- Popular park’s expansion identified in Public Spaces Master Plan
- County buying residential lot at corner of N. Harrison St. and 27th St. N
- First acquisition to expand the park since 1990s
The Arlington County Board today approved the purchase of a home and surrounding property at 2827 N. Harrison St. to be used to expand adjacent Chestnut Hills Park in north Arlington. The Board agreed to a purchase price of $728,000 for the 9,632 square foot lot, located on the east side of N. Harrison St. between 27th Street N. and Little Falls Road. The house is a modest rambler, built in 1954, and has no remarkable individual architectural or historical significance. The County plans to deconstruct the house in 2016 and restore the site.
“This is another example of how the County is looking for every opportunity to add to our parks and open space,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “Chestnut Hills Park — heavily used and much-loved — is the gathering spot at the heart of a neighborhood that is seeing more and more young families move in. This is a strategic purchase that will help ensure the park becomes even better in the future.”
The Board voted unanimously to approve the acquisition.
In the late 1990s, the County asked owners of certain properties along North Harrison Street whether they would be interested in selling their properties to the County to incorporate into Chestnut Hills Park. Between 1996 and 1998, the owners of three properties along N. Harrison Street sold their properties to the County.
Chestnut Hills Park is currently 4.2 acres. The tree-shaded park includes a natural forest, playgrounds, picnic tables and open grassy areas. The purchase price is the 2015 real estate tax assessed value of the house. The County estimates that closing costs will be about $5,000 and the removal of the house and site restoration will cost about $50,000. The funds will be allocated from park land acquisition funds.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #54 on the Agenda for the Thurs., Sept. 24 County Board Meeting.