Water Main Repairs on Key from N Highland to N Edgewood The Water, Sewer, Streets Bureau will be digging and putting down roadway plates Tuesday (Aug 11) morning on Key from N Highland to N Edgewood. There will be no water service impact on Tuesday. Friday night (Aug 14) the water main will be repaired causing some water service to be interrupted. For questions, call the water-sewer hotline at 703-228-6555.
Ballston Metro Station Plaza Improvements 18 months of construction begins in June on major improvements to the bus stops and seating areas along N Fairfax Dr and N Stuart St. Bus stops E, F & G along Fairfax Dr will be relocating on Sun, May 31. Details on the project page
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.