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May 7 Meeting: Arlington Transit and Officer elections


Join us at 7:30 p.m. at the Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St., for our final regular meeting of 2014-2015. Representatives from Arlington Transit will be on hand to discuss their plans for transit updates in the County and to pass out hard copy surveys for people to fill out (this is the same survey recently announced on our e-mail chat list). In addition, it's time for our annual BSCL election. We will elect new BSCL officers and one Board member; we will announce the slate of candidates here and on the chat list soon. And, if you are interested in standing for election, please contact Eric or Chris @bscl.org

Here is the May issue of the Barcroft News


Progress on our park project

Beginning in March 2015 the County is reconstructing the park at Four Mile Run and Columbia Pike. This is the photo of the first week's progress.



We have more info on the park project here.

April 2 meeting

We heard an interesting presentation from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service about their many services, sustainable urban gardening and more. They can help with soil testing as well as identifying plant and insect problems. Next month we will hear from ART transit. The meeting will be on May 7 at 7:30pm at the Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St.

Results of the Chatlist Poll on the default "reply to all" setting


Here is our famous freezing water pipe in the crawl space of the Community House


February BSCL program

County Board member John Vihstadt gave generously of his time to discuss and answer questions about key County issues, inclusing those impacting Columbia Pike.

We approved the purchase of new locks and keys for the Community House. Here are the draft minutes of the meeting.

January 2015 program

On January 8, we welcomed back Takis Karantonis, Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, who provided an update on developments along the Pike and shared his thoughts on what's next following the streetcar project cancellation.


We had our Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along on December 4

We had a great time at the traditional Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along, singing with the Barcroft holiday band and with a visit by Santa.

November Meeting: Redevelopment Proposal

We met on November 6 for a presentation by the developer on a new building to be constructed at the northeast corner of Columbia Pike and South Buchanan Street (site of the current El Tutumaso and the former Cafe Sauca). Members of the Douglas Park Civic Association attended as well. The proposal calls for the construction of a four-story condominium building, with street-level retail. Under Columbia Pike form-based code (FBC) standards, the proposed development is relatively small--less than 40,000 square feet--and therefore would not require any modifications under the FBC. This will be the first major FBC redevelopment effort along our stretch of the Pike.

What We Like About Our Neighborhood

We are a friendly, quiet neighborhood originally established in 1903. We have about 800 mostly modest single-family homes, and about 400 apartments along our outer edge. Most of the houses here were built in the 1930-1970 era, but we have a growing number of newer, larger homes as well. We have an active civic association, an historic Community House and a monthly neighborhood newsletter, The Barcroft News, first published in 1903.

The Barcroft School and Civic League sponsors neighborhood events ranging from our annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community existing here for over 100 years. This is a good place to live.



More neighborhood highlights: Who we are, neighborhood lore, our annual events, storms, parks, planning and more!






To Contact Us

Please send email to:

Eric Harold
President, Barcroft School and Civic League
or call him at 703-486-0879

or email our Webmaster

Randy Swart

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This page was revised on: April 18, 2015.
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