Arlington, VA

By: MWAA

September 29, 2020

Summary of Impacts

  • Beginning on or about Thursday, October 1, portions of the Terminal B/C Ticketing (upper-level) roadway will close for work related to Project Journey.
  • At least two vehicular lanes will remain open as the construction areas periodically change.
  • Curbside access at Terminal B/C will be reduced in some locations.
  • The work zone will be in place 24/7 for several weeks.

Advice to Drivers

  • Closely follow signage and directions through the work zone.
  • To avoid potential congestion at terminals, use Terminal Garages A, B or C to drop-off or pick-up passengers. Parking is free for up to 60 minutes in all Terminal Garages.
  • Tune radios to 1640 AM while on-airport for roadway and terminal-specific information.
  • Obey the 15 mile-per-hour work zone speed limit.

Details

  • Approaching the work zone, drivers will merge lanes and follow detour signage.
  • Drop-off and pick-up areas will be limited by lane reductions at Terminal B/C, which serves the following airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United. Access to the terminal is available through any open doorway.
  • The Terminal B/C airport shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off location will shift during some phases of the project. Follow signage on the curb.
  • The traffic pattern at Terminal A (Air Canada, Frontier, Southwest) will remain unchanged during the road work.
  • Lane reductions may produce congestion during peak travel times. Using Terminal Garages for pick-up and drop-off will avoid this congestion.
  • The Terminal B/C Arrivals (lower-level) roadway remains closed for all pick-ups except taxis. Private vehicle, ride-app and shuttle pick-up is located on the Ticketing (upper) level.
  • Behind cones and barricades, roadway maintenance will take place in the vicinity of two New Security Checkpoints.
  • Follow @Reagan_Airport on Twitter for the latest project updates.

Timing

  • The work will begin on or about Thursday, October 1.
  • The lane closures will be in effect 24/7, in phases, for several weeks.

About Project Journey

When Project Journey is completed, two new 50,000-square-foot buildings with security checkpoints will replace three smaller checkpoints currently serving Terminal B/C – increasing the post-security space to include all of National Hall and its premier shops and restaurants for ticketed travelers. In addition, a new 14-gate concourse will replace Gate 35X – ending the need for travelers to ride buses to board regional jets parked outside. Concourse amenities will include jetbridges, holdrooms, concessions and an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge.

By: Rep. Don Beyer

September 28, 2020

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and its subcommittee with jurisdiction over taxation, issued the following statement today on New York Times reporting that Donald Trump avoided paying income tax for 10 years and paid only $750 in the year of his election and the first year of his presidency:

“The revelation that Donald Trump paid almost no personal income taxes for many years is not surprising, but it is outrageous. Far more important, however, is Trump’s use of the government for his personal benefit rather than that of the American people.

“Even as Trump took advantage of tax laws that benefit the wealthy, quite possibly in illegal ways, he worked with Republicans to make those laws in many ways even more beneficial to the super-rich. More than half of American households have an annual income smaller than the sum Trump wrote off for hair expenses, yet his most consistent policy initiative has been his attempts to weaken their health care protections.

“Trump offset the substantial losses of his personally-branded properties by using his office to boost the profile of those properties. He welcomed the patronage of rich supporters and wealthy corporations who in many cases were rewarded with influence. He spent American taxpayer dollars at his properties with frequent visits, and solicited the support of foreign investors and governments through unconstitutional emoluments. The national security ramifications of his corruption are grave.

“It is likely that we will be uncovering the full measure of Donald Trump’s lies about his personal finances and abuses of power for personal profit for years to come. Congress has an important role in oversight, given these revelations, and in correcting the deeply flawed system that allows such awful inequality.”

Thanks to generous support from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, Amazon, JBG SMITH, Equity Residential and individual Arlington residents, the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) announced today that its Farm-to-Families food assistance program will be extended through the fall.

Farm-to-Families, which provides fresh local produce to community members in need, was created by the BID in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and the organization contributed $10,000 to launch the initiative in July. Since then, the BID has received over $25,000 in additional contributions, including $10,000 commitments from both CTA and Amazon, which will allow it to continue the initiative through the autumn months.

“We are thrilled to be extending Farm-to-Families at an important time when families are adjusting to a new school year under incredibly difficult circumstances,” said BID President and Executive Director Tracy Sayegh Gabriel. “We are so grateful for the generous support of CTA, Amazon, JBG SMITH, Equity Residential and other caring members of the Arlington community, who are helping to ensure that area residents have healthy food options this fall.”

