July 20th Meeting Minutes

posted Jul 26, 2021, 12:23 PM by Cate Harrington

Minutes Arlington Mill Civic Association

July 20th, 2021 7:00PM

1.           Call to order. Cate Harrington, new President called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM. There were 5 attendees.


-Welcome Introductions

-Announcements from the President

-Next meeting September 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm

-Meet your new board Members Cate Harrington, President and Miriam Bolaños, Secretary

-Liz Crowther, Arlington Department of Environmental Services Presentation, Q&A

2.           Ms. Harrington expressed the reasons behind her decision to become the President of the Civic Association; she wants to accomplish the following:

-Empower residents by building a political coalition so we all can have more influence.  Solving problems will become easier with Arlington County. If we have more people, we will have more power as an organization.

-Build membership so we can grow as an organization.

-Ms. Harrington will update the website, and she hopes more people will join.

-Build membership

-Join with other Columbia Pike civic associaons

-Create a “Columbia Pike West End voters guide”

-We want to hear from you!

-But we also need your help

-More people = more power

-Not a citizen yet? You are not alone

-Join with other Columbia Pike civic associations

-Create a “Columbia Pike West End “voters’ guide”

3.           Transit Updates

-August 1st ART and Metrobus service at Ballston Metro Station will be relocated due to construction for Phase 2 of the Ballston Metro station Multimodal Improvements Project. To find more information go to


-Bus Shelters: Structural stability issues have led to delays in original design.  Possible delivery of eight alternate shelters by February 2022.

-Bus route 16Y will (hopefully) return in September 2021


4.           Undergrounding of utilities in Arlington Mill

-Estimated completion February 2022

Future construction on Columbia Pike as follows:

-Westmont Shopping Center (Columbia Pike and Glebe Rd.)

-2400 Columbia Pike (across from Penrose Square)

-The Elliott (Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Dr.)

-Street improvements through 2026

-Orme St. – Joyce St.

-Queen St. – Courthouse Rd.

-Courthouse Rd. – Garfield St.

-Oakland St. – Wakefield St.

Our guest tonight Ms. Liz Crowther, Outreach Specialist from the Arlington Department of Environmental Services, started her presentation by saying that she was glad to be here tonight to give the residents an overview of the work they do.

Ms. Crowther covered the following topics:

-General state of recycling in the County

-Plans for the future

-Food scraps overview

The County conducts quarterly trash audits to have a clear understanding of what is being discarded and recycled in order to see what needs to be improved. Audits occur randomly at disparate locations in the County. 

She explained the composition of the recycle and how in the county many people still using plastic bags to recycle items. Items should be placed in the Blue bin loose without plastic bags.

A comment from a resident:  “Some neighbors have not been able to keep up with the changes and still putting glass in the recycle bin. I have seen a lot of people putting their recycle items in plastic bags inside the Blue bin.”

A comment from resident: It was noted that there is a lot of littering in the neighborhood.  Sidewalks and curbs are constantly marred by trash.


SUGGESTIONS from Arlington County to reduce WASTE

•            Use bags for trash ONLY

•            Collect recycling loosely in CART (Don’t BAG recycle items)

•            Use reusable plates, silverware, coffee cups, etc.

•            Shop at thrift and consignment stores

•            Buy package-free

•            Local foods at farmers’ markets

•            By from bulk bins

If you are not sure what needs to be in the recycle bin put in the trash (Black Bin)


•            Post audit education

•            Glass recycling education

•            E-Care (electronics, paints, metals... Residents should confirm exact categories of acceptable waste with County)

•            Curbside Food Scraps Collection

The program of Food Scraps Collection will start on September 6, 2021.

Main points of this program is that residents will have the opportunity to put their food scraps for recycle in the Green bin.

•            Program will divert over 3,000 tons of compostable material from Arlington’s waste stream.

•            Food scraps can be placed in compostable bags, paper bags, or loose in  existing County-provided Green organics cart

•            Place your Green organics cart at the curb prior to 6 a.m. on your normal curbside collection day.

•            There is no need to separate the materials.

•            Each Arlington residential customer is being provided with a “kitchen caddie” composting starter kit.  33,000 will be delivered in three weeks.

•            The caddie contains informational material as well as 40 compostable bags to line the caddie.

•            For residents that do not wish to use the kitchen caddie for compost collection, the County asks that you look for opportunities to repurpose the caddie.

