Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Planning Commission Votes to Protect McKinley School Trees



Hey, Yupette,

Arlington Planning Commission met last night and approval of the plans for McKinley School renovation and expansion were the first item on the agenda.

To the surprise of most in attendance the Planning Commission voted to protect a number of mature trees on-site rather than increase parking by 20 spaces.

Did not help the cause of APS and County planning staff when staffers revealed that public transit in the neighborhood is underutilized.

The Planning Commission also grilled APS's Director of Design and Construction, Scott Prisco, about the lack of capability to add floors to the school vertically (build up, not out). Since APS's Facilities and Operations Staff don't like modular construction, designing school buildings where classrooms can be added vertically within a few months is too expensive using conventional construction methods.

County Board will take up the McKinley School expansion and renovation on September 20th.

Terri, 22205

28 Comments:

At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me again why APS is hiring boutique architectural firms to design box school buildings.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way will I put my child on a stinking school bus when I can drive her safely to and from her elementary school as a passenger on our family's brand new Don Beyer Volvo SUV.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don Beyer said it...I believe it...that settles it...a Don Beyer Land Rover is the safest and best means of transporting our children to and from school.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

F*** the tree huggers. If you don't like me driving my Don Beyer 2015 Volvo SC60 SUV to drop my kids off at school...stay off the sidewalk.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never put my precious child on a stinking diesel powered school bus when I can deliver her to school in comfort in my Volvo S60 purchased from Don Beyer Volvo.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Ranger Rover from Don Beyer in Alexandria because it's by far the best way of transporting kids to and from school.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waaaaa...Waaaaa...I want to drive Little Buffy to school. Don't make me put her on a school bus.

 
At 09 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, why is APS spending mega bucks to hire architectural forms that design Lego buildings?

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the right of parents to transport our kids to school as we see fit. Don't like it? Too bad.

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The architecturel firm that was chosen to design McKinley (yes, it's Lego block architecture) has also been selected (by whom?) to design the Abingdon School renovation and expansion.

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the cost / benefit analysis between modular design and conventional design for Lego block Modernist schools?

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality check - upscale parents don't want to put their kids on a bus that takes 30-40 minutes to travel to school. A much better experience to drive your kid in a Ranger Rover with leather seats.

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Has anyone else noticed that women who live inside the Beltway are a bunch of sexists and elitists?

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way, no Howze will I put my kid on a school bus. We vote for upscale Democrats like Mark, Don, Jay, Abby, and so on, for a reason.

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Lexus Soccer Moms? Do we count?

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should my kid either freeze or wilt waiting for a stinking school bus full of the children of our third world economic refugee domestic servants when my kids can be driven to school by me in my 2014 Range Rover with heated seats in winter and tropics-tested a/c in the summer?

Thank you Congressman Beyer for making drive-kids-to-school-in-comfort possible.

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second the motion...F*** the trees. More seats in Land Rovers for Arlington students !!

 
At 10 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are Don Breyer Land Rovers for, anyway?

 
At 11 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Gillbrand is correct...Arlington is a soulless place run by yuppies for yuppies.

 
At 11 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if she ever read this blog?

 
At 11 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Lexus seats for students also!

 
At 13 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

McKinley School use permit is going to the County Board on September 20th.

 
At 13 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abingdon School Building Level Advisory Committee meets Tuesday, September 16th, at 7 PM at Abingdon School.

 
At 13 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abingdon is the next school where parking lots will be enlarged so the Yupsters can drive their kids to school.

 
At 14 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

APS transportation policy? More Parking for Parents.

 
At 14 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abingdon School Neighborhood - Don't be shut out of planning for a major school renovation and expansion of a school in your own backyards. Check out www.apsva.us/moreseats/abingdon for information about Abingdon School planning meetings.

 
At 14 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Way Howze' will I put my kid on a school bus. I didn't buy a Don Beyer Volvo SUV so I could wait on a street corner for a stinking diesel school bus to show up to pick up my kid.

 
At 16 September, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abingdon School Publiic Facilities Review Committee meeting is at Abingdon School at 7 PM on September 17th.

 

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