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Couple Searches For Answers After Dog Disappears in Arlington Under Mysterious Circumstances

A Falls Church couple is searching frantically for their missing dog, which disappeared last week in Arlington under some strange circumstances.

Solange and Craig Bone said they left their dog Sookie with a dog-sitter on N. Frederick Street in Waycroft-Woodlawn while they went out of town. They returned around 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, only to be greeted by the news that Sookie had disappeared earlier that day at around noon.

Solange Bone said they began putting fliers up immediately, and received phone calls from people nearby who said they had seen Sookie going along N. George Mason Drive, near Virginia Hospital Center.

Three days later, Bone said they received a call from a woman who said Sookie crossed Lee Highway on August 17 and walked to the area of N. Dickerson Street, where she was cornered by two good Samaritans.

But then, Bone said, when someone went inside to grab a leash for the dog, a man appeared and began to hold the dog. He then allegedly got into his car and drove away with her.

The man is described as being Hispanic and in his late 50s or early 60s, wearing thick black-rimmed glasses. He had a medium build and was driving a brown Toyota Camry or Corolla.

Bone said they have tried everything to get Sookie back, from putting up fliers to alerting local animal shelters, sending out automated calls and hiring a dog tracker to try and follow her scent. Bone said it is complicated by the fact that her collar has been removed.

“Literally, we haven’t slept,” Bone said. “We’ve been looking for her non-stop since we found out.”

Bone added that the Arlington County Police Department took a report on the case, but were unlikely to do more as the department typically does not search for missing pets. ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage confirmed Bone’s account of events, but had no further information.

There have not been additional sightings since the one in the Yorktown neighborhood, Bone said. The couple is offering a $1,500 reward to anyone who has any information on Sookie’s whereabouts.

Bone said that she is most concerned with getting her dog back, and is not as interested in punishing anyone who might have taken her, accidentally or otherwise.

“I don’t want to couch it as she’s been stolen or anything like that,” Bone said. “I just want her safe return. I just want whoever it is to just, no questions asked, we just want her back.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 949-606-2598.

Photo No. 3 via Google Maps.


Board to Consider $5.3 Million in Neighborhood Improvement Projects

The Arlington County Board on Saturday is expected to consider five neighborhood improvement projects with a cumulative price tag of $5.3 million.

The projects have been advanced by a county committee via Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation Program, which encourages neighborhoods to apply for funding for various types of local improvements.

The projects set for approval are:

  •  A new neighborhood sign for Long Branch Creek ($12,500)
  • Street improvements and new streetlights along 31st Street S. in Fairlington, between S. Randolph and Woodrow Streets ($1.7 million)
  • New streetlights on S. Oak, Ode and Orme Streets in Foxcroft Heights ($562,704)
  • Intersection improvements along 2nd Street S. at S. Wayne, Uhle and Wise Streets in Penrose ($1.6 million)
  • Street improvements along N. George Mason Drive between 11th Street N. and I-66 in Waycroft-Woodlawn ($1.4 million)

The County Board is expected to vote on the Neighborhood Conservation projects at its Saturday meeting. The measure also includes an additional $200,000 for the county’s “Missing Link Program,” which funds the construction of small stretches of new sidewalk to connect existing sidewalks.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday for Renovated Woodlawn Park

Children already are climbing on equipment at the two newly renovated playgrounds at Woodlawn Park, ahead of this weekend’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at the park (1325 N. Buchanan Street) this Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Members of the community — including kids — helped design the new playgrounds. As part of the renovation process, the new equipment was installed farther away from the creek than the previous fixtures had been.

Invasive plants were removed and the area along the creek has been reforested with native trees, shrubs and perennials. The park also now offers better accessibility. Lawn aeration and overseeding will be completed next week.

The County Board approved funding for the $795,000 neighborhood improvement project in 2014, and construction began last August. A federal grant funded part of the reforestation.

The park remains open and usable in the time leading up to the ribbon cutting.


Car Runs Off Road Along Washington Blvd

The driver of a car ran up onto an embankment in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood this morning.

