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  • About

    About

    Envision Courthouse Square is a community planning effort to reimagine the County’s civic center and create a great public destination. The goal is to update the vision outlined in the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum, which identified a state-of-the-art government center and signature public space as critical to the area’s development. The update will create […]

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  • Process and Schedule

    Process and Schedule

    Community Workshops April 23, 2014 Community Workshop #2 Agenda Presentation Draft Design Principles General Information Tables Meeting Notes Buildings Tables Summary Notes from Workshop #1 Meeting Notes and Images Circulation Tables Summary Notes from Workshop #1 Precedent Images Background Handouts Basemap Meeting Notes and Images Cultural Resources Tables Summary Notes from Workshop #1 Courthouse Inventory […]

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  • Background

    Background

    The Envision Courthouse Square planning process will build from the Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum adopted in 1993. Additional reference documents:   PRIOR COUNTY PLANS AND STUDIES These documents include previously adopted Courthouse sector plans, small area plans and urban design studies, and studies associated with amendments to the General Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance […]

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  • FAQs

    FAQs

    What is the purpose of the planning study? The purpose of this 10-month study is to update the 1993 Courthouse Sector Plan Addendum. That addendum identified a state-of-the-art government center and signature public space as critical to the area’s development. Envision Courthouse Square will create a vision, strategies, standards, and implementation steps that will serve […]

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  • Surveys

    Surveys

    Big Ideas: Share Yours. The Draft Design Concepts Survey will be posted to this page by Tuesday, July 29. We encourage you to check back and participate. Three draft design concepts were unveiled to the community at the July 23 workshop. Each concept is based on the input collected during the first two workshops, Working […]

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Recent Articles

You’re Invited: Community Workshop July 23

June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
You’re Invited: Community Workshop July 23

Get a first look! Three design concepts will be unveiled for community feedback at the third Community Workshop. Each concept is a draft scheme based on input collected during the first two workshops and a series of Working Group meetings. The County is requesting help from the community to determine the right mix of design […]

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Take it Outside: New Outdoor Seating Area

June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Take it Outside: New Outdoor Seating Area

Have you seen? The County, working in partnership with the building owner, Vornado, added bright yellow tables and orange chairs in the front of the Courthouse Plaza office building. How fun! One more place for you to linger and enjoy the summer weather, have lunch outside, or meet up with friends and coworkers. The new […]

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Video: Time Lapse of Activity at Courthouse Square

April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Time Lapse of Activity at Courthouse Square

Watch 2 1/2 days in 2 1/2 minutes to see a typical Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Courthouse Square. The time lapse video was captured from April 11-12 and shows how many people are coming and going around the clock. Can you spot your favorite farmer’s market stand?

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Community Shares Ideas at Kickoff Workshop

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Community Shares Ideas at Kickoff Workshop

Arlington County kicked off the Envision Courthouse Square planning process with a community workshop on March 26. Enthusiastic residents, business owners, developers and community leaders came together to share ideas about re-envisioning the area. Attendees filled out surveys, stopped by different work stations and shared their visions for change on the topics of open space, […]

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