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Board Approves Rosslyn Planning Process

by ARLnow.com June 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm 2,885 16 Comments

The County Board has given the green light for a year-long process that will suggest changes to the existing development plan for the Rosslyn area.

The last time the County approved significant changes to its Rosslyn Sector Plan was 1992. Now, nearly 20 years later, officials say changes are necessary to help with Rosslyn’s continued development from a mere “collection of office buildings” to “a more balanced neighborhood, offering residents and visitors shopping, recreation and cultural activities.”

The new Rosslyn planning effort will focus on improving transportation options, suggesting changes to Rosslyn’s building height regulations and developing “a more cohesive, functional parks and open space network.” The process will include numerous community input opportunities, facilitated by a dedicated “civic engagement professional” on the planning team.

The planning process comes at a time of major change for Rosslyn. The expansive cultural center known as Artisphere opened last year, a major overhaul is coming to Gateway Park, and construction is either currently underway or imminent on three new skyscrapers, two large residential complexes, a luxury condo building and a new office building.

The Board voted 4-1 in favor of the new planning effort, which will present its recommendations to the board in 2012. Board member Walter Tejada was the lone ‘no’ vote. Tejada advocated for a longer, more comprehensive planning process with additional public input.

  • Lou

    Good luck with all that.

  • Dan

    Kind of a “day late” it would seem.

    And just what in the heck is a ““civic engagement professional” ???

    • Stu Pendus

      Somebody’s friend needed a job.

  • Rosslyn

    Less committees, less meetings. More tearing up ugly, 1970s concrete and putting in grass and small businesses. Fix Rosslyn ASAP!

    • doodly

      It’s so easy! We can just snap our fingers and boom! Small businesses! Boom! Grass!

      • TGEoA

        Arlington HS kids would smoke that grass

      • Rosslyn

        Totally agree! It is.

        Good job to Monday properties on recently putting in the street retail spaces on Oak Street. Please keep that up with more of your buildings. That corner near Gold’s Gym would really benefit from something similar. No more ugly blue brick.

    • Josh S

      The land is far too valuable for anything other than high rises. Only eminent domain and / or charitable action can result in anything else. We can hope that 21st century high rises are more attractive than “1970s” high rises and that they will include a streetscape worthy of visiting and hanging out on.

  • YTK

    Rosslyn has always been an ugly hodge podge of mismatched buildings.

  • Arlwhenever

    If you don’t like the 2012 plan, just wait until you see the 2032 plan!

  • Liberace

    Let the gays work their magic on Rosslyn.

    • Joe Hoya

      Gay magic is the best kind of magic.

    • TGEoA

      Worked so far for the Artisphere, right?

  • Linda

    Another massive re-development. To what purpose? So the County Board can appease the wants (aka buy the votes) of the arts, entertainment, sports, and recreation interests in return for building expensive public infrastructure, with tax revenue and borrowing generated by increased development?

    When was the last time you heard the County Board mention Arlington’s seriously overcrowded schools?

  • ArlForester

    Tejada preferred a plan that would build huge ugly housing projects that would only house illegals. They would be called Casa Tejada and would be a glorious example of how Arlington could replicate 1970’s NYC housing projects. The crime levels would mean they could increase the police force as well as expand the jail. The jobs it would create would be too numerous to count.

  • Terri

    Huge ugly housing projects? Have you seen the plans for Pike redevelopment?


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