Columbia Heights Civic Association
Monday, February 12, 2018
Walter Reed Community Center
Walter Reed Drive and 16th Street
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Please join us tonight for an action-packed meeting on neighborhood issues.
Career Center Working Group
Columbia Heights is officially represented in the Career Center Working Group, which is actively pursuing long-range plans for the campus of the Career Center, Fenwick Building and the old Patrick Henry elementary school. The County wants feedback from the neighborhoods about a large number of issues, including:
· Whether the existing Career Center should remain the same, or whether this should be a “comprehensive high school” for local residents
· Whether the Community High School—which serves all of Arlington—should remain on the site
· Whether the County’s Montessori program should move into Patrick Henry
· Whether the County should purchase the ECDC property that would connect the campus to Columbia Pike
· Where to move the public library
Creating a New Neighborhood Plan
Part of our meeting will focus on plans for a new Neighborhood Plan. Our guest speaker will be Tim McIntosh from the Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC), who will give us guidance on creating a new neighborhood plan using a charette process. NCAC is the program that funds infrastructure projects based on priorities that neighborhoods have identified in their plans. To date, we have received well over a million dollars’ worth of projects. These have included: the fencing and gateways into the Walter Reed Community Center; new street lights in Arlington Village; a new sidewalk and street light on S. 11th Street; and the historic display case in the Walter Reed Center. This Spring the NCAC will begin construction on the east side of Columbia Heights, with improved sidewalks and safe school bus stop at 12th and S. Courthouse.
We want everyone’s input into the new plan, which is expected to include a new part of S. Cleveland Street. The plan will also address other issues of concern, including street calming (to address cut-through traffic), the construction of a new emergency road along the northeast corner of the Army-Navy Country Club, and much more.
Street Construction along Columbia Pike
Jon Lawler from Arlington County will join us to provide an update on construction along Columbia Pike, which could continue for the next three years.
We look forward to seeing you there!
President, Columbia Heights