July 2017 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Published on July 08, 2017

The Arlington County Board will consider dozens of items at its July 2017 County Board Meeting, on Sat., July 15 and Tues., July 18. The meetings, held in the County Board Room on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Blvd, are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.

All County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and broadcast live on the County's cable channel, ATV, with live captioning. You can also watch a live-stream of the Board Meetings on YouTube. You can watch the Board Meetings on Comcast 25 & 74 and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website and on YouTube.

Sat., July 15 — County Board Regular Meeting


View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.)

  • New Carlin Springs Road Bridge: The Board will consider awarding a $6.97 million contract to Rustler Construction, Inc. to replace the North Carlin Springs Road Bridge over North George Mason Drive and upgrade an adjacent sanitary sewer on North Carlin Springs Road between North Abingdon Street and North George Mason Drive. The bridge, still structurally sound, has shown the greatest deterioration of any County-owned bridge. The replacement bridge would widen the bridge's sidewalks, add bike lanes along North Carlin Springs Road, maintain four travel lanes, add a façade arch and decorative railing, and improve lighting on and under the bridge. The project also would replace and upgrade more than 600 feet of sanitary sewer trunk line. An 18-inch diameter sanitary sewer line will be abandoned and a new 30-inch diameter line built.To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 28. 

  • North Sycamore Street improvements: The Board will consider approving a $1.4 million contract to A&M Concrete Corporation for safety and street improvements to North Sycamore Street, from 26th Street North to Williamsburg Boulevard. This Neighborhood Conservation project will reduce travel lanes from four lanes to two lanes by adding raised medians with trees and grass. New curb extensions, accessible curb ramps, and bike and parking lanes will remain. Bus stops will be consolidated and relocated and storm sewer infrastructure will be improved. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 26. 

  • Update to Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Map: The Board will hold a public hearing and consider adopting an updated Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Map, an element of the County's Comprehensive Plan, and removing the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance from the County's Comprehensive Plan. If the Board adopts the updated map, it will become effective on January 1, 2018. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 50. 

  • New apartment building at 2351 Jefferson Davis Highway:  The Board will consider a Site Plan Amendment, rezoning and other actions requested by applicant commonwealth Crystal Holdings I Inc. The developer plans a 24-story, plus penthouse apartment building with 302 units at the southwest corner of 23rd Street South and Crystal Drive. The building will be constructed above an existing two-story commercial building that will be renovated, and will have groundfloor retail. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No.  49. 

  • Parks and Recreation contracts: The Board will consider approving two park construction contracts. A contract for $2.38 million, to Meridian Construction Company, Inc. will substantially renovate Stratford Park for the first time since it was built more than a half-century ago. The 3.8-acre park will get a new diamond field, complete with new dugouts, backstop, bullpens, batting cage, fencing and spectator seating. Basketball and tennis courts will be updated and all facilities, including a unisex restroom being provided by APS, will be upgraded. There will be a new picnic area, new lighting and improved pedestrian access from 23rd Street. If the Board approves the contract, construction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed early in 2018. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 30.

  • Replacing Thomas Jefferson Park turf field: A second contract, for $521,400, to FieldTurf USA, Inc. will replace the synthetic turf field at Thomas Jefferson Park Community Field, a popular field for drop-in play, sports leagues and school programs. The eight-year-old turf is worn beyond repair. The replacement turf will be made of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, which resembles crumb rubber and plays like crumb rubber, but is not made for recycled materials, and silica sand. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 31.

  • Arts Grants: The Board will consider approving $215,810 in Arlington Arts Grants recommended by the Board-appointed Arlington Commission for the Arts for Fiscal Year 2018. Grants are being awarded to three individual artists, and to 30 organizations to provide performance/rehearsal space and technical services for organizations. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 25. 


Tues., July 18 — County Board Recessed Meeting 


View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting. (Note: The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. Some reports will be posted closer to the meeting date.) 

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

6:30 p.m. session: The Board will hold public hearings on any item carried over from the Sat., July 15 Consent Agenda, and will issue a proclamation honoring the 27th anniversary of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

No earlier than 6:45 p.m., the Board will hold a public hearing on: 

  • New Lubber Run Community Center: The Board will consider endorsing the final concept design for a new Lubber Run Community Center, and will consider approving award of a $37 million Construction Manager at Risk contract for the project. The community center stands at the intersection of Park Drive and North George Mason Drive. If the Board approves the contract, it will be the first CMAR design and construction process used by the County. The approach is expected to better control costs, schedule and quality for projects. The set fee of $37 million will provide preconstruction and construction services for the new center and surrounding park. Architects VMDO, Inc. will hold a community design work session Wed. July 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Barrett Elementary School. More community meetings will be held in the fall. Visit the County website for project updates. As planned, the four-story building would offer 45,000 to 55,000 sq. ft. of built space with a footprint designed to preserve as much open space and existing trees as possible. To read the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 52. 

  • Acquiring 601 S. Carlin Springs Road from Virginia Hospital Center: The Board will consider notifying Virginia Hospital Center that the County elects to acquire the hospital's property at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, as part of the purchase price, if the hospital chooses to exercise its option to buy the County-owned Edison Center property at 1800 N. Edison St., adjacent to the hospital. The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission has recommended that the County acquire the Carlin Springs property. To view the staff report, scroll down to agenda item No. 54.