Arlington County to Fund Four Neighborhood Conservation Projects

Published on February 23, 2016

  • $1.37 million approved for projects

  • Beautification, neighborhood sign, park and street improvements planned

  • Funded by voter-approved bonds

The Arlington County Board today approved nearly $1.4 million in funding for four new Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include street improvements, neighborhood beautification, park improvements, and a neighborhood sign.

The projects, submitted by residents and endorsed by civic associations, are qualified by staff, then evaluated by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) before coming to the County Board for approval. The NCAC considered 31 projects at its Dec. 10, 2015 meeting and decided to recommend four of them to the County Board for funding.

The Board voted unanimously to approve funding for the four projects. To read the Staff Report on this Item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #10 on the Agenda for the Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 Regular County Board Agenda.

"We rely on residents to help us identify the best projects to make their neighborhoods safer, stronger and more attractive," said County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "For more than 50 years, Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation program has helped build community by funding projects identified by the people who live in the neighborhoods."

Funded by voter-approved bond

The projects approved by the County Board today are funded by the voter-approved 2014 Neighborhood Conservation Bond. It is the third set of projects to be approved from the $12 million bond. The four approved projects are:

  • $12,500 for Shirlington neighborhood sign — Location and design by the community with staff assistance.  Sign fabrication, sign installation and landscaping.

  • $798,222 for Aurora Highlands Park project — Improvements to Nelly Custis Park including storm water management to correct existing drainage problems; removal of invasive species; improving circulation for accessibility and park use; additional school-age play equipment; new site furnishings; and additional plantings for shade and beautification.

  • $129,625 for Highview Park beautification project — Calloway United Methodist Church Cemetery improvements that include a perimeter fence, interpretive sign, a bench and trash receptacle. A public access easement over the local historic district will allow the public to visit the cemetery and interpret its history.

  • $432,561 for Barcroft street improvement project — 4800 block of 9th Street S to W&OD Trail. Includes completion of missing concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk along the south side of 9th Street S, in the westerly half of the 4800 block, between S Buchanan St and the W&OD Trail. Street milling and paving as needed, including the trail connector between the street dead end and the W&OD Trail. Storm water drainage improvements and the addition of LED Carlyle-style streetlights are a part of the proposed project

The Board also approved the use of $228,000 in additional funds required for street improvements on South Fern Street (project previously approved by the NCAC at the fall 2011 funding session). This additional funding was reviewed and voted on by NCAC at its Jan. 14, 2016 meeting.

Learn more with these neighborhood conservation plans.

About the Neighborhood Conservation Program

Arlington created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to improve residential areas by funding neighborhood projects suggested by residents. Project proposals are submitted to the NCAC for consideration. The NCAC meets monthly and is made up of representatives from 50 of Arlington's 57 civic associations. Twice each year the group makes recommendations to the County Board for projects to fund.

The NCAC offers funding guidance based on rankings assigned through a point system. Projects receiving the highest point totals are passed on to the County Board. Visit the County's Neighborhood Conservation Program website for details on how points are awarded.

Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation program, with its grass roots engagement, has become a model for other communities across the country.