IMPORTANT: Community Meeting regarding the Career Center Redevelopment

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IMPORTANT: Community Meeting regarding the Career Center Redevelopment is Wednesday 1/22 from 7-9 pm at the Career Center.
The architects and APS staff will do a brief presentation overview of what has been discussed to date during the current BLPC (building level planning committee) process, including initial site plans and some potential renderings. It’s our understanding they will then break into stations based on the area (parking, community spaces, etc) where you can ask direct questions.
This is an opportunity to weigh in on what will be a huge redevelopment close to our neighborhood and tell them what features and accommodations to prioritize at the site.
Detail Information on the Career Center Redevelopment – BLPC/PFRC Joint Meeting #8

CHCA Meeting’s Agenda, Monday, January, 13th, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm

Special Alert: Columbia Pike Traffic Changes & Local Detours

CHCA Meeting, Monday, January 13th, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Walter Reed Community Center

7:00 PM President’s Update and the goals for tonight (we still need to add a new delegate for CivFed) – (Ron Haddox)

7:05 PM Approval of the Meetings tonight agenda and the Dec 9th meeting minutes. (Marian and Ron)

7:10 PM CHCA teaming  up the three civic association in Crystal City and Livability 22202 Presentation at Civic Federation  (Sarah and Ron)

7:15 PM Should Metro Be Arlington’s Plan for Columbia Pike?  (Takis and All)

Special Note: Short before the holidays, WMATA published the long-awaited Blue, Orange and Silver Line Capacity and Reliability Study. There it proposes 6 possible future expansions for the Silver Line, one of which (Concept #6) positions the line right under Columbia Pike!

 WMATA is currently seeking input from citizens in the region (online survey: here) and will be working on a final proposal in the course of next year (2020).

The prospect of the Silver line going through Columbia Pike generates a lot of interest and discussion in our community.

7:45 PM Formal Resolution regarding the parking proposals for the Career Center (ALL)

7:50 PM Resolution to APS and the County Board regarding our position on its proposed renovations (concerns about cutting study space/going mostly digital, etc). Discussion and a formal vote are requested by Juliet Hiznay. (ALL)

8:00 PM Career Center BLPC/PFRC update (Takis and Marian)

8:15 PM Arlington Arts / Transit Station Art update (Juliet)

8:25 PM Update on Pupatella and Rite Aid– (Reggie and Ron, Mostly Reggie and ALL)

Notes and Insight From Reggie:

Two things:

Are you aware that Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza at 1621 South Walter Reed Drive had a “soft” open house today (“soft” because they ran out of flour)? It was MOBBED by our dear neighborhood locals, tonight around 8:30 pm. The place is great: fashionably decorated, clean, and friendly. Terrific Neapolitan pizza menu! If you are already up on this news, then disregard it. However, if you are not, spread the word! I don’t have the civic association mailing list just yet.

Here’s the low down on the Rite Aid use permit property. Use Permit 2945-98-4 at 2820 Columbia Pike was approved by the Arlington County Board in 1998 for a pharmacy with a driveway, subject to conditions requiring an extensive site development, parking, and landscaping plan, associated with a comprehensive sign plan.

The conditions, as many as 25 of them, were very detailed. They ensured that the entire site is kept clean and well-managed, from landscaping to paving. From what I can tell, the use permit is not in compliance with three of the conditions concerning landscaping and site maintenance: #7g, #19, and #24.

Condition #7g, among other tasks, requires the applicant to submit a maintenance agreement ensuring site upkeep beyond the nursury’s two-year guarantee for the site’s trees.

 Condition #19 requires the submission of contact information to the two civic associations (Douglas Park and Columbia Heights), CPRO, and the Office of the Arlington  County Zoning Administrator.

Condition #24 requires the applicant to provide a business staff member to pick up  site trash daily.

There may be other conditions that the applicant is violating, but at least the above three, I believe are not being in complied with.

