South Garfield Street Reconstruction

2024 Meeting Schedule

Normally meetings alternate between
Alice West Fleet Elementary Library
and the
Public Montessori School of Arlington Library.
Meetings start at 7:00 PM.

Please check the newsletter for details.

Meet with County Staff to plan
reconstruction of South Garfield Street and 9th Road

Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 7:30 pm
Canton Gourmet Restaurant—2911 Columbia Pike—703-920-2323

(The food is VERY good there, by the way.)

This year, Arlington County reconstructs South Garfield Street and 9th Road, behind your business on Walter Reed and Columbia Pike. Your business will be affected.
Please help us plan the project. On Tuesday, August 27, Arlington Heights Civic Association hosts a meeting of neighbors and businesses around South Garfield Street and 9th Road to discuss the proposed project and select neighbors to work with County staff. This project is a major step toward the realization of the Columbia Pike Initiative.

From Jay Jacob Wind, president, Arlington Heights Civic Association (703-218-2726):

Arlington County soon takes the second step in revitalizing Columbia Pike. (The first step was left turns at Glebe Road.) Reconstructing these streets and sidewalks and installing Carlyle lights beautifies the section around AT&T, La Casona, Mancini de Paris, Columbia Pike Artist Studio, U.S. Tae Kwon Do College, Venus Stereo & TV, Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, Canton Gourmet Express Restaurant, Matuba Japanese Restaurant, Arlington Resale Thrift Shoppe, Oriental Chinese Restaurant, D&L Cleaners, Bangkok 54, 7-Eleven Food Store, Abi's Azteca Grill, and El Puerto Seafood House. Four years ago, the County approved these plans and secured funding, and now, with the last easement agreement signed, the work can finally begin. At the meeting August 27, I appoint several business owners to be Points of Contact to work with the other business owners and County Staff to make this project happen, and to meet the businesses' needs.

From Bill Roberts, Arlington County Office of Neighborhood Services (703-228-3824):

Arlington County recently received the last easement agreement necessary to begin construction of long-planned improvements to South Garfield Street and 9th Street South (off Columbia Pike near the Cinema & Drafthouse) in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. The project includes new, wider sidewalks, street trees and ornamental streetlights. The project also includes the installation of underground conduit that is necessary for the eventual undergrounding of overhead utilities along this area of Columbia Pike. The project is being funded through Community Conservation bonds and is scheduled to be constructed this fall. For information regarding this project, please contact Bill Roberts, Arlington County Office of Neighborhood Services (703-228-3824).

From Tim Lynch, executive director of Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (703-892-2776):

"Two more streets will be torn up along Columbia Pike. And it is a good thing. South Garfield Street and 9th Road South around the Cinema & Drafthouse will be torn up as a first step in the long-planned continued undergrounding of powerlines on Columbia Pike. This is the crucial beginning as it involves the placement of conduit and watermain work.

Once the burial is completed, new streetscape work will be done consistent with the rest of the Columbia Pike plan. This work will begin in the fall, now that the County has the final needed easement in hand.

South Garfield Street as it is today

Photo of South Garfield today

One Redesign Scenario

Photo of South Garfield tomorrow