From YouTube: Arlington Mill Community Center Groundbreaking
The August 24, 2011 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Arlington Mill Community Center on Columbia Pike in Arlington Virginia.
Through it all, we had tremendous support from the community to do something that would really bring everybody together to provide the services people need, but also to provide a place that helps build the community here and that's what I think makes this so exciting that we have something that really embodies everything we're trying to do in arlington and columbia pike it in so many ways serves our goals for livability, for environmental sustainability and for diversity, and we are all very conscious of the fact that, with rising land costs and everything that's happening, this very diverse place could be threatened.
Pike initiative is intended to encompass all of columbia. Pike from you know the pentagon and the east to the county line, and a lot of activity of course has already occurred at the east end. But the west end is really important too, and there are a lot of people who live here. This is a very dense, diverse community and for a long time have needed better access to services, and so this uh this center is going to help provide that, because there's a very vibrant community here- and we want to help to stay strong.
uh This building will be a destination for all our antonia's, not only for the pike residents, so you will be able to bike up your path from the national airport up to route 66 already, and you will be able to rest here to come to the community center to attend programs to attend functions, and I believe that this will in in a sense it's another project that connects arlington, both east west as well as north south, and this is why this center is so important for all antonia. So not only for bike residents.
Well, hit construction said it. They anticipate it's going to take 20 to 21 months for construction, but we may be able to move in before the end of that time, because after they actually construct the building, they will be doing the work inside and hopefully we will be able to move in and start some activities before the end of the 21 months.
They we see here the community center is the place where diversity actually happens. You see it on the street, you see it when you go around in the neighborhood, but in the community center you actually have the chance to meet to sit to share a project with your neighbors with your community people and that's uh that's a value that community centers deliver. That is really priceless.