Arlington County Board Approves Enhancements to Arlington Mill Community Center

  • Portion of project reserve funds allocated for additional safety, utility features
  • Modifications include wireless system upgrade for first responder communications, intersection improvements
  • Community Center nears completion on schedule, on budget

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved additional safety and utility upgrades to the Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) as the building nears completion on schedule and on budget. With already approved project reserve funds, the County opted to make enhancements while the facility is still under construction. The upgrades include:

  • An in-building wireless system antenna to ensure first responder communications inside the structure
  • A revised design for the 9th St. S. and Arlington Mill Dr. intersection to improve access for nearby residents
  • Security doors for the AMCC parking garage
  • A separate entry in the housing portion of the parking garage
  • Additional steel members required for the gymnasium structure

“The enhancements that we approved today will make Arlington Mill Community Center safer and more functional,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “Effective project management enabled us to have project funds available to add these important features.”

Funds from project reserve account

The County will transfer $400,000 from the AMCC project reserve account to the general construction contract for the additional items requested by the County, the community and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). The transfer also will cover site supervision costs while the work is completed.

Even with the project modifications and upgrades, the AMCC project remains well within the total project budget of $36M; however, the recently requested modifications will exceed the current construction contract authorization. APAH will reimburse the County approximately $100,000 in direct construction costs for the work resulting from their requests.

The Board action authorizes the move of funds already allocated to the project and will not require additional taxpayer funds from other County resources. The project remains on plan for a summer 2013 completion. To read the staff report on this item, visite the County Website. Scroll down to Item # 22 on the Saturday, July 13 Regular County Board Meeting.


Arlington Mill Community Center is the result of a long-term collaboration with the community to bring together on a single site a mixed-use facility and affordable housing. The Center will provide a variety of recreational, social and learning opportunities for residents of all ages. It will include space for recreational and cultural programs, childhood development programs and human services. It is a key part of the County's broad effort to transform Columbia Pike into a more walkable, bikeable, vibrant, transit-oriented corridor by upgrading transit, encouraging mixed-use development and ground-floor retail and providing affordable housing. To learn more about the community center, visit the County Website.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.