Saturday, May 17, 2014

North Fairlington Residents Fear Massive Adjacent In-Fill Redevelopment


 Hello,

Over the past few weeks several meetings were held that indicate the quality of life in North Fairlington will suffer serious negative impacts from three large projects being planned on adjacent sites.

It appears from APS CIP meetings that Abingdon Elementary School will receive a $29 million makeover and expansion to provide capacity for 750 students. Closed-door meetings between  APS and the Arlington Parks and Recreation indicate that both indoor and outdoor space at the renovated school will serve South Arlington as a sports, recreation, and activity center after school hours.

The secret deal the County Board (Favola, Fisette, Hynes, Tejada, and Zimmerman) made with the owner of Park Shirlington in 2011 to triple the on-site density and parking is going forward. Site is currently zoned for about 330 units. The first site plan review committee meeting will be held on May 19th at Abingdon School. Same old crowd of arrogant ACDC ward heelers / facilitators is expected to rubber-stamp the deal despite serious traffic and quality-of-life problems the redevelopment would generate for North Fairlington residents. Aided and abetted by ACDC's Fairlington facilitators and ward heelers.

Finally, the owner of the old Jefferson Hospital site across King Street from North Fairlington revealed plans for a massive supermarket-hotel-residental-office complex on the 4 acre site. How massive? The site will generate about 11,000 vehicle trips per day according to Alexandria Planning Staff.

Effects on North Fairlington? A big traffic mess in a quiet residential community. Re-purposing of North Fairlington's streets, sidewalks, public areas to be multi-event outdoor activity space is in the works by Parks and Recreation.

Brought to us by the New Urbanists who see every residential neighborhood as a Smart Growth redevelopment opportunity for out-of-state REITs, and planners, attorneys, consultants, architects, developers, and County Planning Staff who don't live in Arlington.

Cindy


54 Comments:

At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next 'redevelopment opportunity' for the REITs will be upper Lee Highway, followed by Westover.

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about next year calling it "It's a Neighborhood, Not a Redevelopment Opportunity" Day?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the owner of the Park Shirlington site perchance a client of Smart Growth America?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

APS is reportedly planning to 'Williamsburg' Abingdon School with a lighted multi-purpose synthetic field that will be used 12 hours per day by everyone from everywhere.

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the owner of Park Shirlington perchance a client of Healthy Companies International, which is owned by Jay Fisette's spouse Bob Rosen?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upper Lee Highway residents and owners of small businesses are freaking out about mixed-use redevelopment impact on their heretofore suburban neighborhoods.

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this $ara$ota $cott McCaffrey's neighborhood?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can you expect from bloated Arlington Housing, Planning, and Transportation bureaucracies, directed by Arlington PlutoCrats like Chris Zimmerman, that survive and thrive on remaking older residential neighborhoods into places only urban hipsters can love?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when has $ara$ota $cott given a $hit about anyone but himself and his good buds at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Realtors?

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Urban Village Idiots? Never mind McCaffrey. Try the leadership of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) which is fast gentrifying out the Democratic Party's middle class and upper middle class base.

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump primo New Urbanists 'Whitlow's Mary' Hynes and 'Nada' Tejada from the County Board in 2015.

 
At 17 May, 2014 , Anonymous fairgrrl said...

FEAR? No fooling. Thousands of people who don't live in our community using our streets and open space for everything from weekend soccer tournaments to every-other-day bicycle races? No way. Dump the PlutoCrats from the County Board.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when they run out of neighborhoods to mixed-use redevelop?

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Yupster said...

We're an urban area...what can you expect?

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yupeee. Infill the neighborhood and then say it's urban. Thank you Jay Fisette.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read Arlington Magazine lately? Democratic Party is gentrifying out middle class Democrats and moderate Republicans are moving into the County.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jay Fi$ette. For making Arlington over into a luxury enclave where only people with 6-figure incomes can afford to live.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, now Barbara is gone Jay is the only one left who's consistently voted for gentrification.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Park Shirlington site plan review committee rubber stamp meeting is May 19th at 7PM at Abingdon School.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Urbanist 2-step - in-fill mixed use redevelopment followed by in-fill re-purposing of public infrastructure.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy my street is potholed. The biketards with racing bikes do their racing elsewhere.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Highway? Several civic association presidents in the neighborhoods along Lee Highway are being told to go along with the mixed-use redevelopment of Lee Highway or they will be replaced. But that's not necessary with the majority who are de facto Democratic ward heelers.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Near-record number of Fairlington condos have been for sale recently.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Person leading the group of civic association presidents in the County's pre-redevelopment charade is Ginger Brown.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

L O L - it figures

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairlington Civic Association formed a secret committee to negotiate a secret pre-Site Plan Review Committee meetings deal between 'Community Leaders' and the developer.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the secret committee told everyone in Fairlington that if they tried to attend the secret committee's meetings they would be arrested.

