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by ARLnow.com — March 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Arlington County snow plow in Fairlington 3/14/17

A refreeze overnight will turn what melted following this morning’s snow and sleet storm into a hazard on roads and sidewalks.

Despite efforts to plow and salt the streets, VDOT is warning that barely-visible black ice could cause accidents during the Wednesday morning commute.

Metro, meanwhile, says Metrobuses will start the day on a “moderate” snow service plan due to anticipated slippery conditions. Service will be upgraded “as conditions permit.”

More from VDOT:

Road conditions across northern Virginia are improving as Virginia Department of Transportation crews plowed and treated roads around the clock. This evening though, snow and slush that melted through the day will refreeze.

Overnight, crews will focus on retreating icy areas with salt and sand, clearing shoulders, ramps and drainage areas, and continue to make passes through neighborhood streets as needed.

Drivers should limit any unnecessary travel tonight to avoid black ice, and give crews room to make their rounds. Make plans now for a cautious Wednesday commute.

If you must drive this evening and tomorrow morning:

  • Stay focused and drive defensively.
  • Reduce speeds significantly. Give yourself more than enough time to get to where you’re going.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding and hydroplaning.

by ARLnow.com — March 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm 0

Overturned vehicle on EB I-66 near N. Westmoreland Street

A car flipped on its roof on eastbound I-66 around the start of Tuesday evening’s rush hour.

The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. in the area of N. Westmoreland Street. The occupants of the vehicle were able to get out and no serious injuries were reported.

Inbound traffic approaching Arlington on I-66 is backing up prior to the accident scene. One travel lane is blocked.

by Chris Teale — March 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

With the worst of the snow over, businesses and restaurants around Arlington appear to be mostly back to normal ahead of a potential refreeze tonight.

In Clarendon this afternoon, only Crate & Barrel and Barnes & Noble appeared to still be closed as their doors were locked.

There are also some early closings: The Container Store is set to shutter at 6 p.m. tonight because of the weather, while the Washington Sports Club gym posted a sign informing members that no group exercise classes would be held.

Although main roads are plowed and largely clear of snow and ice, it appears that those who did get a snow day mostly chose to spend it inside — especially as winds picked up and dropped the wind chill well below freezing.

The lunch rush was virtually non-existent at Clarendon fast casual salad eatery Sweetgreen. While lines usually snake to the door, today employees said it was “not anywhere near” as busy as it usually is at lunchtime.

Similarly, the Trader Joe’s grocery store had lines almost out the door on Monday evening as shoppers prepared for the onset of the storm, but on Tuesday afternoon was quiet and still had plenty of items on the shelves.

Several businesses looked to cash in on many people not being at work, or their children being out of school. Ireland’s Four Courts on Wilson Boulevard opened its doors and let children eat for free all day.

Also in Courthouse, Bayou Bakery is celebrating Pi Day — the date is 3/14 — with a $3.14 special on slices of pie. However, the business is closing early so you’ll have to hurry.

by Chris Teale — March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

(Updated at 2:20 p.m.) A new pedestrian walk light at a dangerous intersection could help ease safety concerns for those on foot.

A teen was struck by a car last year at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and N. Utah Street near Washington-Lee High School and suffered a serious head injury.

In the aftermath, Arlington County police conducted a pedestrian safety detail at the intersection to enforce traffic laws on scofflaw drivers. Still, reports of drivers ignoring pedestrians in the crosswalk continued.

As of last week, however, the county has installed new high-visibility walk signs and lights at the crossing to help pedestrians and bicyclists cross Washington Boulevard.

After pressing a button, the lights flash for approximately 10 seconds to warn drivers that people are crossing. An audio message tells crossers that the lights are flashing too.

And while the signals do not include stoplights for drivers, several did stop as required on Monday afternoon to let pedestrians cross while an ARLnow.com reporter was taking photos.

by Chris Teale — March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Thursday

B.F.F. Happy Hour
MakeOffices Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund’s annual “Breast Friends Forever” Young Professionals’ Happy Hour. Network and raise awareness about breast health while enjoying cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers.

Friday

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Arlington Community Chorus
Kenmore Middle School (220 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

“St. Patrick’s Day Pops: ACC Celebrates the Gift of Gab,” directed by Mary-Hannah Klontz and accompanied by Diane Carsten-Pelak. Enjoy Irish favorites and popular, jazz and show tunes.

