Livability22202 Follow Up Meeting on Route 1

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7-9 PM

On August 26, we held an initial joint civic association meeting to inform 22202 residents about planning for “improvements” to Route 1 through a VDOT feasibility study set to begin shortly and last for a year. These could include a business plan to lower Route 1 (Richmond Hwy) to ground level at 15th and 18th Streets.  Whatever is decided by VDOT will likely have a significant impact on our 22202 community.

The September 30 virtual Zoom meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to weigh in on their concerns and needs about crossing Route 1 and to hear from the National Landing BID about their thoughts on “Reimagining Route 1.”

Register below to attend this follow up meeting to learn where matters currently stand and to weigh in with your questions and comments.  Registration is limited to 100 participants, but the meeting will be live streamed on the CCCA Facebook page.  

The agenda is:

  1. Project Updates and Introductions
  2. Results of the Livability22202 survey of residents on Route 1
  3. Community Needs and Concerns (your input)
  4. BID Presentation: “Reimagining Route 1?”

Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuduqurTgpGNckXXhwC_7ILdv2AdBqIOlS

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Be sure to save the link to enter the meeting.

CCCA September 2020 Newsletter

Click the link here to download.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!  We’re entering a period of many virtual meetings that will affect our community.  Stay tuned for updates. We really need volunteers for a number of issues—please consider getting involved.

1.  Farewell to Jackie Bianchini:  Our Communications Director is moving out of Crystal City and has resigned her position as of August 31.  Jackie has been tremendously helpful with her media background and technical expertise.  She also worked with previous Membership Liaison Zach Komes, who also moved out of the area in June, on outreach to the rental community and young residents, including a Renters Happy Hour in February before COVID took hold. We will greatly miss her.

2.  Volunteers Needed:  Many hands will make lighter work.  Please consider at least some civic engagement.

CCCA Communications Director:  So now we are looking for a recruit with technological expertise who can take over management of our website and help out on Zoom meetings and other tech issues.  Some familiarity with graphics or picture design would be helpful.  Please contact us if you are interested at [email protected].

We need more volunteers to join our ongoing Livability 22202 working groups: Housing, Open Space, Future of the Underground, and Route 1:East/West Access.  Plus, several folks noted the need for a working group on schools and we would love for folks to step forward to create this group.  There will eventually be other groups, including perhaps an Arts and Culture group (including the library and a potential Black Box theater).  Email your interest to [email protected].

Arts&Culture
Are you concerned that we might lose Synetic Theatre in the future when its lease expires? Would you like to see a Black Box Theatre somewhere in 22202 to house various performance groups as well? Could it be developed in Crystal City or PenPlace?  Join the Livability22202 Arts&Culture working group.  Email [email protected].

Highlands Urban Garden:  Livability 22202, in partnership with the Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA), The National Landing Business Improvement District, and Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, have launched an urban agriculture demonstration project in Virginia Highlands Park, the Highlands Urban Garden (HUG).Volunteers are needed! To sign up for more information about the project, and learn how you can get involved visit https://urbanag.social/projectHUG

3.  Meetings Anticipated in September (at least the ones we know about):

  • September 9: Aurora Highlands Civic Association invites ACPD to discuss recent crime wave; follow on Facebook Live
  • SPRC on 101 S. 12th Street
  • September 10:  LPRC on Block M site plans (2000/2001 S. Bell Street 223 23rd Street/2300 Crystal Drive)
  • LPRC and Planning Commission community engagement on Pentagon City Phased Development Site Plan Study 
  • Crystal City Parks Final Community Engagement (BID; JBG Smith)
  • September 22:  County Board Work Session to discuss the scope of the upcoming Missing Middle Housing Study. Details and a link for live streaming will be forthcoming on the County Board website.  Read more here.
  • VDOT Community Engagement on Route 1 redesign
  • September 30: Livability22202 Meeting on Route 1 redesign plans
  • Livability 22202 Underground challenge:  The Challenge officially ended July 31, and there were a lot of great submissions. The contest videos will be rolled out soon and there will be a Zoom meeting in September for the judges to announce the winners. 

Your President
Carol Fuller

Proposed changes to Rt 1, Livability 22202

As you may have heard, a study will kick off soon to change Route 1 north of 23rd Street. The proposal is to drop Route 1 to grade, eliminating the 15th and 18th Street underpasses. This is just a study and no decisions have been made.

On August 26, the three zip code 22202 civic associations–Aurora Highlands, Arlington Ridge, and Crystal City–hosted a web meeting on a study to bring portions of Route 1 down to grade. The meeting was recorded so those who didn’t participate can watch it, and it is posted on the Crystal City Civic Association Facebook page and Google Drive. The meeting begins at 5:40 minutes, so jump ahead to that point. It will eventually be posted on the Livability22202 website as well, along with the slideshow which can be seen on Google Drive.

