Housing Arlington: Community Conversation Series

Join us on Facebook Live for three virtual dialogues about the intersection of housing with other community-wide issues: economics, the environment, and equity.

Participate online in real time — ask the panel your questions and share your reactions to the discussion.

Have a question you’d like the panel to consider ahead of time? Let us know! [email protected]


Monday, October 21  |  6:30PM
Join the dialogue online!

  • How do the economics of development intersect with housing?
  • What resources and tools are used by the County to address housing affordability?
  • As a community, should we do more? What happens if we do nothing?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

Housing & the ENVIRONMENT

Monday, October 28  |  6:30PM
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  • How do environmental issues intersect with housing?
  • How are the impacts of housing considered, such as tree canopy, stormwater, climate change, and traffic?
  • How are other cities and counties approaching these issues?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

Housing & EQUITY

Tuesday, November 12  |  6:30PM
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  • What is “equity”? What does it mean for housing?
  • Are Arlington neighborhoods equitable?
  • How does the County approach social issues in housing policy?

Panelists: to be announced soon!

ALERT: Pedestrian Traffic Changes in Crystal City

The 15th Street sidewalk closest to 1550 Crystal Drive building will close for pedestrian traffic on/or approximately Monday, October 14th. All pedestrian traffic will need to utilize the opposite sidewalk on 15th Street and cross at the cross walk adjacent to South Bell Street to access 1550 Crystal Drive.

Additionally, the current pedestrian path of travel near the Crystal Square Apartments will be flipped back to its originally path of travel crossing at the apartments main entrance doors.

Traffic Alert: Crystal Drive between 26th and 27th Streets becomes two-way on Friday

Later this week the County will implement a permanent traffic pattern change on Crystal Drive near Potomac Yard.

On Friday, Oct. 4, after the morning rush hour, Crystal Drive between 26th and 27th Streets South will be changed from one-way northbound to two-way traffic. 27th Street between Crystal Drive and South Clark Street also will be changed to two-way operations.

This section of Crystal Drive will have one travel lane in each direction. 27th Street will have two eastbound lanes to access Crystal Drive and Potomac Avenue, and one westbound lane providing direct access to the Hyatt and Route 1.

After this change, Crystal Drive from 27th Street all the way up to 12th Street will be a two-way street.

Police and the County’s construction team will be on-site throughout Friday to monitor the switch and help direct traffic. If possible, avoid this area during the changeover on mid-day Friday, and be prepared for the new traffic pattern when using these streets in the future.

The Crystal Drive Two-Way Conversion project is helping to establish the street network needed to support future development and transportation improvements planned by the Crystal City Sector Plan. Learn more on the project page

October Newsletter is Out!

A few things you’ll find highlighted in this month’s CCCA Newsletter:

1.  October 1:  Residents may sit in on the joint Arlington County/Alexandria Work session tonightat 7:30 at Gunston.  Meeting notice is here – and details are here.  Let’s hear what they are proposing and show them that 22202 cares.

2.  October 5:  Second payment of Arlington County Property taxes due.

3.  October 8 and 15:  The BID is holding an Open House Tuesday, October 8 and 15, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, to celebrate expansion of its coverage to Pentagon City and Potomac Yard/Arlington.  It will include opportunities to meet and discuss the expansion with BID staff and to learn more about how this strategic move affects our area’s priorities and brand story.  Location: Main Floor Conference Center, 251 18th Street South, Arlington, Virginia. Please RSVP for this free event. 

4.  October 14:  SPRC on MetPark at Aurora Hills Community Center.

5.  November 5:  General Elections.   

 Residents have until October 15 to register to vote, and can check their registration status online.  Offices on the ballot in Arlington will be Senate of Virginia (30th, 31st, and 32nd Districts), Virginia House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts), Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, two County Board seats, and School Board.  You will only have 1 Senate and 1 House District that is determined by where you live. All Arlington voters will have the remaining offices. To see a sample ballot, log on to the Citizen Portal at the Department of Elections

6.  November 13:   Our November 13 CCCA meeting will be organized around development updates for Crystal City, with representatives from JBG Smith and our Crystal City County Planner Matt Matauszek (who will talk on the SPRC process).  We will have brief elections for four offices at the beginning of the meeting:  President, Secretary, Membership Liaison, and Communications Director.  In addition, BID President Tracy Gabriel will give a brief explanation of the BID’s expansion to Pentagon City and Potomac Yard/Arlington.  Details will be issued to members in October. 

BREAKING: JBG Smith Announces Massive Redevelopment Plan for Crystal City

Property owner JBG Smith announced late Tuesday afternoon a major new redevelopment push in Crystal City in the wake of Amazon’s arrival.

The developer says it is planning to redevelop “approximately 2.6 million square feet of space across five multifamily buildings and one office building.”

“The buildings include 2000 and 2001 South Bell Street (formerly 2001 Richmond Highway), 223 23rd Street, 2300 Crystal Drive, and 2525 Crystal Drive, which are all within a half mile of the Metro and Amazon’s new headquarters,” the company said in a press release

Arlington County Board Approves Expansion of the Crystal City BID

The Arlington County Board voted to allow expansion of the Crystal City BID boundaries to include the interconnected portions of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.

This area is in the midst of a transformation, and the BID feels the updated boundaries will put them in a better position to build on the momentum already underway.

The Crystal City Civic Association issued a letter of support to the Arlington County Board in favor of the expansion. You can read it at this link.

To read more about the Crystal City BID’s expansion, click here: https://bit.ly/2OgzTFQ

Say Hello to Ben

Arlington has developed a demonstration project to provide structure to the operation and use of Shared Mobility Devices (SMDs) — like e-scooters — within the County and to evaluate their impacts.

They’ve put together this video all about how to be a courteous and conscientious scooter rider – like Ben.