Ms. Crowther’s office will send informative stickers about recycling and trash disposal. Our membership coordinator will distribute these items to residents in the community. If residents have any questions they can contact the County at the following number or email:


Phone number: 703-228-7610

Our next meeting will be September 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you, this meeting was adjourn by Cate Harrington at 8:05 pm.

July Meeting

posted Jul 8, 2021, 6:44 AM by Cate Harrington   [ updated Jul 8, 2021, 6:45 AM ]

Hello Everyone!
I am the new President of the AMCA and I’m very excited to meet more of you in our next meeting.
Liz Crowther from the Arlington Co Dept of Environmental Services will be presenting on the current state of recycling in Arlington with a focus on their new food scraps initiative. Please join us via Zoom and note that you can also dial into the call—no computer required.
I hope to see you there!
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1.        Call to Order.  Krysta Jones, CHWCA Vice President, called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.  There were 13 attendees.  See attached sign in sheet.


2.        Arlington County Facilities Study.  Sarah McKinley, a participant in the study (not a committee member – ** see membership list below), gave an overview of the study to date.  Highlights of her presentation include: single family homes (which are 25% of Arlington’s housing stock), with an increasing number of  multifamilies living in them, are contributing to projections for the need for a new school every decade; this has future budget implications; how to best use open space in the future given its finite availability; 8,000 jobs lost in Arlington, especially with military closures; currently is a 20% commercial vacancy rate which impacts tax revenues and requires citizens to pay more; and Arlington County is discussing changing zoning policy in order to create economic diversity throughout the county.  Regarding the latter point, accessory dwellings is one possible means of increasing geographic distribution of affordable housing throughout Arlington county, particularly in north Arlington where single family homes dominate.  Another possible means is by building Eastern style duplex/triplex housing which melds affordable units in mixed income housing.  Sarah provided her notes of community facilities study meetings for 2/11, 2/25, 3/11 and 3/25 (copies attached).  The next facility committee meeting is scheduled for April 8 at Wakefield High School, 7-10 pm.  Futher meetings will be held on April 22 (Wakefield), May 13 (Washington Lee High School) and May 20 (place to be determined).  Meeting details and additional information are available at -


3.       Third District Police Team.  Captain Stuart Ellison reported that the crime rate in Arlington is down overall.  He noted an increase in fraud (scams) at the west end of Columbia Pike targeting the elderly, non-English speaking population, and cautioned against responding to telephone or email requests without verifying information first.  He reported graffiti problems at the Greenbrier Apartments and in one of the Popeye Restaurant bathrooms at Pike Plaza.  Arrests related to loitering and inebriation have been made at Pike Plaza and the police continue to monitor the situation there.  Four officers work on the Third District Police Team.  He urged residents to telephone police of any suspicious activity.  He introduced Sgt. Damon Washington who works closely with him.  Sgt. Washington spoke about an upcoming event slated for July 8 at Kenmore Middle School which will provide an opportunity for residents to meet the police while enjoying fun activities.  A flyer will be provided later.  Attendees spoke to concerns related to Tyrol Hill Park loitering and need for constant monitoring; security concerns at the Pike Plaza; and the disconnect with the police and community regarding the need to open up Arlington Mill Drive behind the Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) in cases of emergencies.  Sgt. Washington will follow up on the latter item.


Acting Police Chief Farr then addressed attendees.  He noted that Arlington County’s new Economic Development Director, Victor Hoskins, will be working on bringing new business to Arlington to reduce the commercial vacancy rate.  He also noted that the police are not just guardians of enforcing the law but also want to engage with the community.  He noted that the police department will have no increases in staff.


Contact Information:  Captain Ellis:  703-228-4097; Email:  Sgt. Washington:  703-228-7461; Email:


4.       Name Change of Columbia Heights West Civic Association.  A survey was sent out to the CHW neighborhood listserves with proposed name changes.  A change in name was suggested to distinguish our neighborhood from the Columbia Heights Civic Association at the east end of the Pike.  Names included on the survey were:  Arlington Crest; Arlington Mill; Arlington Mill Heights; Arlington Mill Woods; Carlcroft; Carlin Crest; Carlin Heights; Custis Mill Heights; and Custis Woods.  Additional names suggested at the meeting were:  Tyroll Hills; Greenbrier Heights; and Arlington Mill Crest.  The latter were not included in the original survey so were not discussed further.  There was a voting tie between Arlington Mill and Arlington Mill Heights.  It was pointed out that there is already an Arlington Heights Civic Association.  Stephen Finafrock made a motion to change the name of Columbia Heights West Civic Association to Arlington Mill Civic Association.  Linda LeDuc seconded the motion.  A majority voted affirmatively.  (Note:  further action is required before the civic association name can be officially changed.  This includes going through the Civic Federation and then informing Arlington County Clerk Hope Halleck, in order that the county can make changes to its records.)


