Matt Hussman is the executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, the organization that is charged with improving “the health and vitality of the Clarendon corridor.”
The alliance is a booster for local businesses and helps to put on the annual Clarendon Day festival and a number of other events.
In this week’s 26 Square Miles podcast, we asked Matt about the current state of Clarendon, about turnover among restaurants and retailers, and about the future of the neighborhood — including development projects in various states of planning or construction.
Update at 5:05 p.m. — The fire department said 16th Street S. is reopened after the investigation of a bomb threat earlier this afternoon. The scene has now been turned over to Arlington police, and the house being investigated for the possible bomb was deemed safe.
Earlier: Emergency crews closed 16th Street S. between S. Quincy Street and S. Pollard Street in the Douglas Park neighborhood while they investigate a bomb threat.
At around 3 p.m., police had contact with a person threatening self-harm near S. 16th Street and Quincy Street. Police said the person then indicated a house in the area may contain an explosive device. The person was removed from the scene, police said.
While the bomb squad investigates the threat, police evacuated neighbors and are preventing vehicles and pedestrians from entering the area. Also on scene was a fire truck and medic from the Arlington County Fire Department as well as a half-dozen police cruisers.
“We’re just taking all precautions,” a fire department spokeswoman said at the scene.
Three first responders who braved dangerous conditions during significant fires received top honors at today’s Arlington County Fire Department Recognition and Awards Ceremony.
ACFD’s highest level of recognition is the Medal of Valor-Gold, which honors a member of the fire department who performs an act of valor or heroism in life threatening conditions while trying to save another person. Firefighter/EMT Chad Aldridge received the award for his attempts to rescue two people trapped in a 2014 house fire in Nauck. Aldridge escaped the deadly blaze with first- and second-degree burns, which he sustained when a flashover occurred.
Lt. Fred Kawatsky and firefighter/EMT Jason Updyke received the Medal of Valor-Silver for performing acts that involve great personal risk. They assisted with rescuing victims at a 2014 apartment fire near Columbia Pike. The two moved a wheelchair-bound victim to a safer place inside the smoke-filled building and provided medical care when the person stopped breathing.
Fire Chief James Bonzano and Deputy Chief John Warren presented these and other awards. A total of 23 awards were given to both uniformed and non-uniformed members of the fire department, an Arlington police officer, an Emergency Communications Center dispatcher and three civilians.
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Renters and homeowners, in general, tend to want the same things from their living situations. Whether it be a house, an apartment, a townhouse or a condo, there are the obvious must-haves like safety, space, cleanliness, affordability and a decent location. Then, there are the more specific wants: for example, a fenced in yard for my dog, a garage to shield my racing bikes from the elements, walk-in closets to house my shoe addiction and proximity to my place of work downtown.
However, when you dig deeper based on where people are located throughout the country, people’s wants and needs become even more specific. For example, people in Florida? They want a pool. People in Phoenix, Ariz. need air conditioning. It gets hot there! In fact, some Junes and Julys have seen anywhere from 118 degrees to 122 degrees.
Austin, Texas has a young, fun crowd there and the millennial group of renters and homebuyers want to be near bars, restaurants and music venues. After all, Austinites claim they live in the “music capital of the world.” Boston renters want to make sure their utilities are included. Perhaps because rental rates in Boston are so high (the average one-bedroom apartment in Boston goes for about $1,180/month) and they don’t want to pay even more for things like heat, electricity, water and trash.
As you can see, different people in different places want different things. Now, let’s talk about the Washington, D.C. area. What do people there want? After extensive research and chatting with both D.C. and Arlington residents past, present and future, we came up with this list. Check it out!
- Walkability: Washington, D.C. and Arlington are both extremely walkable. Many people are able to walk to work (think Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, etc.) and even if walking isn’t an option, proximity to the Metro and other forms of public transportation is not an issue in the area.