Duh. Secret committees that hold secret meetings and threaten citizens who try to find out what's going on are ILLEGAL according to the Code of Virginia.

 
At 18 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FBI Washington Field Office: 202-278-2000

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going on regarding Lee Highway redevelopment? Can someone provide the names of the 'community leaders' involved?

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check 19.2 420 of the Code of Virginia.

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous llcguy said...

I think you meant 18.2 420

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First a $358 million Pike Parking Lot, now a North Fairlington Parking Lot. Way to go Arlington CPHD.

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone notice that Paulie Ferguson, biggest promoter of the Shirlington redevelopment when he was on the County Board, recently moved out of Fairlington?

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPHD will make Lee Highway west of Glebe Road into a major parking lot with the assistance of ACDC ward heelers / facilitators.

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more vehicle trips per day in and out of N. Fairlington?

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Then-County Board pushed CPHD to approve this.

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who get(s) appointed to the Planning Commission as the result of Park Shirlington site plan aka corporate welfare plan approval?

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outcome of Park Shirlington SPRC meeting tonight? Three-way tie for most pathetic performance facilitating a site plan: site plan review committee, planning staff, civic association neighborhood nannies.

 
At 19 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what happens when Zimmy rubber stamps any and every Smart Growth redevelopment that some REIT shows him in the County Board offices.

 
At 20 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Home Properties should sell Park Shirlington to a real estate trust that is capable of preserving quality of life in and around the redeveloped property.

 
At 20 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Chris Zimmerman and Terry Holzheimer are gone there should be a major league critical analysis of new Urbanism / Smart Growth by County Government.

How have we gotten to the point where everyone at the party drinks the same spiked kool aide?

 
At 20 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to save the taxpayers millions every year? Stop Planning staff, Transportation staff, and Housing staff from facilitating bad site plans that are out and out corporate welfare to developers.

 
At 20 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean like the pay to play redevelopment of Lee Highway?

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like you are the reason I would move out of Fairlington, not the redevelopments. As a 10 year resident, I'm looking forward to the new development! I'm tired of looking at the mess on King Street next to a payday lender. I don't have a child at Abingdon, but that school is falling apart, and it doesn't help my property values to have a neighborhood school desperately in need of repairs.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also live in Fairlington. The 'community leaders' who control everyone and everything suck. They allowed the public infrastructure to become run down, including Abingdon School.

All they care about is facilitating redevelopment deals and imposing their own interests (and the interests of the Arlington Democratic Party) on everyone else.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. Parents wanted a new Abingdon School 10 years ago. Democrats who lived in Fairlington and were on the County Board and School Board were too busy facilitating Shirlington redevelopment.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairlington Citizens Association is a bunch of shills for developers and ward heelers for ACDC.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart Growth Two-Step: Do nothing for years while infrastructure becomes run down, then bitterly complain that it's run down.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Four f-ing layers of local bureaucracy and nanny government imposed on us before we even reach the bureaucracy in the County Manager's Office. Vote the Democrats out. Thirty years of waste and mismanagement are enough.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Libby! said...

Potholes in Fairlinton's streets? I don't see any potholes in Fairlington's streets.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you also noticed that the New Urbanists need a steady supply of deteriorated infrastructure for 'Smart Growth' redevelopment.

 
At 23 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Farlington civic association Nannycrats are all concerned about the deteriorated state of Abingdon School? When we asked them to do something 5 years ago they were too busy micro-managing the outdoor restaurant music in Shirlington.

 
At 24 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The boards of directors of almost all Arlington's civic associations are packed with Democrats who will vote for whatever program or project they are told to vote for by County Board and other Democrats.

 
At 24 May, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Layers of nanny government? Condo association, civic association, civic federation, advisory groups, county departments, county manager's office, county board.

 

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