The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Washington Blvd and N. Evergreen Street, just west of Ballston. No significant injuries were reported.

Shortly after the crash, a nearby resident emailed ARLnow.com to argue that Arlington County should be doing more to make the intersection safer.

“Residents at the northeast corner of N.Evergreen Street have yet again had a car land in their yard,” wrote Sharon Dorsey. “This is an incredibly dangerous area [with] daily horns blaring when drivers play chicken in the merge lane.”

“Neighbors in and around this area have engaged with a number of agencies within Arlington County over the years to make this safer,” she continued. “Currently, a Neighborhood Conservation project to narrow the mouth Evergreen Street and connect sidewalks is on the books but will not be completed for a number of years… The issue will not be resolved until Arlington County and VDOT work together to restructure the entire intersection, add in turn lanes north and south and remove (or restrict to buses) the eastbound merge lane on Washington Blvd.”

Separately, a crash involving a car and an elderly pedestrian was reported this morning at the intersection of Washington Blvd and N. Quincy Street. The pedestrian’s injuries were not reported to be life-threatening.

Photos by Samantha Moore


Morning Notes

Crystal Car show in Crystal City on Father's Day 2016

Courthouse, Columbia Pike Developments Approved — At its Saturday meeting, the Arlington County Board approved a 90-unit condominium building at 2000 Clarendon Blvd in Courthouse. The Board voted 4-1, with John Vihstadt voting against, after hearing objections from residents of the nearby Odyssey condo tower. Also on Saturday, the Board unanimously approved a 105-unit condo building on the Rappahannock Coffee site on Columbia Pike. [Arlington County, Arlington County]

Plans Filed for New Affordable Complex in Rosslyn — The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing has filed preliminary plans to redevelop the 39-unit Queens Court apartment complex into a new, 12-story, 250-unit affordable apartment building, with underground parking and a 9,000 square foot public park and playground. The redevelopment was included in 2015’s Western Rosslyn Area Plan, or WRAP. [Washington Business Journal]

Woodlawn Park Renovations Approved — The Arlington County Board has approved a $616,000 contract for improvements to Woodlawn Park in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood. The improvements to the 3.2 acre park includes “replacing the playground equipment, updating the trails and better protecting Lubber Run stream.” [Arlington County]

Couple Gets Engaged at Local Event — A San Antonio, Texas couple got engaged at Friday night’s Wine in the Waterpark event in Crystal City. [Twitter]

Stream Restoration Project OKed — The Arlington County Board has unanimously approved a $3.5 million contract to restore the lower portion of the Four Mile Run stream. Work on the project, which has been in the works since 2000, is expected to begin later this summer and may result in some trail detours over the course of a year. [Arlington County]

First Day of Summer Today — Today is the first day of astronomical summer, the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. [Capital Weather Gang]

Leadership Arlington to Run Volunteer Arlington — The nonprofit group Leadership Arlington will be taking over the administration of Volunteer Arlington from Arlington County. Leadership Arlington won the contract in a competitive bidding process. Volunteer Arlington is “the County’s clearinghouse for volunteerism, matching volunteers with non-profits and government programs that rely on volunteers in carrying out their work.” [Arlington County]


Smoking Tree Prompts Fire Department Spray Down

A county water crew’s effort to smoke some bees out of a hollow tree ended with a fire department response earlier today.

The incident happened Wednesday morning near the intersection of 17th Street N. and N. Buchanan Street, in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood.

An Arlington Water, Sewer, Streets Bureau crew was trying to rid the tree of the bees, in order to replace a meter box below the tree, when something seemingly went wrong.

“Crews discovered a beehive in the hollow part of the tree and smoked it out so they could access the box,” said Meghan McMahon, a spokeswoman for Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services. “The tree began smoking badly, so crews called the fire department.”

“[Firefighters] sprayed the tree down as a precautionary measure… the tree did not catch fire,” McMahon noted. “Crews didn’t want to take any chances in today’s dry, hot weather.”

The tree is scheduled to be removed by the county parks department Thursday, at which time the water crew will try again to replace the meter box.