                Note:  The survey also addressed desired retail for CHW and preferred business building

                appearance; capital bikeshare and AMCC farmers market.  These results were not discussed.


5.       Columbia Hills Affordable Housing Project in Columbia Forest.  Columbia Forest is adjacent to Columbia Heights West.  Ben Arthur, CHWCA’s point person on affordable housing, reviewed the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) requirements for non-profit affordable housing developers who apply for 5% and 9% tax credits.  He noted that there will be a one week comment period beginning May 5, 2015 about the Columbia Hills project.  APAH, the developer, will be given an opportunity to reply to any comments.  VHDA will vote on submitted applications on May 29 and then review in June for final approval and award.  Ben suggested that the form base code needs to be changed related to zoning.  Also a comment was made about the disagreement with the county proposal to reduce the number of parking spaces in affordable housing projects because this exacerbates the lack of parking within neighborhoods.


6.       Civic Engagement.  There was not enough time to discuss this topic.




7.       Other:  Takis Karontonis, Executive Director, CPRO, on the agenda, was unable to attend due to illness.  He will provide information about the opening of the AMCC farmers market, which will be distributed to the listserve.


8.       Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned about 9:10 pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 PM, AMCC, Room 527.



1.       CHWCA March 20, 2015 Meeting Sign In Sheet

2.       Sarah McKinley Community Facilities Study Meeting Notes


** Community Facilities Study Committee Members

John Milliken, Chair
Ginger Brown, Vice Chair


Members.  Christer Ahl; Tyra Baker; Hans Bauman; Andi Cullins; Sal D’Itri; Carolina Espinal; Moira Forbes; Greg Greeley’ Saundra Green; Alan Howze; Kelly King; Kathleen McSweeney; Bryant Monroe; Kirit Mookerjee; Lynn Pollock; Katharine Roche; Jason Rylander; Toby Smith; Jackie Snelling; Ann Steen; Tannia Talento; and Gabriela Uro


January 17, 2012 Meeting Minutes

posted Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM by L M   [ updated Feb 20, 2012, 10:35 PM ]

Columbia Heights West Civic Association (CHWCA) Meeting

Minutes – January 17, 2012


I.                AHC Inc. attended the CHWCA meeting to present their proposed affordable housing project to redevelop the Shell gas station site (at the corner of Columbia Pike and South Greenbrier), combined with an adjacent piece of property which AHC owns, into a 6-story apartment building with ground floor retail on Columbia Pike.  The proposed project is located in front of Harvey Hall, another affordable housing project which AHC owns and operates.  A copy of their presentation and additional project details are available at the links below.   Arlington County housing and planning staff were also present to respond to questions from the community.


II.               Briefly, the proposed project will include 83 units (15 one-bedrooms at 600-700 sq. ft.) and 68 two-bedrooms at 900-1,000 sq. ft.); 19 units will be affordable at 50% Area Median Income (AMI) and 64 at 60% AMI; retail space is estimated at 6,700 sq. ft.; be energy efficient; include an exercise room; have underground parking (93-94 spaces) accessible via a back alley; include an interior courtyard; include street front landscaping; and conform to the Columbia Pike Form Based Code.


III.              After the presentation the floor was opened to Q&As and addressed the following: 


a.                AHC Management will likely utilize the retail space. However, AHC is open to other uses of the space such as a mini-mart to provide services to the nearby residents.  AHC did note that it may be difficult to attract businesses due to the economy and limited retail space.


b.                It will be the seller’s (of Shell site) responsibility to clean and remove the current building, equipment, etc. and complete an environmental clean up of the site before AHC takes over.  Per AHC, the State of Virginia oversees the environmental clean-up and certifies that it is done correctly.  It was not clear whether Arlington County receives a copy of this certification.


c.                The piece that AHC currently owns is a steep grade, part of which will be dug out for the new building.  The remaining hill will be shored up to prevent erosion.  The cleared area around the ground floor units will be sufficient to ensure light into those units.


d.                Concerns were voiced about the timing of the traffic light at the corner of S. Greenbrier and Columbia Pike noting that “Typically it takes two light cycles to get past..”


                                                                            i.    CHWCA will follow up with Arlington County’s  Transportation Traffic Signals division on the timing of the traffic light.

