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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Auto shops on Columbia Pike closed



The car repair shops on Columbia Pike between Powell Lane and Madison Lane have closed and will be demolished. Construction of a housing project on that site that had been approved over 10 years ago is expected to start within the next few months. [More on that later.]

Rosslyn Auto Body, which has been there for about 25 years, has relocated to Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. Nicholl’s Imported and Domestic Car Service, which had been next door, will reopen on Lee Highway in Fairfax under a new name, MTR Auto Service, in about two weeks, says Manager Marvin Salvador.

8 comments:

  1. Do you have the plans, can we see what they are going to build?

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  2. Can anyone shed some light on what is being built in this space. The article notes "housing project" I can only hope this will not be apartment buidlings with each unit stuffed with mutlifamilies like you have in Culmore. .

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  3. Townhouses. Will have details next week.

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  4. A. Given the poor transit access, it can't be zoned for high density multi use.
    B. Its not possible to build multifamilies like you have in Culmore. Those are what they are because they are old. You can't build old housing, no matter how hard you try. You really ought to check out buildings built in the last 10 years and see who lives in them
    C. That said, its too bad there are not more places that are affordable for the poor. I can only hope your mean spiritedness will come back to bite you in some way.

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  5. From WAPO on Thursday: Landmark Communities, Arlington County. Site plan for 46 single-family attached houses on 4.2 acres zoned PDH-12 (Planned Development Housing — 12 units per acre), at 6121 Columbia Pike and 3701, 3707 and 3711 Powell Lane. (SP-001303-001-1)

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  6. Culmore needs to be returned to sender!

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  7. Not sure if it was always called Rosslyn Auto Body, but I think that's "always" been an auto repair place since 1960. That strip-in-a-pit always looked like it does now, except at the beginning there were fewer buildings. (In the 1940s and 50s of course it was farmland.)

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  8. This was on the Map in today's Washington Post "Local" section of the paper. Few details there.

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