Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Planning Commission Votes to Protect McKinley School Trees
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.