|Columbia Pike in Annandale.|
The Mini-Technical Assistance Panel of the Washington area chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected Annandale as one of its study sites. The group will recommend strategies for revitalization, including such issues as how to improve the streetscape and business vitality.
“The project should generate some great ideas,” says Laura Baker, a planner with the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization, which is assisting with the study.
A description of the study objectives from the ULI calls Annandale “a unique community with a multicultural population, many long-time residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, strong community spirit exemplified by year-round community events, and a well-known Korean restaurant scene.”
Despite a comprehensive plan for Annandale approved in 2010 that set a framework for major redevelopment, little has changed, the ULI states. “Most new development remains by-right, parcel by parcel activity, and the area’s appearance suffers from building deterioration and code compliance violations.”
The panel is expected to address these questions:
- How can Annandale be further revitalized and enhanced as a place through design?
- What mix of businesses would enhance the economic vitality of Annandale?
- Are there existing assets to build on, unmet demand to satisfy, or big catalytic concepts to pursue?
- Are there temporary/pop-up businesses that would be appropriate?
- What promotional or educational strategies (such as events, educational campaigns, or branding programs) could help assist with the revitalization of Annandale?
- How will revitalizing Annandale benefit the overall metropolitan Washington region?