Did you miss January’s Livability Framework Workshop?

In January, the civic associations of 22202 hosted our first successful Livability Framework Workshop on housing. Neighbors came together to share stories, workshop solutions, and formulate paths forward.

If you couldn’t make the first Livability Framework workshop, there are four more workshops coming. The next is:

Livability Framework: Open Space Workshop
Sat. Feb 22, 9am – 3pm
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Richmond Hwy

Click here for more information or to RSVP.

A Successful Crystal City Renter’s Happy Hour

Nearly 100 renters attended this first-ever Crystal City Renter’s Happy Hour, co-hosted by the Crystal City BID.

A brief program included remarks from the CCCA President, Census representativs, Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol, the Crystal City BID, and JBG Smith (which graciously volunteered their marketing center as a venue).

But more importantly, renters and neighbors came together to talk, engage with leaders, and give input into their community.

Couldn’t make it to this event? Don’t worry, we’ll have more. Keep an eye out for future events.

Check out news coverage of the event at WAMU.

If you want more ways to be involved, sign up for our upcoming Livability Framework Open Space Workshop on Saturday, February 22nd.

Livability Framework: Open Space Workshop

We all know that 22202 is a great place to live.  But for many of us, the only backyard we have is our neighborhood. With all the new proposed development, we have an opportunity to reshape what our backyard looks like.

You are invited to attend a workshop where you can share your experience, learn about existing and planned open spaces, and help develop a community vision for Open Space in 22202.

Sat. Feb 22, 9am – 3pm
Crystal City Marriott
1999 Richmond Hwy

This is a part of a resident-led effort to ensure that planning for open space, as well as for community needs such as schools, transportation, and housing affordability, is holistic, responsive, and comprehensive. And we will begin to define priorities for Open Space in the County’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). You can read more about the Livability 22202 Action Plan at http://livability22202.org/ 

The workshop will focus on discussing ideas for four topics, with walking tours in the morning and afternoon:

  1. Developing a holistic approach to planning Crystal City Parks
  2. Re-envisioning Virginia Highlands Park as the backyard for the Pentagon City community
  3. Connecting residents to the natural world and enhancing biodiversity throughout 22202 green spaces
  4. Exploring the possibility for a publicly accessible greenway from Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary along the railroad tracks to the southern end of Crystal City

The workshop will be interactive, with opportunities to hear from fellow residents who have different experiences and needs for Open Space. 

Space is limited.


February Newsletter is Out!

This is a friendly reminder – if you haven’t paid your $10 Annual Dues for 2020, this is the last Newsletter you will receive.  Please renew on our website by PayPal or send a check to our Treasurer.  We don’t want to lose you!

1.  Livability Framework Workshops:  We will now be conducting a series of charette workshops groups of about 40 to develop a community vision on key elements in the Livability Framework Action Plan.  The January 14th 3-CA meeting was the “launch” of this process.  We will be discussing specific policies we might bring to the County Board and other entities and provide input to the County’s budget process (the CIP).
January 25: Housing Affordability #1:  We had a very successful first housing workshop.  We are working with our neighboring civic groups to develop community-led solutions for housing affordability as #AmazonHQ2 arrives.
Our hope is to unite renters and owners, single-family and multi-family, and neighbors of all walks of life with a shared understanding and vision on this important issue that is key to the future of our community and broader economy. Thanks to attendees, co-organizers, and partner/presenter Michelle Winters for being with us.

Here are the dates for the remainder of the Housing Workshops:
February 22: Open Space (in planning stages):  Venue:  Crystal City Marriott Hotel
March 7: Housing Affordability workshop #2
March 28: Future of the Underground/Community Facilities
April 18: Route 1/East-West Connectivity

2.  A Successful Joint Civic Associations Meeting January 14:  What a great meeting we had.  About 220 people turned out January 14 to learn about the Livability Framework created by our three civic associations in 22202 and how we can implement it with developers, businesses like Amazon, and the County.  Read more in the Newsletter and get the links to the presentations.

3.  Crystal City Renters Happy Hour Meetup:  Co-hosted by the Crystal City Civic Association and Crystal City Business Improvement District, this happy hour is your opportunity to get engaged, get involved, and get a little refreshment in the process. Featuring special remarks from Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board member and former Crystal City resident. Free drinks and light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
JBG National Landing Marketing Center (241 18th St S, Arlington, VA)


Your President,
Carol Fuller

Take the ‘Your Voice Matters’ Survey

The Your Voice Matters survey provides insight from Arlington Public Schools (APS) families, students in grades 4-12, staff and teachers. Parents and Staff, you will receive an e-mail with a link from Panorama. Students will take the survey during school hours.

APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF) partner on the survey to compile a snapshot of our students, school climate and engagement, and deepen our understanding of children, youth and family well-being in Arlington. The results are used to inform work across both the school division and the County. The data also helps APS measure progress on the 2018-24 Strategic Plan.

Visit the APCYF website for more information.

A Successful Joint Civic Association Meeting

About 220 people turned out January 14 to learn about the Livability Framework created by our three civic associations in 22202 and how we can implement it with developers, businesses like Amazon, and the County. 

