Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Public space features 'Echo' sculpture.
Arlington County will celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Penrose Square development at 4 p.m. Thursday in front of the new development at 2503 Columbia Pike. The public square features a two-piece sculpture by Richard Deutsch called "Echo," a tree-covered upper terrace with tables and chairs, an inner plaza with a water feature and small gardens. The $2 million project encompasses more than 17,000 square feet. The public art was inspired by the "Three Sisters" radio towers built by the Navy in 1913 and responsible for broadcasting the first trans-Atlantic radio signal two years later, according to a county news release. The Arlington County Board approved the project in October 2011 — along with $425,000 for the public art.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Elected officials will also vote on $2.45 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.
The Arlington County Board will decide the fate of several major projects — including a controversial streetcar proposed for the Columbia Pike corridor — and set spending priorities for the next decade before its summer recess. The county's $2.45 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Plan is one of a long list of items the board will consider at its regular meeting Saturday. The plan, which is updated every two years, focuses on assets and infrastructure and lays out a financial roadmap for big-ticket projects — projects like building construction, renovation, demolition or acquisition. The proposed plan has gotten a good bit of attention in part because it lays out the first five years of funding for a planned Columbia Pike streetcar …
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 …
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 …