November Newsletter is Out!

A few things you’ll find highlighted in this month’s CCCA Newsletter:

1.  Be sure to come to our Annual General Meeting on November 13 from 7-9 pm.  With all that’s going on in Crystal City, with Amazon coming, with the BID changes, you’ll want to come here from the key players. 

  • Andy Van Horn, Vice President for Development of JBG Smith will return with his team of project managers to show a PowerPoint presentation of current and upcoming plans and construction.  It will be very informative and give you a chance to ask questions. 
  • Tracy Gabriel, President and Executive Director of the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) will give a brief explanation and update on the BID’s expansion to Pentagon City and Potomac Yard/Arlington.
  • And of course, we’ll have brief elections for new CCCA Officers right at the beginning of the meeting.  Officers work hard for you, and we appreciate support.

2.  Speaking of Elections.  Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 5, from 6 am to 7 pm.  Offices on the ballot in Arlington will be Senate of Virginia (30th, 31st, and 32nd Districts), Virginia House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts), Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, two County Board seats, and School Board.  You will only have 1 Senate and 1 House District that is determined by where you live. There are no bond questions or constitutional amendments on the 2019 ballot.  Tr to see a sample ballot, check here.

3.  Finally the Newsletter this month.  You’ll notice that there are no internal links this time.  Your faithful editor is finishing an extended stay in Italy and doesn’t have the hours necessary to create them.  If folks really want them in the Newsletter in the future, please let us know at [email protected]

New Apartment Tower Approved in Crystal City

Site plan rendering.

From the newsroom of Arlington County:

Crystal City’s Verizon site will be redeveloped with a  306-unit,19-story apartment tower within walking distance of Metro that will include 12 affordable housing units, under a plan approved today by the Arlington County Board.

“The community’s goals for Crystal City, as embodied in the Crystal City Sector Plan, include a better balance of housing and commercial buildings, more affordable housing in this transit-rich neighborhood, and new open space,” County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. “This redevelopment is in keeping with all of those goals.”

Crystal City apartment tower rendering.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the vacation of a portion of the right-of-way for Old South Eads Street, a rezoning and site plan amendment for the proposed redevelopment. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to item No. 41 on the agenda for the Saturday, October 19, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.

Developer LCOR has agreed to provide on site seven two-bedroom and five one-bedroom affordable units that will be contractually committed to remain affordable for 30 years. Two units will be fully accessible. The developer also will contribute $1.059 million to the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund. The building will achieve  a Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) Silver certification.

The approved tower, located at 400 11th Street South on a nearly one-acre site, will front County-owned property (the “Teardrop Parcel”) and 11th Street South to the north and 12th Street South to the south. The building will be divided into two sections at the 11th floor, with an offset between the upper and lower sections, and will include a 19th-floor terrace for residents. The apartments will be built above more than 11, 400 sq. ft. of ground floor retail and a three-level underground parking garage with 148 parking spaces.

Community benefits

The developer has agreed to contribute $1.43 million to the County for open space improvements to help plan and design the New Park at South Eads Street and Army Navy Drive, and construction of the South Parcel adjacent to the site. The Board indicated, in its discussion, that it expects the planning effort to get underway within 180 days, and that anoth $1.179 million public open space contribution associated with the adjacent Altaire Apartments will be added to the New Park budget. The County will engage the community in shaping the Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines for the new park.

Additional community benefits include the developer improving the streetscape around the site’s perimeter; contributing $75,000 to the County Public Art Fund; $90,000 to support the Eads Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Project, and installing an in-building wireless emergency responder communications system to enable public safety to communicate within the building during any emergency.

Public engagement

Public engagement for the proposed redevelopment included informing civic associations around the site, review by the County’s Site Plan Review Committee over three meetings between May and July 2019, and reviews by the Housing, Transportation, and Planning Commissions in October 2019.

View the project webpage.

More Locations for Arlington Glass Recycling

Arlington residents have three more drop-off sites for recycling used glass jars and bottles.  

Customized purple-and-green bins now stand ready at: 

  • Aurora Hills Community Center/Branch Library, 735 18th St. S. 
  • Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 N. Military Rd. 
  • Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Highway.  

The County debuted its first glass-only collection bins in April at Quincy Park (Washington Boulevard and North Quincy Street) and the Trades Center (2700 S. Taylor St.) after an official County Board response to the plunge in the number of processing operations and global markets for used glass.   

Housing Arlington: Community Conversation Series

Join us on Facebook Live for three virtual dialogues about the intersection of housing with other community-wide issues: economics, the environment, and equity.

Participate online in real time — ask the panel your questions and share your reactions to the discussion.

Have a question you’d like the panel to consider ahead of time? Let us know! [email protected]

Housing & ECONOMICS

Monday, October 21  |  6:30PM
Join the dialogue online!

  • How do the economics of development intersect with housing?
  • What resources and tools are used by the County to address housing affordability?
  • As a community, should we do more? What happens if we do nothing?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

Housing & the ENVIRONMENT

Monday, October 28  |  6:30PM
Join the dialogue online!

  • How do environmental issues intersect with housing?
  • How are the impacts of housing considered, such as tree canopy, stormwater, climate change, and traffic?
  • How are other cities and counties approaching these issues?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

Housing & EQUITY

Tuesday, November 12  |  6:30PM
Join the dialogue online!

  • What is “equity”? What does it mean for housing?
  • Are Arlington neighborhoods equitable?
  • How does the County approach social issues in housing policy?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

Make Your Notable Tree Nomination Today

Since 1987, Arlington has identified and registered its most notable trees, as well as the residents who care for them.

What Makes a Tree Notable?

  • Maturity (Size/Age)
  • Historical or community interest
  • Uniqueness of species
  • Special significance to the neighborhood

What Does Notable Designation Mean?

  • A certificate or plaque
  • Placement on County’s register of Notable Trees
  • Potential inclusion in neighborhood walking tours
  • Authority remains with private land/tree owner

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019

ALERT: Pedestrian Traffic Changes in Crystal City

The 15th Street sidewalk closest to 1550 Crystal Drive building will close for pedestrian traffic on/or approximately Monday, October 14th. All pedestrian traffic will need to utilize the opposite sidewalk on 15th Street and cross at the cross walk adjacent to South Bell Street to access 1550 Crystal Drive.

Additionally, the current pedestrian path of travel near the Crystal Square Apartments will be flipped back to its originally path of travel crossing at the apartments main entrance doors.