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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com February 15, 2011 at 9:29 am 1,569 33 Comments

Pothole Problem May Persist — County Manager Barbara Donnellan says the county is waiting for the beginning of spring to fix most of the potholes on local roads. Donnellan, speaking at Saturday’s county board meeting, said “it’s better” to fix the roads after the winter. Board member Walter Tejada acknowledged one resident’s complaints about potholes on his street, adding that Wilson Boulevard and Columbia Pike also have some particularly rough patches. [Sun Gazette]

Remy to be Guest Bartender at FundraiserArlington rapper Remy will be the guest bartender tomorrow at a fundraiser for the Arlington Free Clinic. The fundraiser is being held at Velocity Five (2300 Clarendon Blvd) from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Remy’s sister, Lena, will help select the evening’s door prize winners. [Gregs List DC]

Myerton Apartments Becoming Condos — In 2007, developer JBG decided to scrap plans to market a new renovation project in Penrose as condominiums. Instead, with the economy on the ropes, it leased out the property as the Myerton Apartments. Now, the project’s 74 apartments are once again slated to be sold as condos. Two bedrooms will be priced just below $300,000. [Urban Turf]

President’s Day Schedule Set — Most county offices will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. [Arlington County]

  • LyonSteve

    “It’s better” for who? Them or us? Spring begins on March 20th, are they not even going to start until then?

    Where does one send the bill to for damage from potholes in early March when the average temperature is well above freezing?

    • local

      I think it means its better for the roads. The patches will last longer.

      • Overgrown Bush

        Temporary patch in the winter. Permanent patch in the spring. Or permanent patch in the winter with the more pricy material. Comes down to $, not technology.

    • R.Griffon

      I used to live in the pothole capital in PA, and this was pretty standard practice. Only really exceptional holes that presented a real danger (and that’s obviously subjective) were patched right away; 99% of them had to wait for Spring. I’m not sure what the specific reasons are (maybe the pavement doesn’t cure properly and they’d have to do them all again), but that’s pretty much to be expected.

      Also, some tires have a factory “Road Hazard” warranty that might cover such a thing if you need it (typically pro-rated for cost, not full replacement).

  • Overgrown Bush

    It may be better for the County budget to wait to fix potholes. It may be better for the bottom line of tire shops and auto repair shops. But it is NOT better for the motorists.

    • Dan

      But we have Artisphere !!!

    • OX4

      Seeing as how the county budget is our tax dollars, I’m all for waiting.

      • local

        North Irving Street between Wilson and 13th St. has been a mess of patches for at least a decade. What’s up with that?

  • Ballston

    There’s a stretch of pavement (or what once was pavement) on Old Dominion, between George Mason and 37th St N that is literally down to the base pavement, with a big sewer cap popping up. It brings traffic to a halt because you have to crawl through these ditches. Sent a work request to ArlCo but it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for repairs.

    • JamesE

      I almost hit that once but swerved into the other lane to avoid it (no on coming traffic obviously), it would have destroyed my tires and wheels, I saw cars in front of me looking like they would fall apart.

      • Rick

        I go full speed over it in my truck but its
        a) not fair to the residents of arlington
        b) a long time coming, it’s been going to S for a few months and
        c) DANGEROUS. It will be warm Wednesday-Friday, one day to mill, one day to pave. Take friday off…

        • JamesE

          Yeah if I had a truck I would go over it no problem, as it is I have about 3 inches of ground clearance and the first time I saw that mess I think the world went into slow motion as I tried to avoid it.

    • Ballston

      Touché Arlington Co. — they did some minor patching to that spot on Old Dominion yesterday. It’s not perfect but it’s much more passable.

  • Black Flag

    Myerton Apartments Becoming Condos, more condos, more condos and more pizza places. sad

    • Arlingtonian2

      Myerton going condo is good for the neighborhood since Sienna Park and Penrose Square will total about 477 new rentals. Sienna Park was promoted to the neighborhood as a condo project but switched because of economics. Maybe some of the DHS employees will purchase and walk across the street rather than commute to work.