Anti-Semitic Fliers Distributed in Arlington Neighborhood

Anti-Semitic fliers were found on the steps of homes near Virginia Hospital Center today.

The fliers, soggy from the rain, were spotted in front of homes on 16th Street N. and N. Edison Street. Fliers were also left in front of the hospital’s emergency room entrance, according to a tipster.

Within the fliers were hateful messages and conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel.

Chris Williams, a 16th Street resident, picked up two fliers he found lying around. Others nearby were torn up and in scraps on the street.

“I guess it was a good thing it rained,” he said. “[The fliers] were just laying in the yard. It seems like they didn’t want to get caught because they didn’t go put them where the other fliers go.”

Williams said he’s never seen anything like them in the 11 years he’s lived here.

“I prefer not to live near people like that, but you have to,” he said.

It’s not clear, however, who distributed the fliers. Last week it was reported that similar fliers had been distributed to homes in parts of Arlington, Alexandria, Chevy Chase, Md. and various neighborhoods in Northwest D.C.

An Arlington police spokesman could not be reached for comment.


BREAKING: Two-Alarm House Fire Near Ballston

(Updated at 5:55 p.m.) Arlington County Firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm house fire near Ballston.

Smoke and fire was showing from the second floor and roof of a home near the intersection of 15th Street N. and N. Abingdon Street, in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, according to firefighters on the scene. A second alarm has been called.

The flames have since been extinguished and crews are checking for additional hotspots.

Firefighters have also reported that a dog was rescued from the house. Witnesses said the owner also owned two cats, but firefighters on scene said they could not confirm whether cats were inside.

The fire broke out right as neighborhood children returned home from school. While several fire trucks, engines and emergency vehicles were parked on the narrow street, children were running around the scene, albeit out of harm’s way.

No other residents were believed to be in the house.

Video (above) courtesy Allan Yankosky/1411 Media, Inc.


Crime Report: $5,000 Worth of Wine Goes Missing

Police car lightsArlington County Police are trying to solve the case of the missing vino.

Cops say 100 bottles of wine were reported missing at a divorcing couple’s house in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood on Monday. The wine, worth about $5,000, disappeared at some point between September and November, said the female half of a couple.

“The male half denied any knowledge or involvement in the missing wine,” police said. “There were no signs of forced entry.”

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

BURGLARY, 141201025, 4600 block of 13th St N, On 12/1/14 at 1242 hours, the female half of a divorcing couple told police she believed her estranged husband entered the marital home when she was not present and stole approximately 100 bottles of wine, valued at approximately $5000.00, sometime between 9/23/14 and 11/28/14. The male half denied any knowledge or involvement in the missing wine. There were no signs of forced entry.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

POLICE INFORMATION (ABDUCTION), 141127009, 1100 block of N Jackson St, On 11/27/14 at approximately 0154 hours, a witness called police after observing 4 unknown males force an unknown black female into a vehicle then flee the scene, last seen heading west on Washington Blvd. The witness, who attempted to intervene, was unable to get the suspects to remain on scene but made note of the license plate from the black Ford sedan they were driving. The suspects are described as 2 white males, one with a long pony tail, in their 20s, and 2 Latino males, one with a long pony tail and also in their 20s. The victim is described as a black female, in her 20s. No missing persons reports or victims matching this incident have been reported.

ROBBERY, 141127022, 3100 block of Wilson Blvd, On 11/27/14 at 1516 hours, a male victim told police an unknown Hispanic male took his cell phone, by force, from him while he was sitting on a bench texting someone. When the victim attempted to get the phone back, the suspect made threatening gestures towards him. A witness called police on the victim’s behalf and made contact with the suspect while the victim waited nearby. The suspect was arrested and charged accordingly.

