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New Capital Bikeshare Stations Built in Virginia Square
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Capital Bikeshare’s expansion along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor continues its push westward. In the past week, two new stations have popped up in the Virginia Square neighborhood.

A 19-dock Bikeshare station was installed near the Virginia Square metro station (901 N. Monroe St), and another one went up directly in front of the Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St), with 11 docks. Click here to read more.


Contract Awarded for Glebe Road Intersection Changes
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The Arlington County Board awarded a $3.52 million contract over the weekend for changes to four busy intersections along N. Glebe Road.

Contractor B&B Signal Company won the contract to construct pedestrian-friendly improvements at the intersections of Glebe and Carlin Springs Road, Glebe and Wilson Boulevard, and Glebe and Fairfax Drive, and Fairfax Drive and N. Wakefield Street.

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Improvements Coming to Tricky Clarendon Intersection
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A widely disliked Clarendon intersection will be revamped in the next couple of years. The County has released preliminary plans for the area sometimes referred to as Clarendon Circle.

Based on a study of the intersection at Washington, Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards, the plan provides safety improvements for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Eight other nearby intersections would also be affected by the changes in traffic flow.

The geometry of the intersection, which is often described as “awkward” and “confusing,” would be normalized by the revamp. The overall size of the intersection would decrease, and better traffic signals and signs would be installed.

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Revamped Virginia Square Development Plan Approved
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A plan to revamp part of Virginia Square has been approved by the Arlington County Board. The development is planned for the site that houses the old Arlington Funeral Home (3901 Fairfax Dr) building.

BDC Crimson LLC is the developer for the nine story mixed-use commercial building, which will include offices, ground floor retail and a 12,985 square foot black box theater. The theater will cost $3.7 million to build, and will be leased to the County for 30 years, at $1 per year. It will hold 150 people.

Click here to read more about the project.


A Snapshot of Business in Ballston

It’s a little outdated, but in preparation for new Ballston BID director, Tina Leone joining us at Monday’s monthly membership meeting, we thought we would pass along this article from the Connection Online about the past, present and future of business in Ballston. click here to read the article.



Traffic Signals Installed at Wilson Blvd Intersection
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New traffic signals were installed today at the busy intersection of Wilson Boulevard and N. Pollard Street in Ballston, near the Gold’s Gym and the Wiinky’s burger restaurant.

The installation comes about three months after the Sun Gazette reported, in an article entitled”Residents Find Developer Payments Don’t Translate Into Traffic-Signal Installation,” that a developer had agreed to contribute $150,000 toward the addition of traffic signals at the intersection back in 2004. At the time of the article, the County Manager Barbara Donnellan promised to investigate why the traffic signal had not yet been installed. Read more by clicking here.


Ribbon cutting ceremony held to unveil newly installed solar panels at Central Library.

County Board Members Mary Hynes and Jay Fisette were on hand at Quincy Library to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony, honoring the newly installed solar panels on the roof of Central Library. Central Library is continuing to be a leader in making our neighborhood “green”. In addition to the solar panels, the Library plans to install a Capital Bikeshare rental station outside the N. Quincy St. entrance. Read more here at ARLnow.com.



Additional Orange Line Trains to Help Relieve Congestion Along Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has approved a plan to run six more trains per hour between West falls Church station and Largo Town Center station during peak hours beginning mid year of 2012. This change will help alleviate extreme backup and congestion along the Orange line. This is just one change in the current metro route map made in advance of addition of the new Silver Line witch will connect to the Orange line and extend service out to Dulles Airport.
ARLnow.com has a recent story about this new WMATA development.



Responsible Energy Practices Promoted as a part of Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month. Click here to view Arlington County’s press release and see how the we are celebrating.
Click here to view Arlington County’s press release and see how the we are celebrating.



Kirkwood Road Sidewalk Project Gets Final Approval from County Board

A neighborhood project that has been in the works for several years, the Kirkwood Road sidewalk project has gained final approval from the County Board. As this project was approved as Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association project through the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee process. This project will put in new sidewalk on the west side of Kirkwood Road between 17th Street North and Lee Highway. Funding for this comes from Neighborhood Conservation Bond and “Walk Arlington”. Work on this project is slated to begin this fall.

Click here to access to read more about this project.



Marymount University recognized as a military friendly university.

Marymount University was included in GI Jobs magazine’s list of top “military friendly” universities. The article also details how Marymount University is a member of an association of schools that go above and beyond to provide assistance to service-members and their families.

Click here to access the full article



Metro Seeks Input on Proposed Weekend Rail Cuts
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WMATA will hold a public hearing on proposed service cuts at the Arlington County Board Room (2100 Clarendon Blvd) on Wednesday.
In addition to cuts to several bus lines in Maryland and the District, WMATA is proposing scaling back weekend rail service.
Train “headways” would increase from 12 minutes to 18 minutes until 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, headways will increase from 15 minutes to 20 minutes before 9:30 p.m. After 9:30 p.m. on both days, you’ll have to wait 25 minutes between trains.
The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow with an “open house,” followed by a “town hall meeting” at 6:00 p.m. and a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is one of six being held around the region this week.


