Friday, February 13, 2015

Taj Mahal 'Transitional Facility' for Pub Crawlers to County Board on February 21st



Hey Yupette,

Please be aware, if you aren't already, that there's a site plan coming before the County Board on February 21st to replace low-density neighborhood infrastructure at North Rolfe Street and Fairfax Drive with a 395 unit mixed-use redevelopment with more than 400 parking spaces and 190 bicycle parking spaces on-site. There will also be a new County-owned 5-story 14-unit Taj Mahal "transitional facility" for pub crawlers coming out of rehab to replace the present transitional dormitory.

The County will also give the McLean developer more than 85,000 square feet of bonus density and 19,000 square feet of County-owned property on-site for 4 units of affordable housing at 40% or AMI and 4 units at 50% of AMI. The remaining 31 units at 60% of AMI are (according to County Staff) for the pub crawlers coming out of the transitional facility. The developer will also build a 6,400 square foot pocket park as a community benefit, though the County owns open space on site. The remainder of the bonus density will be awarded for the usual LEED Gold and Silver construction.

No estimate of the impact of the "family unit" housing, affordable and market rate, on the APS school population. No estimate of the impacts of 400 motor vehicles and 190 bicycles on the neighborhood's streets and sidewalks, except for the usual "don't worry, be happy, ride Metro." Another giveaway to a Fairfax County or out-of-state developer facilitated by County Staff who aren't County residents.

Thanks for your blog.

Mike, 22201

41 Comments:

At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pub Crawl Mary" Hynes's legacy for Arlington.

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pub Crawlers play...we pay.

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets worse...County-owned transitional facility will be LEED Silver, unlike the post-transitional residentail complex which will be LEED Gold.

Apparently Arlington is the only jurisdiction inside the Beltway that still gives developers bonus density for LEED Silver buildings.

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much will it cost taxpayers to provide transitional housing for 20-something urban hipsters rather than send them home to live with Mom and Dad after rehab?

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like an opportunity for thr Trolley Pub to provide transitional transportation services.

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell did they expect would happen with the pub crawls getting crazier and crazier?

 
At 13 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open space? What open space? Oh, you mean that plaza surrouded by upscale restaurants and retail?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we need....more unaffordable affordable housing.

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Where's ACTA ? said...

Agenda Item 23 on the County Board's Regular Agenda.

What a taxpayer rip off.... $5.5 million / 13 = $423,000 per pub crawler rehab apartment. Plus, at least $50,000 per urban hipster per year in staff costs. Developer gets 16,500 sq feet of bonus density. Building will be so energy inefficient that it will cost a fortune for energy.

Do we even know the track record of the non-profit that rehabs the urban hipsters at the present facility?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the contribution from the bars and restaurants that sponsored all the pub crawls until the pub crawls got out of control?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open space is another County "planning" charade, this would convert 19,000 square feet of County owned land int a 6400 square foot pocket park with park benches surrounded by restaurants and retail.

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This deal isn't even legal...the developer is being given a gift of several million in county-owned land and bonus density to build an upscale treatment facility and tiny plaza on county owned land...not legal, misuse of public property.

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the 'community contribution' from A-Town?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the RFP for operating the new transitional facility?

I googled "Phenix House" the non-profit that operates the facility and am appalled.

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this facility be like the Arlington Free Clinic? More non-residents than Arlington residents get treated?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Transitional Facility will end up costing taxpayers $10 million before it's completed.

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous 22201 said...

How about the owners of A-Town, Clarendon Ballroom, World of Beer, Whitlows, etc., having a big fund-raiser to pay for this facility?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me guess...there will be a trendy urban hipster bar in the mixed use retail on-site?

 
At 14 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...Urban Village Idiots at ArlNow who cater to Urban Hipsters can provide promotional services for the fund raiser.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a family-owned convenience store on-site that sells beer and wine?

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's May 1 2019 at 8 AM...number of pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicycles competing with each other on or near this site?

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hynes and Tejada should abstain from voting on this or any other major site plan.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Vihstadt should abstain from voting for this, and any other major dumb growth site plan that was agreed to by the County Board, while Zimmy was on the County Board.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Public park" on-site? Know what will happen when a member of some minority group sits on one of the park benches? Cops will be there 30 seconds later checking for a "suspicious person".

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the playground?

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the other agenda items for the County Board's February 21st and 24th meetings, destruction of low density infrastructure for high density in-fill.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and the Urban Village Idiots who work at 2100 Clarendon Blvd and who post comments on ArlNow boosting the 'vibrant' urban hipster 'culture' that they 'plan' could take up a collection to put a few amenities into the transitional facility, like a 65 inch HDTV in every urban hipster's apartment.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, put an RFP out for the management of the new facility.

And taxpayers deserve to know how this deal was put together.

 
At 15 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this dialog which is far and above what we get from Inside Nova and ArlNow promoting their, and the Chamber of Commerce's "vision" for Arlington.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developer is a big real estate corporation located in Atlanta. Local offices are in McLean. What else is new?

The Arlington 21st Century Way...Every neighborhood an in-fill redevelopment opportunity.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much did the taxpayers pay in staff time for County Staff to put this desl together? $100,000 ? $200,000 ? $300,000 ?

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In fact, the local Editors at Inside Nova and ArlNow report directly to the local Chambers of Commerce.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kids get to play in Arlington's streets...Arlington New Urbanist Way.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Gimme Gang plays, while homeowners pay.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep...definitely a 65-inch HDTV in every recovering Pub Crawler's crib...add it as a site plan condition.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Why only 13 cribs in the Pub Crawl Recovery Hotel? Shit, about 30 totally wasted Pub Crawlers got to brawling in front of Whitlows over the weekend.

 
At 16 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck You! Yeah I wanted to waste those Virginia Tech assholes who were using Whitlows as their private club. And I punched out a couple too. Too bad the cops showed up. I got away and saved my security clearance and $150,000 per year paycheck which (along with my Agency fellow Yuptards' paychecks) are what keeps this totally corrupt county from going bankrupt.

OK, I get wasted every fuckin' weekend. I work at the CIA as what you call an 'analyst' and if you had to deal with the fuck-ups that go on and have gone on for 10 years you would be wasted every weekend too. Like week after week little kids in some poor fucking country killed by U.S. airstrikes and drone strikes.

Planned by Guess Who? Not me! I try to stop the fucking cowboys who run the Agency from smoking camels and anything else that moves in the desert, in the villes, in the cities, everywhere.

So when I check out of Dominion Hospital rehab (again) and move into Independence I sure as fuck better have a 65-inch HDTV installed in my recovery suite.

Over and Out. Fuck You.

 
At 17 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Figures...same CIA that missed uprising in Libya, Egypt, etc. 5 yeats ago, missed ISIS last year, missed Putin's invasion of the Ukraine last year., and so on. What next?

 
At 17 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next is the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl.

 
At 19 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does every political jurisdiction inside the Beltway have to do everything for everybody?

 
At 22 February, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will or won't the convenience store on-site sell beer and wine to the recovering pub crawlers?

 

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