Farm-to-Families was launched by the BID in partnership with FRESHFARM, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity; the Friends of Urban Agriculture, an Arlington organization working to build a future of healthy, sufficient and affordable sustainable food for all in the Arlington community; and the Wakefield, Gunston and Hoffman-Boston parent-teacher associations.

“CTA is proud to join our National Landing neighbors in supporting Farm-to-Families,” said Glenda MacMullin, COO and CFO, CTA. “The initiative is making a real difference here in our community during an exceptionally challenging time, and we’re grateful we can help the program reach even more families in need.”

To date, Farm-to-Families has provided a stock of fruits and vegetables from FRESHFARM and its local suppliers to nearly 150 families during each week that is has operated. The program targets families living in National Landing, Shirlington, Columbia Pike and the surrounding neighborhoods with children who attend the participating schools.

“Amazon is excited to partner with the National Landing Business Improvement District and help support their efforts to ensure access to fresh local food,” said Brian Huseman, Vice President of Amazon Public Policy. “We are thankful for our neighbors throughout Northern Virginia and are glad we can support a program that directly impacts those who need extra support and care.”

A $15 donation purchases a week of produce for a family in the community and a $60 contribution provides a full month’s supply. For more information on Farm-to-Families and to make a donation, please visit https://nationallanding.org/farm-to-families.

September 21, 2020

JBG SMITH, a leading owner and developer of high-quality, mixed-use properties in the Washington, DC market, announced today that it has acquired seven blocks of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum stretching across  Arlington County and the City of Alexandria through a national FCC auction that concluded in late August.

JBG SMITH’s investment in CBRS spectrum is part of a broader effort to develop National Landing into a world-class innovation district. The acquisition of spectrum accelerates JBG SMITH’s ability to partner with leading service providers to bring 5G and other technology infrastructure to National Landing. JBG SMITH envisions the area as a canvas for innovation in industry clusters such as defense and cybersecurity, cloud/edge computing, internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). This robust technology infrastructure will allow enterprises to connect everything and everyone in real time and transform customer engagement and experiences in National Landing.

JBG SMITH acquired four Priority Access Licenses (PAL) totaling 40 MHz in Arlington (the maximum allowed in one jurisdiction for a single entity) and three PALs (30 MHz) in Alexandria.  A JBG SMITH subsidiary, SEAD LLC, purchased the seven licenses for $25.3 million.  The licenses will span over 16.2 million square feet in National Landing and Potomac Yard, where JBG SMITH is the largest holder of existing and developable real estate. The submarket is also home to Amazon HQ2, the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, and a diverse array of offices, apartments, retail, and open space.

“JBG SMITH recognized that the FCC’s CBRS spectrum auction was an opportunity to align National Landing with the needs of cutting-edge tenants, while significantly enhancing our broader smart city and digital placemaking plans throughout the neighborhood,” said Evan Regan-Levine, EVP Strategic Innovation and Research.  “Our investment in next-generation connectivity infrastructure will further cement National Landing as a premier global destination for entrepreneurs, universities, and global technology companies to ideate, innovate, and scale globally.”

Matt Kelly, CEO, added, “We pursued ownership in spectrum to accelerate the roll-out of a ubiquitous 5G network in National Landing. We are eager to attract best-in-class service providers, so that our customers – the people that live, work, and play in National Landing – have the connectivity tools needed to innovate in an increasingly digital and flexible post-COVID economy.”

JBG SMITH and National Landing

National Landing is the interconnected and walkable neighborhood that encompasses Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard. Situated across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, National Landing is a well-located urban community known for its adjacency to Reagan National Airport and diverse array of offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and hotels. JBG SMITH currently owns 6.2 million square feet of existing office space, 2,850 units of existing multifamily space, and controls 6.9 million square feet of additional development opportunities in National Landing, excluding the land purchased by Amazon for its second headquarters campus. JBG SMITH is also partnering with Virginia Tech on its forthcoming $1 billion Innovation Campus.

In addition to the Amazon and Virginia Tech projects, JBG SMITH is currently constructing Central District Retail, a 109,000 square foot entertainment and shopping destination that will serve as the retail heart of National Landing.  The retail components of Central District Retail and its planned development of 1900 Crystal Drive are expected to deliver almost 150,000 square feet of street-level retail featuring an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, specialty grocer, restaurants, bars, and other experiential offerings.

