The Arlington County Board will hold its April Regular Meeting on Saturday, April 18, 2020, and its Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, April 21.
By law, a quorum of Board Members is required to be present in the Board Room for both sessions, and the sessions must be open to the public. The Board meets on the Third Floor of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., above the Courthouse Metro Station. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating in the Board Room will be limited by the need to maintain strict social distancing. Most staff and applicants will participate remotely for their safety and the safety of others.
If you must attend in person, we ask that you follow CDC guidelines and wear a cloth face covering. View Board Chair Libby Garvey’s video on how to make one in less than a minute from an 18” square of cloth with no sewing. To protect your health and the health of others during this pandemic, here are ways you can comment from home:
We will post a phone number on the County website for those who wish to speak during public comment or on an agenda item for the April Meeting. The phone number will be displayed on the broadcast and live-stream screens immediately before and during the Regular and Recessed sessions. Visit the County Board website the week of April 13 for more details on procedures for participating remotely.
As always, you can email your comments to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments will be included in the public record.
Watch it Live
County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and broadcast on Arlington TV, the County’s cable channel, with live captioning, on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD), and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. The meetings also are live-streamed on ATV’s YouTube channel. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.
Saturday, April 18 – Regular County Board Meeting
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with public comment. View the agenda and read the staff reports. (Note: Some reports are posted closer to the meeting date.) Highlights include:
- Proposed Assisted LIving facility – The Board will hold a public hearing and consider a proposal by Artis Senior Living of Arlington, LLC to build The Artis, an assisted living facility, at the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Taylor Street. The proposal includes a site plan and rezoning request. If approved, the project would redevelop nine parcels on the north side of Lee Highway with a six-story, 175-unit assisted living facility and a partially underground parking garage with 112 spaces. The proposed facility would include 80 memory care units and 95 assisted living units, with 10,174 square feet of public open space on the southwest corner of the site, at the corner of N. Taylor Street and Lee Highway. The open space would include a lawn, a flowering tree grove, benches, a rain garden and a walking path connecting to Lee Highway and N. Taylor Street. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No 38 on the agenda.
- New name for expanded Crystal City BID – The Board will consider approving a proposed new name for the Crystal City Business Improvement Service District that would reflect its expanded boundaries. The proposed name is “The Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard at National Landing Business Improvement Service District.” The proposed name change would ensure that marketing and branding will promote the individual neighborhood names alongside the area-wide National Landing Brand. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 25 on the agenda.
- “Selina Gray Square” — The Board will consider naming a planned park off Columbia Pike “Selina Gray Square.” The park is to be built within The Trove (Willington Apartments) development at 1201 S. Ross St., south of Columbia Pike. The Park and Recreation Commission recommended the name, in accordance with the County’s policy for naming parks. If adopted, the name would honor Selina Norris Gray, who was enslaved at Arlington House. She served as the personal maid and eventual head housekeeper of Mary Custis Lee. After the Lee family fled during the Civil War, Gray guarded the Washington artifacts that were in the house beofre asking Union General McDowell to safeguard the collection for the nation. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 27 on the agenda.
- Improving 23rd Street South – The Board will consider approving a $1.33 million contract with Ardent Company LLC to improve pedestrian access and safety on both sides of 23rd Street South between South Eads Street and Richmond Highway, in Crystal City. The project also will upgrade the streetscape and install new traffic signals at the intersection of South Eads Street and 23rd Street South. This first phase of a planned two-phase project will add new sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, landscaping and create more parking for the shopping plaza on 23rd Street South between Richmond Highway and South Eads Street. Phase 2, when implemented, will make imilar improvements on 234de Street South east of Richmond Highway to Crystal Drive. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 28 on the agenda.
- Designing Columbia Pike’s realignment, Washington Blvd. trail – The Board will consider two agreements with the federal government that, if approved, would endorse major design elements for the planned realignment of Columbia Pike and build a trail segment that will connect Columbia Pike Pentagon City to Memorial Drive. The realignment grows out of the federal government’s southern expansion project to create more burial space for Arlington National Cemetery by closing, realigning and relocating several Arlington roadways. The federal government has agreed to realign Columbia Pike modify the South Joyce Street intersection and the Columbia Pike/ Washington Boulevard interchange and replace South gate Road with a new segment of South Nash Street. A second, related agreement that the Board will consider would, if approved, provide $500,000 for the federal government to design a multi-use trail along Washington Boulevard adjacent to the cemetery. This segment of the trail, adjacent to the cemetery, is an important connection from Columbia Pike Pentagon City to Memorial Drive. If approved, the agreement would give the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division the authority to move forward with designing the trail. To read the staff reports, scroll to Items No. 32 (design of the trail agreement), and 33 (endoring major design elements of Columbia Pike realignment) on the agenda.
- Concrete for Met Park project to be made nearby — The huge amount of concrete needed to build the Metropolitan Park buildings in Crystal City will be made just 600 feet from the project, if the Board approves a request by the developer to use the vacant Pen Place site owned by JBG Smith, at 1197-1199 S. Fern St. The proposal would be more efficient than trucking in concrete from off-site. The applicant will abide by the construction hours of the site plan: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidays. The site will be subject to the County Noise Ordinance requirements. To read the staff report, scroll to Item No. 11 (B) on the agenda.
Tuesday, April 21 — Recessed Meeting
(Note: Some reports are posted closer to the meeting date). View the agenda and read the staff reports for this meeting.
3 p.m. – Board and County Manager reports, awards and recognitions
No earlier than 6:30 p.m. — the Board will hold a public hearing on any item pulled from the Saturday Consent Agenda. Public comment on any pulled agenda item may be made in person, but we strongly encourage you to make comments remotely, using the options listed above.
There are no Regular Public Hearings scheduled for this meeting.