- Transformational elements to create a vibrant place to live, work and play; include new streets and public realm
- Focuses on superior architecture, priority views, urban design, placemaking
- Preserves unique, high-quality views of Washington and Potomac River from Central Place’s public Observation Deck
- Improves riverfront access, expanding park, recreation and open space network
- First planning update in more than 20 years
The County Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to adopt the Rosslyn Sector Plan, a 25-year plan designed to transform this economic hub into a more walkable, dynamic, live-work-shop-play urban center and vibrant gateway to Arlington.
“An intensive, broad-based community effort has produced an exciting new vision for Rosslyn, and a roadmap for achieving it,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “For nearly three years, residents, developers, business leaders, property owners and County commissioners worked with County staff to create this plan for revitalizing and transforming one of our oldest urban neighborhoods. Everyone who participated should be proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
First in-depth planning review in 20 years
The Rosslyn Sector Plan is the first in-depth review since the Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum was adopted in 1992. It comes at a time when central Rosslyn is experiencing its second generation of redevelopment since the County applied its first site plan process there 50 years ago, and as County forecasts anticipate that Rosslyn’s population will continue to grow. The long-range sector plan provides both a vision and a guide to growth and development in the Rosslyn Coordinated Redevelopment District (RCRD), the area that lies within the boundaries of the North Rosslyn and Radnor Fort Myer Heights Civic Associations.
Some of the plan’s transformative elements:
- Extending the 18th Street corridor east from N. Quinn Street as a new central spine for Rosslyn that will explicitly link the “top of the hill” to the river edge, improving connections between existing neighborhoods, Metro, the future Central Place plaza, and other public spaces and future residential and commercial development.
- Establishing a new, varied building heights policy for advancing goals such as creating a dynamic skyline, protecting priority view corridors from the Central Place public observation deck, allowing ample light and air between buildings and ensuring sensitive transitions to neighboring communities.
- Building a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge to more directly link a future esplanade along Rosslyn’s eastern edge to the Potomac riverfront, Roosevelt Island, and the regional trail system.
- Converting N. Fort Myer Drive, N. Lynn Street and N. Kent Street from one-way to two-way streets, and removing the N. Fort Myer Drive tunnel beneath Wilson Blvd.
- Replacing the existing Metro station entrance with an open plaza opening up fully to N. Fort Myer Drive and N. Moore Street.
- Rethinking how residents and workers use both Gateway Park and Freedom Park, and extending Freedom Park deeper into the fabric of Rosslyn.
- Fostering a more balanced mix of land uses by significantly increasing the share of housing and continuing a high-density development pattern to support a varied and intensive mix of people and activities.
Working together to envision a new future for Rosslyn
The County kicked off the Realize Rosslyn community planning effort in December 2012. Throughout the Realize Rosslyn planning process, County planners involved the community in variety of ways from traditional public workshops, outreach events, one-on-one meetings, to more virtual civic engagement such as blog posts, social media and virtual forums to find out what the community believes Rosslyn should look like in the future. Staff responded to hundreds of questions and comments, and fine-tuned the plans based on the public’s feedback. Learn more about the Rosslyn neighborhood.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #41 on the Agenda for the Wednesday, July 22 Recessed County Board Meeting.