About JBG SMITH

JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops a dynamic portfolio of high-growth mixed-use properties in and around Washington, DC. Through an intense focus on placemaking, JBG SMITH cultivates vibrant, amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods throughout the Capital region, including National Landing where it now serves as the exclusive developer for Amazon’s new headquarters. JBG SMITH’s portfolio currently comprises 20.7 million square feet of high-growth office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% at our share of which are Metro-served. It also maintains a robust future pipeline encompassing 16.6 million square feet of mixed-use development opportunities. For more information on JBG SMITH please visit www.jbgsmith.com.

By: Marymount University

September 14, 2020

For the third consecutive year, Marymount University has risen in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings.

After jumping more than 20 spots in last year’s list, Marymount is once again moving up among the Best Regional Universities in the South – now ranked at No. 31 in the region (No. 37 in 2020 Rankings). The University also improved its standing in four other regional categories as well:

  • No. 1 for Most International Students (#2 in 2020)
  • No. 2 for Campus Ethnic Diversity (#3 in 2020)
  • No. 18 for Best Colleges for Veterans (#21 in 2020)
  • No. 51 for Best Value (#58 in 2020)

“We are at the beginning of a new era for this University, one in which we will reach national recognition for our student success, alumni achievement and faculty and staff excellence,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “These latest rankings prove what we at Marymount already know – our community is incredibly unique, we have something important to offer all of our students and that momentum is on our side. This is great news, and it’s so rewarding to have our efforts recognized.”

According to data that stretches back to 2014, the 2021 ranking of No. 31 overall in the region is the highest mark that Marymount has achieved in the Best Colleges Rankings. The scores from U.S. News & World Report are determined through several weighted key measures of quality that consist of graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduate indebtedness.

“A clear lesson we have learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that it has disproportionately affected the socially disadvantaged according to race and ethnicity, income and other factors,” Dr. Becerra added. “Education has often been described as the ‘great equalizer,’ and it’s so important – especially now – to offer increased access and personalization that will help members of underprivileged groups earn degrees that secure their future from the effects of future pandemics and times of social upheaval. At Marymount, we’re proving ourselves as a shining example for how to achieve these goals.”

By: Black Parents of Arlington

September 8, 2020

Today, the Black Parents of Arlington (BPA), an advocacy group dedicated to improving the lives of Black children in Arlington by securing equitable treatment in the realms of education, criminal justice, and access to opportunities and resources, formally called for the removal of School Resource Officers (SROs) from all APS schools and facilities.

“The time is now, said BPA President Whytni H. Kernodle, Esq.  Data-driven research has repeatedly shown stark disparities in the percentage of Black and Latino juveniles arrested and sentenced to detention relative to their population in the county. Interactions between SROs and Black and Brown students result in disproportionately higher suspension rates and other disciplinary actions than those interactions with white students.  The data shows Black and Brown children have increasingly reported threatening and uncomfortable encounters with SROs, which impacts their learning and their academic future.  It’s time for APS to create an environment where all students can learn without fear and intimidation.”

BPA Vice President Adora Williams also advocated for reallocation of resources from SROs to personnel dedicated to student wellness, such as guidance counselors, therapists, and support specialists.  “APS needs to focus on fully funding these crucial positions, especially now, as we find our new normal in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Students will need wraparound support once they return to the classroom and they are better served by mental health professionals rather than law enforcement in that capacity.”

Black Parents of Arlington has joined with the NAACP, Arlington for Justice, and other advocacy groups to petition the Arlington County School Board and APS Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán to reevaluate the purpose and necessity of SROs in our schools. Over the next few weeks, BPA will continue to collaborate with our partners to ensure that Arlington Public Schools will move forward expeditiously to create a police-free school environment that is welcoming and safe for our Black children.

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The Black Parents of Arlington (BPA) seeks to improve the lives of black children in Arlington by securing equitable treatment in the realms of education, criminal justice, and access to opportunities and resources.  BPA equips and emboldens black parents and other parents of black children to work with the school system, the county and other interested community stakeholders to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all children in our community, regardless of color.  Read more about BPA here and here.  Follow BPA on Facebook and Twitter .

By: Bridges to Independence

September 4, 2020

Bridges to Independence, a Northern Virginia provider of housing and vital services for at risk families and individuals, today announced its intent to merge with the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation (BAJCDC), a community-based non-profit with a mission to address the health, education, financial empowerment and social service needs of people living in Arlington’s Green Valley neighborhood.

