- Three resident-identified street improvement projects funded
- Pedestrian safety, street lane reduction, bike lanes, beautification and LED street lights
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today approved $1.5 million to fund three neighborhood street improvement and beautification projects that were identified by residents.
“Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation program is a great example of planning from the ground up,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “No one knows what it takes to make a neighborhood safer and more beautiful than the people who live there. Neighborhood Conservation is key to ensuring that Arlington's neighborhoods remain the best in the nation.”
The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee considered 25 first priority neighborhood projects from member neighborhoods and recommended funding two new projects and the second phase of an existing one. The Board voted unanimously as part of the consent agenda approve:
- Leeway – 24th St N – N. Illinois St. to N. Kensington St. – $781,082 for sidewalk, curb, and gutter street improvements
- Columbia Forest – S. Edison St. – George Mason Dr. to 11th St. S – $159,751 for LED street lights
- Williamsburg – N. Sycamore St. – 26th St. N to Williamsburg Blvd – Phase II – $521,409 for traffic lane reduction, bike lanes, ADA-compliant ramps at intersections, and landscaped medians for tree plantings that create a “boulevard” feel
“The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee is proud of the open, fair and transparent process for citizens who are working to improve their neighborhoods to identify and recommend projects to the County Board,” said Jim Feaster, Chairman of the County's Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee. “The hard work of individual volunteers, the support of the neighborhood associations and the effort by County staff assure the implementation of popular projects that improve Arlington neighborhoods.”
$6 million in neighborhood improvements since Oct. 2012
The approved projects are fully funded from the $11 million 2012 Community Conservation Bond that voters approved in November 2012. The Board approved $2 million in project funding in October 2012, and another $2.5 million earlier this year. Since Oct. 2012, the Board has approved a total of $6 million in Neighborhood Conservation projects.
The Arlington County Board created Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation (NC) program in 1964 to strengthen neighborhoods. Under this program, neighborhoods that have completed a Neighborhood Conservation Plan identify their capital improvement priorities and submit proposals to the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) for consideration. Twice a year, NCAC recommends qualified projects to the County Board for funding approval. The County Board gives final approval, and the projects are funded through voter-approved bonds.
The Neighborhood Conservation Program is funded by bond referenda approved by Arlington voters. Advisory Committee members meet monthly to oversee the program and twice a year recommend qualified projects to the County Board for approval of bond funding.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #21 on the Agenda for the October 19, 2013 Regular County Board Meeting.