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.

Message from County Board Vice Chair Libby Garvey Re: Airplane Noise

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Libby Garvey recently made a statement regarding the airplane noise in Arlington.

You can read her entire statement on the Arlington County website. Some key takeaways include:

  • The joint RFP issued by Arlington and Montgomery Counties to hire a consultant to help us get good information to advocate for effective noise reduction from flights out of Reagan National Airport (DCA) will be evaluated early in 2020.
  • One of the selected contractor’s first tasks will be to convene a public meeting to hear from both the Arlington and Montgomery communities about the aircraft noise problem, and their expectations for the study.
  • On December 17, Congressman Beyer introduced the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act in the United States House of Representatives. A companion bill was previously introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

How Should Arlington Be Spending Money?

Budget season has started for County government – and they want to hear your thoughts on how to best spend taxpayer dollars.

This year, Arlington County is working on the annual operating budget, which covers spending on County programs, services and administration, as well as the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which outlines investments in County facilities, equipment, and infrastructure.

Throughout the fall and winter, you can help the County Manager develop spending proposals to send to the County Board for their consideration. And in the spring and summer, you’ll have the chance to tell the County Board what you think of the Manager’s proposals before they cast their votes.

Learn more about Budget Season and how to stay involved

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