Village Center

Centro Arlington Main Square for Village Center

December 5, 2015 updated 02/20/2016, 03/22/2017, 04/04/2019
Neighborhood: Barcroft - 950 S. George Mason Drive
County Survey

Village Center, Columbia Pike

New Complex

Columbia Pike is going to get a new complex at the northwest corner of the Pike and George Mason Drive. This complex will include residential units and ground floor retail along with a plaza  that will serve as the main square for the Village Center. The developer is Orr Partners.

Update 04/04/2019
Jason Bell Senior Project Manager for Orr Partners gave an update at a Barcroft Community Meeting.
He went over a lot of drawings and plans for the building. The expected occupancy is to begin in October 2019. In addition to the apartments, retail space and garage. (see below for details) there will be a gym, swimming pool, lounge and rooftop sun deck.  Harris Teeter will move in October 2019. The Why Hotel will operate a temporary hotel in portion of the building consisting of 155 units on the 1st and 5th floor until all apartments are rented. They are expected to begin to have occupany between the middle and end of October. The sculture has also changed (see below)

Centro Lounge
Centro Roof

Update 3/22/2017

Village Center, Columbia Pike
At the Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting on March 21, 2017 David Orr of Orr Partners announced that they expected to break ground for this complex in June of this year and that the project would take about 2 years to complete. He also went on to say that the complex will get a more interesting name that will be announced in the future.
In addition to showing drawings of the building and public square Orr also showed renditions of the interior which he said would be cooler and edgier . The drawings of the lobby showed an elegant modern space which will probably include a coffee shop. Among some of the amenities for the tenants will be an Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center, Yoga Room, Club Room, Free WiFi. Harris Teeter which will open in fall 2019 will be the main store with dedicated parking spaces. There will be additional retail space facing Columbia Pike and offices in the back. Mr. Orr also talked about the public art for the square and that there had been some changes see below

Project Details

approximately 130,429 sq ft 6-story, mixed-use project
365 new residential units

Ground floor retail

Grocer store, Harris Teeter
366 reserved (tenant) parking spaces
245 shared (visitor/customer) spaces
126 reserved bicycle spaces
28 public spaces located on-street
Public square on the main intersection


Village Center

Kendra Haste a British animal sculptor working in the medium of galvanized steel wire will create sculptures for the new Village Square. These sculptures are expected to be completed in 2017.

Photo shows Haste working on sculptures which are now part of the Wild Beasts exhibition in the Tower of London . The photograph is from Kendra Haste's site.

Village Center

Update 03/22/2017

David Orr at the Arlington Mill Meeting (see above) announced thats Kendra Haste's sculptures will now be installed inside the complex, instead of in the square. He explained that artists Mary Orr and Danni Dawson would collaborate to create bronze sculptures of Bears that will be cast in Baltimore and then installed in the square.

Update 04/04/2018
Jason Bell, Senior Project Manager gave an update in which he said that there will not be any bear statues. Danni Dawson is creating an abstract sculpture for the square. One in which the public can walk through. Mr. Bell was not sure whether they were using any sculptures by Kendra Haste.


May 2015
Site Analysis
July 2015
Open House Boards for Public Square
August 2015
Second Preliminary Submission Drawings: Civic
August 2015

Second Preliminary Submission Drawings: Landscape
Second Preliminary Submission Drawings: Architecture
November 19, 2015
Mixed Use Presentation updated January 21, 2016
Public Square Presentation
Landscape Plans

UPDATE: 2/20/2016 Arlington County Board approves Village Center Square redevelopment .


At the moment there is a strip mall located on this site.
All businesses will have to move.
The address for each business is on George Mason Drive and are as follows:
944 - Mason Pike Barber Shop
942 - Para Ti Unisex Hair Styling
940 - Hi Cu Billiards
940 - Evolve All Martial Arts A
950 - Food Star Supermarket
948 - 18 Minute Laundry
946 - Laundry Dry Cleaners

Food Star

Food Star
side of Food Star

Food Star

Parking Lot

There are a number of food trucks operating out of the parking lot and each year starting in late November the Lions Club sells Christmas Trees there.

Arlington County Survey

Earlier this year (2015) Arlington Residents were asked to answer a questionnaire in regards to the public square. They were asked to make selections from the information shown below. The following images and those above that relate to the new complex are from Arlington County

Concept - Plan - Framework

Stairs and Stones

Seating, Open Space, Paths

Village Square Center

Lawn, Garden or Both

Village Square Center
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