BURGLARY, 141130022, 2200 block of Wilson Blvd., Sometime between 1600 hours on 11/26/14 and 0900 hours on 11/30/14, the victim told police an unknown subject entered the office and stole a jacket and some electronics. There are no known suspects at this time.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 141130039, 400 Blk N Park St, On 11/30/14 at approximately 1605 hours, a female victim told police she was running when an unknown male subject called out to her and gestured her to stop. Upon doing so, the male exposed himself to her. She left quickly and called police in the process. The victim lost sight of the male subject but stated an unknown model black vehicle appeared to stop in the area where the male subject was last seen and she heard a car door close. The subject is described as a white Hispanic male, approximately 25-30 years of age, 5’05”, 150-170 lbs, short brown spiked hair, brown eyes, wearing a red sweatshirt underneath a black vest, and dark blue jeans.

ROBBERY, 141201053, 1100 block of S Hayes St., On 12/1/14 at 1946 hours, officers were told by a witness he observed the aftermath of a physical altercation between an unknown male and female subject. When both subjects were located, it was discovered the female subject is a prostitute who met the male subject at another location and, after a brief sexual encounter, both traveled to this location and stole items from several area businesses. When the male subject demanded one of the stolen items, a verbal argument ensued which escalated into a physical confrontation with the male subject pushing the female to the ground then unsuccessfully attempting to take her purse, where some of the stolen items were hidden. The female subject had an outstanding out of state warrant and was taken into custody. The male subject was also arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery.

ROBBERY, 141201059, 1300 block of S George Mason Dr, On 12/1/14 at 2310 hours, a male victim reported to police he was robbed by two unknown males while walking home from a party. The victim stated he managed to fight off the first attacker when he was jumped from behind by the second. The victim’s wallet was taken. He sustained various injuries to his head and ribs and was transported to the hospital. Suspects are described as male, unknown race, both approximately 28 years of age. One suspect was wearing greenish jeans, black shirt, and white shoes. The second suspect was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black pants.

BREAKING AND ENTERING,141202018, 5100 block of Columbia Pike, On 12/2/14 at 1313 hours, the victim/homeowner told police unknown subject(s) had been trespassing/occupying the dwelling sometime between 1700 hours on 11/21/14 and 1330 hours on 12/01/14. There was no damage to the front door or locks and it appeared the suspect(s) made entry through a rear window which had 2 broken panes. The kitchen microwave was found on a bedroom floor along with cigarette butts and a plastic bag. There are no suspects at this time.


11/26/14, VA/ZP4951, 2012 Ford Windstar Van, Blue, 141126009
Stolen/recovered from 300 block of S Jackson St

12/2/14, VA/14076M Longbo LB50QT Moped black, 141202028
1900 block of N Calvert St


LARCENY FROM AUTO, 141126011, 2400 block of N Tuckahoe St
DOMESTIC DISPUTE, 141126002, 800 block of S Frederick St
PETIT LARCENY, 141126016, 1400 block of N Courthouse Rd
TRESSPASSING, 141126021, 4200 block of Wilson Blvd
PETIT LARCENY, 141126022, 1200 block of S Hayes St
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141126024, 1600 block of Wilson Blvd
LARCENY FROM PERSON, 141126026, 2100 block of Clarendon Blvd
DOMESTIC ASSSAULT, 141126031, 4900 block of 10th St S
GRAND LARCENY, 141126032, 1400 block of S Hayes St
GRAND LARCENY, 141126038, 1100 block of S Hayes St
GRAND LARCENY, 141126043, 1100 block of S Hayes St


PETIT LARCENY, 141127015, Unit block of S Glebe Rd
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141127016, 6000 block of block 9th St N
MISSING PERSON (ADULT), 141127020, 900 block of N Wayne St
DOMESTIC ASSSAULT AND BATTERY, 141127025, 4200 block of N Carlin Springs Rd
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141127030, 4300 block of 12th St S
DOMESTIC DISPUTE, 141127034, 1100 block of 18th St S


ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141128001, 5000 block of Lee Hwy
PETIT LARCENY, 141128006, 400 block of 23rd St S
GRAND LARCENY FROM PERSON, 141128007, 1900 block of N Moore St
FORGING A PUBLIC DOCUMENT, 141128011, 2300 block of Crystal Dr
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141128013, 4000 block of Lorcom Lane
HARASSMENT, 141128018, 2700 block of S Adams St
FRAUD, 141128020, 1400 block of N Courthouse Rd
LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSES, 141128021, 1200 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 141128025, 1100 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 141128026, 1300 block of Wilson Blvd
ID THEFT, 141128032, 4700 block of Columbia Pike
ID THEFT, 141128036, 2000 block of 15th St N
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141128037, 2700 block of S Quincy St


