ICYMI: Rosslyn Holiday Inn Implosion (Video)
The 18-story former Holiday Inn hotel in Rosslyn came down Sunday in a controlled demolition. View Video by ARLnow. Booms start at 8:30 mark. Fails to play in some web browsers.
Lee Hwy to Get HOV/Bus Only Lane
The County has received a grant to convert one eastbound lane from N Veitch to N Lynn during peak morning hours and one westbound lane from N Oak to N Veitch during the evening peak. No date has been set for implementation. Story at ARLnow
‘Loving Avenue’ Recommended As New Name for Lee Highway
The Lee Highway Alliance’s task force that was developing suggestions for renaming Route 29 (Lee Hwy) has recommended renaming it ‘Loving Avenue’ after civil rights figures Mildred and Richard Loving, who fought to overturn Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. The group also designated four runner-up names for consideration by the County Board: John M. Langston Boulevard, Ella Baker Boulevard, Dr. Edward T. Morton Avenue, and Main Street. The County Board will be briefed by the working group next week. The County Board will then decide whether to advance the name change to the Virginia state legislature or the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Rename Lee Highway Website for meeting videos, slides & feedback form. Previous Post with the 10 semi-finalist names. Previous Post with our overview of the project.
Rename Lee Highway Narrows List of Names
The Lee Highway Alliance’s task force that is developing suggestions for renaming Route 29 (Lee Hwy) has narrowed the list down from 20 to 10 semi-finalists. The list will be further narrowed at a meeting next Wed, Dec 9. 3,394 citizens responded to their poll on an initial list of 20 names.Click to Continue Reading…
Re-Name Lee Highway Poll
The Lee Highway Alliance formed a 25-person working group to rename a principal Arlington street currently named after a West Point graduate who took up arms against the United States of America.
A list of 186 names suggested by the community was narrowed to 20 by the working group. Those 20 names are to be further narrowed down by polling the community to produce a list of 3 to 5 finalists to be submitted to the County Board. The names range from bland to weird with many highly political.
A web page with the 20 potential names, a brief explanation of each name, and an online poll is now online through Nov 30. The poll permits voting for up to 3 names, but is not offered as a ranked-choice so a relatively small number of votes could determine the final list of names. “None of the above” is not offered as a choice. The poll requires each voter to provide their name, address, and email address prior to voting. The Poll
Why is the Lee Highway Alliance going through a renaming process right now?
Lee Highway, through the Plan Lee Highway Process, is in the midst of a comprehensive re-planning. It is the right time to find a name that reflects Arlington County’s values, promotes equity, and is welcoming to all people who work on, live on, and visit the Corridor. This effort will make recommendations for both “Lee” and “Highway”: Click to Continue Reading…
Lee Highway Renaming Process Begins
The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA), which is spearheading the renaming process, says its Working Group will start holding virtual meetings, which will be open to public viewing online:
● Wed, Sept 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Sept 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Jan 13, 6:30-8:30 PM Andy Rude, LVCA Board Member, is representing LV. Click to Continue Reading…
Plan to Rename Lee Highway
The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) will develop a Working Group of stakeholders including the LHA Community Advisory Committee, civic associations, property owners, and business owners in the corridor. The Working Group will meet over the summer and into the fall, at which time a shortlist of names will be sent to the County Board. Arlington must reach consensus on the name with adjacent jurisdictions. News Release
To to promote housing options for seniors and persons with disabilities., the County Board voted to amend the Zoning Ordinance. The change allows new assisted living and similar facilities in areas where multifamily development is already allowed. The change also lowers parking requirements at these facilities.
The amendment expands permissible areas to 18 zoning districts located near and along Arlington’s major planning corridors. Designated areas in Lyon Village are primarily along Lee Hwy and Wilson Blvd (shaded areas on map). Some of these areas currently include single-family houses.
County Board seeks ways to solve Arlington’s affordable housing shortage by leveraging existing county housing programs, zoning changes, and private-public partnerships.
Six initiatives fall within the overall Housing Arlington program:
1 Land Use Tools
● Accessory Dwelling Regulations Update
● Elder Care Zoning Study
● Bonus Density
● Plan Lee Highway
● Housing Conservation District
● Missing Middle Housing Study
2 Financial Tools
3 Institutional Partnerships
4 County Employee Housing
5 Condominium Initiative
6 Affordable Housing Master Plan Review
No mention of transit
Did failure to address Columbia Pike transit hamper development in the parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties most available for affordable housing?
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.
The intersection of Lee Hwy (Rt 29) and N Kirkwood St floods frequently so is best avoided during periods of heavy rain. Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood on July 8 disabled several cars. Arlington Police reported 25 water rescue calls county-wide during the morning of July 8.
Unfortunately, there are few alternatives when this intersection is impassable. Probably the best is to go the long way around via Wilson/Clarendon Blvds or N 13th St.
As flooding is expected to become more frequent, remember that it is unwise to drive through deep water. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your car away.
Avoid parking in low-lying areas when storms are forecast.