Now, Zoning Office officials inform me that someone dropped the ball during the intervening years since the last County Board review of this use permit. The last County Board review in 2006 continued this use permit, subject to all previous conditions with an administrative review in six (6) months (evidently to address landscape deterioration issues), and with a County Board review in two (2) years: 2008. Somebody didn’t follow through, and the 2008 County Board agenda never saw that review as scheduled!

I’ve never known that to happen, but now that it has Zoning Office officials have advised me to contact the enforcement arm of the Zoning Administrator. Zoning Enforcement deals with use permits that are no longer being reviewed and any use permit violations involved.

Therefore, Zoning Enforcement is where I recommend the CHCA starts, in addressing use permit property management at 2303 Columbia Pike.

Reminder CHCA is no longer using  yahoo.com. Columbia Height’s new list server is groups.io   FYI.  ColumibaHeightsCA is still our group name. Please pass the word about our new listserve.

 

CHCA Meeting, Monday, January, 13th, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm

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Dear Neighbors,

Short before the holidays, WMATA published the long-awaited Blue, Orange and Silver Line Capacity and Reliability Study. There it proposes 6 possible future expansions for the Silver Line, one of which (Concept #6) positions the line right under Columbia Pike!

WMATA is currently seeking input from citizens in the region (online survey: here) and will be working on a final proposal in the course of next year (2020).

The prospect of the Silver line going through Columbia Pike generates a lot of interest and discussion in our community.

We cordially invite you to learn more about this and participate in the conversation at the January meeting of our Columbia Heights Civic Association:

Monday, 01/13/2020, 7 pm at the Walter Reed Community Center

And since this is our first meeting of the year, if you live in Columbia Heights, we also encourage you to sign-up or renew your membership with your Civic Association!

Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2020!

We are looking forward to seeing you on January 13!

Ron Haddox,
President, Columbia Heights Civic Assoc.

 

Civic Federation – Beyond Amazon: Livability Tue 17 Dec 2019 meeting at 7p. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center

Beyond Amazon: Livability

Matt Mattauszek, the Arlington County Crystal City / Pentagon City Planning
Coordinator will provide an update on the status of the proposed development in
the National Landing area, which has the potential to exceed 20 million square
feet of building within the next five years.

The three civic associations primarily impacted by approved and proposed
National Landing development within or close to their borders are the Arlington
Ridge Civic Association, the Aurora Highlands Civic Association, and the Crystal
City Civic Association. In early 2019, they formed the Livability Working Group
that eventually became the Federation’s ad hoc Livability Committee. The
purpose of the group was to study the impacts of development in the National
Landing area on their neighborhoods.

Mike Dowell of the Livability Working Group will present “Livability22202”, a
summary of the Livability Committee’s study of the benefits the new
development as well as the impacts that will need to be mitigated.
Following presentations on development in the National Landing area, there
will be a Q&A session moderated by Eric Cassel, Vice-Chair of the Arlington Civic Federation Board of Directors.

Tue 17 Dec 2019
Refreshments at 6.30p, meeting at 7p. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center

Arlington County’s Tree Canopy Fund Program Apply for a free tree now!

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Arlington County’s Tree Canopy Fund Program

Apply for a free tree now!

This is your opportunity to get a beautiful free (FREE) tree, professionally planted on your property where you want it. Submit an online application form by Friday December 20https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/trees

Arlington property owners can beautify their yard, add value to their real estate, lower their heating and cooling bills, and provide a new home for birds and butterflies by applying for a tree from Arlington County’s Tree Canopy Fund (TCF). The cost of the tree and its planting in spring 2020 is paid by the TCF.

The goal of the program is to plant more trees on private property within the county. Private property includes condominiums, apartment buildings, townhomes, single-family homes, non-profits (churches e.g.).  The chief requirement of those receiving trees is to properly care for them, especially watering the trees consistently for two years while they get established, then watering in following years whenever rainfall is inadequate.

