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by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm 4,224 17 Comments

Continuing our Top 15 list of the most-read Arlington stories of 2012, today we present numbers 6 through 10.

Page view counts for each article are listed in parenthesis. So far this year, ARLnow.com has recorded more than 12 million page views, up from 7.2 million in the same time period last year.

Storm damage on the 1200 block of S. Barton St10. Thousands Still Without Power in Arlington (13,267 views) — After the June 29 derecho blew through the area, with winds up to 70 miles per hour, much of Arlington County was in the dark. Some 68,000 Dominion customers in Arlington lost power during or immediately after the storm. Dozens of trees and utility poles were knocked down, numerous local roads were blocked and some gas stations ran out of fuel. On top of it all, sweltering heat followed in the wake of the storm.

9. Woman Dies After Being Hit By Cyclist (13,609 views) — An 80-year-old woman, identified by police as Ita Lapina of Arlington, died after she moved into the path of and was struck by a passing cyclist who had just yelled “on your left.” The 62-year-old cyclist was not charged with a crime.

8. Police Investigate Possible Meth Lab in Va. Square (15,270 views) — A 225-unit high rise apartment building in Virginia Square was evacuated for several hours on a Monday night in August when police discovered a suspected meth lab inside one of the apartments. Two men were arrested and charged with Attempted Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. On of the suspects was a former USA Today technology writer.

Critical pedestrian accident near the intersection of N. Highland Street and Clarendon Blvd7. Police Investigate Critical Pedestrian Accident in Clarendon (17,114 views) — A 27-year-old man from Collinsville, Va. suffered a severe head injury after being struck by a car in Clarendon. Numerous bar-goers witnessed the accident, which occurred on Clarendon Boulevard, near the Metro station, at 12:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Earlier this month, the victim’s father told ARLnow.com that his son, Michael Sizemore, is slowly but steadily recovering his cognitive and speech abilities.

6. Police: Man Sent Ex-Girlfriend Topless Photos of Herself (17,728 views) — A 27-year-old Arlington resident was accused and later convicted of taking a topless photo of his ex-girlfriend while she was sleeping. The victim told police and the jury that the suspect, Trevor Frye, emailed the photo to her following an argument. Fyre, who represented himself in court, was acquitted on a separate charge of unlawful entry.

by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm 7,775 28 Comments

A man robbed the Currency Exchange store at the Pentagon City mall on Chrismas Eve by implying that he had a weapon, according to police.

No weapon was seen, but the man was able to flee the scene after obtaining cash. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ARMED ROBBERY, 12/24/12, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At 2:42 pm on December 24, an unknown suspect robbed the Currency Exchange at Pentagon City Mall. The subject fled the scene on foot in the direction of the Metro. The subject is described as a black male, approximately 50 years old, 150 lbs, with a short beard. He was wearing a jean jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt and a black Nike hat at the time of the incident.

Also this week, a man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after has was caught masturbating at the L.A. Fitness health club in Crystal City, according to police.

A gym patron walked into the sauna and witnessed the man mid-act, police said. According to Arlington County spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, the suspect began to “tussle” with the witness after he said he was going to alert the manager; no charges were filed as a result of the scuffle.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 12/21/12, 3500 block of S. Clark Street. On December 21 at 9:21 am, a subject was seen masturbating inside the sauna of a gym. Morris Umansky, 63, of Arlington, VA, was charged with indecent exposure and released on a summons.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm 4,727 26 Comments

High rise construction in Ballston(Updated at 3:35 p.m.) Some 6.3 million square feet of office space is either currently under construction or approved and awaiting construction, according to latest figures from Arlington County.

The development of 5.3 million square feet of office, 836,543 square feet of retail and 7,572 residential units in Arlington has been approved by the county but is not yet under construction, according to the 2012 Arlington County Government annual report. That’s up from last year’s annual report, when 4.3 million square feet of office, 813,479 square feet of retail and 5,839 residential units were approved and awaiting construction.

As of Sept. 30, approximately 1 million square feet of office, 150,000 square feet of retail and 1,380 residential units were under construction, up about 50 percent, 70 percent and 20 percent year-over-year, respectively.

The figures are a reflection of continued developer interest in Arlington County, despite economic competition from D.C. and the new Silver Line corridor.

“The increased competition from the Silver Line construction certainly exists, and our team is working diligently to showcase the opportunity that exists in Arlington,” said Arlington Economic Development spokeswoman Cara O’Donnell. “Developers are continuing to plan new and exciting projects in Arlington, and our BizLaunch program works with as many as 3,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses every year.”

Still, some believe that the Silver Line may take some Metro-oriented development away from Arlington, particularly after the first section of the rail line — running from Reston and Tysons to Arlington and D.C. — opens in late 2013 or early 2014.

Most of the projects not yet under construction in Arlington were approved in the past 5 years, although some date back to the 1990s and one dates back to 1981. All told, there is about 40 million square feet of office space in Arlington, plus 43,000 residential units along Metro corridors and 105,000 residential units countywide, based on the county’s 2012 profile.