“Our merger with this great organization will allow Bridges to expand the scope of support it provides to at risk individuals and families in our community, and increases our capacity to respond to the current economic crisis and meet the ongoing demand for low-income housing in Northern Virginia,” said Bridges board president Patrick King. “BAJCDC has maintained a longstanding commitment to the less fortunate in our community, and our combined organization creates more opportunities to help Arlington families achieve stable, financially-independent futures.”

Outlined in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Bridges and BAJCDC will unify under the Bridges organization to provide youth education, social service referrals, health and wellness guidance, and financial education – adding to Bridges’ current housing, employment and youth development portfolio. Bridges also expects to maintain operations at BAJCDC’s Green Valley Community Services Center on South Shirlington Road. Prior to the MOU, former BAJCDC Executive Director Cecily Whitfield served the

Green Valley Community for more than four years, and joined Bridges’ staff as Chief Program Officer in April 2020. Ms. Whitfield will maintain her position on the Executive Committee of the Green Valley Civic Association Board. The merger is expected to finalize in December 2020.

“We are excited that this merger will allow even more neighbors and families who face daily challenges and housing insecurity to be served,” said BAJCDC board president C.C. Jenkins. “Combining forces with Bridges will expand our footprint within the Green Valley Community and offer assistance to more families, which is critical during this pandemic environment.”

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Bridges to Independence provides housing and other services in Northern Virginia for homeless women/families and those at risk. The organization offers a continuum of aid and support for all family members, helping them attain stability and move forward into self-sufficiency. As a private, nonprofit organization, Bridges has been working with and for homeless families since 1985, formerly as the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless.

Established in 1999, the mission of the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation is to enhance the economic and social development of its community. It is the BAJCDC vision to achieve this through providing opportunities to address community needs through education, healthy living, financial empowerment and community involvement.

By: Marymount University

September 3, 2020

On July 29, Marymount University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend the contract of President Irma Becerra by an additional five years to 2026. This action comes one year earlier than expected, as Board members felt strongly that due to Dr. Becerra’s significant accomplishments during her tenure, it was important to ensure her continued association with Marymount on a more accelerated timeline.

“The Board is looking forward to Dr. Becerra’s continued contributions to this great institution for years to come, and is confident that her steadfast leadership will guide Marymount to the completion of its strategic goals for the future,” said Dr. Ed Bersoff, Chair of Marymount’s Board of Trustees.

“I am grateful for the trust and support given to me by Chairman Bersoff, the entire Board of Trustees and the University administration, and am proud of the dedication and tenacity shown by our faculty and staff as we pursue our goals,” Dr. Becerra added. “My commitment to this great University’s mission and legacy remains strong, and despite these uncertain times in higher education, we are ready to continue our progress and take Marymount to new heights.”

Dr. Becerra became Marymount’s seventh president in July 2018, and has since presided over the University’s creation and implementation of its new Strategic Plan, Momentum, which aims for national recognition for innovation and commitment to student success, alumni achievement and faculty and staff excellence. In the past two years, her accomplishments include quickly and successfully transitioning the University to remote operations during the Spring 2020 semester to address the safety of students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also led Marymount’s ongoing Return to Campus efforts for Fall 2020, while safeguarding the health of the University community. This semester, she will help oversee the University’s academic program restructuring into three new, interdisciplinary Colleges of study.

Additionally, Dr. Becerra’s leadership has helped result in the following:

  • Advancement of the University’s prestige as measured by various organizations, such as U.S. News & World Report (moving up 21 spots to #37 among Regional Universities in the South while also ranking No. 2 regionally for international students and No. 3 regionally for ethnic diversity) and Colleges of Distinction, as well as through superior performances by Marymount Athletics.
  • Substantial improvements to graduation outcomes (seven percent increase for four-year graduation rate since 2017, and five percent increase for six-year graduation rate during that same period).
  • Launching of fully-online programs through a new partnership with Keypath Education.
  • National accreditation status through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and first-time accreditation eligibility through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Purchasing of the Rixey luxury apartments in Ballston, which allows the University to have a state-of-the-art housing facility available for upper-class students, graduate students, faculty and staff.
  • Enhanced technology support through the implementation of Workday, a cloud-based ERP system, for all business operations.

By: VOICE

September 2, 2020

Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market instability after the ban expires.

VOICE leaders will continue to press the General Assembly, currently meeting in special session, and Gov. Ralph Northam to provide at least $200 million in new funding for the Governor’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program, as well as additional protections for renters. Those include closing current loopholes that landlords can exploit to evict renters and ensure tenants who owe rent do not have their credit ruined, and in so doing make finding a new home nearly impossible.

