The Washington Post is reporting that on Tuesday Arlington County officials voted to shelve plans for the Colombia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects after vocal opposition from county residents.
The $333 million Colombia Pike and $217 million Crystal City projects had been celebrated by advocates as the hinge of redevelopment efforts alongside the busy pike and Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax county.
State funding to cover up to half of the cost had been secured by Northern Virginia officials and Arlington and Fairfax counties had spent years preparing ways to attract housing, retail, and businesses along the served areas. Both the Arlington Board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors had approved the project multiple times.
However, when residents became increasingly skeptical of the county spending on what they viewed as exorbitant municipal projects, it created a political firestorm. Ultimately county official stated that the disagreement over the proposed plans became an obstacle to getting anything else accomplished.