Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Park Shirlington Redevelopment - Huge Brick Warehouse Apartment Buildings Pre-Approved by County Board

Hey, Yupette,

Home Properties Incorporated (an Upstate New York Corporation that's been de-investing in Upstate NY for more than two decades) filed a preliminary site plan for Park-Shirlington redevelopment with Arlington County. The plans depict massive sprawl warehouse apartment buildings with many windows that supposedly conform to nearby Fairlington's architecture. No way does this site plan have anything whatsoever to do with Fairlingon's historic suburban planning.. Based upon what I could determine from the plans, this project will massively impact Fairlington in a massively negative way. Project was pre-approved by County Board Members Favola, Fisette, Hynes, Tejada and Zimmerman  during private meetings with Home Properties in early 2011. Did I mention that County "Planning" Staff is already trashing Fairlington residents who won't "go along with the program"?

FairGrrl - 22206

42 Comments:

At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Planning Division's "Planner in Charge" - Aaron Schreiber - is already calling Fairlington residents who won't conform to Chris Zimmerman's "Legacy" for Fairlington "Nut Cases".

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - There's a secret 15 page MOU between Home Properties and Arlington County regarding the massive redevelopment of Park Shirlington.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nut Cases? County Government + Local Media + Chamber of Commerce that go along with massive urbanization of Arlington, no matter what the consequences

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Zimmerman lobby Arlington County for more massive smart growth infill once he leaves county government? Is he going to have his own clients as well as lobbying for Smart Growth America?

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Fairlington 1943 - 2013.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous 22206 said...

I wondered why Paulie Ferguson moved out of Fairlington, after spending a ton of money making over his condo.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Holzheimer is rumored to be leaving Economic Development.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmerman 2-step, unleased office space bubble followed by vacant apartment bubble.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Zimmy has picked a group of ACDC facilitators aka ward heelers who don't live anywhere near Fairlington to pack site plan review meetings.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous 2100 said...

County Board spends at least 50% of its non public meeting time making deals with out-of-state REITs.

 
At 28 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the REITs have run out of urban warehouses to convert into luxury apartments, now they're building huge luxury apartment buildings that look like warehouses in the suburbs? ;~{

 
At 29 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Zimmerman is joining Smart Growth America, a huge pro-gentrification lobby, at a reported salary of $200,000.

Smart Growth American is not only about massive urbanization-gentrification but about 'repurposing' suburban infrastructure, including suburban streets, into urban 'amenities' to provide open space for a vastly increased population density concomitant with massive urbanization.

 
At 29 November, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So far this year Zimmerman and the County Board approved creation of about 4500 new parking spaces in Arlington with the approval of new site plans. And about $3 million telling us that, among other things, we have to ride bicycles in the Winter on a 'car free diet'. How 'Smart' is that?

 
At 01 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Payoff for Zimmerman? Payoff for Fairlington?

 
At 01 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this massive redevelopment a fraud being perpetrated on Fairlington? There is a negative community benefit and property values will decrease.

 
At 01 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So-called vacant apartments are typically being used as transient housing, ake hotel rooms. Is that the way site plan conditions are supposed to work?

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmerman will undoubtedly lobby the County Board once he leaves the County Board. So the destruction of Arlington as a livable suburb will continue under the onslaught of 'smart growth' urbanization.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Industrial warehouse apartment buildings belong in Home Properties's back yard in beautiful post industrial Rochester NY, which is desperately in need of quality housing.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmerman will make millions of dollars from inflicting 'smart growth' urbanization on older suburbs across the USA and Canada.

What has 'smart growth' done for Arlington? Raised our taxes every year and destroyed our neighborhoods to build expensive housing and expensive amenities for a Hedonist Elite.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elite? Take a look at who's who in Smart Growth America.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington residents are supposed to walk, take a metrobus, ride a bicycle everywhere all the time. Parking is reserved for non-residents who work for local governments, NGOs, and corporations and make all the decisions.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Smart Growth' means lots and lots of parking spaces in Arlington's urbanized neighborhoods for those who have been gentrified out and live 40 miles from where they work in Arlington, on former farmland that was bulldozed into sites for affordable condos and apartments.

 
At 02 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, County employees who pitch a car free diet to Arlington's sheeple drive to and from work from affordable neighborhoods in Fairfax County.

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous joan22207 said...

How about a thread about Zimmy's cronies in the "New Urbanism" movement who are realizing huge profits by urbanizing suburban neighborhoods and their new PR offensive to makeover our streets into parks, playgrounds, festival, and activity areas?

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmy's giveaways to the REITs = Massive increases in neighborhood density + no contribution for new open space and public infrastructure + re-purposing streets into parks.

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, Douglas Park, across from Zimmy's home, is a de facto wilderness area.

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fastest Arlington Police response time in the history of Arlington County? A few months ago when a couple of Latino kids from Barcroft Apartments were kicking a soccer ball in Douglas Park across the street from Zimmy's home.

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Smart Growth' coalition (including Arlington County employees and those elected to public office) are hugely profiting from the destruction of Arlington's suburban lifestyle.

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appears the redeveloped Park Shirlington will contain storage spaces for at least 400 bicycles. Bicycle racing on Fairlington's 'complete streets' in the future?

 
At 03 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Zimmerman is one of many responsible for the office space bubble, housing bubble, and expensive public infrastructure bubble.

I blame the chamber of commerce, economic development, planning agencies, and the media for being big government, aka we can do everything and be everything for everyone, boosters.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you please consider running on the Green party ticket for Zimmerman's seat!

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Planning Division staff are obnoxious bullies who don't live in Arlington and who treat residents who oppose mega-urbanization like 'neighborhood nuisances'.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think you're a Nimby for not wanting mega-development in your historic neighborhood?

Want to guess what's in the front yard of Vornado's CEO? Bonus points if you know what's in his backyard.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupette, how about a thread about the three urban village idiots who are running to succeed Zimmy?

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has Long Island Sound in his front yard and a couple of yachts.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairlington residents are talking class action lawsuit due to depressed property values.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has a full size replica of Stonehenge in his back yard? Just a wild guess.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deja vu Shirlington? At least one of Fairlington's Democratic 'facilitators' has been promised a seat on Planning Commission in return for intimidating North Fairlington residents into going along with the destruction of their historic community.

 
At 05 December, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post prints little about Arlington Government since Bezos bought the paper, which is still controlled by the Graham family.

 
At 02 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confirmed by County "Planning" Staff: As part of the deal made with Home Properties (owner of Park Shirlington) three years ago the County Board told Home Properties that the residents of the redeveloped Park Shirlington could buy memberships from Fairlington's condo communities to use swimming pools, tennis courts, etc.

 
At 02 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why Home Properties included so few resident amenities in the preliminary site plans.

 
At 02 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there's a massive 'complete streets' plan that's going to be imposed on Fairlington.

 

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