Arlington News Briefs

Arlington News Briefs

Columbia Pike Construction Update – Jan 18, 2022

Utility Undergrounding

After dealing with material delays due to supply chain and shipping, Verizon is changing their method of service delivery from copper to fiber. Fiber is a service upgrade for customers and has enabled Verizon to begin removal of their overhead lines. Dominion Energy crews have completed removal of their overhead lines, with exception of one property. Comcast’s contractor has completed removal of their overhead wires. When all three companies have removed their overhead wires, the utility poles along the roadway will be removed.

  • One eastbound and/or westbound right lane on Columbia Pike may be closed between the County line and the Four Mile Run Bridge during work hours to facilitate utility relocations and other miscellaneous work.

Columbia Pike and S Jefferson Street - 

Sculpture Foundation Construction

Work on the sculpture foundation for The Pike by artist Donald Lipski, has been completed at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street. Crews may be on site for the next week as they complete punch list items and clean up the site.

Final installation of the sculpture is anticipated in the spring of 2022, following a complete cure of the concrete foundation.

Arlington Chamber Accelerator Program

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will launch the Small Business Accelerator Program presented by Amazon. Amazon will sponsor half of the membership dues to verified Small, Women and Minority-owned (SWaM) businesses located in Virginia joining the Chamber for their first year of membership.

New Chamber members receive all of the benefits of membership including networking and business development opportunities, the ability to join any drop-in committee, listing in the Chamber’s online business directory, access to educational programming, community engagement opportunities, and will benefit from Chamber advocacy.

"Arlington and the Chamber are at our best when our membership reflects the full diversity of all who work, live, and do business in Arlington,” said Kate Bates, President & CEO of the Arlington Chamber. “Amazon’s support provides an opportunity for the Chamber to make a tangible, targeted effort to ensure that there is a seat at the table for everyone in our local business community."

“We are committed to helping small businesses thrive and grow in Northern Virginia, and we look forward to expanding access to the Chamber’s many benefits to small businesses that represent the diversity of this region,” said Patrick Phillippi, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Amazon. 

For prospective members that qualify for the Small Business Accelerator Program, Amazon will pay half of their membership dues for their first year, and they will be responsible for payment of the other half. Members who join through this program will be responsible for the full cost of renewing the membership in subsequent years.

Prospective members that qualify for this rate can contact Senior Director of Membership, Mike Rosenow, at or (703) 525-2400 ext. 202 with any questions. Limited funds are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

2000 and 2001 South Bell Street

JBG SMITH started construction on a pair of multifamily towers at 2000 and 2001 South Bell Street. The planned mixed-use development is expected to bring 775 rental apartments and nearly 27,000 square feet of retail to the heart of National Landing.

Two architecture firms were retained to create two distinct towers using varied heights, colors, materials, designs and finishes to further shape and enhance National Landing’s skyline. Global architecture firm KPF designed 2000 South Bell Street to be a modern, 25-story glass tower with 355 multifamily units situated above approximately 15,000 square feet of street-level retail. The adjacent 2001 South Bell Street was designed by international design practice STUDIOS to be a 420-unit, 19-story tower that emphasizes architectural verticality with a bold, green-glazed brick façade and approximately 10,000 square feet of street-level retail. SK+I will serve as the architect of record for both towers. 

Plans for both buildings include rooftop amenity spaces with unobstructed, panoramic views of National Landing and the Washington DC skyline, as well as pools, fitness centers, 24-hour concierges, large co-working spaces, community rooms and dog-grooming stations. The plans also call for in-garage bike parking and electric vehicle charging stations for residents. Balfour Beatty will serve as general contractor.  Both buildings are targeting LEED Gold Certification.

The buildings are expected to benefit from the planned redesign of Route 1, which will bring portions of the roadway to grade and feature a pedestrian-friendly design with large sidewalks intended to improve and promote walkability.

The approved project includes numerous site and adjacent infrastructure improvements, dedicated parks and open space funding, funding for a new library to be located in National Landing and dedicated affordable housing. 

In March of 2021, construction started at 1900 Crystal Drive, a planned 808-unit multifamily building with more than 38,000 square feet of street-level retail across two 300-foot towers.  JBG SMITH has 1,583 units currently under construction, and an additional 1,760 units in the pipeline in National Landing to meet the demand anticipated from Amazon HQ2 and the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus.