- Neighborhood-identified projects approved
- Beautification, pedestrian safety, streetlights, sidewalk, curb & gutter, and park upgrades funded
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved more than $2.5 million to fund five projects that will enhance pedestrian safety, improve parks and beautify neighborhoods across the County.
The projects are part of Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation program, created by the County Board in 1964 to strengthen neighborhoods. Under this program, residents identify their capital improvement priorities and submit applications to the County's Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC).
“For nearly half a century, Neighborhood Conservation has helped keep Arlington's neighborhoods strong, beautiful and safe,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “The program relies on residents to decide their neighborhood's most important capital needs. It is truly an example of community planning done from the ground up.”
Funded by voter-approved bonds
Funding for Neighborhood Conservation comes from bonds approved by Arlington County voters. In 2012, voters approved a $28.3 million Community Infrastructure Bond, $11 million of which was for Neighborhood Conservation. These are the second round of priority projects to be funded by that bond.
The Board unanimously voted to approve the projects, which were brought forward by the County Board-appointed Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC).
Twenty-seven projects considered
The committee considered 27 first priority neighborhood projects, with the projects being selected in priority ranking. The County Board approved five recommended projects:
- Columbia Heights West – Tyrol Hills Park – $670,000 for park improvements
- Old Dominion – N. Buchanan St. – 24th Rd N to 24th St N — $310,246 for street improvements
- Arlington Heights – 9th St S – S. Glebe Rd to Walter Reed Dr., S. Ivy St – 7th St S to 9th St S & S. Highland St – 7th St S to Columbia Pike – $477,339 for streetlights
- Yorktown – Chestnut Hills Park – $708,776 for park improvements
- Lyon Park – N. Cleveland St – 1st Rd N to Washington Blvd – $147,843 for streetlights
Members of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee meet monthly to oversee the Neighborhood Conservation program. Twice a year, the committee recommends qualified projects to the County Board for approval of bond funding.
Residents, through their neighborhood associations, identify improvement priorities in their neighborhoods and work with the County to get those projects funded. Since its founding in Arlington, the program has been studied by many other communities and has become a model for making improvements in established urban neighborhoods across the nation.
To learn more about this program, visit the County website. Scroll down to Consent Item 13 on the March 19, 2013 County Board Regular Agenda to read the staff report.