- Job: Careers are a main reason why many people move to D.C in the first place. Lots of young people with high hopes and dreams of a career in politics flock to the area like bees to honey. If you want to work for the federal government, then this is the city for you. The U.S. government employs nearly 150,000 people locally. Not into politics? That’s ok! Though you may hear a lot about it during your time here, living in D.C. does not mean you need to become a politician. The area is also home to many other major businesses: private health care, software development, defense contracting, wholesale and manufacturing, tourism, management analysis and more.
- Food: Foodies, unite! According to Livability.com, “D.C. is a great city for people who love food. The cuisine is truly international, and there are plenty of chic cafes, hipster bars, farmer’s markets, and celebrity chef-run experiences to please all appetites and budgets.” Throughout interviews, some of the top restaurants mentioned were Thip Khao (3462 14th Street NW), Tail Up Goat (1827 Adams Mill Road), Convivial (801 O Street), Le Diplomate (1601 14th Street NW), Barcelona Wine Bar (1622 14th Street NW) and Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Avenue). Note that D.C restaurants were not the only ones to be mentioned! Here were the top mentioned places to eat in the Arlington area: Bonchon (2209 N. Pershing Drive), Green Pig Bistro (1025 N. Fillmore Street), Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd.) and Lyon Hall (3100 N. Washington Blvd.), among may others.
- The area is welcoming and forward-thinking. Washington, D.C., as the nation’s capital, is extremely LGBT-friendly, and many women there say they feel “equal” to men in terms of their careers. Did you know that nearly 15 percent of adults in D.C. identify themselves as a member of the LGBT community? This is nearly three times the national average. Washington, D.C. has the highest percent of recorded same-sex couple households in the whole country, and a booming LGBT presence throughout. On any given weekend, you can see protests, marches and congregations regarding the fairness and equality of the LGBT community and women. In 2012, D.C. was ranked as the top metropolitan area for women’s well-being in 2012. Why? Because women in D.C. earned the most money and were more educated than anywhere else in the country, according to Measure of America. Girl power!
- Education: Many people move here to learn. Colleges and universities in the area include: Georgetown University, American University, Howard University, Strayer University and George Mason University.
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Ground has been broken at the site of two new residential buildings and a rebuilt substance-abuse recovery facility in Courthouse.
Approved in 2015 by the County Board, Gables Pointe 14 at 1307 N. Rolfe Street by developer Gables Residential will have 370 apartments in two buildings, underground parking and an 8,000-square-foot shared park.
As of Tuesday, crews were in the early stages of clearing ground for the new development. A pick-up point for school buses is located close to the construction zone, which is fenced off to the public. Cars are still able to park on both sides of N. Rolfe Street, with dump trucks and other construction vehicles also using it as an access road.
The buildings will be six and 12 stories in height, respectively, and include studio as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Thirty-nine of the units will be committed affordable housing and the developer also has the option to install a $75,000 work of public art on the site or donate to the county’s public art fund as a community benefit.
“The Rosslyn-Ballston corridor is a highly desirable area,” Gables Residential regional vice president Jorgen Punda said in a prepared statement distributed to multiple outlets. “Our site involved the assemblage of thirteen lots, owned by both private individuals and Arlington County. It was a successful collaboration and we believe it is a great opportunity to deliver a ‘best in class’ apartment home community, with unparalleled amenities within walking distance to the Courthouse and Rosslyn Metro stations and a variety of dining and entertainment options.”
Also on the 2.7-acre site will be a new building for Independence House, a transitional living facility for those recovering from substance abuse.
The Independence House would be rebuilt, but not expanded, because more residents might limit the program’s effectiveness. The new building will have 14 single-occupant units.
The project is set to be completed in winter 2020.
This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Shiro, a cat who loves playing fetch. This is what her owner, Carletta, had to say about her:
Shiro was adopted from the amazing Homeward Trails Rescue organization just over two years ago. Originally we thought we were maybe just going to foster her but after two days we knew that there was no way possible we were giving her away!
She is impossibly sweet, loves to play fetch and will chase a laser light until your arm is about to fall off. She also is a big fan of sleeping under blankets and love, love, loves to rip up paper! I know that you can’t compare pets to people but she’s my baby and I’m a better human being because she came into my life. She is calming, funny and everything I didn’t know I needed in a pet until we got her.
