About CPRO

The COLUMBIA PIKE REVITALIZATION ORGANIZATION (CPRO) is a coalition of businesses, civic associations, property owners, and the Arlington County Government.

  • CPRO’s mission is to inspire, support and provide direction for a wide variety of initiatives that aim to improve and revitalize Columbia Pike and its adjacent neighborhoods.
  • CPRO strives to keep area residents and businesses informed and engaged by hosting a variety of community events and a Farmers Market; promoting Columbia Pike as a great place to live, operate a business, or develop properties; and encouraging area-wide and site specific planning that will lead to smart growth.
  • CPRO works to achieve the vision of its stakeholders for a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly urban corridor.

CPRO was established as a public/private partnership on May 14, 1986 and is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code as a non-profit charitable organization. Donations and contributions to CPRO are tax deductible.

CPRO’s offices are at 2611 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204. [map] Tel: 703-892-2776

Citizens, Business- and Property Owners, Developers and Planners participating in the Urban Design process preceding the adoption of the Columbia Pike Form Based Code in 2003

Revitalization Background

In the 1980s, the Arlington County Board initiated the Columbia Pike 2000 plan, to guide revitalization efforts between S. Courthouse Road and S. Oakland Street.  In 1996, CPRO began discussions which led to the adoption of the Columbia Pike Initiative, which expanded the revitalization focus to the entire Pike corridor within Arlington County.

Taking a leadership role, CPRO facilitated design charettes and sessions with the community to determine visions and goals for the area. This led to the creation of the Columbia Pike Form Based Code (FBC) which was adopted by the County Board in 2003. The FBC serves as a prescriptive zoning tool designed to encourage appropriate types and levels of redevelopment at four revitalization vicinities along the Pike.

CPRO also worked closely with the Columbia Pike Streetscape Task Force whose recommendations for specific improvements to the roadway itself, sidewalks, and more, were adopted in 2004. Today, this work is starting to pay off as the first of the Pike’s new mixed-use developments are completed, new residents and businesses are moving in, utilities are being moved underground, and new and wider sidewalks are being built.

CPRO’s Funding Sources

CPRO receives annual grants from the Arlington County Government, and applies for additional grants from other sources. In addition, CPRO relies on funding from memberships, contributions, revenue from advertising and special events.


CPRO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of local civic representatives, business executives, and property owners. The Board meets regularly to discuss the Pike’s revitalization progress, plan new initiatives and oversees staff efforts in organizing community events.


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