FOUND PROPERTY, 141129011, 3100 block of N Highland St
NOISE COMPLAINT, 141129015, 3100 block of Key Blvd
LARCENY FROM AUTO (WHEELS), 141129017, 5900 block of 9th St N
SIMPLE ASSAULT, 141129018, 1500 block of N Lynn St
LARCENY, 141129022, 1200 block of S Fern St
GRAND LARCENY, 141129028, 1400 block of S Hayes St
GRAND LARCENY, 141129029, 1200 block of S Hayes St
RECOVERED STOLEN MOPED, 141129030, 2000 block of N Smythe St
DISORDERLY CONDUCT/DRUNK IN PUBLIC, 141129037, 3200 block of Washington Blvd
PETIT SHOPLIFTING, 141129038, 4900 block of Columbia Pike
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE, 141129039, 2400 block of 13th St N
GRAND LARCENY FROM AUTO, 141129040, 900 block of N Stafford St


POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, 141130010, 2500 block of S Arlington Mill Dr
MISSING ADULT, 141130013, 1400 block of N Courthouse Rd
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141130014, 1900 block of Sycamore St
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141130024, 4900 block of Little Falls Rd
COUNTERFEIT MONEY, 141130026, 1600 block of Wilson Blvd
COUNTERFEIT MONEY, 141130027, 1600 block of Wilson Blvd
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141130028, 4800 block of Old Dominion Dr
ATTEMPTED GRAND LARCENY, 141130029, 1100 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY FROM AUTO/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141130040, 4100 block of N Glebe Rd
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141130041, 4100 block of N Glebe Rd
DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141130042, 2500 block of N Upland St
GRAND LARCENY, 141130047, 1100 block of S Hayes St
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, 141130056, 2400 block of S Glebe Rd


GRAND LARCENY, 141201015, 800 block of S Walter Reed Dr
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 141201017, 3600 block of S Four Mile Run
GRAND LARCENY, 141201020, 1000 block of N Randolph St
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141201021, 1200 block of S Courthouse Rd
PETIT LARCENY, 141201050, 1000 block of S Hayes St
STOLEN LICENSE PLATE, 141201051, 1400 block of N Quinn St
PETIT LARCENY, 141201052, 1000 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY FROM OFFICE, 141201054, 2100 block of 15th St N
DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141201058, 300 block of N Quebec St


TAMPERING WITH AUTO, 141202002, 5100 block of 26TH St N
TAMPERING WITH AUTO, 141202008, 5100 block of 26TH St N
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 141202011, 3900 block of Wilson Blvd
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, 141202013, 2900 block of S Glebe Rd
FRAUD, 141202014, 800 block of N Wakefield St
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141202019, 2100 block of N Culpeper St
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141202022, 2000 block of N Cleveland St
GRAND LARCENY/CHINS, 141202023, 700 block of N Glebe Rd
GRAND LARCENY, 141202026, 2100 block of Wilson Blvd
GRAND LARCENY (2x)/PETIT LARCENY, 141202033, 1000 block of S Hayes St
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141202034, 1400 block of N Uhle St
LARCENY, 141202042, 2900 block of Columbia Pike
DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141202044, 2300 block of 11th St N


Ovechkin’s Arlington House for Rent

For $6,500 a month, Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin could be your landlord in Arlington.

Ovechkin’s Arlington house, at 4906 16th Street N, in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, is currently listed on the rental market. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom single family detached house has been on the market for several weeks, according to Buck & Associates Realtor Billy Buck.

Buck, who confirmed to ARLnow.com that the house is still available as of today, said that length of time on the market is to be expected at this time of year with a lull in the rental market because of the holidays.

The 5,000-square-foot house is described in its listing as having “gleaming hardwood floors” on the main level, a master bedroom with a sitting room and a whirlpool tub and separate shower in the master bath, a rec room with a wet bar and a rear deck. The security deposit is posted as $7,950, and tenants are required to be non-smokers, but pets are allowed.

