Barcroft Apartments developer brings new community art space to Pike
The real estate company that is renovating and redeveloping Barcroft Apartments is helping a local art studio expand its reach.
Following a Western Union renovation at the Barcroft Shopping Center on Columbia Pike, owner Jayer Lynch Real Estate Partners donated the lease for Studio PAUSE. There, the Arlington-based studio will host art and writing workshops, which will be free for Barcroft residents but for a fee for other community members.
With loans from Arlington County and Amazon, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners partners Barcroft Apartments in 2021 with plans to dedicate all 1,344 units to affordable housing. At the time, it also purchased a Penske rental facility and a nearby shopping mall, which the company says it has no “immediate” plans to redevelop, but which could nonetheless be included in future plans.
Instead, Jair Lynch views the shopping center as a place to enhance Barcroft’s existing community – through the arts.
“Not only is the Barcroft Shopping Center adjacent to the Barcroft Apartments property a convenient location for an arts centre, it is already occupied by beloved retail tenants such as Goodwill and Café Sazón,” Krista Brick, Jair Lynch’s representative told ARLnow.
“The location along the Columbia Pike Corridor encourages members of the Barcroft community and our neighbors to learn from each other in an environment that promotes understanding and expression,” she continued.
The former Western Union space will be the third location for Studio PAUSE, which has also received donations from the county.
“Working with community advocate BU-GATA and the Columbia Pike Partnership, the site has been identified as a key opportunity to work with Studio PAUSE to celebrate Barcroft’s diversity and empower our residents to tell their story through art,” said Mark Hannan, director of investment at Jair Lynch, in a statement. Journalist.
Studio PAUSE — an acronym for “People, Art, Understand, Share, Explore” — was started by Sushmita Mazumdar in 2013. The writer, artist, and educator wanted to create a space where people could share stories and explore their creativity. Mazumdar is also part of the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, which will feature photos, books, and interviews in the new studio space.
The studio currently runs programs at the Gates of Ballston housing complex, which is operated by the non-profit affordable housing development company AHC Inc.
“We believe the collaboration between Barcroft Apartments and Studio PAUSE will provide a much-needed space for creativity, the arts, and mental wellness,” Kim Klingler, executive director of the Columbia Bike Partnership, said in the press release. “We look forward to collaborating and making this a welcoming space for the community.”