Closing of the Crystal City Connection Library

Despite our best efforts, our beloved Pop Up Library in the underground is closing December 27.

Our efforts now are on getting a permanent library in Crystal City as a community benefit.

We’re continuing to work on this and will be meeting with the County Manager in January to discuss the future. Keep sending him emails at [email protected] – it helps.

Arlington County to Begin Missing Middle Housing Study in 2020

The County Manager yesterday reviewed with the County Board a framework for the Missing Middle Housing Study, which is anticipated to begin in 2020. The study is under the Housing Arlington umbrella and will explore if and how missing middle housing could help address Arlington’s limited housing supply and inadequate housing choices.

Missing middle housing types—such as duplexes and triplexes—are currently restricted in many neighborhoods by Arlington’s land use policy and Zoning Ordinance. Barriers to building them make it difficult to increase the County’s housing supply and provide more choices at a broader range of prices.

Visit the Arlington County website for more information.

New Bus Route Dulles to Union Station

The new year will bring new service from Virginia Breeze, the state government’s two-year-old intercity bus service.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has announced plans for a pair of new routes for the coming year, including twice daily service between Danville and Washington’s Union Station, a 250-mile route that will travel along U.S. Route 29 and Interstate 66, including potential stops in Lynchburg and Charlottesville and at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Learn more at virginiabreeze.org

Crystal Houses Project Still Has Problems

Although the County Board unanimously approved the developer’s proposal to expand the property, the three 22202 civic associations tried unsuccessfully for modifications because we felt the proposal was weak and had deficiencies.

We are not happy with the flawed process nor the outcome:

  • Parking: Board approval of additional parking spaces violates its own zoning restrictions.that NO surface parking is permitted in that district.
  • The urban orchard with fruit trees was not wanted by the community. We requested a park. Who will maintain the trees and pick up the fruit?
  • No access is provided through the two block long building along South Eads Street. Simple design changes could have allowed for Crystal House residents to penetrate through that large building.
  • Affordable Housing sounds great. But turning over space to the County to build 47 units instead of incorporating them into the proposed two new towers not only delays housing (when will the County have the money?) and segregate affordable housing, excluding future residents from the amenities in the Other Crystal House buildings.

Construction Update on South Clark-Bell Street Demolition

The contractor has completed the structural concrete work and concrete barrier construction. The remaining work includes bringing in fill material for the green spaces, top soil, grass pavers, guardrails, and flat work such as concrete entrances, curb and gutter, and sidewalk paver replacement.

Dominion Energy is scheduled to energize the new traffic cabinet at the end of December. This will allow the contractor to complete the replacement of the traffic signals and pedestrian signals at the Route 1 and 20th Street intersection.

Metro releases concepts to improve service on Blue, Orange, Silver lines

Metro released several preliminary concepts to improve reliability, meet future ridership demand, and better serve customers on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. The concepts, part of the two-year Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity and Reliability Study, include a range of infrastructure improvements and service alternatives to address both short- and long-term needs.

Beginning next week, Metro is holding a series of open houses – with the first one in Arlington – to provide information about the draft concepts, answer questions and gather community feedback. The public is also invited to provide input and suggest additional ideas for improvements through an online survey.

Input from the public and stakeholders will help Metro evaluate the concepts and recommend a comprehensive strategy with a “locally-preferred alternative” to move forward with federal environmental review, design and funding in late 2020.

Online survey

The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the preliminary concepts and suggest other ideas through an online survey. The survey, available in English and Spanish, will be open through Jan. 6.

Visit Metro’s project page

Gunston Bubble is being renovated

The Gunston Bubble is being renovated so that it is more energy efficient and reliable.

This Parks Maintenance Capital project will design and construct the athletic facility (bubble), site circulation, electrics & lighting, heating, drainage, stormwater management and landscaping. No new amenities are planned for this project, which is funded by the Capital Improvement Plan.

Sign up for updates on the project from the County here.

December Newsletter Is Out!

Well, this is a particularly “newsy” Newsletter.  There are a number of articles here that needed to be reported in more detail.  But hey, we’re close to the holidays–more time to read, no?  Seriously, your Executive Board is working hard on a number of issues and we want to keep you informed.  This Newsletter is the best way to do it.  So read on, folks!

Here’s wishing you happy holidays and safe travels.

Your President,
Carol Fuller