ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN KATIE CRISTOL. (Leadership Center for Excellence photo)

From: Inside Nova by Scott McCaffrey, Editor, Sun Gazette on January 24:

As the Arlington County government and school system move forward with plans to redevelop the Arlington Career Center site, they are being urged to think more long-term.

Arlington County Board Chairman Katie Cristol spoke at a Leadership Center for Excellence event held on January 18 at Founders Hall on the Arlington campus of George Mason University.

“We see this as a huge opportunity to create a crown jewel of Columbia Pike. The only question is the amount of money that might be invested,” said Cecilia Cassidy, who heads the Columbia Pike Revitalization organization, during the community roundtable.

A well-crafted redevelopment of the Career Center parcel would “help the Pike rise up,” Cassidy said, noting the county government’s past efforts (and cash) spent on similar efforts elsewhere in the County.”