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Newsletter For June, 2015

posted Jun 24, 2015, 1:03 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 1:06 PM ]
Welcome to the monthly newsletter from Rock Spring Civic Association. We hope to provide timely and interesting news items affecting our community.

It’s June and school is out. But there is still a lot going on.

1. Fire Station 8 Relocation: Arlington County will be hosting a series of public meetings on the proposed relocation of Fire Station #8 to a location further north in the County.  The proposed relocation of Fire Station #8 would enable Fire and EMS to improve response times to residents in North Arlington.  The first meeting will be held on June 25 from 7pm- 9pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church(A reprise of this meeting will take place on July 30 for those unable to attend the June session.) The County will be presenting the overall issues and background on the relocation of Fire Station #8, clarifying constraints and criteria, discussing the decision making process and time-lines, and obtaining public feedback on a variety of topics including concerns, ideas, and suggestions for potential sites.  For latest information on the project, please go to the Arlington County Project Website. Also, please sign up for email alerts on the project website to receive updates

2. Farmer’s Market at Marymount: The Lee Highway Alliance, a grassroots strategic partnership comprised of 15 Arlington civic associations, in conjunction with Field to Table, a non-profit organization that manages several Arlington farmers markets, is seeking County approval to set up a farmers market at Marymount University in the spring of 2016.  Marymount University and Field to Table have formally agreed to host the Marymount Farmers Market.  Planners have met with County staff to better understand the issues involved.  The Rock Spring Civic Association has provided the Lee Highway Alliance with a letter-of-support for the proposed farmers market.  A volunteer committee has been formed to help plan the market.  There will be a meeting open to all interested persons on July 22n at 7:30 p.m. in the Marymount Library Board Room.  A planning update will be provided at the meeting.”

3. Lee Highway Alliance Update: The Lee Highway Alliance will be holding a Retail Forum for Lee Highway on Wednesday, July 29 with a retail consultant, Streetsense, presenting the latest thinking on successful retail.  Since Lee Highway is our major shopping area, this might be of interest.   Go to the LHA website for more information about future meetings and note especially that a brainstorming session called a Charrette will be held this coming fall.  The charrette will be a multi-day visioning exercise to produce tangible recommendations for the future of Lee Highway.  These recommendations from the community will inform County planners as they begin a planning initiative for Lee Highway later in the year.

4. Construction Projects Affecting Our Neighborhood:

a. Old Dominion Drive between North Glebe Road and 38th Street: Includes installation of sidewalk, curb, gutter, street lights, traffic signals, storm water and water main upgrades. Although some preliminary activities have already begun, the main construction work will commence July 6 and last about 18 months. It will begin near the Glebe Road and Old Dominion Dr. intersection and generally progress northward but at various times will be scattered throughout the length of the project. Additional information is available on the project website: The County's on-site manager will be Gerald Roberson, who my be reached at 571-220-1880 for any construction problems/questions that may arise.

b. Williamsburg Blvd between 33rd Road and 35th Street: Curb, gutter and repaving work will begin in late summer/early fall 2015. Subsequently, depending on how much time remains in the planting season, the rain gardens and median upgrade will commence or, if necessary, be deferred until next spring.

c. Williamsburg Blvd between Frederick and Harrison: Long delayed work on replacing that section of the water main will begin immediately and take about 4 months, after which the road will be repaved. Then, depending on the weather conditions and remaining planting season, the Rain gardens and median work will either be undertaken or deferred until next spring.

d. Williamsburg Blvd and Kensington Street intersection: Median upgrade, redesigned sidewalks and nubs on corners will begin in August and be done by school opening in September.

Questions about any of the above projects may be directed to Ramzi Awwad:; 703-228-3721.

5. Williamsburg Middle School Crowding: As you may know, Williamsburg Middle School will get even more crowded as we await the opening of Stratford Middle School in the fall of 2019. Arlington Public Schools (APS) is currently offering two options to alleviate the overcrowding.

  • One option is to gradually add more relocatables (trailers) to the property as needed. They project adding 4 relocatables to the existing 6 for a total of 10 for the 2015-2016 school year and building up to a total of 28 relocatables for 2018-2019.

  • A second option is to move the 6th grade to the current Madison Center for the interim years. Even if the whole building is designated for 6th graders, there will still be a need for relocatables there also.

For more information about the options, see the APS presentation and a survey for you to express your ideas and concerns.

6. Arlington $1 Ice Skate: Did you know that Arlington residents can skate at the Kettler Ice Rink for $1 during certain ice times? On Friday July 3 and August 7 from 7:10-8:10pm, you can skate for $1, which includes admission and skate rental.  This is a great opportunity to check out the Ballston complex and get on the ice.  This dollar skate is also available every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00-3:30, but please check the online schedule before going to the rink.

7. Firefly Festival at Fort C.F. Smith Park: Sunday, June 28, from 7:30 – 9:30. Bug hunts, games, crafts, walks and discussion about fireflies. You can bring a picnic dinner if you’d like. Cost is $7. It will be canceled if it rains. For more information.

8. Pops for Pets at Lubber Run Amphitheater: Sunday, June 28 at 6 pm. A donation would be appreciated. For more information see the Animal Welfare League of Arlington web site.

To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden or Joan Trabandt,