GMU Arlington Campus Expanding
GMU announced plans to tear down one of its four Arlington buildings to construct a 400,000-square-foot building. The new building will house classrooms, computer labs, short-term housing, an Institute for Digital Innovation, and a newly established School of Computing. Read More at ARLnow
Repaving will continue for the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to complete by Monday, Nov 11.
There will be lane closures and temporary detours. Traffic will move slower. Almost all street parking is blocked off. Avoid the area if possible.
The redesign realigns Wilson and Washington Blvds, shortens crosswalks, and widens sidewalks. Access to N. Irving Street is now blocked. Left turns onto Wilson from Washington Blvd is now prohibited. Hopefully this will result in less confusion for motorists and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website
Massive Redevelopment Plan Announced for Crystal City
Plans include redevelopment of approximately 2.6 million square feet of space across five multifamily buildings and one office building, upgrades to Route 1, and possible removal of overpasses near the Crystal City Metro station. Read story at ARLnow
New County Permitting System Launched Sep 9
Arlington County is launching the first phase of Permit Arlington, a new online permitting system. More than 30 permits will move from paper applications and in-person payments to the virtual system, eliminating the need for customers to visit County offices. Permit Arlington
The Arlington County Board approved a plan to replace the aging commercial buildings on the northwest corner of Washington Blvd and Kirkwood Rd with a seven-story apartment building. The site is home to the former Sport & Health Club fitness center, two single-story commercial office buildings, and the Specialty Services auto service building. All those buildings will be demolished. The new building will have an entry lobby on Washington Boulevard, a tree- shaded interior courtyard, and an underground 198-space parking garage.
Work has begun on the old Red Top Cab site bounded by N. Hudson, N. Irving, and N. 13th Streets.The property is called Alexan Clarendon and is a 330-unit apartment complex. The developer is Trammell Crow Residential. The contractor is John Moriarity. Demolition started in April. Excavation should start in June. The expected completion date is April 2021. Construction hours are weekdays: 7:00am to 6:30pm. Weekends and holidays the hours are 10:00am to 6:30pm. The June construction work will include pile driving, the loudest part of the project.
Next phase of construction on the south side of Clarendon Circle starts June 3. Work will take about six weeks, weather permitting. Crews are expected to start working near the Silver Diner and then progress toward the Wells Fargo Bank.