2/20 - UPDATE: 

Columbia Pike corridor's signals are being optimized next month, so the timing will be changing a bit at that point. That may resolve the issue at S. Greenbrier and CP. 

Feed back from County's Site Plan Engineer :

...the proposed apartment development will have 83 units and will probably generate far lower traffic volumes that the current gas station it is replacing.  According to ITE, mid-rise apartment buildings generate less than 45 peak hour trips on a weekday while a six fueling position gas station has around 95 vehicle trips during the peak hour on a week day.  Also, the proposed small retail establishment, about 6700 square feet, and the apartments combined should still generate lower volumes that the current gas station driveway generates.


e.                Concerns were expressed on the likelihood of parking spilling over into the neighborhood. This project is adding new units to the neighborhood, where parking is already an issue.  AHC noted that several new public parking spaces on Columbia Pike will be added in front of the new building and may be metered.


                                                                            i.    CHWCA to follow up with Transportation’s Parking division to inquire about possible solutions to neighborhood parking issues.


                                                                           ii.    AHC Inc. noted that it is common for their properties to have their parking spaces underutilized. AHC noted that County parking space requirements are 1 1/8 space per apartment unit and 1 space per 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space.


f.                 Concerns were raised about the loss of the current park at Harvey Hall. AHC indicated they planned to relocate the park to another part of the Harvey Hall site. The park will be comparable to what exists today.


                                                                            i.    A resident of Harvey Hall said that residents do not use the park.  Another attendee noted that people who do not reside at Harvey Hall use the park and this has created some security issues.  AHC was apparently unaware of this and will look into it.


g.                County staff stated that this project qualifies for Form Based Code (FBC) administrative approval as a by-right project as the site area of the project does not exceed 40,000 sq. ft. and meets the specifications.  The project still must go through the appropriate commissions and other review requirements as part of the project approval process prior to County Board vote.  County staff noted that community concerns can be raised at these various meetings.


h.                AHC is requesting $6 million from the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) which will need to go before the Housing Commission and the County Board for approval.  The financing (tax credits and AHIF) for six stories require committed affordable units at 50% to 60% AMI (area medium income).  


i.                 There was discussion around the neighborhood's preference for a mixed-income project (a mix of affordable and some market rate (80% +)).  AHC explored the possibility of a 9 story unit apartment with mixed income.  The FBC limits building heights to 6 stories.  There was an exception made for the ten story 5500 Columbia Pike directly across the street from AHC’s proposed project because it was built next to the 10 story Carlyle condominium.  A 9 story building would equate visually from the Pike to the height of Harvey Hall, which is located on an incline above and behind the proposed project.  Another consideration was that the current economic situation would not make market rate units feasible at this time.    


j.                 There was some discussion as to whether approving the AHC project would set a precedent to include affordable housing under the FBC, which is currently not required.  CPRO stated that not including affordable housing was done to jump start redevelopment on the Pike but it is possible that affordable housing projects could be done in the future under the FBC.  County staff said that approving the AHC affordable housing project on the Pike will not set a precedent for including such in future FBC projects. 


k.                After the presentation, AHC and County staff left the room while attendees discussed whether to vote on the project.  The consensus was that (1) a vote yea or nay would have no effect on a by-right project, (2) while the attendees do not oppose the concept of affordable housing there already exists 645 Committed Affordable Units (CAFs) in CHW with another 122 in the upcoming Arlington Mill Residences (total 767) and AHC’s 83 units (850 total), and (3) the CHW neighborhood recommends that Arlington County spread affordable housing elsewhere in the county and not concentrate it in one neighborhood or only along the Columbia Pike corridor.  This is becoming an increasing concern of Pike residents and has been discussed at the Pike Land Use and Housing meetings.


l.                 The CHWCA will send a letter to the County Board regarding community concerns raised regarding this project.  All CHW residents are invited to attend the various scheduled meetings to present their views on this project.


AHC Presentation Link 

January/February 2012 Public Meetings

Housing Commission Subcommittee Bricks and Mortar (no public comment)

Community Development Citizen Advisory Committee (no public comment)

 February 1, 6:30pm, 311, Courthouse Plaza
Housing Commission

March 1, 7pm, Cherry and Dogwood Room, Courthouse Plaza
Form Based Code Advisory Working Group (AWG
February 7, 7pm, Walter Reed Community Center
County Board

March 10, 8:30am, County Board Room, Courthouse Plaza

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