  • Suburban War

    I used to live in Myerton–it’s not a bad place, but the location is kind of awkward.

    • Val

      What do you mean by “awkward”? It seems like a great location, whether you are a driver or a bus commuter.

      • Resident

        I am a current resident at Myerton and these places are decent to rent, but I wouldn’t buy one of these ever. I wrote this review on the linked website:

        I am a resident currently at Myerton. I wouldn’t buy one of these even if they were 50k less. The “2 bedrooms” are more like 1 bedroom with a den. Forget having a roommate. There is hardly any closet space and even less in a 1 bedroom. The heating is a joke, our bedroom in a 2 bedroom is easily 5-10 degrees cooler than the rest of the apartment (even with all of the vents closed) and since they are electric, you get charged to try and warm your freezing apartment. The windows are like cellophane and they constantly have condensation on them that actually FREEZES in the winter! We have reoccurring black mold because of it. There are rats in the courtyard (along with rat traps that are out in the open). You will find dead rats every once in awhile out there.

        The few upsides this place has are that it is gated and has a pool and gym. Renting is fine here, but buying one of these condos is not in your best interest!

        • DT

          It used to be an executive hotel. I don’t know if that was the original layout but it was called Executive Club South. There was a North version on the Arl. Blvd access road on the Fort Myer of 50.

  • Hiro

    It’s a waste of time to try to get Arlington county to pay for damages. I’ve ruined or damaged 3 wheels on potholes on Wilson Blvd and George Mason Dr. and Arlington says they are not to blame. I’m thousands of dollars out of pocket between the cost of wheel ad tire replacements. It’s absolutely ridiculous!

    • Overgrown Bush

      It is “better” this way, right?

    • local

      How do you ruin three wheels? You must drive an awful lot, or poorly, or both.

  • CrystalMikey

    I wonder if Remy’s sister is cute

  • AttheStarbucksortheStarbucks

    Looking forward to meeting Remy at Velocity Five, but one question: Why isn’t he taking his brown flip-flops over to the Starbucks or the Starbucks or the Starbucks or the Starbucks …?

  • DudeGuy

    Remy… ugh, what a joke as a guest bartender.. how about we have the homeless piss breath Vet that hangs out at Front Page Ballston (nothing against Vets!)

    Potholes in Arlington are everywhere this year, I feel like more than normal. I was driving down Washington Blvd last year and hit a HORRIBLE pothole that did damage to my wheel. I could not swerve out of the way because I was in the right lane (going towards Falls Church) and there was a car to my left and people walking to my right. I called Arlington County about it and they said that since the pothole had not been reported they could not help me out with the cost to get a new wheel. Awesome job Arlington!

    • mehoo

      Ask KalishnaKEV about the homeless Vet. It’ll make his head explode.

  • MIchael H.

    I have to admit that the “rap” video was funny. But I had never heard of this Remy guy before. Is he “kind of a big deal”?

    • LyonSteve

      He is if you like brown flip flops.

    • DudeGuy

      Not a big deal at all. KEEP MOVING, NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

    • Westover

      Big enough that that Justin Bibeer kid just beat him out for the Grammy Nomination.

  • jkb

    Why does Myerton show a picture of Clarendon Barnes & Noble on their photo page???

    • cmg

      Myerton shows pictures of Clarendon because it’s technically walking distance- albeit, a small hike. It’s just about a mile.

      • jkb

        Seems odd to me, considering there are worthy places along the Columbia Pike corridor that would be more appropriate to allude to as a local attraction or neighborhood draw than something in Clarendon. It’s borderline false advertising. Clarendon really has zilch to do with Penrose. Most people wouldn’t even know the most appropriate route to take by foot to walk to Clarendon from that location.

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