Penrose Square- A Modern Town Center at the Heart of The Columbia Pike Revitalization Effort
Penrose Square is a neighborhood in central Arlington bounded by Columbia Pike to the south, Walter Reed & Fillmore Streets to the west, Route 50 to the north, and Washington Boulevard to the east. This eastern-most neighborhood along the Columbia Pike corridor is at the center of ongoing revitalization efforts led by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) to foster smart growth and attract quality businesses to central and south Arlington. A new development called Penrose Square, located on Columbia Pike at South Barton Street, is the first step in CPRO’s plan to transform the corridor:
“It is the first of multiple new squares planned on the Columbia Pike corridor. These public spaces are key to the County’s and our community’s vision to transform the Pike into a walkable main street. The new squares are designed to be more than community ornaments meant to increase the appeal and value of our streets and buildings. They are purposely designed to be used very much like an “outdoor room” where people are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities.” – www.columbia-pike.org
The revitalization of Columbia Pike is an important factor in the migration of new residents to central and south Arlington over the past decade in search of upscale urban living with a more modest price tag. Penrose and the surrounding neighborhoods of Lyon Park, Arlington Heights and Columbia Heights are particularly attractive to young professionals and couples for a bunch of reasons:
-Convenient access to public transportation: Multiple Metro stops within walking distance.
-Easy access to the main roadways into and out of Washington DC
– Walking distance or a short cab ride to local nightlife hotspots in Arlington and across the Potomac
– A great local farmer’s market held every Sunday at Pike Park, between Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Road.
All in all, this vibrant Arlington community possesses many of the desirable elements that make Arlington such a great place to call home!