Saturday, May 17, 2014
North Fairlington Residents Fear Massive Adjacent In-Fill Redevelopment
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.