Streetscape upgrades may be coming to busy intersections along George Mason Drive and S. Carlin Springs Road.

A $1.7 million contract for improved sidewalks and better traffic signals is slated to go before the Arlington County Board on Saturday. Under consideration are the intersections of S. Carlin Springs at 3rd Street S. and Arlington Blvd at N./S. George Mason Drive.

Arlingtonians at play in Quincy Park Thursday evening (courtesy Gale Harris)

Country Club Controversy — “Washington Golf and Country Club is engulfed in a fierce controversy as the club… battles its own members accusing it of gender discrimination for fighting to maintain a “Men’s Grill.'” [Politico, Twitter]

It’s Bike to Work Day — “The 23rd annual Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Friday, May 17, offering residents across the D.C. area the opportunity to celebrate cycling. Arlington County will host eight designated pit stops, including three sponsored by BikeArlington in Ballston, Rosslyn and Shirlington.” [ARLnow]

Tech Defense Firm Moving HQ — “A software maker for computing platforms that support drones and autonomous robotics systems has relocated its headquarters from Moorpark, California, outside of Los Angeles to Arlington as it seeks to be closer to its defense-related customers. Auterion Ltd. has already had some of its 112 employees based in Greater Washington for several years, but the company’s HQ presence at 3100 Clarendon Blvd., across the street from the Clarendon Metro station, now serves as its global base of operations.” [DC Inno]

Renovation for Office Building — “JBG Smith Properties is teeing up a major renovation of an aging office building it owns in National Landing — noteworthy of a firm that’s said numerous times the market is oversaturated with office and has long been rebalancing its activities toward multifamily. The 11-story, 1980s-era office at 2011 Crystal Drive will get a makeover, especially to its tenant amenities, to the tune of $40 million, according to an investor presentation.” [Washington Business Journal]

Input Sought on Future of Libraries — “The Arlington library system is seeking community input on 12 possibilities as it explores what services should be offered in the future.” [Gazette Leader, Arlington Public Lbirary]

Newspaper Editorial Blasts Beyer — “In a political environment laden with buffoons on both sides of the partisan divide, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) stands out for his courtliness, gravitas and real-world experience. Why then, does he seem to sign on to so many pieces of nonsensical legislation emanating from the whackadoodle flank of his own party?” [Gazette Leader]

Disaster Relief Volunteer Work at HQ2 — “Earlier this week, Amazon employees rolled up their sleeves to meet the urgent needs of DMV residents. More than 600 Amazon volunteers built hygiene kits with Clean the World, a social enterprise focused on providing recycled soap and hygiene supplies to those who have limited access to essential items to help prevent diseases. Amazon committed to deliver over 50,000 hygiene kits.” [Press Release]

Police Week Pipes at Four Courts — “Great to have the Border patrol pipes and drums back in the pub.” [Twitter]

It’s Friday — There is a 20% chance of showers in the afternoon, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 75°F. Expect a gentle northeast breeze of 3-7 mph. On Friday night, showers are more likely, mainly after 2am, with an 80% chance of precipitation. The temperature will drop to around 59°F, accompanied by a southeast wind of 5-7 mph. New rainfall amounts could range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch. [NWS]

Arlington’s homeless population grew by 14% in the past year, according to a recent report.

However, the county’s efforts to expand shelter capacity and enhance outreach have led to more homeless individuals gaining access to shelter and fewer homeless survivors of domestic violence and transition-age youth, per a report released on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)

More long-haul flights are coming to Reagan National Airport. And people annoyed by helicopter noise will continue to have their voice heard.

Those are two of the main local impacts from the FAA reauthorization bill just approved by Congress. The bill now awaits President Biden’s signature.

A road that runs through Arlington and McLean has been named the “most coveted address” in Virginia.

That’s according to a new study by the real estate website Agent Advice. The study asked 3,000 respondents about the most “aspirational streets in America” and ranked the top 175.

Plaza at The Crossing Clarendon (Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar)

Live-Work Zoning Change Proposed — “Arlington County Board members will return from their summer hiatus later this year with consideration of zoning changes that would allow for both live-work units and self-service-storage facilities across many zoning corridors across the county. The proposal from County Manager Mark Schwartz is another effort aimed at finding ways to reduce reliance on the commercial-office sector.” [Gazette Leader]

Fatal Shooting Map — A new map of gun homicides in the D.C. area from 2020-2023 shows relatively few in Arlington and Northern Virginia compared to the District. [Twitter]

Real Estate Costs in Arlington — “Three jurisdictions recorded per-square-foot average prices of more than $500 for the month: Falls Church, which catapulted to the top with an average of $554, up 32.2 percent from $419; the District of Columbia, up 0.9 percent from $553 to $538; and Arlington, rising 12.7 percent from $465 to $524.” [Gazette Leader]

