Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rosslyn Sector Plan: Community Needs vs. Jay Fisette's Wants
Rosslyn Sector Plan is going to the County Board this evening. Agenda Item 29. Or, rather, Jay Fisette's Rosslyn Sector Plan. The entire series of Rosslyn Process Panel meetings aka Realize Rosslyn aka Rosslyn Sector Plan has been a series of confrontations between County Board Chair Jay Fisette's wanting Rosslyn to be a luxury urban celebration zone and Rosslyn residents. Rosslyn residents voiced their concerns about increased density, increased building heights, lack of open space, transfer of development rights to other Arlington neighborhoods to preserve open space in Rosslyn, lack of affordable housing, increased traffic, redevelopment of existing public infrastructure (Wilson School), extending siting new tall buildings into Clarendon, and construction of extravagant public infrastructiure in and around the Rosslyn Metro Station, including extending a proposed Georgetown-Rosslyn streetcar line from the Rosslyn to Ballston.
Throughout the Rosslyn process panel meetings County Board Chair Fisette was supported by both County Staff and real estate trusts and developers in his efforts to impose massive upscale urbanization on Rosslyn. Rosslyn residents who expressed their concerns have been treated like 'neighborhood nuisances'.
So, look for massive upscale urbanization of Rosslyn over the next few years.
Robert in Rosslyn