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

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.

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

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.

Development of 101 S. 12th Street

On June 8, the CCCA sponsored a virtual meeting on WebX with JBG Smith for them to present their development plans for this building which will be the first in the 22202 area to come up for review by a virtual SPRC.  Although there were some technical issues with this WebX software (folks seem to be more familiar with Zoom), it was an opportunity for some 80 participants to raise questions and concerns and learn what is proposed.  You can see the PowerPoint presentation below.    In the meantime, the County has developed a new virtual process for SPRCs which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, which the County is using for all of its meetings now, as well as live streaming on Facebook.  There will be two virtual community engagement meetings coming up for this development project, followed by a single SPRC.

June Newsletter is Out

Newsletter Masthead

In the midst of so much turmoil, our Newsletter remains stable to provide essential local information.  Welcome to Phase One.  Even if we go to Phase Two, it looks like that may last a long time and we are going to be “virtual” for some time to come.  Stay tuned for plans of upcoming virtual meetings. 

Newsletter highlights:

1.  Elections:  All you need to know about the June 23 and July 7 elections can be found on the attached URL for the County’s Election #5 Update, including how to request an absentee ballot and where to drop it off.  Voting by mail is recommended and you can drop your ballot off at the Aurora Hills Library at certain times.

2.  Pre-Briefing on 101 S. 12th Street:  In advance of the expected SPRC meeting to be held by the County on JBG Smith’s development plans for 101 S. 12th Street, JBG Smith is offering voluntarily an informal briefing open to the public for information purposes and questions.  The Crystal City Civic Association is sponsoring this meeting since the development will be done in Crystal City in order to ensure substantial outreach to the community during the COVID-19 crisis which has made face to face meetings impossible.  JBG will be hosting this virtual meeting on WebX June 8 from 7-8 pm with a 20-25 minute presentation by JBG Smith followed by a Q and A period.  The participation will be by pre-registration only for security purposes and is open to 22202 residents and other invited guests, including County planners.  In order to attend, please register on the link below included in the Newsletter.

3.  Census 2020:  Once again, the Crystal City area has one of the lowest response rates in the County because of the nature of the multifamily buildings. Overall, Arlington County has a 69.4% response rate whereas Crystal City has 58.6%.  Those households that have not yet responded to the census will receive an in person visit by a census taker to collect their information later this summer. 

4.  Livability Updates:  Because of the COVID-19 shutdown, our two remaining workshops have been postponed indefinitely.  But the planning committee for the Underground Workshop came up with a new idea.   Have either a writing, photography  or videography interest? The Crystal City Underground workshop planning group is planning an “Underground Challenge” to spark creative thinking and conversation about the future of this space. We will be announcing several different creative exercises during the month of June and perhaps a full CCCA meeting on Zoom to include the results of both the Housing and Open Space Workshops and the way forward.

Your President
Carol Fuller

Pre-Briefing on JBG Smith Plans to Develop 101 S. 12th Street

COVID-19 has changed all of our patterns recently, including community outreach and awareness of development projects in Arlington County.  The County has recently issued an ordinance on public meetings that will limit in-person participation in SPRC, Planning Commission, and County Board meetings.  Since we in the 22202 zip code may experience the majority of development plans that will come before the Board, it is important that we all stay informed and make our views known during the early stages of planning.   Luckily we have a good partner in JBG Smith.

In advance of the expected SPRC meeting to be held by the County on JBG Smith’s development plans for 101 S. 12th Street, JBG Smith is offering voluntarily an informal briefing open to the public for information purposes and questions.  The Crystal City Civic Association is sponsoring this meeting since the development will be done in Crystal City in order to ensure substantial outreach to the community during the COVID-19 crisis which has made face to face meetings impossible.  Anyone who plans to attend the virtual SPRC meeting (potentially in July) should plan to attend this virtual meeting.

