LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan

LVCA General Meeting: Clarendon Sector Plan, March 8
When: Monday March 8, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Mar 8)

Police Update
The meeting starts with an update by Captain Scott Linder and the Arlington County Community Policing Team on police activity in and around Lyon Village and Clarendon over the last 2 months. Followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

Clarendon Sector Plan Update
The meeting continues with a look at the on-going update to the Clarendon Sector Plan. The Plan was last updated was 2006. Changes to the Clarendon Sector Plan may have a significant impact on traffic, parking, trash, and safety in LV. Brett Wallace of Arlington County staff, who is overseeing the update, will present.
Clarendon Sector Plan 2006 APA Great Places
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Watemain Under Key to be Replaced

Watermain Under Key to be Replaced
Seems like Key is perpetually dug up in one block or another. Now, the County has approved replacement of the 94-year-old watermain below Key Blvd from N Jackson to N Danville and the block of N Herndon north of Key. This old watermain has had numerous breaks in the past few years. The watermain will be replaced with a more durable, larger diameter watermain. Construction is expected begin in the Spring and is expected to take a year and a half. A detailed letter about the project and schedule will be sent to the president of the LVCA and notices will be distributed to affected residents.County Board Agenda Item

Red Top Site: Shorter Building, More Units

Red Top Site: Shorter Building, More Units

Red Top Redevelopment (click to enlarge)
The Red Top site project, between 13th St, N Hudson, and Washington Blvd has amended its plans to shorten the 10-story building on Washington Blvd and shift its mass to lower floors. The number of residential units increased from 247 to 269 units. Units will be studios and 1 or 2 bedrooms. The amendment awaits approval by the county Planning Commission. Ground has not yet broken on the project. Urban Turf

Garfield St Construction

Garfield St between Franklin & Wilson closed all week (April 27-May 1) for non-essential sidewalk replacement.
● Roadway intermittently closed or reduced to single lane.
● No Parking signs posted.

Highland Sidewalk Reopens

Highland St Reopens
As the County warns of an impending budget crisis, we had a week full of trucks, machines, workers & inconvenience and all we got were a few short stretches of curb repairs and one very short sidewalk repair.

Sidewalk Closed: Highland & Key

Highland St between Key Blvd & 13th St closed all week (April 20-24) for non-essential sidewalk replacement.
● Sidewalk with heavy foot traffic closed during pandemic.
● Roadway intermittently closed or reduced to single lane.

More Sidewalk Space Crucial for Social Distancing (GGW website)
The CDC recommends physical distancing and remaining six feet away from others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, and other large cities have opened dozens of miles of streets to people, restricting private automobile access besides emergency vehicles, for this reason.

Complete Streets Upgrades Planned

Complete Streets Upgrades Planned
Five arterial streets in Arlington are being considered as candidates for a Complete Streets overhaul. Three are near Lyon Village:
● Clarendon Blvd: N Nash St to N. Oak St
● N Lorcom La: Old Dominion Drive to N. Taylor St
● Military Rd: Lorcom La to Old Dominion Dr
Upgrades may include “sidewalk expansion or obstruction elimination,” “curb ramp reconstruction,” “crosswalk and signal enhancements,” “pedestrian-scale lighting,” “improved access to transit stops” and bike lanes.
Complete Streets: 2020 Project Page

Developer Spare That Tree

Developer Spare That Tree
Rampant development by spec builders is rapidly changing the character of Lyon Village and surrounding neighborhoods. A towering, 96-foot, 60-inch diameter, 175-210 year old, oak tree at 5920 N. 35th St, believed to be Arlington’s tallest outside the National Cemetery, is threatened by developers seeking to clear cut the lot where it stands. Full story at Falls Church News Press

Water Problems: Flooding & Wet Basements

A new section about about water problems has been added to the link list (near the bottom of the column of links). Links to resources range from flooding to wet basements. The County provides a surprising amount of practical information to assist citizens. Definitely worth checking out before spending money on contractors.

This is a permanent feature of

Also included are links about redevelopment. Single family home redevelopment is the largest source of new stormwater runoff and pollution from all building activity in Arlington. A Land Disturbing Activity/Stormwater permit is required if construction disturbs land area of 2,500 square feet or more. Permit requirements help protect neighbors from impacts of increased runoff from new or expanded homes. Its good to know what is required.

Water Problems

Flooding Home Page

Flooding Story Map

Stormwater at Home

StormwaterWise Landscapes

Home Flood Proofing

Reducing Flooding Risk

Stormwater for Homeowners Webinar

Stormwater Management Ordinance

159 Homes Lost to Teardowns in 2019

In 2019 a total of 159 homes were demolished, 3 a week on average. These are just complete demolitions and not “major renovations” which often result in near complete demolition.
● 36 are located in National Register Historic Districts
● 85 are speculative developments (owned by developers)

These buildings are often replaced with new construction that is out of scale and proportion to the community.

Preservation Arlington urges citizens to adopt Local Historic District designations for their communities, with standards for design, height, and placement that could be customized to reflect community needs while still allowing reinvestment to occur.

Preservation Arlington website

Va House Bill 152 Would Ban Single-Family Residential Zoning

Introduced by:
Ibraheem S. Samirah
Delegate from east Loudoun & west Fairfax Cos

Middle housing allowed on lots zoned for single-family use. Requires all localities to allow development or redevelopment of “middle housing” residential units upon each lot zoned for single-family residential use. Middle housing is defined as two-family residential units, including duplexes, townhouses, cottages, and any similar structure. Such structures shall not require a special use permit or be subjected to any other local requirements beyond those imposed upon other authorized residential uses. Localities may regulate the siting, design, and environmental standards of middle housing residential units, including setback requirements, provided that the regulations do not, individually or cumulatively, discourage the development of all two-family housing types permitted through unreasonable costs or delay.

Virginia Legislative Information System

Lee Hwy & Glebe Rd Intersection Improvements

Dec 14, 2019: The County Board approved a project to widen North Glebe Road (Route 120) to add northbound and southbound full-width left turn lanes. The new turn lanes will improve traffic flow and give pedestrians more time to cross the street. Work to underground overhead utilities in the project area that began in January 2017 is near complete. Roadway construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020 and last for two years.

Arl Co Project Page

Remodeling Homes for Aging in Place

Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Architects Andrew Moore and Robert Braddock who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting.

Andrew Moore, Arlington Designer Homes

Robert Braddock, Red House Architects

For long-term aging-in-place home modifications be sure to consult a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Find one in your area using the NAHB CAPS 55+ Directory.

View NAHB CAPS Presentation slides (PDF file).

View NAHB Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist.

Washington Blvd-Kirkwood Rd Building Approved

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.

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Red Top Cab Site Construction

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.