Part of the presentation was to introduce a survey to better understand how you may cross Route 1. Please take the survey so we have the best understanding of the community thoughts. The survey is at https://forms.gle/YDuHtYQs8n4LrVxJ6 and will be available until September 10. This is our way of doing community outreach as broadly as possible. If you missed the meeting, you might wish to view it on the Facebook page before responding to the survey since a lot of information was shared during the meeting which might address your questions or concerns.

Finally, a reminder that our next meeting will be on September 30. We have invited the National Landing BID to share a study that they have prepared on ideas for Route 1, and we will also share with you the analysis of the survey we are currently conducting. It is possible that VDOT will have launched its own website by that time about the VDOT Feasibility Study they will conduct this year. We are told that the County will ensure that VDOT utilizes the Pentagon City transportation data to inform the Route 1 analysis: https://projects.arlingtonva.us/plans-studies/pentagon-city-planning-study/pentagon-city-planning-study-transportation-analysis/

There are a lot of other meetings coming up in September of interest to the community. If you’re not already a member, or attuned to, one of the 3 civic associations, this would be the time to join and find out what’s going on.

Livability22202 Meeting on Route 1

Dear Community Members, 

HEAR YE, HEAR YE — ALL 22202 HANDS ON DECK, 7 PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26TH
Register to attend a joint civic association Zoom meeting to learn about planning for “improvements” to Route 1 through a VDOT feasibility study. These could include a business plan to lower Route 1 (Richmond Hwy) to ground level at 15th and 18th Streets. Cross streets would then have to cross Route 1 at traffic-signaled intersections rather than passing under Route 1 as they currently do. If implemented, this plan would likely have a significant impact on our 22202 community. Join us to learn about where matters currently stand and to weigh in with your questions and comments.  This is a follow-up meeting from the Route 1 working group to the July 30 Livability22202 outreach meeting.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 26, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Registration in advance is required for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuduigqTwjGtMVyUsdxBnGUUMf-01wag8I

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Agenda:
  • Introduction
  • Proposed Livability22202 Working Group Goals
  • Route One Community Survey
  • 22202 Neighborhoods and Route One: Historical Notes
  • Working Group Ideas
  • VDOT Feasibility Study Status and Community Opportunities for Input
  • Discussion
  • Wrap Up and Next Steps

Presidents of the Civic Associations:
Arlington Ridge – Mike Pickford
Aurora Highlands – Scott Miles
Crystal City – Carol Fuller

CCCA Virtual Meeting for Livability 22202 Follow Up

On August 6, 2020, the CCCA held a virtual meeting via Zoom to update members on all the progress made this year by the CCCA and the Livability 22202 group, despite difficult circumstances. The presentation included information on Crystal City open space initiatives, housing, development updates, the Underground Challenge, and the future of Route 1.

Specific Agenda:

1.  Open Space Details and Feedback 

2.  Housing Details and Feedback

3.  Big Picture Items and Development

4.  Underground Challenge

5.  Route 1

View the meeting here.

August CCCA Newsletter

Hoo boy, so much going on!  Who said that in the summer things slowed down.  And COVID-19 may have even speeded many things up.  Your President is tired and needs to go on vacation.  So read on, folks!

1.  Livability 22202 Follow Up:  What a great meeting July 30.  Thank you to the many folks who joined our meeting where we presented the work that has been done since January.  Here are the links to the presentations:

  1. Presentation of Livability 22202
  2. Housing Presentation
  3. Open Space Presentation
  4. Underground Presentation
  5. Route 1 Update Presentation
  6. Fall Planning

As stated in our meeting, community engagement and support are essential to our moving forward.  We are therefore following up the July 30 presentation of updates, actions, and proposals from the Livability 22202 working groups.  The response period is now open and you can send your questions/comments to https://livability22202.org/livability-22202-feedback-form/ .  We will also be holding a CCCA Zoom meeting on August 6 for participants to talk with workshop group members directly, ask questions or for more details, and comment.  We will be scheduling another combined follow-up meeting towards the end of August for all three civic associations for final consultation on the path to move forward in the Fall.  Here is the Zoom link for the August 6 CCCA meeting.

Call for Volunteers: We need more volunteers to join our ongoing working groups:  Housing, Open Space, Future of the Underground, and Route 1:East/West Access.  Plus, several folks noted the need for a working group on schools and we would love for folks to step forward to create this group.  There will eventually be other groups, including perhaps an arts and cultural group (including the library and a potential Black Box theater).  Email your interest to [email protected].

 CCCA Meeting August 6:  In addition, we are scheduling a virtual CCCA meeting August 6 from 7-9 pm to:  1) Answer questions and receive feedback and 2) Provide information on what’s happening in development in our area right now (especially 101 S. 12th Street and the 2000/2001 S. Bell Street and 223 23rd Street/2300 Crystal Drive  projects.  Here’s the link to join us.