Don’t wait. Sign up now! Next steps:

· Applications are due by midnight on Friday, December 20 through this link: https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/community-programs/trees/. Please note that if you wish to apply for more than one tree, you will need to fill out the application separately for every tree.

· New for Spring 2020 – we are offering the opportunity to apply for small trees for property owners with small front yards impeded by utility lines.

· Here is the available tree list for Spring 2020. Details on each species are online.

o Eastern hophornbeam

o American hornbeam

o American beech

o Black gum

o Bald cypress

o Sweetgum

o White oak

o Scarlet oak

o Willow oak

o Red oak

o Sweetbay magnolia (only for small front yards with overhead utility wires)

o Redbud (only for small front yards with overhead utility wires)

· We will do our best to accommodate your first or second choice of species, but we will use a lottery for selection if necessary.

· All trees will be planted March-April of 2020.

· More information, including the program guidelines for Spring 2020, is available on our website.

CHCA Meeting, Monday, Dec 9th, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm

CHCA Meeting, Monday, Dec 9th, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Walter Reed Community Center

7:00 PM President’s Update and the goals for tonight (need to add a new delegate for CivFed) – (Ron Haddox)

7:05 PM Approval of the Meetings tonight agenda and the Nov 11th meeting minutes. (Marian and Ron)

7:10 PM Columbia Heights Civic Association and Livability 22202 Presentation (Michael Dowell)

7:30 PM Columbia Heights Civic Association and Livability 22202 discussion (ALL)

8:00 PM Career Center BLPC/PFRC update (Takis and Marian)

8:10 PM Arlington Arts / Transit Station Art update (Juliet)

8:15 PM Update on Pupatella – (Ron)

Reminder CHCA is moving off yahoo.com. Columbia Height’s new list server is groups.io   FYI.  ColumibaHeightsCA is still our group name. Please continue to use the Yahoo Groups service until the transfer has completed which should be completed by our next December Meeting on December 9th.

CHCA – Public Art Project for Columbia Pike Bus Shelters – Community Input

Dear neighbors,

At the last CHCA meeting, I was appointed to represent the neighborhood on a group that is providing feedback to the county on the public art for 23 new bus shelters on Columbia Pike. The group is called a Community Technical Advisory Panel, or CTAP. The first meeting was held on October 31, 2019. The public art will be installed at new bus shelters along Columbia Pike. The bus shelter at Walter Reed is not slated for an art project. Here is some basic information about the project status and the scope of work for CTAP:
  • A contract is already in place with the company that will install the 23 bus shelters.
  • The design for the bus shelters is included in that contract and cannot be altered at this time. https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/board-approves-columbia-pike-transit-stations-contract/
  • Public Art staff was invited into the process after the design specifications for the bus shelters had been determined.
  • The county decided that the art will need to be placed on the top of the bus shelters, not on the back or side panels due to concerns about blocked views for businesses and residences, although the art will be partially transparent.
  • The county decided that the art will be printed on a film to be adhered to the top of the roof panel of the shelters. CTAP has been told that the material has been extenstively tested for durability and color fading, is expected to have a useful life of 20 years, is easily reprinted, and is already in use for art at shelters in Crystal City.  https://www.google.com/search?q=transitway+crystal+city+art&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS821US821&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjtn5e4w9vlAhVox1kKHV9NCecQ_AUIEigB&biw=1920&bih=888#imgrc=zduDENlSqr48JM:
  • The role for CTAP is to help select a vision for the artist who will be contracted to design the art for the 23 bus shelters.
  • CTAP will not select the artist, but will provide guidance to an Art Advisory Panel which will make recommendations to the Public Art Committee relating to artist selection and design.
The first round of installations will be at four bus stops, and this is based upon the timing of installation.The art installation must come after all other work has been completed. Accordingly, the first installations are planned for the following bus shelter locations:
  • Columbia Pike at South Four Mile Run Eastbound
  • Columbia Pike at South Buchanan St. Westbound
  • Columbia Pike at South Glebe Rd. Westbound
  • Columbia Pike at South Oakland St. Westbound
Considerations such as safety, comfort, and shelter are all factors that had to be considered for the shelter design. The controversy over the Walter Reed bus shelter seems to have driven the choice of doing art on the roof panel only. I and others expressed regret that the decision to use only the roof panel significantly restricts the artist on the effect that can be achieved. It certainly will be a challenge for the artist. If you look at the bus shelter design, you will see why it is an issue. Among other things, the shelter will be shaded through fritted glass on the roof panel, causing pixilation. I understand that this has already been discussed extensively “in-house.”
There was some discussion about the durability of the material and color fading. I inquired about whether there is a capital maintenance budget for the public art program and was informed that there is. One reason the film was selected by the county is due to the ease and low cost associated with reprinting the design for replacement.
CTAP suggested that the county reconsider the scope of the restriction to the roof only, if possible. However, there was a consensus from CTAP that we did not wish to hold up a contracting process already approved by the County Board. County public art staff indicated that much can still be achieved with existing restrictions. I am attaching the presentation given to the CTAP during the first meeting. Please note that this is background information only. The public art profiled in the presentation is not indicative of preference by staff or the CTAP.
We have a thoughtful and engaged group of volunteers on CTAP, and a short timeline in which to develop recommendations. It is anticipated that our work will be completed by January 2020. You can reach me at 202-352-8982 if you would like more information or want to share some feedback. Please be aware that I might be slow to respond to this email due to family and work obligations, so if you have time-sensitive concerns please call or text me if you are interested in this public art project.
Thank you, everyone!
Juliet
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CHCA Meeting, Monday, November 11th 2019, 6 pm