The developments approved but not yet under construction (as of 11/1/12) include:

  • Rosslyn Gateway Phases 1 & 21901 Ft. Myer Drive — 490,056 sq ft office / 26,376 sq ft retail / 273 residential units / 148 hotel rooms
  • Rosslyn Commons Townhouses1500 Clarendon Blvd — 25 residential units
  • Central Place1801 N. Moore Street — 570,549 sq ft office / 44,554 sq ft retail / 374 residential units
  • Wakefield Manor2025 Fairfax Drive — 188 residential units
  • 1919 Clarendon Blvd (Hollywood Video Site)1919 Clarendon Blvd — 24,657 sq ft retail / 198 residential units
  • The Tellus2009 14th Street N. — 10,674 sq ft office / 4,354 sq ft retail / 254 residential units
  • Washington View 2001 Clarendon Blvd — 32,840 sq ft retail / 154 residential units
  • NTSA Office Site1840 Wilson Blvd — 107,920 sq ft office / 10,000 sq ft retail
  • Demar Office Building2311 Wilson Blvd — 100,328 sq ft office / 4,906 sq ft retail
  • 3001 Washington Blvd (Penzance) 3001 Washington Blvd — 284,012 sq ft office / 22,479 sq ft retail
  • Beacon at Clarendon West (formerly The Waverly)1200 N. Irving Street — 18,299 sq ft retail / 195 residential units
  • 3901 Fairfax Drive 3901 Fairfax Drive — 178,131 sq ft office / 3,200 sq ft retail
  • Virginia Square Towers 3440 Fairfax Drive — 12,815 sq ft retail / 540 residential units
  • 3803 Fairfax Drive Expansion3803 Fairfax Drive — 43,045 sq ft office
  • 650 N. Glebe Road (Goodyear Site)650 N. Glebe Road — 2,203 sq ft retail / 163 residential units
  • Founder’s Square North Office707 N. Randolph Street — 418,810 sq ft office / 7,670 sq ft retail
  • The Place (Founder’s Square North Residential)4000 Wilson Blvd — 9,035 sq ft retail / 256 residential units
  • Peck/Staples/AHC Townhouses815 N. Woodrow Street — 28 residential units
  • The Spire/Fairmont4420 Fairfax Drive — 9,200 sq ft retail / 237 residential units
  • 1900 Crystal Drive1900 Crystal Drive — 719,704 sq ft office / 11,290 sq ft retail
  • Boeing Site608 S. Ball Street — 453,422 sq ft office
  • Potomac Yard Land Bays C & D3001 Jefferson Davis Hwy — 1,064,298 sq ft office / 73,696 sq ft retail / 691 residential units
  • Lofts at Crystal Houses1900 S. Eads Street — 252 residential units
  • Crystal City Retail Phase II 2010 Crystal Drive — 84,034 sq ft office / 92,920 sq ft retail
  • Airport Plaza IV2600 Crystal Drive — 198 residential units
  • Pentagon City PDSP Parcel 3501 15th Street S. — 64,231 sq ft retail / 1,172 residential units / 300 hotel rooms
  • Pentagon City PDSP Parcel 1D1197 S. Fern Street — 930 residential units / 582 hotel rooms
  • The Acadia (Three Metropolitan Park) 1201 S. Fern Street — 16,345 sq ft retail / 411 residential units
  • Pentagon Centre Phases 1-3 1201 S. Hayes Street – 776,982 sq ft office / 327,070 sq ft retail / 600 residential units / 250 hotel rooms
  • Pike 34003400 Columbia Pike — 15,443 sq ft retail / 301 residential units
  • Axumite Village 1100 S. Highland Street — 36 residential units
  • Columbia Place1100 S. Edgewood Street — 2,960 sq ft retail / 22 residential units
  • Buckingham Townhomes Village I424 N. George Mason Drive — 68 residential units
  • Greenbrier Village Phase II2251 N. Greenbrier Street — 4 residential units
  • 705/707 N. Barton Street 705 N. Barton Street — 2 residential units

by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,117 24 Comments

Dogs relaxing in the shade at the 2011 Columbia Pike Blues FestivalStarting next week, ARLnow.com will be introducing a new weekly feature intended to highlight some of our furriest and friendliest neighbors.

Each week, we’ll pick a new “Arlington Pet of the Week.” From dogs, cats, birds, fish and everything in between, the feature will include photos and an explanation of what makes that week’s pet so special. The owner of each Pet of the Week will receive a gift card to a local pet store, in addition to the recognition of just how awesome his or her pet is.

If you think your little guy should be a contender for Arlington Pet of the Week, email one or more photos of and a 2-3 paragraph write-up about your pet to steph@arlnow.com. Please also include your name and the neighborhood you live in. All material sent to ARLnow.com may be used for publication.

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by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2012 at 10:20 am 2,224 36 Comments

Snow tires by BrianMKA

Chamber Wants State Control of Energy Plan — One of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s legislative goals this year is to have the state take control of energy efficiency and green building standards. The Chamber’s call for statewide objectives and policies comes as Arlington is in the latter stages of developing its own Community Energy Plan. “The Chamber does not support the delegation of authority to localities to establish green-building codes and requirements on a locality-by-locality basis,” the group wrote. [Sun Gazette]

VSP Responds to Crashes During Storm — Yesterday’s snow, ice and rain storm resulted in dozens of crashes on Northern Virginia highways. Virginia State Police’s Fairfax division (which includes Arlington) responded to 69 crashes, 46 disabled vehicles and a total of 328 calls for service yesterday, according to VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Statewide, VSP responded to 686 crashes, including one fatal wreck in Campbell County, near Lynchburg.

Population Decline Coming?Updated at 12:55 p.m. — A projection by researchers at the University of Virginia suggests that Arlington’s population will, against all conventional wisdom, actually decline in coming years. In the 2010 census Arlington had a population of 207,627; by 2040, the projection suggest the population will shrink to 197,065. The researchers cautioned against putting too much faith in the Arlington numbers. As a whole, Virginia is projected to grow, with some 2 million additional residents statewide by 2040. Arlington’s planning division projects a population of 252,400 in 2040. [Sun Gazette]

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