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

Thanksgiving & the Census – Count Your Kids!

Just as it’s difficult to wrangle a toddler to the Thanksgiving table, the Census Bureau reports that counting every infant and toddler in the country is among the most challenging aspects of ensuring an accurate population count.

Undercounting children can impact the public funding of programs that serve them for years. Arlington is grateful for all the children in our community and would be thankful to see them all counted.

Find out more about how kids should be counted for the 2020 Census >

County Board Approves Regulations for Shared Mobility Devices (SMDs)

The Arlington County Board adopted regulations for e-scooters and other shared micro-mobility devices that will allow their use on sidewalks (with limitations), trails, and bike lanes, unless specifically signed or marked otherwise.  In operation and user requirements, the devices will be treated largely like bicycles.

Devices will be required to have speedometers. Motorized scooters and skateboards will have a top speed of 15 miles per hour, and e-bicycles will have a top speed of 20 miles per hour on streets and trails. When operating on public sidewalks, the top speed of all the devices is restricted to six miles per hour. The devices will not be allowed to operate on sidewalks where a protected bicycle lane is available and may be prohibited from other sidewalks at the Manager’s discretion.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the regulations and permitting process. To read the staff report and specific requirements of the regulation, visit the County website

The Board also approved a permit system to regulate the private companies renting the devices in the County. The Board’s actions came after staff collected extensive data on how, where and by whom the devices are being used in Arlington and analyzed hundreds of comments from residents through a pilot program the County launched in October 2018.

For more details, visit the Country Board website.