Carly Aquilino Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday

Carly Aquilino is a stand up comedian and TV personality best known for her appearance on MTVs Girl Code. She has also been featured on TV land, AXS TV, and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM as well as her nationwide tour.

Saturday

A Morning For Me *
Marymount University Gerard Hall (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hear about new tools to make the most of your finances, to optimize your health awareness and to nurture your skin and body. Gain helpful ideas to manage your finances, simple ways to live healthier and the latest in today’s anti-aging products.

The Blarney Blowout – Arlington
A-Town Bar & Grill and other locations (4100 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clink beers, wear green, and jig to the sound of bagpipes at this county-wide event for St. Patrick’s Day. Attendees will be provided a delicious breakfast to start the morning, while pouring beers and bumping tunes from the area’s top DJs.

Spring Garden Kickoff
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Plot against Hunger Program will feature a free spring garden kickoff program. The program will include gardening displays, lectures and free seeds for attendees. RSVP to [email protected]

Sunday

Shirlington Library 10th Birthday Party
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 3-4 p.m.

Celebrate 10 years of the Shirlington Branch Library. The Wakefield High School Band will perform, and there will be cake, birthday hats and balloons for all. Birthday cake provided by Shirlington Harris Teeter.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Rosslyn resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: We’re a family of four, with two school age children, and considering having my parents move in with us soon. What sort of multigenerational options do you see in Arlington and how frequently do they come on the market?

Answer: The demand for multi-generational living has increased substantially nationwide over the last few years and most experts and builders expect that trend to continue. Multi-gen living is generally defined as parents living with their adult children, and their children (grandchildren). The most common multigenerational housing requests I get are for families seeking a full bedroom and bathroom on the main level and occasionally for a full second master bedroom with private bath, on any level.

Main-Level Bedrooms/Suites

Main-level bedrooms and/or master suites are increasing in popularity with homeowners and local builders because the rooms can be used for permanent multi-gen living or guests with physical limitations, but also convert easily to offices, playrooms, and libraries. The data below is current as of Friday, March 10, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia for detached homes sold with a full main-level bedroom and bathroom, not including one-level homes (e.g. ramblers and ranchers) or foreclosures/short-sales.

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  • The average days on market is consistent with what you see for all detached homes in Arlington, but averaging about 1 percent more of a discount from the original asking price, suggesting sellers are either overvaluing a main-level BR/BA or there isn’t enough buyer demand
  • The average sale price reflects pricing in the most expensive Arlington zip codes for detached homes because about half of the 1,235 sold are from 22207 and 22205
  • In 2016, homes with a main-level full BR/BA made up nearly 14 percent of all detached home sales and 11.5 percent of new construction sales.

Second Master Suite

Here’s a look at the much less popular, much harder to find, second master suite in detached Arlington homes. Data is current as of Monday, March 13, 2017 and does not include foreclosures or short sales.

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  • The demand for a second master bedroom is clearly low with average days on market and the percent discount from asking price well above the market average for detached home
  • Homes with a second master suite are much larger than homes with main level BR/BA, averaging about 1 more full bedroom and bathroom
  • Over half of the homes sold with a second master suite were in 22207 or 22205

Aging In Place Follow-up

In January I wrote about aging in place in Arlington and got some great responses from readers about the concept of Universal Design guidelines for updating/building a home to accommodate aging in place and programs like the Arlington Neighborhood Village. Thank you to the readers who provided that feedback!

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.  

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.

by Chris Teale — March 14, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

2231 Crystal Drive SineWaveA venture capital fund could get a grant to set up an investment hub in Crystal City hub.

At its Saturday meeting, the Arlington County Board will consider a proposed agreement with SineWave Ventures for an incentive-based economic development grant.

Up to $250,000 would be paid over five years under the terms of the deal, depending on performance.

SineWave is aiming to develop a central hub of similar tech-focused venture capital firms, in an office building at 2231 Crystal Drive, to invest in new companies. SineWave provides early-stage investment in businesses that develop technology for potential use in the public sector, including in the fields of cybersecurity, data and networking.

The agreement stipulates that SineWave must attract five capital providers and partner companies to lease office space, and create at least 391 new full-time jobs. There are other goals for investment reviews and the provision of educational events for local entrepreneurs.

