Water Problems: Flooding & Wet Basements

A new section about about water problems has been added to the LyonVillage.org 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 LyonVillage.org

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

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
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

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase Begins

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase to End Soon

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.

Project Page

Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

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

Opening Statements
Clement

Cristol

Dorsey

Question 1     
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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.

Clarendon Circle Changes July 2019

Construction continues on the south side of Clarendon Circle, between the Silver Diner and Wells Fargo Bank. The traffic changes are…

  • N Irving St (next to Silver Diner) is permanently closed at the intersection.
  • Left turn from westbound Washington Blvd to Wilson Blvd is permanently prohibited.
  • During construction, the left turn from eastbound Washington Blvd to Clarendon Blvd is prohibited. This restriction will be in place through summer 2019.
Clarendon Circle traffic changes implemented in July 2019

Link to Arlington Projects & Planning Page

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.