Announcements

November Civic Association Meeting is Virtual

posted Nov 7, 2020, 6:55 AM by Austin McNair

Hello neighbors!

Our November Civic Association meeting will be the first meeting we conduct since the pandemic started in Spring 2020. This month we will be meeting on Google Hangouts on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM. Here is the link to join the meeting: https://meet.google.com/qwq-hphe-odg 

Email me at president@arlingtonmill.org if you have more questions.

All the best,

Austin McNair
President
Arlington Mill Civic Association

Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights - Columbia-Pike.org

posted Jul 1, 2020, 2:34 PM by L M

Due to the coronavirus, CPRO is not able to show the summer outdoor movies at either Penrose Square or Arlington Mill.
 
BUT......CPRO has organized a DRIVE IN MOVIE at the Career Center starting July 11.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR EACH MOVIE DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF SPACES.  SEE THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER.  Don't forget to bring the popcorn!

Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights - Columbia-Pike.org

Arlington Enters Phase 3 of Reopening

posted Jul 1, 2020, 8:00 AM by L M

Arlington County, along with the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, is transitioning to Phase 3 of the Forward Virginia plan on Wednesday, July 1.

In Phase 3, Arlington will maintain a Safer at Home strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking, and the requirement that individuals wear face coverings in indoor public settings. All businesses should continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, frequently clean and sanitize high contact surfaces and keep enhanced workplace safety measures in place.

As part of a cautious approach to entering Phase 3, Governor Northam on Tuesday announced that bar seating will remain prohibited in restaurants to reduce the likelihood of patrons gathering in bar areas without observing social distancing guidelines. The Governor added he is prepared to implement tighter restrictions if needed.

Because Arlington is an urban, high-density area — and because there is still community spread of the virus — the County is going to similarly move forward with caution in the hopes of continuing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety and well-being of the entire community.

Arlington will continue to open government facilities gradually to ensure adequate space for social distancing and follow public health guidelines.

Phase 3 looks like this:

  • Safer at Home, especially if you are vulnerable
  • Continued social distancing and teleworking
  • Face coverings required in indoor public spaces
  • Expanded business operations
  • No social gatherings of more than 250 people

SAFER AT HOME: Phase 3 Guidelines | MÁS SEGURO EN CASA: Fase 3 Pautas

Playgrounds and Outdoor Restrooms Now Open, Select Fitness Rooms to Open July 10

Continuing its gradual reopening, in according with public health and safety guidelines, Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation reopened playgrounds and outdoor restrooms, including playgrounds located at Arlington Public Schools, effective Friday, June 26. Additionally, athletic field and court lighting returned to regular schedules.

Park users must continue to social distance and comply with the appropriate usage guidelines. Learn more on the Reopening Arlington Parks FAQ page.

Starting Friday, July 10, fitness rooms and gyms will reopen in four of DPR’s centers: Fairlington, Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Langston Brown.

Community and nature centers and spraygrounds remain closed.

Free Programs in the Parks

Starting Wednesday, July 8, the community is invited to join Parks and Recreation and have fun in our parks. DPR has created a calendar of 171 FREE programs for all ages, from cornhole to Tai Chi. All participants must register, based on the Governor’s guidelines.

If you aren’t comfortable venturing out, check out DPR’s virtual programming:

Holds Pickup Continue to be Available at Central Library

All holds placed before the pandemic are available for pickup at the Central Library Auditorium, Monday through Thursday (12:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and Friday through Sunday (12:00 – 5:00 p.m.). All Library locations are accepting returns in the book returns (all branches are otherwise closed). Additionally, some basic Library account services are now being offered: Sign up for a library card; renew library cards; update temporary library cards; and update mailing address. FAQ

Highlights of the Governor’s Forward Virginia Phase 3 – Effective July 1

  • The maximum number of individuals allowed in social gatherings will increase from 50 to 250 people
  • Restaurant and beverage establishments are required to maintain six feet of distance between tables
  • Fitness centers may open indoor areas at 75 percent occupancy
  • Recreation and entertainment venues at may operate at 50 percent occupancy, or a maximum of 1,000 persons
  • Swimming pools may expand operations to free swim in addition to indoor and outdoor exercise, diving, and swim instruction, up to 75 percent occupancy

Visit Forward Virginia for more information and answers to frequently asked questions. View the slides from Governor Northam’s June 18 presentation.

Resources for COVID-19 Related Information

Columbia Pike west end construction update

posted Jun 15, 2020, 10:04 AM by L M

(For work between South Jefferson Street and the Four Mile Run Bridge)

 

Upcoming changes at Dinwiddie bus stop during construction

 

Later in June, construction is expected to begin on South Dinwiddie Street just north of Columbia Pike. The work will include utility, curb and gutter, sidewalk and roadway construction.

 

This will require temporary changes to the bus stop on southbound Dinwiddie Street next to the Columbia Pike Plaza shopping center. Starting Monday, June 22, ART buses will not serve this stop. Instead, riders will board ART buses on Columbia Pike in front of the shopping center. Metrobus routes will continue to use the Dinwiddie stop. These changes are expected to be in place for approximately one month.

