- $3.5 million in Neighborhood Conservation Bond funds approved
- Improvements to streets, park, trail and pedestrian safety
- County celebrating 50 years of Neighborhood Conservation this year
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved nearly $3.5 million in funding for six Neighborhood Conservation projects. The approved projects include two street improvements, one trail connector, one streetlight/trail improvement, one pedestrian safety project and one park project.
The projects, suggested by residents, are qualified by staff, then evaluated by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) before coming to the County Board for approval. The NCAC considered 24 projects at its December 12, 2013, meeting and decided to recommend six of them to the County Board for funding.
The Board voted unanimously to approve funding for the six projects.
“These projects not only boost safety and accessibility in our neighborhoods, they are chosen by residents. The people who live in neighborhoods know best how to improve them,” said County Board Chairman Jay Fisette. “For half a century, Neighborhood Conservation has been strengthening and beautifying our neighborhoods with planning that comes from the neighborhoods up.”
Funded by voter-approved bond
The projects are fully funded by the voter-approved 2012 Neighborhood Conservation Bond. This is the fourth funding of the bond, which totaled $11 million. The six approved projects are:
- $724,042 for Glencarlyn Street Improvements — 5700 block of 2nd Street South and 100 block of S. Kensington Street
- $135,317 for Barcroft Trail Connector – 4800 block of 7th Street South
- $753,845 for Waverly Hills Pedestrian Safety Project – 19th Road North from N. Woodstock Street to N. Upton Street
- $713,003 for Arlington Ridge Street Improvements – S. Lang Street from Arlington Ridge Road to 28th Street South
- $380,369 for Highland Park-Overlee Knolls Streetlights/Trail Improvements – N. Ohio Street from 22nd Street North to Washington Boulevard
- $795,000 for Waycroft Woodlawn Park Improvements – Woodlawn Park
“We want to thank the County Board for funding the projects that reflect community needs, while also meeting County policies and priorities”, said Bill Braswell, Chairman of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee. “This year we look forward to celebrating with the County Board and staff, the civic association members, and the public, the 50th Anniversary of Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation Program.”
About the Neighborhood Conservation Program
Arlington created the Neighborhood Conservation Program in 1964 to improve residential areas by funding neighborhood projects suggested by residents. Project proposals are submitted to the NCAC for consideration. The NCAC meets monthly and is made up of representatives from 48 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. 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.
The read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #13 on the Agenda for the February 22 Arlington County Board Regular Meeting.