JBG will be hosting this virtual meeting on WebX June 8 from 7-8 pm with a 20-25 minute presentation by JBG Smith followed by a Q and A period.  The participation will be by pre-registration only for security purposes and is open to 22202 residents and other invited guests,

including County planners.  In order to attend, please register on the link below.  Registrants will be sent the link prior to the meeting and only registrants will be allowed to view the virtual meeting, in order to avoid internet bombing.  Registrants who prefer to attend by phone can use the phone number below to call.  In the same way that County Board virtual meetings are currently being held on the COVID crisis, a chat feature will be available to submit questions or comments that will be answered after the briefing.

Here’s the attendee link to register and audio dial-in information as well:

Date and time: Monday, June 8, 2020 7:00 pm

Duration:  1 hour

Description:  JBG SMITH development team is pleased to provide a project overview of 101 12th Street to our community neighbors.

Audio conference:  To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

+1-415-655-0001

Access code: 477 254 163

May Newsletter Is Out!

Newsletter Masthead

1.  Share Your Thoughts on the Design for Met Park:What do you want Met Park to look like?  Check out the two new draft design concepts for the Metropolitan Park Public Space!  Watch a video presentation on what we learned from the first engagement opportunity earlier this year and take a look at the two draft design concepts your comments helped inform: The Social Gardens and The Forest Walk.  After you’re done, share your thoughts on features, park themes, recreational uses and more! Your feedback helps in the development of the Park Master Plan and design guidelines for this wonderful new community space.
GET STARTED NOW!  (Engagement open now through May 14)

2.  Share Your Thoughts on Crystal City Parks:  Do you care what they will  look like?  JBG Smith is beginning a virtual community engagement process for our Parks and Open Space redevelopment work in Crystal City. The Open Space plan includes the redevelopment of 5 parks in Crystal City, which aim to bolster the vibrancy and livability of the community, as envisioned in the Sector Plan. We look forward to continuing the momentum generated by the community dialogue at the 3 civic associations’ Open Space charette earlier this year.  As a part of this virtual process, they have created an online platform, CoUrbanize, to create a new community engagement experience by allowing everyone to directly comment and follow the conversation. 
Get involved.  Respond to the CoUrbanize surveyand make known what you want our parks to be.

3.  Elections: The June 9 Primary has been moved to June 23 by order of Governor Northam.  Arlington County is encouraging absentee voting to prevent exposure to COVID-19.  At this point, polling stations will be open, but the County is working on many preventative measures to protect both poll workers (of whom your President is one) and voters.  The Virginia Supreme Court established July 7 as the date for the Special Election to the seat vacated by the April 16, 2020 death of Vice-Chair Erik Gutshall.  On April 30, the County petitioned the Court to allow an extension of the July 7, 2020 special election to August 4 or later.   We should know more by the time our June Newsletter goes out.

4.  Census 2020:   Don’t Forget to Respond: 2020 Census Reminder Postcards Arriving starting April 27. 
The U.S. Census Bureau is beginning to send reminder notice postcards to an estimated 69 million households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.  Arlington County’s response rate as of April 30 was 63.5%, but Crystal City was only 54.3%.  Our area is one of the harder to count areas in Arlington because of the nature of the multifamily buildings.  Those households that have not yet responded to the census will receive an in person visit by a census taker to collect their information later this summer.  It’s easy: Click  the link below to respond.  It includes information on “How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data,” and provides extensive guidance on “Who To Count” (such as foreign citizens, college students, the military, people who live or stay in more than one place, etc.).  https://2020census.gov/en.html

5.  AFAC Food Drive:  Our food drive co-sponsored with the National Landing BID and supported by Flare Rides  continues every Wednesday.  Since February, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) has seen the number of active referrals to AFAC increase by 30%. The BID is offering a pizza party to the multifamily building providing the most food during the campaign. Crystal Park (1805 Crystal Drive) is beating everyone hands down so far with a full box every week.

Your  President,
Carol Fuller