Van Winkle Lottery Coming Up — “Six products from the highly collectible Van Winkle line will be available for the opportunity to purchase through the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority’s (ABC) online lotteries in May and June. The whiskey, often dubbed the hardest-to-find spirit due to its low production, is offered by lottery to ensure equitable distribution.” [Virginia ABC]

It’s Thursday — A mostly sunny morning but some isolated showers after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon and a high around 76. The north wind will blow at 10-14 mph, gusting up to 21 mph, and a 20% chance of precipitation. For Thursday night, it will remain mostly cloudy and cool down to around 58, with a northeast breeze at 6-8 mph. [NWS]

Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar

Plans to build an affordable housing development near Crystal City could take a key step forward next week despite a neighborhood association’s objections.

A request to advertise hearings on a possible land-use amendment for the Melwood property in Aurora Highlands is scheduled to go before the Arlington County Board on Tuesday. At issue is the possibility of shifting the site’s zoning designation from “public” to “low-medium residential” — bringing a proposal to build 104 units of affordable housing “within the realm of consideration,” a county report says.

Former Clarendon mainstay Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe is set to reopen in June with only slight changes to its concept and dining options.

Under the leadership of its original owner, Bobby Lee, the restaurant aims to revive aspects of the beloved sports bar atmosphere that patrons enjoyed at its previous Clarendon location — now home to The Renegade — before Mister Days closed in 2019.

Looking east down Wilson Blvd from the pedestrian bridge in Ballston, on a rainy day (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

We’re #1 for Retirement Income — “Arlington, Virginia, ranked highest in retirement income, followed by Cambridge, Massachusetts, and The Woodlands, Texas, according to a SmartAsset analysis of the Census Bureau’s 2022 1-year American Community Survey. Three of the top eight large cities with the highest incomes were in the Washington, DC, area.” [Business Insider, SmartAsset]

Wine Shop Coming to Crystal City — “The popular Flight Wine Bar that shuttered in Chinatown late last year is reconstituting itself as a retail store in Crystal City. The 2,175-square-foot Flight Wine Shop is slated to open by the end of the year at The Grace, the multifamily building developed by JBG Smith Properties at the larger site known as 1900 Crystal Drive in Arlington.” [Washington Business Journal]

Arlington By the Numbers — From the Dept. of Environmental Services: “It’s #InfrastructureWeek. Seriously. Some Arlington numbers.” Stats cited by DES include 22 million gallons of wastewater treated daily and 1,400 tons of glass collected at recycling stations annually. [Twitter]

County Board Election Guide — “Your ballot will look a bit different because of ranked choice voting, and the results on election night likely will too. Last year, Arlington elections officials released the tally of the first-choice votes on Election Night, but county residents had to wait until Friday for the preliminary tabulation of the results.” [WAMU]

Clement Wants More Federal Offices — “Clement also referenced an executive order made by President Carter in 1978. ‘The order stipulates that whenever a federal agency relocates, it must give priority to an available space located in a city’s central business district rather than in a suburb,’ Clement said – and in this case, Arlington is counted as part of the central core rather than suburbia… ‘If elected, I am going to insist upon it,’ she said.” [Gazette Leader]

Karantonis Makes Endorsements — Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Takis Karantonis has endorsed both JD Spain and Tenley Peterson in the Democratic County Board primary. [Twitter, Twitter]

Board Member Is Hiring — From Maureen Coffey: “I’m hiring!!! This aide role will support me day to day. Have you ever wanted to see how local gov works and also have a cool hip boss? This is your chance!! Job includes admin, emails, scheduling w/significant opportunities for research/policy projects.” [Twitter]

F.C. Approves Tax Rate Decrease — “The FY2025 General Fund budget, inclusive of Schools and General Government, totals $137.8 million. The budget provides for a 7% growth for the General Government expenditures and local funding for City schools. The approved budget reduces the real estate tax rate by two cents from $1.23 to $1.21 per $100 of assessed value. The median homeowner’s real estate tax bill will increase by $174 or 1.5% with the rising assessed value of homes in the City due to market appreciation.” [City of Falls Church]

It’s Wednesday — Expect showers and possible thunderstorms after 2pm, alongside patchy fog from 7am to 2pm, with a high near 65, and a northeast wind of 8-10 mph. Precipitation is 80%, and new rainfall may reach up to three quarters of an inch. On Wednesday night there’s a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 59. [NWS]

Temporary pickleball and beach volleyball courts could be coming to Crystal City as plans to build two apartment towers face significant delays.

A pair of 30-story apartment buildings are ultimately expected to bring 1,439 residential units and over 22,000 square feet of retail to 223 23rd Street S. and 2250 Crystal Drive. But the project approved in early 2023 won’t be getting off the ground until “construction costs and interest rates normalize” — likely next year at the earliest, developer JBG Smith told ARLnow.

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