“The announcement of the federal eviction moratorium is a welcome sign of the growing acknowledgment that forcing families to live on the streets or turn to shelters, or to crowd into living spaces with others, is, not only morally wrong, but likely seriously harmful to the health of our communities during this pandemic,” said Rev. Clyde W. Ellis, Jr., a VOICE leader and Senior Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Woodbridge.” We look to Gov. Northam and the General Assembly to step up now and add provisions to create a moratorium that truly protects our families in Virginia.”

He noted that ensuring community health and safety in Virginia will require commitment from federal, state, and local governments to keep families in their homes while the pandemic rages and children in much of the state are mandated to stay at home to learn at the start of this school year.

During the pandemic shutdown in the spring, VOICE talked with more than 2,000 Virginians and learned that fear of not making rent was the number one concern. Since then, VOICE has played a key role in efforts to win successive eviction moratoriums, together with significant funding for rent relief to enable tenants to pay off at least a portion of their rent debt and landlords to pay on mortgages.

VOICE is a multi-faith, non-partisan citizen’s power organization comprised of religious and community institutions representing more than 180,000 households in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria. For information on VOICE’s success at effecting change on creation of a public defender’s office in Prince William County, elimination of the state practice of suspending drivers’ licenses for unpaid court debt, mortgage-foreclosure relief, affordable housing, dental care for low-income residents, expanded pre-K opportunities for low-income children, securing local funds for park and athletic facility renovation, and other issues, go to www.voice-iaf.org.  

By: Sen. Tim Kaine

September 2, 2020

On Thursday, September 3, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will host a socially distant conversation in Arlington with local leaders to discuss the work being done to support the Latino community in Northern Virginia, as reports show Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Kaine will learn more about efforts from local organizations to increase access to COVID-19 testing, rent and food assistance, and legal services, as well as learn more about what can be done on the federal level to better support the community.

By: Lincoln Property Company

August 28, 2020

The Pinkard Group, PGIM Real Estate and Lincoln Property Company are proud to kick-off  the transformational renovations at 4300 Wilson.  The market leading repositioning will create a  hospitality-focused experience not available in the market. Working with design firm Gensler, 4300 Wilson’s lobby, and common areas will be reimagined to meet the demands of the modern workforce.  Significant renovations are underway which include a new streetscape and entryway, revamped lobby, as well as the addition of a two-story amenity offering including a tenant lounge, conference area, and state-of-the-art fitness facility.

4300 Wilson is located on one of the most prominent sites in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor of Northern Virginia. The 11-story green building features 270,000 square-feet of Class A office space inclusive of 20,000 square-feet of ground level retail facing the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Glebe Road.

Built in 2003, 4300 Wilson offers tenants expansive floor plates with generous column spacing, ample underground parking and access to the Ballston Metro and major Metro bus transfer stations as well as a direct connection to the new Ballston Quarter retail complex anchoring the transformation of the area.

As bustling activity from Ballston Quarter surrounds 4300 Wilson, the renovation of the exterior entryway will extend a glass vestibule out towards the property line to capture the attention of pedestrians and visitors.

Highlighting the lobby renovation will be an architectural design feature born from WOOD-SKIN, a technology that transforms everyday, rigid materials into flexible, 3D functional art. WOOD-SKIN will be incorporated as the focal point in the main lobby, even serving as the canopy outside the vestibule. It will extend throughout the ground floor leading visitors from the entry to the new common spaces.

“In designing the lobby, our focus centered around one main theme: creating an engaging experience that entices and delights users during their visit to the building,” said Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, principal and design director with Gensler. “The warmth of the woodskin is designed to draw people into the building.”

Following the renovation, the building will offer 6,000+ square feet of common space designed to provide an urban retreat for the building’s tenants.  The renovation coincides with the opening of Ballston’s newest restaurant, World of Beer, complementing the existing retail amenity base.

“The new lobby and amenity renovations at 4300 Wilson Boulevard will set the building apart from the rest of the market”, said Doug McLearn, Director of Virginia leasing at Lincoln Property Company. “The innovative design will unquestionably be one of the highest-quality renovations in Arlington. Combined with the building’s existing column free floor plates, high ceilings and exceptional location, there is nothing left to be desired in an office building.  We are excited to bring this dramatically re-designed office building to market.”

Renovations are scheduled to deliver in the first quarter.

Currently, there is 75,000 square-feet of office space ranging from 2,663 – 70,000 square-feet available. Neil Alt, Doug McLearn, and Brenda Sosa of Lincoln Property Company have been retained to lease the property.

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