Agenda for our next Columbia Heights Civic Association Meeting
CHCA Meeting, Monday, Nov 11th Veterans Day 2019, 6 pm – 8 pm
New Location: 2701 12th St S. Arlington VA 22204

6:00 PM President’s Update and the goals for tonight (need to add a new delegate for CivFed – Eric Brescia is leaving the country) – Ron Haddox

6:05 PM Approval of the Meetings tonight agenda and the Oct 14h meeting minutes. (Marian and Ron)

6:15 PM Career Center BLPC/PFRC update (Takis and Marian)

6:45 PM CHCA Schools Committee (Sarah)

7:00 PM Arlington Arts / Transit Station Art update (Juliet)

7:15 PM Future meeting with the County’s Foresters. (Marian, All)

7:20 PM Status Update on the current state of the Lee Highway planning and a proposed re-development of Arlington  (Ben)

7:35 PM Parks and Rec about Walter Reed playground Action items Update (Marian and Eleanor)

7:45 PM CHCA Meeting at Pupatella – December 9th (Ron, All)

7:50 PM Old Business –Letter to CPRO (The current state of the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and Vendors concerns.) (Takis)

Meredith is up offering up her house for the meeting:  Our normal meeting place will be closed due to the holiday, Nov 11th Veterans Day.  Meredith has a big island but limited seating as of now.  So we may need to borrow folding chairs to accommodate everyone.

Her address is 2701 12th St S. Arlington VA 22204

Reminder CHCA is moving off yahoo.com. Columbia Height’s new list server is groups.io   FYI.  ColumibaHeightsCA is still our group name. Please continue to use the Yahoo Groups service until the transfer has completed which should be completed by our next December Meeting on December 9th.