Ovechkin is listed as the owner of the house, which was built in 2005, on Arlington’s property database. The house and 11,603-square-foot lot was assessed at $1,572,000 by the county last January. Ovechkin purchased a $4.3 million colonial in McLean in 2012.


North Arlington House Could Receive Historic Designation

A house in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood in North Arlington will be considered for a historic designation by the County Board at its Saturday meeting.

The house, at 5151 14th Street N., just a few blocks south of Virginia Hospital Center, is a Queen Anne-style dwelling and was built, according to county staff, in 1881 and called Broadview. It was constructed by Robert Stinson Lacey, a Civil War veteran who “operated one of the County’s large market farms at and surrounding Broadview, and played an active role in local political and social affairs,” the staff report states.

Currently, the home and property is owned by Alex Deucher and Angela Guzman, who moved in about three years ago. Deucher contacted the county earlier this year to have a “local historic district” designation placed on the house, because the two “just wanted to see it protected.”

“This house is just so cool,” he said this afternoon while giving this reporter a tour of the exterior. “It’s got a lot of neat features that you don’t really see in newer houses. It’s got about 12-foot ceilings on the lower level, big parlors and a big porch. A lot of nights we sit out here and eat dinner.”

The house is painted yellow with blue trim, and many of the original features are still in existence and, according to Deucher, use.

“It represents the evolution of a simple I-house into an ornate Queen Anne-styled dwelling corresponding to the architectural trends of the late-19th century,” the staff report states. “[It] possesses integrity of design, materials, form, plan, and workmanship to convey its various periods of construction; and remains one of the best examples of Queen Anne-styled architecture in Arlington County.”

If the historic district status is approved, all renovations and major work on the house will have to be approved by the county. After Deucher called the county to apply for the status, he said the staff was able to pull the history of the house “all the way back to the land grant from King George.”


Construction Begins at Lacey Lane

Houses under construction at Lacey Lane(Updated at 12:10 p.m.) Construction has begun at the new Lacey Lane subdivision at the corner of Washington Blvd and N. George Mason Drive, more than a year-and-a-half after crews first excavated the site in the Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood.

Work on the first model home first was expected to begin in March 2013, but didn’t actually happen until a few weeks ago. County employees told ARLnow.com last November that the stall had to do with developer The Barrett Companies fulfilling safety obligations in order to receive permits. County staff confirms the developer met all requirements and obtained a building permit this spring.

According to the Evergreene Homes website, the nine properties will be “exquisitely detailed luxury residences.” Renderings of what the finished homes are expected to look like are also available on the website.

The base models originally were said to feature four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, at an estimated cost of $1.4 million each. Although preliminary plans are available for the three-level houses, Evergreene Homes Director of Sales and Marketing Rich Rudnicki said the company currently is finalizing the home options and base pricing. He said the company should be ready to put the properties up for sale by September 1.

Rudnicki says details like detached garages, courtyards and sitting areas will make this a unique subdivision.

“It’s a cool location,” he said, “It’s going to be a different kind of community.”


Morning Notes

Patrons lined up to have a book signed by Hillary Clinton at the Pentagon City Costco on 6/13/14

Clinton Signs Books at Pentagon City Costco — Former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton signed books at the Pentagon City Costco store on Saturday. One group of Clinton supporters who lined up outside the store Saturday morning told ARLnow.com that they were in line for more than 4 hours before getting their books signed. The signature: a simple, cursive “Hillary.” Also dropping by on Saturday was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was shopping and stumbled upon the event. [Huffington Post, Washington Post]

Board Approves Waycroft-Woodlawn Plan — The County Board on Saturday unanimously approved an updated Neighborhood Conservation Plan for the Waycroft-Woodlawn community, located northwest of Ballston. The plan calls for funding “to address speeding and cut-through traffic, improve pedestrian safety, enhance street conditions and make park improvements.” Waycroft-Woodlawn has 1,600 residents, mostly in single-family homes. [Arlington County]

Healthy Vending Machine Installation Complete — Arlington Public Schools has completed installation of 115 new “FitArlington Healthy Vending Machines” in all 40 APS-owned buildings. The machines offer “bottled water and 100% fruit juice beverages, and a variety of healthy snacks, such as dried fruit, baked chips, and granola bars.” [Arlington Public Schools]


Six Neighborhood Improvement Projects Could Secure Funding

arlington-va-logoThe Arlington County Board could approve another round of neighborhood improvement projects at its meeting this Saturday.

