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Not Much Progress on Courthouse Plaza Brick Work

by ARLnow.com — August 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm 2,498 33 Comments

Two months ago we reported that the brick work that has turned Courthouse Plaza into a maze of fences was behind schedule.

On the surface, it doesn’t appear that much progress has been made on the project since then. We spotted a small construction crew working on the big patch of bare ground in front of the AMC movie theater and the county government building yesterday afternoon, but it’s not clear what exactly they were doing.

Residents, needless to say, aren’t happy with the state of affairs.

“I live in Courthouse Plaza and walk through the disaster area every morning. I avoid it at all other times,” one resident wrote, in an email to ARLnow.com. “Why[is it] taking so long to just do half the plaza? Last week they ripped up an additional section — the walkway connecting the west end of the plaza to 14th Street — so apparently the project isn’t abandoned. However, there seems to be ZERO progress on any other part of the site.”

We reached out to Vornado, the owner of Courthouse Plaza, but haven’t heard back.

  • Paco

    The fences make it tougher for the ATM and bank robbers to escape.

  • Squidward Tenticles

    Yeah it horrible that it stills looks the same since the beginning of the summer. I have extra body parts to get the job done quicker

  • JimPB

    The initiative and efficiency of private enterprise at work (correction, at rest).

    • Lou

      Uh huh, and how fast would the County’s brick laying staff had finished this work?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjAPoN8qs0Q Daniel

        Trick question! The County doesn’t do pavers.

        • Aaron

          I’d point the finger at the too-cozy relationship between the developers and the County. If Vornado had any worries at all about getting their future development plans approved by the Board, they wouldn’t leave this blatent mess literally on the County’s doorstep.

          • CW

            Comment of the day…

          • normal

            But you could turn that around and say that clearly Vornado doesn’t care much about what the county thinks of them or else they’d do better.

      • normal

        Good question, given that the county would hire a private contractor.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjAPoN8qs0Q Daniel

    It’s been torn up since Winter…maybe Fall of 2010?

  • ArlingtonDweller

    When will Capital Bikeshare expand in Arlington? The county said spring then summer and now its almost fall, and nothing.

    • KalashniKEV

      Probably whenever the government wants to hand them another fat grant to do it.

    • Sharing

      There are several Capital Bikeshare stations in Arlington: http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/station_map
      In June, there were talks about where to put even more stations in Arlington.

  • Squidward Tenticles

    I thought I read an artilce and it said by the end of september

  • JamesE

    Reminds me of how the extra lane on 66 is taking longer to build than the entire metro rail expansion.

  • KalashniKEV

    They should make ACPD do it.

    • Am I the only one

      If it takes 4 of them to arrest a guy changing his booted tire right next door and ALL of them to not catch any bank robbers, how many do you think it would take to lay the bricks?

  • JimPB

    Things now do take too long. The massive Pentagon was built in just 16 months. That rate of speed should be standard.

  • MattB

    Did we deport all of the illegals? Is that why it is taking so long?

    • KalashniKEV

      I wish, brother. If the county would clean up the Vagrants, Welfare Rats, and Criminal Aliens I’d go down there myself and bang out that job in a week… for free.

      • normal

        Thanks for another comment, KalashnEichmann.

  • John Fontain

    “I live in Courthouse Plaza and walk through the disaster area every morning”

    I know, that area is a total, complete, and utter disaster. It’s like, just totally, not right that we should be subjected to walking through something so disasterous. Walking through there makes me totally understand what the folks are going through in Joplin, Missouri or the Fukushima prefecture. It’s just so wrooonng for the county to subject this kind of disaster on us.

    • DD

      If she lives in Archstone Courthouse Plaza, isn’t it easier to cut through the garage and enter the Metro there?

    • normal

      “Walking through there makes me totally understand what the folks are going through in Joplin, Missouri or the Fukushima prefecture.”

      Whoa, now, let’s not get crazy.

      • CW

        I don’t think John’s ditzy mock-valley-girl accent came through in the text, but I got it.

        • John Fontain

          Like, totally.

    • John Fountain

      Spent much time in Jolin, then?

      Pretentious much?

  • DL

    It’s fine to vent on this website, but has anyone complained to the county board members. I actually got a response regarding a message I sent to request Westover library installing an “open” sign. Of course, it was the 3rd time I’ve asked for it… and if I have to wait for the librarians to turn the sign on I may never go into Westover Library again!

    • ArlRez

      @DL – Will making a complain accomplish anything? If so how do we file a complaint?

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  • Guiness

    Laying pavers on top of a parking garage… where is the water going to drain… FAIL….
    I’ve never seen more than 3 people standing around at one time inside the fence…

  • Madeleine Ioannou

    I moved to Courthouse Plaza on April 11th and the place looked like a disaster — nothing has happened since! What happened to Arlington County, and how could they put us through this mess! I thought it would be just a couple of months and still no work is being done at all and it’s almost the first of September! Nobody cares anymore — that’s just the way it is, so we just have to grin and bear it! A symptom of something much larger than this one project!

  • Jaywalker

    A simple explanation would be helpful; otherwise one is left to mindless speculation. Related, I can only assume the delay is related to some serious underlying infrastructure issues (i.e. waterproofing, piping issues, foundation cracks, bricks are made-by-hand in Joplin, etc). Would Arlington County Government, the abutting property tenant, really permit this project to drag on endlessly without some reasonable expectation of completion? Perhaps. Nonetheless, a simple explanation would be helpful.

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