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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 19, 2013 at 9:15 am 1,313 11 Comments

Car drives through standing water in Pentagon City

Water Change Underway — The annual, temporary switch from chloramine to chlorine as the tap water disinfectant is beginning, as part of a flush of the water system. During this time, Arlington residents may notice a change in the taste and smell of their drinking water. The water system’s “spring cleaning” is scheduled to run through April 29. [Arlington County]

Ballston Garage to Get $3.5 Million in Repairs — The Arlington County Board on Saturday awarded a contract of up to $3.5 million for structural repairs to the eighth level of the Ballston Public Parking Garage. The eighth level of the garage was added in 2006, but the concrete was found to be deficient for long-term use — prompting claims that resulted in the county settling with the original contractor for an undisclosed sum. Kettler Capitals Iceplex, which is located on the top level of the garage, will remain open during the construction, which is expected to take 5-6 months. [Sun Gazette]

Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Updated at 12:20 p.m. — Arlington’s annual spring yard waste collection began Monday. During the collection, which runs through April 26, residents can get paper bags full of yard waste picked up the next business day after their regular trash collection day. [Arlington County]

Pentagon Row Ice Rink Closes — Yesterday (Monday) was the last day of the season for ice skating at Pentagon Row. The Pentagon Row ice rink is now being dismantled. Skating is expected to resume in November. [Pentagon Row]

  • The Ballston garage is a nightmare. Tight, confusing, with criss-crossing and winding traffic paths that have been reversed and painted over, and for the past year, with some kind of electronic signage system that only says “system connecting.” And because it’s owned by the county and not the mall, mall stores can’t validate parking, so with free parking at all of the other regional malls, it’s another reason nobody shops at Ballston.

    • ARL

      Not all stores validate parking at Fashion Centre in Pentagon City.

    • CC

      Pentagon City doesn’t offer free parking… only the department stores can validate so you have to intentionally go in there to purchase or return something after you’ve done your other shopping to park free… of course there are work arounds (like the Pentagon parking across from the mall on late evenings and weekends) but you could just as easily park on the street after 6 near Ballston and walk in there to park for free also. Tysons has free parking, but that’s only because no one would put up with that chaos if they had to pay for it. Ballston’s parking for Arlington, Alexandria, and the DC area, is pretty reasonable.

      • ARL

        Yep – try finding something at a department store at Pentagon City to buy to get validation that costs less than the $1 you pay for parking at Ballston.

    • B_Lee_D

      It’s $1 dollar for up to 3 hours. It seems difficult to spend more than 3 hours in that mall (unless you are going to the bars to drink – in which case you shouldn’t be driving after 3 hours of drinking).

    • Suburban Not Urban

      How can a settlement between a municipal entity and a private business be undisclosed sounds like another in-appropriate use of the legal shield.

    • Lotus

      Ummmm . . . it costs a dollar to park at Ballston.

  • acdc hack

    I am pretty sure that the yard recycling is picked up the day AFTER your regular trash day.

  • Chlorine Leachman

    I sure hope my water is properly treated after cars drive through it.

  • seatleorpittsburgh

    Water in Crystal City tastes terrible, could barely drink the coffee I made this morning. I didn’t notice this last year at all. Good thing it is temporary.

    • KJ

      Ditto in Fairlington. Realized what the problem was when I happened to catch this info after a couple attempted brews. *End of my whining…*


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