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Connecting Pentagon City to Skyline

I know most people out there who follow land use in the DC metro area are pretty familiar with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Plan and the Columbia Pike Form Based Code.  Then, like many others, you've probably wondered what will happen to the trolley system once Columbia Pike hits the Arlington County line?  Well, instead of continuing to head west down the corridor, it abruptly bangs a left at the county line, and heads south up the hill to Skyline (here is a transit plan showing approximate station locations and here is an aerial transit plan overlay).

Actually, this is in conformance with the transit plans that have been in place for several years now, so it is no great shock to see this concept on the "Preferred Plan" which is the latest culmination of two prior land use plans presented to the community last month and updated and posted yesterday on Fairfax County's website.  Not surprisingly, the highest densities are planned along the proposed street car system, which culminates at the existing high density sites at Skyline.  As you can see on the Preferred Plan, however, the system only tracks the eastern periphery of this first portion of the Community Business Center plan area (the "CPC"), leaving much of the planned area geographically disconnected from the trolley system, and in particular the Columbia Pike corridor.

So rather than seeing higher densities planned along the Columbia Pike Corridor as might be the intuitive preconception, right now the idea is to concentrate higher densities in Land Unit C between Leesburg Pike and South Jefferson Street, with street car stations straddling both the north and south sides of Leesburg Pike on Jefferson Street.  Adjacent to the conceptual transit center and and station north of Leesburg Pike is where the highest density mixed use sites and the high density retail nodes are proposed to be located under this portion of the CPC.

While this is a revitalization plan for the Baileys Crossroads area rather than an extension of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Plan into Fairfax, it does seem, at least initially, counter-intuitive to connect the old Skyline density to the planned Columbia Pike transit corridor.  But life is not perfect, and Fairfax has to deal with the existing, built densities at Skyline, and probably needs to take advantage of the new transit system now  to alleviate some of the immediate conditions at Skyline.  I just wonder if it would not be more wise to take a longer view and realign the density and transit capability up Columbia Pike rather than focus on connecting the aging density at Skyline.  I also have to admit though, it is pretty exciting to think of Pentagon City and Skyline being connected by a street car system.