If SineWave has not achieved 90 percent of its targets, it will be required to pay the grant money back to the county. A staff report on the plan estimates Arlington will receive $430,000 gross tax benefit over 10 years; or $180,000 net tax benefit after the full grant is paid.

County staff wrote that the plan will help fill vacant office space in the area and attract new businesses.

“With respect to Arlington’s ongoing vacancy challenges, the Crystal City submarket continues to need companies and investment to diversify and rebuild its tenant base,” staff wrote. “The proposed partnership with SineWave aligns with the County’s economic development strategy to attract key co-working operators, business incubators/accelerators and venture funds; SineWave adds another critical piece to the budding technology ecosystem in Crystal City.”

Image via Vornado

by ARLnow.com — March 14, 2017 at 9:35 am 0

Frozen daffodil buds in the snow (Flickr pool photo by Lisa Novak)

Arlington Sports Hall of Fame Seeks Permanent Venue — There is an Arlington Sports Hall of Fame, but it does not have a permanent home. Boosters are seeking to change that, discussing a possible display in Arlington Central Library. [InsideNova]

Local Man Graduates Parris Island With Honors — Arlington native Allen M. Gibbs has graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island with honors. [Beaufort Gazette]

Police, Fire Departments Hold Book Drive — Starting Wednesday and running through April 30, Arlington police and firefighters will be holding a “For the Love of Reading” book drive, collecting specific books for elementary school students at Arlington Public Schools. Donation boxes are located at police headquarters in Courthouse and at local fire stations. [Arlington County]

Avalon Bay Donates to APAH — Arlington-based apartment, publicly traded building owner AvalonBay has made a $35,000 donation to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. The company has raised $85,000 for APAH since 2015. [Yahoo Finance]

Flickr pool photo by Lisa Novak

by ARLnow.com — March 14, 2017 at 8:05 am 0

Snow and sleet covered roads in Ballston 3/14/17A mix of sleet, snow and ice is making for slick driving conditions outside and has prompted the closure of Arlington Public Schools and government offices.

Local roads remain partially snow and slush covered, though traffic is very light. ART buses are operating on a “severe” service schedule, while Metrobuses are operating on a “moderate” snow plan. The Metrorail system is open and operating on a Saturday schedule.

APS announced just after 4 a.m. that it would be closed today.

All APS schools and offices will be closed today. Essential personnel should report to work at their scheduled time. All custodians report at 6 a.m. regardless of your regular shift. Extracurricular activities, interscholastic games, team practices, field trips, adult education classes, and programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled. For updates about Pool Operations, go to www.apsva.us/aquatics. For information about Arlington County programs and operations go to www.arlingtonva.us.

Arlington County announced that it was closed for the day just after 5 a.m.

Arlington County government offices, programs, courts, & facilities are closed today, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. If possible, stay off the roads while snow and ice removal efforts continue throughout the day.

VDOT is asking drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible.

Crews and almost 4,500 pieces of equipment worked through the night and continue to treat roads with salt and sand, and to plow in areas where there is enough accumulation.

Interstates and primary roads have stretches of slush and ice as snow and sleet continue to accumulate between plow passes.

Secondary roads and neighborhood streets remain mostly snow-covered.

HOV restrictions are lifted this morning on I-66, I-395 and the Dulles Toll Road.

Drivers are advised to continue to stay off the roads. If you absolutely must go out this morning, reduce speeds, use extreme caution and be alert to icy and inclement conditions. Road temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day with potential for continued refreeze.

Virginia State Police say they’re dealing with a number of crashes in Northern Virginia.

Virginia State Police are currently on the scene of 10 traffic crashes throughout Northern Virginia. Only two involve injuries – minor – and the remainder of them involve damage to vehicles. From midnight Tuesday through 7 a.m., Virginia State Police have responded to 15 traffic crashes – all of which involved damage to vehicles only and no injuries.

Motorists are reminded to give extra time for travel, slow their speed for conditions, not to tailgate – to provide additional stopping distance in slick conditions, and to always buckle up.

The federal government, meanwhile, will be opening today on a three-hour delay. From the Office of Personnel Management:

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 3 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 3 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 14, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101.

The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. That is some serious savings!

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When: Monday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
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Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

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