2.  SPRC Process for 101 S. 12th Street:  The County has now hosted two community engagement sessions for the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) on JBG Smith’s proposed site plan for a building at 101 S 12th Street. The first was July 1-10 and the second is ongoing July 27-August 2.   You can comment in a feedback form on the project page.  There were 82 pages of comments and staff responses to the first session which you can now download from the project page. 

3.  SPRC Process for the Crystal Plaza Block:  As you may have seen, we have begun our public review of JBG Smith’s next two site plan applications.  Since these are both located within the same block in Crystal City, our review will consider both applications as part of a broader discussion of this large block plan with the LRPC.  This will begin with an online feedback form and subsequently have a virtual LRPC meeting in early Fall.  Once that takes place, each site plan will proceed on its own (independent) SPRC review process.  Given this is more complex than the 101 12th Street example, we have posted all of the content early so that folks have additional time to review.  As a result, I’m sharing the following links to each project page which share a similar online feedback form that will initially just focus on the block plan analysis. 

  1. 2000/2001 S. Bell Street
  2. 223 23rd Street/2300 Crystal Drive  

Your President
Carol Fuller

Read the August Newsletter here.

Crime and Safety in our area

n response to an inquiry from the CCCA about increased crime in the 22202 zip code area, Captain Linder, head of the Arlington County Police Department Outreach Unit, provided the attached email. In addition, he provided orally a comparison of some statistics from 2019 to 2012 (June to August) for the 3 CA areas in 22202 and promised to send more later. Here are some significant stats:

Type20192020
Robberies1610
Larceny (theft in vehicle etc)2623
larceny in general3811
stolen car1033(a number of Uber cars)
other larceny (shopifting)3170
simple assaults1933(pushing/punching etc)
aggravated assaults333(with weapon)
sexual assault92

The Aurora Highlands Civic Association is inviting Captain Linder to their regular September 9 meeting 7-9 pm which will be live streamed on their Facebook page.

Moving Livability 22202 Forward Zoom Meeting

Save the date to join the three 22202 civic associations – Arlington Ridge, Aurora Highlands, Crystal City – July 30 from 7-9 pm for a virtual Zoom webinar on the status of our collective Livability 22202 efforts. Much has happened since our first Livability 22202 Framework document was published in November 2019, and we have gotten much positive feedback from the County and developers for our united presentation. It has become a powerful, useful tool endorsed by the Arlington County Civic Federation as well.

From January to March 2020 we have organized three workshops on Housing and Open Space and begun work on two other areas – the Future of the Crystal City Underground and Route 1: Promoting East-West Accessibility. The purpose of this webinar is to share the work done by the four Livability committees, as well as information on a number of related Big Picture issues, and begin the process of community engagement and feedback. Following the July 30 presentations, there will be a three-week period for comment and a subsequent meeting for further discussion and conclusions.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

July Newsletter is Out

Newsletter Masthead

Quick reminders (more details in the Newsletter):

1.  Livability Issues (Remember:  If we don’t speak up, the County, developers, and the BID may think that the community doesn’t care and will do when they think is right for the community): 

  • Don’t forget to participate in the three Crystal City Parks engagement meetings hosted by the National Landing BID.  
  • Participate in the Underground Challenge and share your thoughts on what it should be.
  • Look for the community meeting the three civic associations will be hosting later in the summer to update you on what has happened and what are next steps in the Livability agenda.

2.  Special Election July 7: Three candidates are vying to take the seat vacated by Erik Gutshall’s passing.

3.  Virtual SPRC Process for 101 S. 12th Street:  Provide input from July 1-8.  Remember:  if we don’t speak up, the County will assume everything is just fine.

4.  Census: Have you registered?  If so, why are you getting continuous reminders?

Your President
Carol Fuller

July 1-10 Feedback on the Development Plans for 101 S. 12th Street now open


As previously noted, the entire process for reviewing the site plans of developers has gone virtual. The CCCA sponsored a first pre-briefing by JBG Smith on June 8. The County has now opened a one-week period of engagement for the community to provide feedback. There will be a separate period later in July for additional feedback. Then the entire project will go to the Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC).


That means, our input is critical. Whatever concerns or issues you have, this is the time to raise them. Please note that the design of the Gateway Park at the entrance to Long Bridge Park will not/not be part of this SPRC process, but come later. So comments should be focused on any issues related to construction of the proposed building. This could include concerns about such issues as: 1) traffic; 2) the Ball Street extension from 10th to 12th Streets; 3) storm water runoff; 4) building height; etc.

The Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) is seeking community input about a proposed site plan at 101 12th Street S. known as Crystal Gateway. You’re invited to review project materials and provide comments online during the engagement session which will run from July 1 to July 8.

This feedback window will focus on the block plan, land use and zoning, site design, architecture, and transportation.

After reviewing the materials above, use the online feedback form to share your input.

The staff planner for this project is Courtney Badger: [email protected].

The SPRC Chair for this review process is Tenley Peterson: [email protected].

Full information available here.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/293757f