CCCA Annual Elections 2020

The Other Elections!

Nominations – including self-nominations – are now open for the following four CCCA officer positions!  The principal duties are summarized below.  All members whose dues are paid are eligible to be candidates and to vote in the election at the CCCA Annual General Meeting on the evening of November 11, 2020. 

  •  Vice President for Policy and Planning: Lead officer representing and coordinating CCCA activity dealing with Arlington County and other outside entities on planning, development, and policies
  • Treasurer: Lead Custodian of financial assets and records
  • Communications Director: Lead officer on the communications program, which includes maintenance of the association’s website, producing a periodic newsletter, and other media on behalf of the CCCA
  • Membership Liaison: Lead officer in recruiting new members and facilitating the CCCA activities of current members, ensuring they receive needed information and support

The terms for each position are two years.  

To nominate yourself, or someone else, for one of these offices, please submit general contact information for the nominee (name, address, phone number, email address, and a brief written statement supporting the candidacy) to the Election Committee ([email protected]), specifying which office the nomination is for.  In addition, if you are nominating someone else, please provide your contact information. 

Should there be more than one nomination for a position, eligible nominees who are willing to serve in those positions will have an opportunity to present an oral statement supporting their candidacy before the election at the Annual General Meeting.  

All nominations must be received by October 27, when nominations will be closed.   

More detail on the officer positions and operations of the CCCA is available from the Election Committee, whose members would be glad to provide additional information and answers to any questions of interested civic association members. ([email protected])

In addition, the CCCA’s Bylaws containing descriptions of the open positions are available at the Resources link on the Association’s website. (www.crystalcitycivic.org)

This is an opportunity for Crystal City residents to advance the interests of the Crystal City community.  Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration and response. 

 Respectfully, 

 Aaron Bethencourt

Christopher Wimbush

Harry Edelman

CCCA Election Committee 

Livability22202: Route 1

  1. VDOT Feasibility Study for Route 1: VDOT has been tasked by the State to conduct a feasibility study for Route 1 multimodal connectivity in the vicinity of Crystal City and Pentagon City over the course of the next year, with a report due June 2021. The tasking stems from an MOU between the Commonwealth and Amazon in 2018 to improve safety, accessibility, and the pedestrian experience crossing Route 1.  Two reasons for this study:  1) transportation demand will increase with Amazon and development growth; and 2) the areas to be studied are already heavily developed with limited space for expanding the footprint of the transportation network. The study on Route 1, from approximately 12th Street to 23rd Street South, will explore an at-grade urban boulevard, but also review and compare potential improvements to the current elevated condition, and the elevated urban boulevard described in the Crystal City Sector Plan. Ultimately, the study aims to provide sufficient information to make the best decision on a future project on Route 1 in Crystal City. The first virtual meeting of the project Task Force took place Monday, September 28, and 22202 residents were well represented.  See the website and sign up for updates.

2. Livability Working Group Response: Obviously the VDOT study will have an impact on residents of 22202.  The working group is concerned that the scope of the study is very narrowly limited to the feasibility of bringing Route 1 down to grade, including at 15th and 18th Streets, and is not considering other alternatives. The 2010 Crystal City Sector Plan envisioned “the transformation of the highway into an urban boulevard with wide landscaped usable sidewalks and real building frontages,” but without specifics.   A Livability22202 working group has been studying the issue and conducted a survey of residents (with almost 300 responses) and two community meetings August 26 and September 30.  The results of the survey as well as the presentations from both meetings, including a study done by the National Landing BID, are posted below.  The live recordings of both meetings are posted to the CCCA Facebook page and linked below.  The major community concern is to preserve safety of the pedestrian/bike crossings at 15th and 18th Streets and avoid another bad situation like 23rd Street.  We will be inviting VDOT to a future 22202 community meeting.

September 30 Livability22202 Meeting: You can view the entire 2 hour meeting here. You can see the Working Group presentation here and the BID study presentation here. The results of the Route 1 survey conducted by the Working Group can be seen here. You can also see the referenced links, comments, and questions from the chat room here.

August 26 Livability 22202 Meeting: You can view the meeting here. The presentation is here.

October 2020 CCCA Newsletter

Download and Read the October Newsletter here.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings:  We’re in a period of many virtual meetings that will affect our community.  Plus we have 6 Livability 22202 working groups started which are actively working.  This is why a) we aren’t holding CCCA meetings; and b) this newsletter is late.  We try to post regularly on our CCCA Facebook page and as often as possible on our CCCA and Livability22202 websites.  This Newsletter covers many of them—read this carefully.  Stay tuned for updates. We really need volunteers for a number of issues—please consider getting involved.

1.  Community Outreach and Feedback:  With so much going on that can affect the lives of all residents in Crystal City, not to mention all of 22202, keeping you all informed and getting your input is increasingly critical.  Its not enough to have a few people representing some 10,000 or more in the County’s SPRC development process.  Or a larger group of volunteers participating in the (now) 6 working groups of Livability 2220.  We really need to hear from residents who don’t have time to get actively involved.  With so many Livability and community engagement meetings, we haven’t even tried to organize a CCCA virtual meeting.  We may be going out with some surveys in the near future, but they need to be based on information we have provided, or will provide. We absolutely want your input to appropriately represent you.

2.  Schedule of Upcoming Meetings (known so far):
October 6:  Clark Construction Conversation on MetPark Phases 6/7/8, 7 pm
October 7:  Crystal City Parks Final Community Engagement, 7 pm 
October 14:  Livability22202 Workshop on the Future of the Underground, 7 pm
October 19:  LRPC #2 on Block M (Crystal Plaza block)
November 3:  General Elections
November 10/11/12/16 (TBD):  CCCA Annual Meeting (including elections of officers for 2020-2022)
TBD:  Planning Commission and Board meetings for 101 S. 12th Street site plan
TBD:  Community meeting on JBG site plan amendment proposals for the Water Park

Your President
Carol Fuller

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.

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.

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

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.