CHCA Meeting, Monday, October 14, 2019, 7 pm

CHCA Meeting, Monday, October 14, 2019, 7 pm
Walter Reed Community Center
7:00 PM President’s Update and the goals for tonight – Ron Haddox
7:05 PM Approval of the Meetings tonight agenda and the September 9th meeting minutes. (Marian and Ron)
7:10 PM Dept. of Parks and Recreation (DPR) – planning and design of playgrounds – discussion/presentation.
8:15 PM Career Center BLPC/PFRC update (Takis and Marian)and CHCA Schools Committee (Sarah)
8:20 PM Arlington Arts / Transit Station Art (Sarah)
8:25 PM CHCA Meeting at Pupatella/Halloween Party with Green Valley. (All)
8:30 PM Future meeting with the County’s Foresters. (Marian, All)
8:35 PM Old Business –Letter to CPRO (The current state of the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and Vendors concerns.) (Takis)

Walk Bike and Roll to School Day (WBR2SD) 2019 

Walk Bike and Roll to School Day (WBR2SD) 2019 is coming up on Wednesday, October 2.  APS has been participating in this annual international event for nearly two decades.  As in past years, all APS schools are participating.  The 2019 “focus school,” where APS’ main celebration will take place, is Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School.

 

WHAT:

Walk Bike and Roll to School Day 2019   

APS 2019 “Focus School” Celebration

 

WHERE:  

Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School

3500 S. 23rd Street, Arlington  22206

*Celebration will take place outdoors on field next to school.

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 2  (October 9 rain date in event of severe inclement weather)*

  • @ 8:20-9:00 a.m.             STUDENTS ARRIVE by bus, bike, walk or drop off and head to field/meet teacher
  • 9:00-9:15 a.m.                  PRINCIPAL GRAVES LEADS SHORT PROGRAM AND PED SAFETY DEMO/SCHOOLWIDE ACTIVITIES

*this will include a See Me Flag demo

  • 9:20 a.m.                           STUDENTS DISMISSED TO ENTER BUILDING / PROCEED TO CLASS

WHO:     

Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary students (@450 PreK-5th), staff and families

Arlington School Board (invited)

APS Superintendent/Leadership (invited)

Arlington County Transportation/Commuter Services Staff (invited), including WalkArlington, BikeArlington and ATP

Arlington County Police/School Resource Officer

APS Multimodal Transportation Planning / Safe Routes to School Staff

 

WHY:                                                   

Each year on the first Wednesday in October, schools across Arlington County (and around the world) walk, bike and roll to school in celebration of Walk Bike and Roll to School Day. Arlington has taken part in this international event for nearly two decades, and participation continues to grow each year as APS students, whether new to walking/biking/rolling to school or regular active transportation commuters, celebrate the countless health, environmental, and community-building benefits of active transportation.

 

As students here in Arlington join schools, families, community partners, and elected officials world-wide in celebrating the joys and benefits of walking and biking to school on October 2, APS will kick off a year of active transportation, redoubling our efforts to make walking, biking and rolling part of the school commute on WBR2SD and every day.


Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School
 was chosen as APS’ “focus school” this year because, as a new NEIGHBORHOOD school, Drew has more walkers and a more localized school community than in the past, AND Drew families are already doing a lot to encourage walking and support pedestrian safety.

 

HOW (ROLES FOR FAMILIES/GUESTS/VIPs):           

Drew family members/VIP guests are invited to join the commute and post-commute festivities as participants or spectators.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Organize a walking school bus or bike train or remote drop-off location to meet up with other families and walk/bike to school together  (see resources https://www.apsva.us/safe-routes-to-school-overview/resources-srt/)
  • Join Drew staff in greeting / high-fiving students arriving on foot, by bike, by school bus starting around 8:30 a.m.  (Students will arrive either via the sidewalk in front of school door #1, across the field to the south of school, or along sidewalk dividing field from parking lot.)
  • Stand outside the Dr. Charles R. Drew arch to greet students as they approach campus
  • Take part in activities / short program on field
  • Take photos and tweet #APSWalk2SchoolDay

 

QUESTIONS:                                      

Contact Lauren Hassel, APS Safe Routes to School Coordinator at lauren.hassel@apsva.us

More information on APS Walk Bike and Roll to School Day can be found at: https://www.apsva.us/safe-routes-to-school-overview/walkbike-to-school-day/