Arlington County police were reportedly engaged in a standoff with a pair of criminal suspects in a parking garage this afternoon.

The incident started just after 4 p.m. on the P5 level of the Pentagon City mall garage, when a vehicle with two suspects inside allegedly rammed a police cruiser and refused officer commands to get out of the car.

The headquarters of a local, publicly traded company is moving buildings — but staying in Rosslyn

NYSE-listed Graham Holdings Company just signed a lease for the 21st floor of the distinctive office tower at 1812 N. Moore Street, best known as Nestle USA’s headquarters, property owner Monday Properties announced today.

Arlington County Board members broke several months of relative silence on the Israel-Hamas war this weekend.

Responding to demands for a county resolution in support of a ceasefire, several officials on Saturday voiced personal concerns about the conflict’s ongoing humanitarian toll. Although county leaders “do not handle international relations,” Chair Libby Garvey said, “I think we are all absolutely appalled and horrified by what’s going on.”

The sitting chair of the Arlington County Board and its longest-tenured member has endorsed her would-be successor.

Libby Garvey made her endorsement of Tenley Peterson official today, after hinting at it over the past few months. Former County Board member Christian Dorsey also announced his endorsement of Peterson.

A group of friends enjoys the sun and shade near the Netherlands Carillon in the Rosslyn area (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Rosslyn Apartments Change Hands — “The Bozzuto Group recently acquired an apartment community in Arlington, its first multifamily buy in 16 years. A Bozzuto affiliate bought the 132-unit Gables 12 Twenty One complex, renaming it The Alcott, in Rosslyn for $45.5 million on April 17. It used a $50 million fund it established in 2022 to capitalize on opportunities in a down real estate market.” [Washington Business Journal]

County Mulls Office Zoning Changes — “Arlington County Board members on April 20 set in motion an effort that could see some of the county’s at-risk office buildings repurposed for other uses, including housing. Board members approved a legal advertisement that will allow the Planning Commission to consider zoning changes on the topic as early as September.” [Gazette Leader]

D.C. Homeless Nonprofit Expands — “This D.C.-based nonprofit has been helping people experiencing homelessness in the city since the time of the Civil War. Now, Central Union Mission is expanding into Northern Virginia. President and CEO Joseph Mettimano said there’s a great need… he said homelessness spiked 17% in Arlington County alone last year. The new venture will operate out of [Greenbrier] Baptist Church in Arlington.” [WTOP]

Nature Center Hours Expanded — “As part of the fiscal 2025 budget adopted April 20, County Board members approved $185,000 in supplemental funding that will allow Gulf Branch and Long Branch nature centers to each return to 39 hours of service spread over six days per week. After resuming public operations after a lengthy COVID layoff, the centers have been restricted to 21 hours weekly each, spread over three days.” [Gazette Leader]

Police Anti-Theft Giveaway Today — “ACPD will be distributing free vehicle anti-theft devices to Arlington residents and those who park their vehicles while at work in Arlington. Participants should arrive in their vehicles and show their ID and vehicle registration.” [Twitter]

School Board Forum Tomorrow — “The Arlington County Civic Federation will host a School Board candidate forum on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lubber Run Community Center.” [Gazette Leader]

New Vision Zero Survey — “This is the third Annual Safety Feedback Form. This form is anonymous. Please answer the following 10 questions to help us track how actions related to Arlington’s Vision Zero initiative are changing transportation safety in Arlington.” [Arlington County]

Tweaks to New Site Design — We made some changes overnight, including to the area below the header, to try to keep headlines “above the fold” on mobile. Some bug fixes were also made. Additionally, we’re experimenting with showing the full Morning Notes post on the homepage. Future changes include fixing an issue on mobile involving embedded YouTube videos, and removing sidebar ads on smaller iPad screens. Thank you for your feedback, which is helping us prioritize these revisions.

It’s Tuesday — Frost is expected in the early morning until 8am, followed by sunny skies and a high temperature of around 71 degrees. The light southwest wind will shift to the south at 6 to 11 mph during the morning. Scattered showers are likely after 2am Tuesday night, accompanied by increasing clouds and a low temperature of about 56 degrees. At night, the south wind will blow at 9 to 13 mph, gusting up to 20 mph, with a 50% chance of precipitation. [NWS]

A Clarendon yoga studio is closing its doors as its owner seeks a new location with an additional focus on fitness.

The Suhka Center, which Yelp lists as the number one Black-owned yoga studio in the D.C. area, will be leaving 1016 N. Garfield Street on Friday. Co-founder Damion Moss said high rent and a dissolved partnership with a former business partner are driving him to look elsewhere.

Arlington’s Congressman split his votes on security funding bills for U.S. allies over the weekend.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) voted for bills to aid the defense of Ukraine, which is under Russian invasion, and Taiwan, which is under the threat of Chinese military action. He voted against defense aid for Israel, which is battling Hamas in a bloody conflict that has killed scores of civilians on both sides.

Lower speed limits are going into effect on five Arlington roads.

The Arlington County Board on Saturday voted to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph on the following streets north of Arlington Blvd:

The average Arlington homeowner will see a significant tax increase as part of the new, $1.65 billion county budget.

The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved the FY 2025 budget, which includes a 2 cent tax rate increase. Paired with a 3.3% increase in home values, it will raise property taxes for the average homeowner $430 annually — a 5.3% increase.

Trail Detour Scheduled — From Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services:  “That South Park Drive trail spur detour near Sparrow Pond will now begin April 29.” [Twitter]

Va. Square Vehicle Tampering — “3900 block of Fairfax Drive. At approximately 10:21 a.m. on April 18, police were dispatched to the report of a vehicle tampering. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect entered an unoccupied parked vehicle, rummaged through the interior and stole items. A lookout for the suspect was broadcast and responding officers located him and, following a brief foot pursuit, took him into custody at Washington Boulevard and N. Quincy Street. The stolen items and suspected narcotics and paraphernalia were recovered.” [ACPD]

View More Stories