(Updated at 3:00 p.m.) The County Board will take up a set of issues at its meeting on Saturday, July 21, regarding the Rosslyn Gateway project — a plan for the re-development of a block just south of Rosslyn Gateway Park.
Developer JBG is seeking approval to redevelop the 2.2 acres of land bounded by N. 20th Street on the north, N. Moore Street on the east, N. 19th Street on the south, and Fort Myer Drive on the west. The plan is for the construction of a 26-story residential and hotel building, and a 25-story office building. The residential/hotel building would have its first 11 floors occupied by the hotel, and the remainder occupied by residential units.
An existing 12-story office building — Rosslyn Gateway North — would remain, but is expected to eventually be replaced with a 20-story residential tower as part of a second phase of the project. Among the businesses impacted by the redevelopment is Continental Pool Lounge (1911 Fort Myer Drive), which sits on the ground floor of what would eventually become the residential/hotel tower, according to architectural documents.
As part of the redevelopment, the County Board would have to approve two ordinances for vacating certain easements and public rights-of-way owned by the county. JBG would pay compensation to the county for the vacated areas, listed at about $7.5 million. County staff recommends the Board approves the ordinances.
As part of the plan, the internal loop roads bordering portions of the block would be eliminated. The county staff report indicates removing these roads is consistent with ongoing plans to re-develop Rosslyn and for transforming some of the area’s traffic patterns.
The developer is also required to present a plan regarding the relocation of all utilities on the vacated land. It’s an extensive process expected to take from three to five years. The Department of Environmental Services will have to approve the plan.
Surrounding property owners have been informed of the request for the proposed vacations, and there has been some community opposition. The complaints primarily focus on the possibility that the placement of the new development would block the view of Georgetown currently available to residents of nearby buildings.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
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About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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