Arlington Funds Six Neighborhood Conservation Projects

Published on September 27, 2016

  • $4.7 million approved for projects

  • Street improvements, streetlights, park and neighborhood sign projects

  • Funded by voter-approved bonds

The Arlington County Board today approved $4.7 million in funding for six new Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include street improvements, streetlights, a park, 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 30 projects at its June 9, 2016 meeting and decided to recommend six of them to the County Board for funding.

"Residents help us to 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."

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve funding for the six projects. Read the staff report for this Item on the County website. Scroll to Item No. 48 on the agenda for the September 27, 2016, Regular County Board Agenda.

Funded by voter-approved bond

The projects will be funded by the voter-approved 2014 Neighborhood Conservation Bond. It is the fourth and final set of projects to be approved from the $12 million bond. The six approved projects are:

  • $12,500 for Arlington Mill neighborhood sign — The community chose the location and designed the sign with staff assistance. The project includes fabricating the sign, installing it and landscaping around it.

  • $783,900 for Yorktown street improvement project— N. Greenbrier Street from 26th Street N to 27th Street N. A new, continuous 6-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be built, curbs and gutters will be added or improved. The project also will include a new handicap ramp, curb extensions and a marked crosswalk, new driveway aprons to affected properties, tree installations, and a new, ADA-compliant pedestrian curb. Other possible improvements include a full-depth roadway replacement, milling and paving of the roadway, and street lighting improvements.

  • $1.89 million for Waverly Hills street improvement/street lights project — 20th Road N. — N. Utah Street to N. Vermont Street. A missing sidewalk section will be built on the west side of N. Utah St., from 2036 N. Utah St. to the open-space/play area at Waverly Village/Gables Apartments on the north side of 20th Road N. LED Carlyle-style streetlights will be added. A 5-foot wide sidewalk and a 5-foot utility strip for street tree installation will be built and the street will be completely reconstructed. A nub with disability access ramps will be added along the frontage of Woodstock Park at N Vermont St, to reduce crossing distances to the north and south sides of 20th Road N.

  • $1.09 million for Lyon Park street improvement project — N. Highland Street-Arlington Boulevard to 1st Road N. To improve pedestrian safety  on N. Highland St between Arlington Blvd and 1st Rd N., a 4-foot continuous sidewalk will be added on  the west side of the street, with ADA compliant ramps at each intersection, and connection to the existing asphalt trail alongside Arlington Blvd. A 3-foot utility strip will be added next to the new sidewalk along with curbs and gutters on both sides of the street. On-street parking will be maintained on both sides of the 28-foot-wide street.

  • $127,154 for Arlington Heights streetlights project — 5th Street S to S. Jackson Street. LED Carlyle Style streetlights will be installed on 5th St S, from Glebe Road to S. Jackson St, and the Colonial Style lights will be removed.

  • $785,000 for Boulevard Manor — Woodlands in Bluemont Park. A five-year invasive plant removal effort is planned, along with reforestation, and a connecting sidewalk from N. Manchester to the Bluemont Trail will be built. The project also will include site furnishings, informational signage for Reeves Farm and preservation and rehabilitation of natural areas within Bluemont Park.

Learn more with these Neighborhood Conservation Plans.

About the Neighborhood Conservation Program

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

The commission 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.