Woman Injured, Dog Killed by Truck Near W-L High School
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A young woman who was walking her dog was struck by a pickup truck this morning on the Quincy Street bridge over I-66, near Washington-Lee High School.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes around 7:30 a.m. The dog — a golden retriever — was killed and the woman — who was in her 20s — was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, according to Arlington Police spokeswoman Det. Crystal Nosal. To read more, click here.


Arlington Public Library to participate in “Operation Paperback” as a part of this year’s Arlington Reads service project
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In support of our troops, for this year’s Arlington Reads service project we are participating in Operation Paperback, a non-profit organization that coordinates volunteer groups who collect and ship paperback books to U.S. troops overseas. Read more about this great project here.


Planetarium funding included in proposed 2012 schools budget
by Rebecca Cooper, TBD.com

Arlington Public Schools has set aside more than $230,000 in the proposed 2012 schools budget to be allocated specifically for the David M. Brown Planetarium. Read the full article here.


Cool Schools: Singing, Dancing, & Learning Science
by WUSA 9 News Now

The Arlington Science Focus School, located in the northeast corner of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association, was recently profiled in an article and video posted on Channel WUSA 9 News Now online. Click here to access the article and video. This profile highlights the interactive approach to learning taken on by the faculty.


Arlington county manager’s fiscal 2012 budget proposes no cuts in services
By Christy Goodman, Washington Post

Arlington County’s proposed fiscal 2012 budget doesn’t restore any previously cut services, but it avoids further cuts, officials said Tuesday.

County Manager Barbara Donnellen presented board members with a $985.2 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That figure includes $378.2 million the county’s public schools.

To read more, please click here.


School Board Seeks Nominations for ‘Honored Citizens’
By Scott McCAFFREY, Staff Writer, Sun Gazette

Arlington Public Schools is seeking nominations for its Honored Citizens awards, to be presented at the School Board’s Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Ceremony on April 14.

To be recognized, an individual must have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the county school system for at least five years.

Nominations are due to the School Board office by the close of business on Friday, March 4. For information or to request a nomination form, call the School Board office at (703) 228-6015 or see the Web Site.

If you would like to nominate someone, please use this Nomination Form.


Solar panels slated for Arlington Library roof
By Rebecca Cooper, TBD.com

In a few months time, the Arlington Central Library should be at least partially solar powered, with the county expected to hire a contractor in February to install solar panels on the library’s roof.

Installation of the panels is expected to be complete before the summer’s peak electricity load hits, according to Arlington County energy manager John Morrill.

The panels, expected to cost about $300,000, are being paid for with federal grant money awarded to Arlington in the stimulus package.

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More details on new apartments proposed for Virginia Square
By Rebecca Cooper, TBD.com

The developer proposing a new 500-unit apartment building for an entire city block in Virginia Square has released more details about the project, including plans to connect the two buildings of the project with a second floor enclosed bridge for residents.

The project, to be called Virginia Square Towers, includes a six-story, 129-unit apartment building on Wilson Boulevard between North Lincoln and North Kansas Streets, and a 12-story, 371-unit building on the same block facing Fairfax Drive.

Click here to read more of the article.


New Fiber Optic Line Could Help Traffic Flow
By Arlington Now, www.ArlNow.com

This weekend the county board is expected to approve a $4 million contract that will install six miles of fiber optic line along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Columbia Pike and Glebe Road. It’s the first phase of a long-term traffic management project that planners hope will allow more intelligent, real-time management of traffic flow in the county.

The initial phase of the project includes four new traffic monitoring cameras, at the intersections of Washington Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard, Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, Columbia Pike and Glebe Road, and at Glebe Road and Arlington Boulevard (Route 50). An additional 17 cameras throughout the county could be installed by the end of the year, according to Traffic Engineering and Operations Bureau Chief Wayne Wentz. The new cameras would supplement the Arlington’s existing 29 traffic cams. To read the rest of the story, click here.

For more information on the project, read the staff proposal.


New 500-unit apartment complex planned for Virginia Square
By Rebecca Cooper, TBD.com

Another semi-vacant property is now set to develop along the Wilson Boulevard, it would seem, as residential property owner Dittmar Company has submitted its plans to add to its holdings with a 500-unit residential complex in Virginia Square.

Virginia Square Towers, a two-building development, would take up an entire city block between Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive and North Kansas Street and North Lincoln Street, just one block from the Virginia Square Metro station.
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Board Members OK Tax District for Ballston
By Scott McCAFFREY, Staff Writer, Sun Gazette

“County Board members on Dec. 11 unanimously approved creation of a business-improvement district with taxing authority in Ballston, saying the funds raised would help that part of the Metro corridor compete in attracting and retaining high-quality commercial tenants.” Click here to read the rest of the Sun Gazette article.

Pamela Kahn, from the Ballston Partnership, spoke about the Partnership’s efforts to support the Business Improvement District (BID) at our November 30th meeting, prior to approval of the BID by the County Board.


Upcoming FY 2012 Budget: Public Forum at Central Library

The Arlington County Central Library will play host to a public forum put on by the County Manager’s Office, to acquire community input regarding upcoming budgetary matters. The meeting will be held Thursday, December 2nd from 7pm to 9pm in the Central Library Auditorium, located at 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA.
Click here for more information.