See the presentations on Past Meetings, now featured in the “Resources” tab. 

We are also starting to post more information on the workshops we are organizing for small groups of about 40 to develop a community vision on various topics: housing affordability, open space, the Underground in Crystal City, and Route 1/Transportation.

Rite Aid Closing in the Underground

Message from JBG Smith:

“We were recently informed by Rite Aid that it intends to permanently close its 1671 Crystal Square location prior to the expiration of its current lease. At JBG SMITH, we understand that a community-servicing pharmacy is an essential ingredient of any great neighborhood, and we are excited to share the news that we have reached an agreement with another pharmacy to open a location on the same block. We expect the new pharmacy will be ready to open in the late summer or early fall.

“Given that Rite Aid could be departing as early as February, we recognize that there may be a temporary gap in the availability of pharmacy services on the block. You can be assured that we are exploring a number of potential options that would eliminate or at least significantly reduce the length of that gap. In the meantime, here is a short list of other pharmacies in the immediate vicinity:

CVS – 2400 Richmond Hwy
CVS – 1201 S. Hays Street, next to the Pentagon City Metro Station
Rite Aid/Walgreens – 1301 S Joyce Street “

Pedestrian Walkway to Terminal B to Close Nightly

Beginning on or about Tuesday, January 14, the pedestrian walkway between airport Terminal B and the Metro station will close nightly from Midnight to 9:00 a.m. on weekdays. Passengers walking between Terminal garages, the Metro station and Terminal B/C will follow detour signage to the walkway in Terminal C from Midnight to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Closing the walkway will provide a secure space for construction crews to lift steel beams over the walkway for the frame of a New Security Checkpoint building. The nightly Terminal B walkway closures will span approximately two weeks.

For ground transportation, the outer lanes of the Terminal B/C Arrivals (lower) level roadway used for private vehicle and ride app (Lyft/Uber/Via) pickup will continue to close Midnight to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. The nightly ground transportation changes, as previously announced, will continue for several months.

All passengers arriving at Gates 10-45 and being picked up by a private vehicle or Lyft/Uber/Via must be picked up on the Ticketing/Check-In level (Level 3). The taxi pickup location will remain unchanged, outside Baggage Claim (Level 1).

Project Journey Construction

Beginning on or about Monday, January 6, the outer lanes of the Terminal B/C Arrivals (lower) level roadway used for private vehicle and ride app pickup will close from Midnight to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for construction.

All passengers arriving at Gates 10-45 and being picked up by a private vehicle or Lyft/Uber/Via must be picked up on the Ticketing/Check-In level (Level 3). The taxi pickup location will remain unchanged, outside Baggage Claim (Level 1).

Terminal B/C serves passengers of the following airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United. On Saturday and Sunday, private vehicle and ride app pick-up will be available on the Baggage Claim level. Closing the roadway will provide space for construction crews to lift steel beams overhead for two New Security Checkpoint buildings. The roadway closure will be in effect Monday through Friday mornings for several months.

January Newsletter Is Out!

Welcome to the new world of the 20s!  Hey, didn’t we do that 100 years ago?  We have lots of plans for this year and we hope it will be a great one for all of us.

Remember that CCCA dues are paid annually on a calendar basis.  If you haven’t renewed yet for 2020, please do so by February 1 in order to remain a voting member and get this Newsletter and email updates.  You can renew on our website.

CCCA Meeting on Livability January 14:  Mark your calendars for our big joint meeting of the three 22202 civic associations (Arlington Ridge, Aurora Highlands, Crystal City) on January 14 from 7-9 pm. Note the change of venue:  we’ll meet at The Westin Hotel, 1800 Richmond Highway.  This next joint meeting is a big one you really don’t want to miss.  We’re launching the Livability Framework and Action Plan we’ve been telling you about for the last 6 months and exploring how we can use it to work with the County and various partners.  The agenda is:

1.  Matt Mattauszek on “Beyond Amazon” with a PowerPoint on all the development areas in 22202.  This sets the stage so folks know where things will be happening in the next year.  

2.  Presentation of the Livability Framework and the Action Plan.  Mike Dowell of Aurora Highlands will present and Eric Cassel of Crystal City will Introduce.  The talk will be tailored to our residents in the 3 associations with more details on the Action Plan and implementation.

3.  Panel on Open Space as an example of how we can implement the LF Action Plan:  JBG Smith VP for Development Andy VanHorn on the Crystal City parks; Amazon’s new Community Affairs representative Brooke Overwetter to talk about community benefits in redesigning the Metropolitan Park; and BID President Tracy Gabriel on how the Livability Framework fits with the BID’s Strategic Plan; how they did the mapping of Open Space; and what the BID’s role is with implementing the LF for Open Space.  Brian Harner, our facilitator for development of the Livability Framework and Action Plan, will moderate.  There will be a Q&A period for feedback and guidance to our development partners.  The Open Space planning committee decided to focus at this meeting primarily on the Crystal City parks, plus Amazon and the Metropolitan Park, to keep this manageable time wise.  The charette which is being planned for February 22 will cover our larger OpenSpace issues.