Thursday, September 14, 2017

Walking the Pike. People, places, changes, observation, September 2017

Pictured are a range of places, people, and signs recently observed along the central section of Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.


BrickHaus, located at 2900 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204, has recently opened for business. It describes itself as a "Germanic-inspired American Gastropub,"  and is housed in a recently-restored building, featuring a beer garden with a wide range of fine brews, an outside seating area, and a hearty dinner and lunch service.

It is owned and operated by Tony Wagner and his wife, who also are involved with the nearby Twisted Vines wine bar.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf. 

Trafalgar Flats construction

Construction continues at the Trafalgar Flats mixed use commercial and condominium project at the corner of South Buchanan Street and Columbia Pike, near the intersection with Four Mile Run.

This site has been the site of numerous restaurants including Tutumasu and Bob and Ediths #2, and previously, a dry cleaner and other establishments.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Destruction/Construction. Columbia Pike Village Center (Food Star shopping center site)

Demolition of the former Food Star grocery store and the shopping center at the corner at South George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike is underway. A residential complex including a high-end Harris Teeter grocery store and other retail outlets will be built on this location. It will be called Columbia Pike Village Center.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Demolition of Arlington Presbyterian Church / Gilliam Place groundbreaking

The Arlington Presbyterian Church has sold its property at 3507 Columbia Pike to APAH (The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing). The church building is being demolished, and a new mixed affordable 173-unit housing project will be constructed. According to APAH's website, the congregation "selected the name Gilliam Place to honor Ronda Gilliam (1906-1970), a church elder who was a steward and visionary in the community." The project is expected to be completed in 2019, and will include eleven apartments designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Elements of the long-standing elegant stone church will be incorporated into the new structure. 

County elected officials Katie Cristol, Christian Dorsey, Virginia delegate Alfonso Lopez, church officers and members, Rev. David Bowers of Enterprise Community Partners, Capitol One, the Virginia Housing Development Authority, APAH director Nina Janopaul, and others prayed, spoke, and attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

A photograph of the church as it had previously long existed on the Pike can be seen on this CPDP blog post:


Photography by Lloyd Wolf.