June Newsletter is Out

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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!

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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

Census 2020 in Crystal City

In the midst of all the news about the virus, don’t forget to send in your response to the  2020 Census now. Now that we’re all supposed to be locked down, there’s really no excuse, even if there’s a delay because you have to send it in by mail. 

Between March 12-20, Arlingtonians and others will receive official Census Bureau mail that incudes an invitation with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online.  Responding online is strongly recommended.  A second option will be to respond by phone; a third option is by a paper questionnaire.  NOTE:  To complete the Census questionnaire online, you will need Your Census ID included in the invitation letter sent to you in the mail.  

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation.  Tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone living in your home.  As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population.  The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how much federal money Arlington, our neighboring communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other states will receive every year for the next decade. These funds shape the future of roads and transportation, local schools, health care, housing assistance for older adults, fire prevention, wildlife in our parks, and much more.  The data also helps determine the number of seats Virginia has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the past, the 22202 zip-code area has been notoriously undercounted.  Everyone’s participation in 2020 can change that.

Livability Framework: Housing Affordability Workshop #2

In our first Housing Affordability Workshop, we focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

On March 7, we will hold our second workshop on Housing Affordability in the 2202, focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

Participants in this second workshop, who need not have attended the first, will learn about the tools available to address housing issues and coalesce around which ones we wish to advocate for. We will hear from experts, such as representatives from JBG, Arlington County and the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and then work together to find common ground.

Sat. March 7, 1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Calvary Methodist Church
2315 S Grant Street

You can read more about the Livability 22202 Action Plan at http://livability22202.org/

Provide Input on the Capital Budget

The FY2021-FY2030 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is Arlington County’s 10-year plan for building, maintaining, upgrading or replacing County facilities, equipment and infrastructure. The plan is updated and adopted every two years.

To develop the right plan for our community, the county is asking for your help!

Tell us your priorities. Where should we be making investments? Which types of projects top your list? Your input will help guide the County Manager’s development of the CIP, which will be presented to the County Board in May. 

Police Need Your Help to Prevent Larcenies from Auto

The Arlington County Police Department is announcing numerous charges have been sought against suspects responsible for multiple auto theft and larceny cases throughout the County. This week, 11 warrants were obtained for Michael A. Brunner III, 18, of Washington, D.C. His charges include felony Stolen Auto, Grand Larceny and Credit Card Larceny, as well as misdemeanor Vehicle Trespassing and Petit Larceny. The Department also recently sought petitions for two juvenile suspects for Grand Larceny Auto.

The identification and apprehension of these suspects is just one step in reducing crimes of opportunity in Arlington County. Thieves are looking for easy, low effort opportunities to steal from hardworking members of the public. Reported incidents indicate that thieves often target multiple unlocked vehicles parked on streets, in driveways and in garages to rummage through personal property and steal items of value as well as vehicles with keys left inside. To help residents keep their vehicles and property safe, the Arlington County Police Department is sharing ways we can work together to reduce and prevent property crimes in our community.

Visit the website to learn more.