Arlington Funds Five Neighborhood Conservation Projects

Published on May 23, 2017

  • $5.5 million approved for projects

  • Improving streets and intersections, adding streetlights and a neighborhood sign

  • Funded by voter-approved bonds

The Arlington County Board today approved $5.5 million in funding for five new Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include street improvements, streetlights, intersection 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 December 8, 2016 meeting and decided to recommend five of them to the County Board for funding.

"These are projects that neighborhoods themselves have identified as important," said County Board Chair Jay Fisette. "This is one of the County's most popular programs, and for more than half a century, it has helped make our neighborhoods safer, stronger and more beautiful."

The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve funding for the six projects. Read the staff report on this item; scroll down to Item No. 20 on the agenda.

Funded by voter-approved bond

The projects approved by the County Board today are funded by the voter-approved 2016 Neighborhood Conservation Bond. It is the first set of projects to be approved from the $12 million bond. The five approved projects are:

  • $12,500 for Long Branch Creek 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.

  • $1.7 million for Fairlington street improvement project— This project will install sidewalk on the west side of 31st St S. from the bus shelter across from the Shirlington House Apartments to the Shirlington bus transfer station at S. Randolph Street.  Cobra streetlights with LED streetlights will be replaced along 31st St S, between S. Woodrow Street and S. Randolph Street.

  • $562,704 for Foxcroft Heights street lights project — New LED streetlights will be installed on S. Oak, S. Ode, and S. Orme Streets between Southgate Rd to Columbia Pike.

  • $1.59 million for Penrose street improvement project — The street improvement project is proposed to reconfigure the intersection at 2nd Street South with South Wayne Street, South Uhle Street and South Wise Street to simplify traffic movements.  New ADA compliant ramps will be added. Stormwater and drainage will be upgraded.  A bio-retention facility will be created in the resulting green space from the elimination of the slip lane in front of the 7-11. The existing neighborhood sign will be relocated. A new corner curb extension will be created on the south east corner of 2nd Street South and South Wayne Street.  High visibility crosswalks will be added across 2nd Street South.  Picnic tables/benches will be added to the greenspace

  • $1.38 million for Waycroft Woodlawn street improvement project — This is a pedestrian safety and street improvement project on George Mason Drive, between 11th St North to 10th St North, just before the bridge over I-66.  All improvements will be done within the existing Right of Way (ROW); modify existing median and lane widths, provide curb extensions and safe crosswalks with ADA accessible ramps; provide 5' bike lanes on both sides of George Mason Drive; widen the existing 4-ft sidewalks along both sides of George Mason. Drive to a 6-ft sidewalk where feasible, and 5-ft sidewalk near the bike trail; driveway aprons upgraded as needed; tree plantings; bio-retentions in several areas; pavement, striping and signage as needed, and possible addition of rapid flash beacons at 10th St North.

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 grassroots engagement, has become a model for other communities across the country.