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Police say he was leaving a restaurant on the 200 block of N. Glebe Road around 2:30 a.m. when he was assaulted by four men. The suspects took off on foot with items they stole from the victim.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
More from an ACPD crime report:
ROBBERY BY FORCE, 2017-04090058, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 9, officers responded to the report of trouble unknown. Upon arrival, it was determined a male victim was assaulted by four unknown male subjects when he was leaving a restaurant. The subjects fled the area on foot with the victim’s belongings. The male victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All four suspects are described as Hispanic males, approximately 26 years old, 5’4″ tall, 150 lbs, brown hair, with dark complexions. The investigation is ongoing.
The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some we’ve already reported, after the jump.
Team yoga instructor Kelly Moore will lead classes on the rooftop of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston every morning the Caps have a playoff game. The first hour-long class takes place tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. and the next one is on Saturday, April 15.
Although the likelihood of doing a downward facing dog pose next to a Caps player at one of the free classes is incredibly slim, the players do practice yoga, the Washington Post reported.
Caps fans are also encouraged to attend the team’s practices and take part in special activities throughout the week. Kids can visit the mezzanine level at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for face painting and balloon art. Team mascot Slapshot and the Red Rockers also will be there. The practice schedule is updated weekly online.
Arlington Housing Sale Prices Drop — Arlington showed a year-over-year decline in housing sale prices in March. The median price of $508,500 was a 6.2 percent drop from a year ago. However, real estate experts indicate that’s only because of changing inventory in Arlington — more condos and townhomes instead of detached houses — and it’s not a sign of an overall slump. [WTOP]
No Fire in Barricaded Person Situation — Police and firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Crystal Drive last night for a report of a barricaded person inside an apartment that may have been on fire. The smell of smoke had been reported coming from the apartment. Emergency responders tried to gain access to the apartment for a couple hours but cleared the scene when they determined there was no fire. [Fox 5]
Motorcyclist Dies Following Collision — A motorcyclist has died following a collision with an SUV in Chevy Chase. The 24-year-old man was an Arlington resident. [Bethesda Magazine]
Caps Fan Leaves Salty Message — Starting tomorrow, the Washington Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and one fan left a request for a different playoff outcome than in recent years. A photo shows a message written on the boards of the Caps’ practice rink at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston: “Y’all better make it past the 2nd round.” [USA Today Sports]
Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!
Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes.
Tax Day is one week away. You likely know this already (sorry to be Captain Obvious) and are either scrambling to get your taxes done or (hopefully) sitting on a nice return.
If you receive or received a check from Uncle Sam, the question is: What are you going to do with it? Sure, it may seem like an opportune time to go treat yourself to a new gadget or lots and lots and lots of lattes.
Or, maybe perhaps it’s the perfect time to start investing in your future. With today’s lending options, a little bit can go a long way in securing a beautiful home for you and your family. For some, it sure beats paying a landlord every month.
Additionally, there are some nice deductions that come with owning a home that you may potentially take advantage of come Tax Day 2018.
When you’re ready to roll, I am too. Let’s GET MORE out of your investment.
As of April 10 there are 227 detached homes, 36 townhouses and 231 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 42 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.
Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:
- 1400 N. Hartford Street, 22201 – NOW: $2,499,000 (Reduced $100,000 on 4/8)
- 1521 N. Edgewood Street, 22201 – NOW: $1,090,000 (Reduced $100,000 on 4/9)
- 3409 Wilson Blvd #606, 22201 – NOW: $649,900 (Reduced $30,000 on 4/10)
- 2050 N. Calvert Street #106, 22201 – NOW: $375,000 (Reduced $10,000 on 4/8)
- 4500 S. Four Mile Run Drive #415, 22204 – NOW: $328,900 (Reduced $7,000 on 4/9)
- 1804 Lee Highway #92, 22201 – NOW: $287,777 (Reduced $1,111 on 4/7)
- 4371 Lee Highway #23, 22207 – NOW: $210,000 (Reduced $9,500 on 4/10)
Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.