Monday, February 25, 2013
The Arlington County Board unanimously approved changes to avoid 'excessive' parking at some facilities.
The Arlington County Board this weekend reduced the parking requirements for elementary and middle schools and gave itself the power to modify such requirements for all new public and private schools and certain recreational facilities. The action stems directly from the ongoing planning processes for a new elementary school in Williamsburg, the expansion of Ashlawn Elementary School and a new aquatics facility at Long Bridge Park. Previously, Arlington's zoning ordinance required what county staff considered "excessive" parking spaces for such facilities — that is, the number of spaces were dictated by formulas that gave elected officials little flexibility and did not reflect the actual demand for parking. "With (Arlington Public Schools…
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ten-year plan updated biennially.
The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved a 10-year financial roadmap for improving the county's streets, parks and water systems. The plan also sets aside money for major projects like a Columbia Pike streetcar and an aquatics and fitness facility at Long Bridge Park. The $2.45 billion Capital Improvement Plan, which is updated every two years, is designed to invest in Arlington's aging infrastructure and puts a priority on acquiring more land for parks and open space. Along with its unanimous approval, the board incorporated a $438 million Capital Improvement Plan by Arlington Public Schools, bringing the total spending outlay for the next decade to about $2.9 billion, according to a county news release. Voters will be asked in …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Crowds expected to gather across Arlington to view fireworks.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets on the Fourth of July and urges visitors or people gathering to watch the evening's fireworks to use the Metro. Rosslyn Station is about five blocks from the Iwo Jima Memorial. The Pentagon City Metro Station puts you within walking distance to the Air Force Memorial. And shuttles at Pentagon City and Crystal City stations can take you to Long Bridge Park. Residents and visitors are reminded that alcohol, grills and fireworks are not allowed on county and federal park land on the Fourth of July, and that coolers and backpacks will be subject to search. Festivities are going on as planned despite words of caution earlier this week from Arlington County's emergency management …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
County emergency management director: 'Fireworks are going to happen.'
As Virginia continues to recover from the largest non-hurricane power outage in the state's history, Arlington County's emergency management director is raising questions as to how best to handle the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. "I want to make sure that we think very, very carefully about adding a special event onto an emergency condition that we're still under here in Arlington County. It appears our good friends in Washington, D.C., aren't suffering the same power outages and loss of communications that we are," said Jack Brown, the head of the county's Office of Emergency Management. "People come to Arlington. They're going to go to the Iwo Jima Memorial. They're going to go to Long Bridge Park. They're going to go to the Air Force…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Money designated to help fund construction of two schools, Long Bridge Park and the Arlington Mill Community Center, among other things.
The Arlington County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of $110 million of general obligation bonds to fund a variety of projects, from school construction to a park and community center. The bonds will be sold on the municipal market on June 5, according to a county news release. Interest rates are among the lowest they've ever been, said Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman. The bonds — portions of which have been approved by voters on even-numbered years between 2004 and 2010 — would be repaid over 20 years, according to a county staff report. The largest chunk of the bond proceeds, about $65.1 million, would go to Arlington Public Schools for the ongoing reconstruction of Yorktown High School, the design and …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
County's $1 billion budget also bolsters tax support for affordable housing programs and restores library hours cut during recession.
The Arlington County Board on Saturday unanimously approved a $1 billion budget that includes a 1.3 cent real estate tax increase. The budget also bolsters taxpayer investments in four key areas identified by board members — affordable housing, libraries, capital maintenance and employee compensation. It also funds new facilities like a planned year-round homeless shelter, Long Bridge Park, the Mary Marshall Assisted Living Residence and developments at Penrose Square. The tax hike will cost the average Arlington County homeowner an extra $160 annually. The average assessed value of a home in Arlington is about $520,000. Trash and recycling fees will be reduced by $32 per household. "We are fortunate here in Arlington that our financial …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Flight will occur between 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Arlington residents have a chance to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday as it flies over the Potomac toward Dulles. The shuttle will be mounted atop NASA's 747 shuttle carrier aircraft and will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington metropolitan area. The flight is in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and is scheduled to occur between 10 and 11 a.m. The flight timing and exact path will depend on the weather and operation constraints, according to NASA. However, NASA staff expect the aircraft to fly over landmarks including the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. It will land at Dulles International Airport. NASA suggests …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Manager's proposal would cost the average Arlington homeowner an extra $118 annually.
Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan on Wednesday proposed a $1.03 billion general fund budget that includes a half-cent tax increase and funds several new facilities, increases county employee compensation and fully restores library branch hours that were cut in 2009. Donnellan previewed her spending plan during a county board work session. She will make a formal presentation before the board Tuesday afternoon. “This is basically a continuing services budget,” Donnellen said. “We are very fortunate to be able to do that.” On Tuesday, the board must agree on the ceiling for any potential tax hikes. The county manager recommends setting a 1.5-cent real estate tax increase ceiling in order to give the board "flexibility" to address …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Park is just north of Crystal City, will eventually connect bicyclists and pedestrians to Mount Vernon Trail.
Arlington County has transformed a brownfield north of Crystal City into a massive public park that boasts three full-size, multi-sport fields and will eventually connect to the Mount Vernon Trail with a bicycle and pedestrian bridge. Long Bridge Park officially opens to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. "To have the park opening… As you design these things, and you see plans, you wonder what will it really look like?" said Tobin Smith, chairman of the Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee. "What's cool is now to see the pictures that are now being taken compared to what was drawn. So, it's really kind of cool to see the vision, what we thought we were creating, to go out and see it, which is really …