- $2.6 million approved for five projects
- Improving pedestrian safety, adding street lights, funding parks
- Funded by voter-approved bonds
The Arlington County Board today approved more than $2.6 million in funding for five new Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include adding street lights, improving pedestrian safety and upgrading a park.
The projects, suggested by residents and endorsed by civic associations, are reviewed by staff, then evaluated by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) before coming to the County Board for approval. The NCAC considered 29 projects at its Dec. 11, 2014 meeting and recommended five of them to the County Board for funding.
The Board voted unanimously to approve funding for the five projects.
“We rely on residents to identify key projects that will make their neighborhoods safer, stronger and more attractive,” said County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “For more than 50 years, Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation program has helped strengthen our neighborhoods by funding projects identified by the people who live in them.”
Funded by voter-approved bond
The projects approved by the County Board today are funded by the voter-approved 2014 Neighborhood Conservation Bond. It is the first set of projects to be funded by the $12 million bond. The five approved projects are:
- $471,731 for Columbia Heights Pedestrian Safety Project – Adding curb extensions, additional feet of sidewalk and accessible ramps on S. Courthouse Road from Columbia Pike to 12th Street S.
- $790,592 for Waycroft-Woodlawn Pedestrian Safety Project – Adding corner nub extensions, accessible ramps and filling in missing sidewalks on N. Evergreen Street from 11 Street N to Washington Boulevard, 11th Street N from George Mason Drive to N. Buchanan Street.
- $795,000 for Cherrydale Park Improvements – Renovating the existing tot lot, replacing the existing gazebo, playground, ADA accessible site furnishings and a rain garden in Oak Grove Park.
- $198,033 for Douglas Park Street Lights – Installing LED Carlyle-style streetlights along 12th Street South from S. Monroe Street to S. Quincy Street.
- $348,987 for Madison Manor Street Lights – Installing LED Carlyle-style streetlights along 12th Street N from 11th Road N to N. Roosevelt Street.
About the Neighborhood Conservation Program
Arlington created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to improve residential areas by funding neighborhood improvement projects suggested by residents. Project proposals are submitted to the NCAC for consideration. The NCAC meets monthly and is made up of representatives from 50 of Arlington’s 57 civic associations. Twice each year the group makes recommendations to the County Board for projects to fund.
The NCAC offers funding guidance based on rankings assigned through a point system they have developed. Projects receiving the highest point totals are passed on to the County Board. Visit the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program website for details on how points are awarded.
Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation program, with its grass roots engagement, has become a model for other communities across the country.