June 2016 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on June 14, 2016

(CORRECTION: (06-16-2016) The contingency included in the contract approved by the Board for the West Little Pimmit Run Phase i project was $588,000 and not $588 million, as first reported.

Arlington's June Regular County Board Meeting will be held Saturday, June 18. The Recessed Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 21.

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Among the items the Board will consider:

Saturday, June 18 Regular MeetingView the agenda and read the staff reports on the website. Scroll down to find the item numbers listed below. (Note: some staff reports are not posted for several days after the agenda is available on the County website, but are always available before the Board Meeting.)

(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)  Following public comment, the Board will consider the Consent Calendar items. Any items pulled from the Consent Calendar, either by members of the public or County Board members, will be heard at the Tuesday, June 21 Recessed County Board Meeting.

Improving a park and acquiring more parkland:

  • Woodlawn Park: The Board will consider approving a $616,000 contract (including $56,000 contingency), that will add new play areas with accessible surfaces for school age children and tots, connecting trails, a reforested buffer along Lubber Run stream and renovate trails at the park, located at 1325 N. Buchanan St. This is a Neighborhood Conservation Program for the Waycroft Woodlawn neighborhood. Item No. 22.

  • Benjamin Banneker Park will grow if the Board approves the purchase of property owners Arun K. and Kajal Guha have offered to sell to the County for $637,000. The Guhas' 8,487 sq. ft. lot with house, at 6600 18th N., abuts the park. Funding for the purchase would come from the County's Park Land Acquisition Program. Item No.36.

  • Hitt Contracting Inc. has offered to donate to the County about 7,432 sq. ft. of undeveloped land adjacent to a trail spur entrance to the County's I-66 trail near the intersection of 18th Street North and North Quantico Street for parkland. The Board will consider accepting the donation. Item No.18.

Six-story residential-retail building proposed for 2400 Columbia Pike  --  The County Board will hold a public hearing and consider approving a permit for a mixed-use redevelopment plan at Columbia Pike South Barton Street, at the current location of Rappahannock Coffee. The new development will use Columbia Pike Form-Based Code standards to replace three one-story buildings and a surface parking lot with a six-story building and below-grade parking. Two of the existing buildings are designated as historic facades and are required to be preserved. The project will introduce new open space, include street-level retail and create 105 new housing units. The County offers developers the option of applying under the Form Based Code to encourage Columbia Pike's redevelopment as a more walkable, transit-supported main street. Item No. 39.

New housing with ground floor retail proposed for Courthouse area — The County Board will hold a public hearing and consider a rezoning and site plan for a 15-story, 90-unit residential building with about 1,900 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space at 2000 Clarendon Blvd. in the Courthouse neighborhood. There is currently a three-story office building and parking lot, built in the 1960s, on the site. If approved, the project will be committed to achieve LEED Silver and Energy Star certification and create four on-site affordable units in exchange for bonus density. Item No. 40.

Proposed Ballston redevelopment — The Board will hold a public hearing and consider a plan to redevelop the former Rosenthal Mazda site on the west site of North Glebe Road with a 12-story mixed-use building. The plan for the 2.79-acre site includes 491 apartments and 62,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail, including a grocery store. Developer BF Saul Company and Affiliates proposes achieving LEED Gold and Energy Star certification, and providing 22 on-site committed affordable units and a cash contribution to the County's Affordable Housing Investment Fund in exchange for bonus density. Item No. 42.

Contracts to improve Four Mile Run and storm drainage: The Board will consider awarding

  • A $3.5 million contract (including $583,000 contingency) to Environmental Quality Resources, LLC to begin the long-term restoration of Four Mile Run. In the 1970s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers converted the stream to a flood channel. This project, the first of several phases, will start restoring the stream to a more natural state by removing large stones that armor the banks and replacing it with native plants and living shoreline structures from Mt. Vernon Avenue downstream to Route 1 (about two-thirds of a mile). The asphalt trail along the stream will be rebuilt, trail rails improved and an observation platform built. Item No. 23.

  • A $3.5 million contract (including $588,000 contingency) to Martin and Gass, Inc. for the West Little Pimmit Run Phase I storm drainage improvements, installation of bio-retention structures and water main improvements project. Storm sewer pipes and 15 new storm structures will be installed from North Nottingham Street to 34th Street North; four bio-retention structures in John Marshall Drive, North Kensington Street and 32nd Street North, and water mains along John Marshall Drive and Williamsburg Boulevard. Item No. 24.

Tues., June 21 Recessed County Board MeetingView the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. Scroll down to find the items listed below.

At the 3 p.m. session: The County Board Chair, members of the Board and the County Manager will report on local and regional items of interest.

No earlier than 6:30 p.m., the Board will consider any items pulled from Saturday's Consent Calendar. In addition, no earlier than 6:45 p.m.:

Long Branch Creek Neighborhood Conservation Plan — The County Board will hold a public hearing and consider accepting the Long Branch Creek's first Neighborhood Conservation Plan. The neighborhood, bounded by 28th Street South, Arlington Ridge Road and South Lang Street, Glebe Road and I-395, home to more than 4,000 people, is a largely residential neighborhood. Nearly 75 percent of its residents are renters. The plan, developed by the neighborhood, envisions the Long Branch Creek neighborhood as a "walkable urban village" where residents have easy access to schools, Gunston Community Center and Gunston, Troy and Fraser parks plus nearby shops, restaurants and services. Item No. 44.

Stratford School Local Historic District — The County Board will hold a public hearing and consider designating the Stratford School a Local Historic District. Four former students of Stratford School, including one who integrated the school in 1959, have requested local historic district designation for the school, now home to the H-B Woodlawn Program and the Stratford Program. On Feb. 2, 1959, the Stratford Junior High School, at 4100 Vacation Lane, became the first public school in the Commonwealth to be desegregated. On May 5, 2016, the Arlington School Board voted unanimously to support the designation of the school as a Local Historic District. Item No. 43.