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Parking Lot Study

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A conceptual drawing of the possible development on Mount Olivet's parking lot.


In 2017, Mount Olivet worked with church consultant, Paul Nixon, to create a strategic plan.

One of the recommendations of that plan was to develop the church's parking lot property in a way that would provide space for expanding the ministry and mission of Mount Olivet and, also fill many of the needs of our community. For the past few years, a task force has been meeting to explore this recommendation.  

The task force interviewed and chose an architect, Michael Foster, with experience developing projects like this in our area. Michael Foster has met with the task force, Arlington County and leaders in the community to assess potential uses for the property.

Michael and his team have developed a conceptual plan for a multi-use project that expands Mount Olivet space, supports many of the needs of our community, retains parking for Mount Olivet and is financially viable without requiring a capital campaign on the part of Mount Olivet.

About the Architect, MTFA

To help guide Mount Olivet through this initial visioning process for developing the parking lot, we have contracted the services of MTFA Architecture. MTFA’s legacy is rooted in cultural preservation and sustainable design. They embrace a building’s history and environmental context while reconciling the needs of our changing world through resilient innovation and sculptural expression. MTFA’s broad experience across religious, education, commercial, government and preservation will help guide Mount Olivet on our journey to answer - “What is Mount Olivet NOT doing that God is calling us to do?”

Survey Results

Results of the congregation-wide (and neighbors) survey regarding the potential development of the parking lot are in.

The Parking Lot Study Committee thanks you for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights about development of the parking lot.

Coming soon this year, a series of forums, discussion groups and presentations are being scheduled that will address the topics and questions raised in this survey.

In particular:
- Experience from other projects
- Governance and management
- Financing and how the project will NOT require a capital campaign or impact Mount Olivet’s budget
- Differentiating the Mount Olivet Community Center as a separate entity from the other operations

Survey responses asked a number of key questions about the project. The FAQs on this page are being updated to address the specific questions asked in Question 5.5 (Slide 30). Check back for updates.

Chuck Mitchell
Study Committee Chair

View Survey Results


Why is Mount Olivet pursuing development of the parking lot?
What principles are guiding the process?
What is the property used for at the moment?
What is the history of the current exploration of options to the parking lot?
Why did Mount Olivet need to commission a Parking Lot Study Committee?
What are some potential options identified in the preliminary process for further exploration?
What are next steps for the Committee, the congregation and community to voice thoughts and ideas?
Will the Committee make a final decision on the property?
What is the timeline for action?
Is the church going to consider traffic flow in the neighborhood?
I still have questions.


Annual Report: Jul. 25, 2023
Update: Mar. 30, 2023
Forum Recap: Feb. 26, 2023
Report: Sept. 30, 2022
Report: June 27, 2022
Update: May 27, 2022
Video Town Hall: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Video Town Hall: Sunday, March 20, 2022

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