. June 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m: Hands-on working session with breakout groups
* Thurs. June 30, 7-9:30 p.m.: Work In Progress Presentation

The county planning department asks that attendees RSVP by June 13 by emailing

A 7-day open design studio will also be held as part of the Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Study. The design studio will be open at Penrose Square for residents to view drawings and chat with the designers.

The finished Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan will steer public and private investment decisions to match what the county says are community goals. The County says that the community goals are "enhancing the quality of life along the corridor, creating a walking and bicycle friendly community, supporting the planned streetcar investment coming to the Pike, and sustaining a housing supply that serves a diverse population."

For updates and more details, visit"


Arlington County has begun a "Columbia Pike blog series" to coincide with the community open design studio (aka charette) kicking off on June 25th at the Sheraton National Hotel. The Arlington County housing blog, Under One Roof, has posted articles about the history of Columbia Pike and planned changes along the Pike. Future articles will cover such topics as economic development, affordable housing, the streetcar, walking the Pike, historic preservation, health, parks and open space, green buildings, and the County funded Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO).