Arlington County Board Chairman Kicks-off Neighborhood Town Halls

  • “Moving Forward Together” conversations begin
  • First meeting Jan. 30
  • Streetcar update March 27

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada will host the first in a series of Neighborhood Town Halls from 6:46 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 at Drew Community Center cafeteria, 3500 23rd St. South.

“As part of my ‘Moving Forward Together' agenda, I am looking forward to hearing from the community in this informal setting, where people can speak their minds directly to County Board members, and get answers,” Tejada said. “Arlington is always at its best when we are listening to each other and sharing ideas. We will have these conversations once every month, except August and December, in locations across Arlington.”

The County Board's Town Halls offer an opportunity for members of the public to speak directly with County Board Members on any topic.

Streetcar Town Hall in March

The March Town Hall will follow a different format. It is expected that all five Board members will participate. They will provide a detailed update on the planned streetcar system, respond to questions from the community and discuss next steps.

The Streetcar Town Hall is scheduled for 6:46 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the auditorium at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Rd.

“The Board decided several years ago, after a lengthy public process, to build a streetcar system that will help us handle expected growth, encourage high-quality development, and better connect us to the regional transit network,” Tejada said. “With streetcar planning now underway in earnest, this is a good time to update residents, business owners and anyone else who is interested, answer questions, and talk about next steps.

“This is a conversation meant to help us ‘Move Forward Together,' ” Tejada said. “The streetcar system will be the most significant transit investment Arlington has made since Metro. On Columbia Pike, the streetcar is central to the community's vision of revitalizing the Pike while preserving affordable housing. On Route 1, the streetcar is at the core of the community plan to redevelop the Crystal City-Pentagon City corridor as a more walkable, transit-oriented area that will be even more vibrant and livable than it is today.”

Town Hall meetings are open to the public, and there is no need to register in advance. To view the complete 2013 schedule for Town Halls, visit the County website. For more information on the planned Arlington Streetcar system, visit here.

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.