 

A temporary ART bus stop will be added across the street on eastbound Columbia Pike by the 7-Eleven, providing another option for riders during this work.

 

 

Two-week construction lookahead

 

The PDF document below describes construction activities planned for Monday, June 15 through Sunday, June 28. It also lists expected impacts including any additional lane closures, driveway impacts and sidewalk closures.

 

 

Items to note:

  • Weather permitting, the sidewalk on the north side of Columbia Pike that is currently closed between South Dinwiddie Street and the west entrance of Columbia Pike Plaza shopping center will be reopened on Saturday, June 13.
    • If the reopening of this sidewalk is delayed due to unforeseen reasons, pedestrians should continue to cross Columbia Pike using crosswalks at the Columbus/Dinwiddie Street and Frederick Street intersections to traverse this area.
  • The west entrance of the Columbia Pike Plaza shopping center will be closed for roadway and driveway construction after the east entrance is reopened on Monday, June 15.
  • Half of each of the driveway entrances on the north side of Columbia Pike between South Dinwiddie Street and South Greenbrier Street will be closed during roadway and driveway construction. Impacted properties include:
    • Key Garden Apartments
    • Arbor Heights Apartments
    • Palazzo Condominiums
    • Greenbrier Apartments

 


 

Transit stations construction update

 

Lane closure at Glebe Road next weekend

 

Weather permitting, crews are scheduled to pour concrete for the bus pad at the westbound Glebe Road station next weekend. The concrete pad will reinforce the roadway area where buses stop and pull off. This work requires a weekend-long lane closure.

 

Starting after 7 pm on Friday, June 19, the westbound curb lane on Columbia Pike near Glebe Road will be closed. The lane will remain closed all weekend and is expected to reopen early Monday morning, June 22. This schedule is dependent on weather and on the concrete achieving the required strength.

 

Visit the project page

Arlington County Fair

posted Jun 15, 2020, 10:03 AM by L M

NEWS RELEASE

June 11, 2020                                

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

 

Contact Information:

Arlington County Fair Board of Directors

Email: info@arlingtoncountyfair.us

Due to the current restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Arlington County Fair, scheduled for August 12-16, has been moved to a virtual format, to be held August 14-16.

The decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Arlington County Fair and move online was a very difficult one.  A beloved community tradition, the Fair brings five days of pure joy to Arlington each August. However, given the current social distancing guidance and the uncertainty of the trajectory of the virus, it is unfeasible for the in-person Fair to move forward as scheduled.  

The Fair Board is in the process of contacting our sponsors, entertainers, vendors, and community groups that are impacted to ensure all parties are aware of the change.

While we are disappointed that we cannot hold the in-person 2020 Fair, it also brings a new opportunity for the Fair to come to you! We have planned three days of virtual programming August 14-16 so we can still showcase the best of Arlington and share the spirit of the Fair. Check the Fair’s Facebook page in July for details and schedule.

The Fair is operated by an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Arlington County Fair, Inc. We rely on income generated by ride ticket sales, vendor fees and sponsorships to hold the Fair each year. While we understand that there are many pressing issues at the moment, we do accept donations year-round and would be grateful for anycontributions you may be willing to make to ensure that the Fair remains a mainstay of the Arlington community. Additionally, we are actively recruiting Fair Board Members to assist with the planning of future Fairs. To apply, submit anonline application.

We appreciate the continued support of the Arlington community and look forward to the return of the Fair as we know it in 2021.


Arlington County Fair, Board of Directors

Calling All Emerging Leaders: Apply for the 2020 Neighborhood College

posted Mar 9, 2020, 6:00 PM by L M

Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and effect change through Arlington County’s free Neighborhood College program, which will meet on eight consecutive Thursday evenings beginning April 23

The program, which launched in 2000, develops civic engagement and leadership skills. It is geared toward Arlingtonians who want to become more involved in neighborhood and countywide issues. Participants will learn about many aspects of Arlington County government and practice core communication and influencing skills. 

Apply to Neighborhood College

Space is limited. Deadline is March 29. Applications are available in English and Spanish.  

Sessions will feature conversations with County Board members and staff from the County Manager’s Office, the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, the Department of Environmental Services Transportation Division, Police, Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, and more. 

For more information, call 703-228-7933 or email nmartinez@arlingtonva.us.  

About Neighborhood College 

Neighborhood College is a key component of Arlington’s civic engagement infrastructure. The program seeks to strengthen our community by building broader, more diverse participation in Arlington’s civic life. Its goal is to give Arlingtonians skills that will help them raise and address issues in their neighborhoods, or in the County as a whole, and to encourage their involvement in volunteer activities. 

Nearly 400 participants have graduated from Neighborhood College. Graduates have gone on to become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers in their civic associations, County Board members, volunteers at nonprofit organizations, local activists, and more. County Board members Katie Cristol (class of 2012) and Matt de Ferranti (class of 2017), deepened their engagement in civic affairs after participating in Neighborhood College.   

