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Submit a Comment on the County's Considertion of Land-Swap Proposal for the Buck Propety
Please join us in asking the Arlington County Board to await the input of the new Joint Facilities Advisory Committee (JFAC) before moving ahead with the proposed land swap involving the Buck property. More information is below:
Arlington County has until November 2017 to decide whether to acquire the "Buck property," 6.1-acres of land zoned light-industrial located just south of I-66 and east of Quincy St., just across the street from the Board of Education, and where Jumping Joeys, Dynamic Gymnastics, Cross Fit Arlington, and Nova MMA are currently located. It is the largest piece of land left in North Arlington.
The future of the Buck property was supposed to be decided after the recommendations of the new Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC), a citizen and staff advisory body that will be convened in 2017 to provide input to the County Board and School Board on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long-range facility planning for both the County and Arlington Public Schools. The JFAC could be a huge step forward for Arlington, as it is the first time that the County will actually plan for future school sites.
But all that is up in the air now. Before Arlington even purchases the Buck property, Arcland Property has proposed a 2.3-acre land swap for property they lease to the County in Shirlington (and where the County currently parks its bus fleet) for a similar-sized piece of Buck property. Arcland wants to build a six-story self-storage facility right on Quincy St. County Manager Mark Schwartz appears to want to move ahead quickly. He is asking the County Board for authorization to negotiate terms of the swap at its December 13 meeting. You can attend in person or live-stream the meeting, but the Board is not allowing public speakers at this session.
While the JFAC would still have a role to play in recommending uses for the remainder of the Buck property, the County may be moving ahead with the land swap without awaiting JFAC input. Fortunately, it's easy to let the County know what you think: Please submit a comment to the Board asking them to let the JFAC make recommendations about the future of the entire Buck property, not just the scraps. Please remember that the County needs space to park buses for for other infrastructure uses. But it also needs space for future schools and other community uses. This is your chance to make a difference.
The Buck property is a chance for the County to think strategically, to develop a true long-term plan that will benefit all of Arlington now and in the future. But it's also a chance for the County to demonstrate that sometimes it still focuses only on solving the immediate problem before it, at the expense of the greater good. Let's hope the County chooses to wait for JFAC input.
We will update this page as we learn more.
Welcome Danielle Schefer
The Cherrydale Citizens Association welcomes our Daniel Schefer as our newest officer. As Secretary, Danielle will be taking meeting minutes and, together with our other officers, will help respond to time-senstive matters that can’t wait for our next association meetings, and will help set the agenda for Cherrydale. Thanks, Danielle, for volunteering.
If you're interested in playing a greater role in Cherrydale, please contact Jim Todd, at email@example.com.
Cherrydale Yard Sale another success!
A huge thank you to Scott Springston and Kathy Holt for organizing another Cherrydale Neighborhood Yard Sale. Scott, Kathy, and Dakota took out ads in several local newspapers and online, put up several huge signs (and lots of little signs), and covered the neighborhood with directional arrows to help drivers find all the sales in the community!
Over 75 Cherrydalers cleaned out their attics, their garages and basements. They sold their treasures, collectibles, antiques, sporting goods, toys, books, furniture, clothes, or whatever. And kids sold lemonade and other goodies!
Experienced buyers consider Cherrydale’s Yard Sales to be the highlight of their year. Join us again next year.
Edit the Sweet and Sour News
The Sweet and Sour News needs a new editor. Thank you to Chris Vargas for your years of service! As the official newsletter of the Cherrydale Citizen’s Association, the News is one of the most important tools for communicating with our all neighbors. We publish it four- to six-times a year and hand deliver it to every residence in Cherrydale thanks to our outstanding team of volunteers. Editing the newsletter takes two or three hours and is a great way to contribute to our neighborhood. Officers and fellow Cherrydalers submit draft articles, and our ad representative Laurel Gowen updates the ads. The editor uploads the final product electronically to the printer, and our amazing delivery volunteers take care of the rest. Contact Chris Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Todd at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more. Thanks!
