BALLSTON-VIRGINIA SQUARE

Civic Association Newsletter

October/November 1997 - Volume 21, No. 1



UPDATE ON MAJOR SITE PLAN AMENDMENTS

At the October 1, 1997, Membership Meeting, a presentation was made to the members on proposed changes to the Pollard Gardens site plan and the proposed development of 1040 North Quincy Street (located across from the Arlington Central Library at the corner of 11th Street), known as the Library Courts site plan. These site plan proposals are scheduled to go before the Arlington Planning Commission on Monday, December 1, 1997.

Pollard Gardens Major Site Plan Amendment

Nan Terpak, counsel for the applicant, and representatives for the Bush Construction Corporation and Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, L.P., who are the contract purchasers of the Pollard Gardens site, made the presentation to the membership at the October 1 meeting. The new owners are planning to propose some modifications to the site plan, focusing on updating the design of the residential units.

A similar presentation was also made by the representatives of the site plan applicant to the residents of the Tower Villas Condominium on October 15, 1997. We understand that the proposed changes will be heard by the Planning Commission at its Monday, December 1, 1997, meeting, and the Arlington County Board, at its January 1998 meeting.

Library Courts Site Plan

Also, at the October 1, 1997, Membership Meeting, a presentation was made to the members on proposed development of 1040 North Quincy Street (located across from the Arlington Central Library at the corner of 11th Street), by a representative of the site plan applicant, J. H. McMullin, Trustee. This is a rezoning request from "RA7-16" Apartment Dwelling District and "R-5" One-Family, Restricted Two-Family Dwelling Dwelling Districts to "R-C" Apartment Dwelling and Commercial Districts and a site plan proposal for a 116 unit, 10-story residential building. The site's General Land Use Plan designation is "Medium" Residential which corresponds to "RA7-16", "RA6-15", and "RA-H" zoning. In order to accommodate the applicant's requested rezoning to "R-C", the General Land Use Plan would have to be amended to High-Medium Residential Mixed Use.

The proposed building would be combined with the existing 202-unit, 10-story apartment building located at 1020 North Quincy Street. This building was built by-right under the provisions of the "RA7-16" District. The proposed building would be the same height as 1020 North Quincy Street. The proposed building would taper in two steps at its eastern end facing North Quincy Street, from 10 to 7 stories and then to 4 stories. The building's facade would be brick with detailing in a synthetic material called Fypon. Parking is proposed to be underground on two levels, as well as some surface spaces. An existing open space area with mature trees would be impacted by some of the proposed surface parking area. Parking for the new building would be provided at the ration of 1.18 spaces per unit (131 spaces). Parking for the existing building (227 surface spaces) is provided at a 1.12 ration of spaces per unit.

Also, the proposed building design is scheduled to go before the Site Plan Review Subcommittee of the Arlington Planning Commission on Wednesday, November 5, 1997. For your information, the Subcommittee provides a forum by which interested citizens, civic associations and neighborhood particular plan, or the effects that the proposed project might have on the neighborhood. Further, the site plan for this proposed development is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Commission on Monday, December 1, 1997, and by the County Board on Saturday, December 13, 1997, at the County Board Meeting Room, Third Floor, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201. The Association encourages interested members to attend both of these meetings and express your views.



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