Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

Arlington approves expansion of Fashion Centre mall

The Arlington County Board voted 5 to 0 to approve an expansion of the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall. The expansion plan will create a 51,000-square-foot, two-story glass-and-metal addition facing South Hayes street that will house five to seven new tenants.

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“This expansion plan for one of the region’s most popular malls fits perfectly with the county’s goal of making Pentagon City a more lively, walkable area,” Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said in the statement. “Bringing new shops and restaurants to S. Hayes Street will be good for the mall and good for the neighborhood.”

For renderings of the planned expansion, visit

Alexandria seeks input

on public art master plan

The Alexandria Office of the Arts is seeking residents’ input as it develops a citywide public art master plan. Local artists and arts professionals are invited to attend a public art master plan roundtable at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery — the first in a series of focused group discussions aimed at gathering information and opinions that will inform city consultants’ understanding of the nature of the community. Artists working in the visual and performing arts, along with writers, gallery owners, designers and curators, are encouraged to attend.

The Torpedo Factory is at 105 N. Union St. For information on the master plan, visit .

Alexandria selects firm to head superintendent search

The Alexandria School Board has selected BWP & Associates to screen candidates to fill the town’s vacant superintendent position.

“BWP & Associates’ extensive knowledge of Virginia’s educational standards and understanding of what ACPS needs for successful schools made this firm the strongest candidate and clear choice,” School Board Chairman Karen A. Graf said in a statement. “We are pleased to begin working with BWP and the community to identify and appoint our next superintendent.”

The position has been vacant since August, when then-superintendent Morton Sherman requested an early retirement. For information on the search, visit

Planning tactics adopted for Columbia Pike

The Arlington County Board voted 5 to 0 to adopt several planning and zoning tools that could add 9,500 new homes along Columbia Pike over the next 30 years.

The tools are meant to make good on the county’s commitment to preserve Columbia Pike’s diversity, a statement said, as it makes the area into a more pedestrian-friendly, transit-supported “Main Street” by preserving all existing market-rate affordable homes in the neighborhood.

“We’ve made a commitment as a community to ensure that the residents who currently live on Columbia Pike will not be displaced as the area gets redeveloped,” J. Walter Tejada, chairman of the board, said in the statement. “These tools offer developers and property owners real incentives to retain existing affordable homes and to build new ones.”

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