County Moving Foward with Lee Highway Planning
Arlington County planners may be about to take over planning for the future of Lee Highway after three years of hard work by the Lee Highway Alliance (LHA). The LHA is a citizen-led effort to plan for a more economically-viable, walkable, and attractive corridor that benefits the neighborhoods and the business community. The LHA published a Visioning Study in May 2016 after three years of meetings and community-outreach efforts.
Cherrydale already has its own planning documents. The County Board adopted the Cherrydale Revitalization Plan in 1994, and the Board has approved Cherrydale's Neighborhood Conservation Plan (NC Plan) in 2014. The Revitalization Plan focuses on economic redevelopment of Lee Highway through design initiatives, while the NC Plan focusses on the neighborhood's preferences for Lee Highway and our residential streets.
The Revitalization Plan is over twenty-years-old. The question for Cherrydale is whether to ask County planners to leave Cherrydale out of initial Lee Highway planning or to begin its Lee Highway planning with a re-examination the Revitalizaiton Plan. This could be a chance for the County to understand what worked and what didn't, and it could be a chance to update elements of our plan that are showing their age. But it could also reopen long-settled debates about the future of Lee Highway through Cherrydale.
Since the goal of this planning is to develop a unified vision for Lee Highway's future, rather than letting decisions happen on a ad hoc basis, now may be a great time to focus more resources on Cherrydale. We look forward to discussing this at our CCA meeting on January 25, 2017.
Nominate a New NC Project!
We need your ideas for our next Cherrydale NC project. NC projects can include sidewalks and street lights, street lights only, park improvements, beautification, and other capital improvement projects to benefit the neighborhood. Download the forms and send completed forms to our NC Representative. Our next project in sidewalk improvements on North Quebec St. between 17th St. and 18th Rd. But we are already thinking about our future projects. Submit your ideas today!
Changes Coming to Five Points Intersection
Arlington is moving forward with planned improvements to the Five Points Intersection. Construction will hopefully begin in 2017. Planned improvements include:
Marymount Farmers Market
The Marymount Farmers Market is open every Saturday May 21 - November 19. Shop for local produce, fresh eggs, baked goods, pickles, meat & cheese. Parking at Blue Garage.
Spaghetti Dinner a Success! Thank You Donors, Volunteers and Neighbors!
What a blast! Our second annual CCA Spaghetti Dinner was a dazzling success. Well over 150 neighbors of all ages came together on February 27 at Cherrydale's Volunteer Fire Department to enjoy pasta, wine, great company and dancing to live local music from the Cherrydale Jazz Ensemble—all for a good cause.
Proceeds from this event will fund the upcoming Cherrydale Citizens Association’s Fourth of July Party and help pay for the recent upgrades to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall.
Heartfelt appreciation goes to our donors, volunteers and all who made this entirely LOCAL event possible. Thanks to Evan Lacopo and Holly Billy of Wydler Brothers Real Estate for their generous donation of money and time, and local chef Reez Perera for the incredible handmade pasta, meatballs, sauce and salad. Thanks also to LeoNora Bakery for the delicious bread. And a big thank you to the Cherrydale Jazz Ensemble.
We are grateful to CVFD Chief Chris Jones and the CVFD firefighters for the use of their house and the time and labor to support the event. Event Volunteers Kimber & Brenda Craine, and the Todd family ensured the night's success.
Thank you to Safeway for allowing guests to use their parking. Thanks to Greg Embree for taking pictures. Tom Korns also deserves a big thank you for the signs he posts around town.
Finally, thank you to the Cherrydale Neighbors who attended. The outpouring of support from the community for this dinner is an example of why we live where we do. We look forward to doing it again next year. We’ll see you there!
Thank you Lori Cleek! Welcome Chrisna Baptista!
Cherrydale thanks Lori Cleek for her 16 years of volunteer service delivering the Sweet and Sour news! And welcome to Chrisna Baptista, who is taking over Lori’s job! Cherrydale volunteers like Lori and Chrisna hand deliver the Sweet and Sour News five times a year to more than 1400 Cherrydale homes and businesses.
The Sweet and Sour News is a great way for the Cherrydale Citizens Association to reach every Cherrydaler, young and old. And delivering the Sweet and Sour News is a fun and easy way to join our tremendous network of Cherrydale volunteers. Thanks, Lori and Chrisna, and all the rest of our loyal delivery team!
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