April 14, 2017 Western Gateway: Arlington Mill (formerly Columbia Heights West) and Columbia Forest
Public Art will be installed on the corner of South Jefferson after the streetscaping and realignment of sidewalks and roads are complete.
The Western Gateway begins at the line between Fairfax and Arlington on the Pike, just a little to the west of South Jefferson Street and ends at South Greenbrier Street on the north side of the Pike, after the 55 Hundred building on the south side.
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55 Hundred was build on the old Petros Site 5510 Columbia Pike ( The only photo I could find of the old site is below and it is difficult to read the names of the stores, if anyone has more information about this site (please let me know)
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There used to be an amazing plumbing supply store there where you could get any type of faucet, washer, part, etc., plus a staff who could explain how to install it. That store disappeared several years before the shopping strip was torn down. I don't remember what the name of the shop was.
I recall that one of the storefronts at the former single-story Petros Building was something like "Women in the Military Memorial Association."
Funding for the project came from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).Affordable apartments are available to individuals earning between 50% and 60%. of the Area Median Income (AMI).AHC
Leasing for the building began in 2015. The building has efficiencies, and one, two and three bedroom apartments.
The first floor also includes a 789-square-foot community center, a management office, and 6,600 square feet of retail space. Additionally the building has a fitness room for resident use.AHC.
The retail space has been vacant since the opening of the building, now the county has approved the space to be used by a school. The Full Circle Montessori School will be using the entire retail space and will move in September 2017. The school has at least three other locations in Arlington.
Wildwood Park is an apartment community which was built in 1963, it has 10 stories with 404 units of one, two, and three bedrooms. Some of the amenities include a pool, playground and sports court along with a gym, game room and community room.
Part of the new streetscaping around this building will required new building lines to accommodate realigned sidewalks and a widening of S. Greenbrier Street on the east side (see map above).
Next Door to the Shell Building is the sign for the Serrano Apartments a two building complex at 5535 Columbia Pike but only the sign is actually next to the Pike the buildings are setback almost a block and you can barely see them from the street.
These buildings became the Serrano about 2010 before that they were Windham Towers. AHC request for a loan of $16.5 million to purchase the buildings was
approved in april, 2014. AHC kept the name Serrano. There are 280 apartments, 84 are market-rate and 196 are Committed Affordable Units. The amenities include a pool and BBQ picnic area and an exercise room.
Barrton Place at 5551 Columbia Pike has one and two bedroom apartments. It is facing the Pike but set back from it. It's behind a small building see retail below.