Six projects are slated to receive $3.5 million in funding in the fourth and final round of appropriations from 2012’s $11 million Neighborhood Conservation Bond.

The projects are:

  • Street improvements to the 5700 block of 2nd Street S. and the 100 block of S. Kensington Street in Glencarlyn. Cost: $724,042. Expected completion date: June 2016.
  • A trail connector from the 4800 block of 7th Street S. to the W&OD trail in Barcroft. Cost: $135,317. Expected completion date: October 2015.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements to 19th Road N. between Woodstock Street and Upton Street in Waverly Hills. Cost: $753,845. Expected completion date: May 2016.
  • Street improvements to S. Lang Street between Arlington Ridge Road and 28th Street in Arlington Ridge. Cost: $713,003. Expected completion date: October 2015.
  • Streetlights and trail improvements on N. Ohio Street between 22nd Street and Washington Blvd in Highland Park Overlee Knolls. Cost: $380,369. Expected completion date: July 2015.
  • Park improvements to Woodlawn Park in Waycroft-Woodlawn. Cost: 795,000. Expected completion date: None given.

The projects were chosen based on a priority scale and approved for recommendation by the NCAC in December.

The projects given the highest priority were those in neighborhoods that have recently updated or completed new conservation plans and in neighborhoods that have waited for projects the longest. The county staff report has the full list of criteria.


Lacey Lane Development Stalls

Lacey Lane subdivision site(Updated at 5:05 p.m. on 11/12/13) Nearly 10 months ago, workers excavated land at the corner of Washington Blvd and N. George Mason Drive to make way for a new subdivision called Lacey Lane. Shortly after the land was readied, however, the project stalled out and currently appears to be little more than a vacant lot.

In February, brothers Taylor and Milton Chamberlin of The Barrett Companies said they expected work to begin on the first model home at the site in March, with work on the second beginning shortly thereafter. They anticipated the two models would take about seven months each to build and would be ready by autumn. So far, no housing construction is visible at the site.

The land is divided into nine properties. Each plot will have a house with a base price of $1.4 million.

Calls and emails to Milton Chamberlin over the past few weeks were not returned. But Arlington County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) explained where things stand from the county’s point of view.

According to CPHD, there has not been any trouble with The Barrett Companies, the delay revolves around fulfilling safety regulations in order to get a building permit. County staff found outstanding “life safety regulations” that the developer needs to fulfill before a building permit can be granted. Once the developer makes some clarifications and revisions to the permit documents, the permit can be approved.

“To say it plainly, life safety is really about making sure the buildings are safe for people to occupy,” said CPHD spokeswoman Helen Duong. “For this project, the outstanding items on this permit have more to do with the documentation of the design than concerns about the adequacy of the design itself.”

Basically, it appears the designer believed certain safety features were implied in the building plans, but they need to be explicitly included. Revisions must continue until county staff can see all the necessary safety features drawn in.

According to the CPHD permit records, The Barrett Companies first applied for a Lacey Lane building permit in January, but the plans were sent back for revision in February. This process was repeated a few times in the following months, and CPHD’s Inspection Services last rejected a version of the plan in April. No further revisions have been submitted since then.

Permit applications stay active for six months but expire if no action has been taken after that time. The current permit application for Lacey Lane has an expiration date of March 15, 2014. That date can move back another six months, however, if further actions occur, such as submitting another round of revisions.

Once CPHD Inspection Services staff approves the plan’s revisions, the developer must also get the permit approved by the Department of Environmental Services. We’re told that process typically takes place in just a few minutes.


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