What You Need to Know 
  • Apply by March 29
  • Space limited to 25 participants
  • FREE child care and Spanish interpretation provided if needed 
  • Course is FREE to participants
  • Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6–9:30 pm
  • Each session begins with light dinner
  • Sessions will be held at the Bozman Government Center, located at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Media Contact

Gina Wimpey

View this release in our newsroom


Update on Covid-19 3/8/2020

posted Mar 9, 2020, 5:59 PM by L M

An update on COVID-19

The County's Public Health Division is contacting, assessing and monitoring any returning travelers from areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and need-to-know information and updates continue to be posted on the County website: https://health.arlingtonva.us/2019-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know-from-arlington-county-public-health-division-acphd/

The CDC has a comprehensive FAQ page that addresses the most common questions about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html Feeling sick? If you have traveled to an outbreak-affected area (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/) and/or been exposed to COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, develop a cough, or have shortness of breath (i.e., difficulty breathing) please seek medical care right away. If you can, please call your doctor or emergency room before seeking care and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. We have made the County Public Health's "What You Need to Know" page and a "Stop the Spread of Germs" poster available for download in multiple languages

New left-turn arrows at Columbia Pike and South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street intersection

posted Feb 13, 2020, 6:53 PM by L M

WB Columbia Pike

New left-turn arrow on westbound Columbia Pike

 

This week crews installed new signals to help with the following traffic movements during construction:

 

  1. New left-turn arrow on westbound Columbia Pike – A left turn pocket is now open at the South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street intersection. This, along with the new turn arrow, will help westbound drivers turning left onto Columbus Street.
  2. New left-turn arrow on southbound Dinwiddie Street – This provides a dedicated signal for traffic turning left onto eastbound Columbia Pike.

 

Road users are urged to be cautious travelling through the intersection as everyone gets used to the new signals.

 

Visit the project page

 

SB Dinwiddie

New left-turn arrow on southbound Dinwiddie Street

 

Holiday construction

 

Contractor crews for the Columbia Pike west end project and the transit stations project are scheduled to work during the holiday on Monday, Feb. 17.

 

Transit stations construction is currently underway at the westbound South Buchanan Street location.

 

Current traffic restrictions will remain in effect.

 



Columbia Pike west end construction update

posted Feb 8, 2020, 12:20 PM by L M

Columbia Pike west end construction update

(For work between South Jefferson Street and the Four Mile Run bridge)

 

Construction photo

 

Construction progress

 
Construction is currently on schedule. During January, contractor crews completed the following:

  • Installed 1200 feet of the mainline of the utility duct bank on the south side of Columbia Pike
  • Installed about 25 feet of storm drain and one storm inlet on the south side of Columbia Pike
  • Installed four manholes on the south side of Columbia Pike between South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street and South Greenbrier Street
  • Poured 60 feet of retaining wall along South Jefferson Street

 

Two-week construction lookahead

 

The document below describes construction activities planned for Monday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 23. It also lists expected impacts including any additional lane closures, driveway impacts, upcoming bus stop relocations and sidewalk closures.

 

Construction update (in PDF format)

 

Items to note:

  • Utility duct bank work within the Frederick Street intersection is scheduled to start today and continue for up to two weeks - Crews will excavate short segments of the duct bank trench while maintaining all vehicle movements currently permitted. Flaggers will assist ART buses turning left from Columbia Pike onto South Frederick Street (only buses are currently allowed to make this left turn).
  • Crews are scheduled to begin roadway reconstruction on the south side of Columbia Pike between South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street and South Greenbrier Street in the next two weeks.

 

Visit the project page

 

Upcoming changes during construction

 

In the next two weeks, new traffic signals are scheduled to be installed at the Columbia Pike and South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street intersection. During installation, the intersection will remain open with flaggers directing traffic.

 

Once the signals are installed and activated, a left turn pocket will be opened on westbound Columbia Pike at the South Dinwiddie/Columbus Street intersection. The new signal will have a left turn arrow to help westbound drivers turning left onto Columbus Street.

 

These changes also will add a left turn signal for southbound South Dinwiddie Street at Columbia Pike, providing a dedicated signal for traffic turning left onto Columbia Pike.

 


 

Transit stations construction update

 

Next week crews are scheduled to begin demolition for the westbound South Buchanan Street station. Once demolition is complete, they will begin to excavate and drill piers for the station foundation.

 

This work will require weekday closures of one westbound lane of Columbia Pike, next to the construction area at Buchanan Street. The lane will be reopened each day by 3:30 pm.

 

Visit the project page

 

Arlington Mill Civic Association meeting,- September 17, 2019

posted Sep 10, 2019, 2:01 PM by L M

You are invited to the September 17, 2019 Arlington Mill Civic Association meeting, which will take place at the Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Room 525, at 7:00 PM.  There is free 4 hour parking in the center's garage.

Proposed Agenda:

Neighborhood Updates
Neighborhood Concerns

Guest Speaker:

Amani Eisa, Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services will focus on the water main projects/improvements that took place in the Arlington Mill area, future plans, as well as an overview of Arlington's drinking water system.

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