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Next CCA Meeting: Wednesday, February 21, 7:30pm
St. Agnes Parish Hall, 1910 N. Randolph St.
Bus Stop Changes Recommended
Arlington County has recommended changes to the Bus Stops in Cherrydale. The recommendations include improving, moving, and eliminating various bus stops. Proposed improvements on the eastbound side include adding benches, trash & recycling cans, and ADA space at Quincy St. and a bench at the stop after Kenmore St. Proposed eliminations include the westbound stops near Klein's Auto Repair and near Sun & Moon Yoga studio, and stops in both directions at Utah St. We'll update you when we have more information.
Proposed Redevelopment of Kirkwood-Washington Boulevard Properties
Three developers have submitted plans to change the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) for properties along Kirkwood Road and Washington Boulevard. The properties include the YMCA, the former Sport and Health Club, and continue down Washington Boulevard past Lincoln St. They would allow for high density development. Quincy Park North Residents have started a petition to ask the County to better study impacts to traffic, parking, building heights and setbacks along 13th St., and the future of the YMCA.
The CCA is Looking for Volunteers Representatives to Serve on Planning Committees for the New High School at Ed Center Site on Quincy Street
The Cherrydale Citizens Association is looking for volunteers to serve as a Cherrydale representative on the Arlington Public Schools Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) for the new high school at the Ed Center site on Quincy Street (right next to Washington-Lee High School).
In addition to this APS committee, the County may also soon be looking for a Cherrydale representative to serve on a Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) for the Ed Center High School. While the PRFC has a permanent membership, the County usually adds representatives from specific neighborhoods for specific projects.
Cherrydalers Eve Reed and Ray Sendejas served on the BLPC for Stratford Middle School, and Mark Bildner and Carole Russo served on the PFRC for Stratford Middle School. I can put you in touch with them if you have questions about the respective work done by those committees.
Please let CCA President Jim Todd know if you are interested in volunteering, or if you have any questions.
Here is our original story:
In June 2017, Arlington Public Schools approved a plan to build a new high school on the site on the Ed Center on Quincy Street, just across I-66 from Cherrydale. The plan calls for the building to hold 500-600 students and to be open in time for the 2022-23 school year. Rather than build an addition to Washington-Lee and serve students who currently live in the W-L district, APS currently envisions developing a “program” that is available to students County-wide. Like the H-B Woodlawn program, students at the new high school will pursue sports and other extra-curricular activities at their neighborhood high school. APS is considering a STEM/STEAM, Creative and Performing Arts, or “Early College” program high school. APS is also considering expanding the W-L International Baccalaureate program.
Given the size and County-wide nature of the new program high school, it will have substantial impacts on Cherrydale residents, students, and parents. Faculty and staff for the new school will be driving and parking on Quincy Street, Stafford Street, and 15th Street. Students coming from farther away will increase bus traffic, and some students will also likely drive. The plan calls for students at the new program high school to use W-L amenities like the pool, and APS has asked the County if it can use the field at Oak Grove Park in Cherrydale to accommodate increased demand for field space.
APS’s online survey closed November 1. But you can still provide comments by emailing the APS School Board at firstname.lastname@example.org and County Board Member Libby Garvey at email@example.com. You can also comment in person on Monday evenings at the School Board’s “open office hours,” or send comments to the Cherrydale Citizens Association.
Help the Cherrydale Citizens Association Help You
The Cherrydale Citizens Association is working for you, and we want to hear from you. The CCA plays a major role in getting the County to build new sidewalks and streetlights, update parks, and build new playground equipment in our neighborhood. The CCA is also the primary point of contact with the County and the State on pedestrian safety and transportation improvement projects large and small, as well redevelopment affecting Cherrydale and the surrounding area. And the CCA is a major voice in the debate about school construction and school boundaries.
We also work with Cherrydale residents and businesses to organize a lot of social events, like the Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner in March, Cherrydale Yard Sales in June, the Cherrydale July Fourth Barbeque, Potluck and Firework Party, and the Cherrydale Parade. These events come together because of volunteers like you.
All of this only happens because of your input and your vote at our meetings. Cherrydale residents vote at our meetings to decide which streets will get new sidewalks and streetlights, and vote on park renovations and new playground equipment. We also base our feedback to the County and State on pedestrian safety and transportation projects based on what you tell us at our meetings.
Our November meeting is when we vote in new CCA officers. We are looking for a new Treasurer. Thank you, Katherine Christensen, for your service. This is a great opportunity to get involved at the most local level and really make an impact that you and your neighbors will feel for years to come. But it’s also an opportunity to make your voice heard, to share your vision for the future of Cherrydale, and to help set our agenda. Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 7:30pm, in the St. Agnes parish house.
Cherrydale Parade Another Success
Thank you, Scott, Kathy & Dakota Springston for organizing another terrific Parade. The Cherrydale Parade is another one of the social events that makes Cherrydale the best small town that is right next to a big city.
Cherrydalers big and small marched around Cherrydale on a beautiful late-September Saturday morning, led by the Washington-Lee High School Band and followed by the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department.
Paraders walked, rode on bikes, or rode in strollers, wagons, and classic cars. The parade ended in front of the Springston house with a cherry pie eating contest! Thanks to everyone who joined in this year, either in the parade as a spectator. If you missed it, you’ve got something to look forward to next year.
How to Get Involved in Arlington
As quick glance at messages on the listserve and Nextdoor or an evening stroll will tell you, Cherrydale neighbors are an opinionated bunch. Many of our ideas, suggestions and complaints relate to the services of Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools (APS).
Luckily, we all live in an accessible jurisdiction, where the staff and leadership of both the county and APS value and act on input from the public. However, sometimes figuring out how to get involved can be daunting. Here are various ways you can find out what's going on and make your voice heard.
1. Find and comment on the projects that the County and APS are currently working on;
2. Join or give feedback to county and school commissions and committees (and answer the question “what is JFAC”);
3. Have your voice heard during the budget process;
4. Let the County and APS know about issues they are not currently working on but should;
5. Report a problem/Request a Service
Updating the CCA for the 21st Century
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, the Cherrydale Citizens Association has been an unincorporated association. Moving forward, it may be better to incorporate the CCA as a non-profit 501(c)(4) association organized to promote the social welfare. The move would provide greater protection for officers and members alike, and would allow us to explore obtaining liability insurance. It would also improve our ability to accept donations via credit card payment. We’ve found a law firm that will donate their services to help us with the process and to file all the necessary paperwork. If this works out, we hope to move forward with this in the next few months.
Safer Streets in Cherrydale
Last year, three people were struck by cars in separate incidents while walking or running along North Quincy Street in Cherrydale. Additionally, we are all aware of the dangers posed by crossing Lee Highway on foot and the challenge of bicycles and cars sharing the streetscape. At the May 17 meeting, Arlington County Police will discuss transportation safety generally and Quincy Street and Lee Highway in particular. We’ve asked First District Commander Captain Jim Donahue to discuss:
Cherrydale’s Third Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Another Success
Well over 200 neighbors came together to enjoy pasta, wine, great company and dancing to live local music from the Cherrydale Jazz Ensemble in March. Thanks to Evan Lacopo and Holly Billy of Wydler Brothers Real Estate for their generous donation of money and time, and local chef Anna Brown and Gaijin Ramen for the incredible handmade pasta, sauce and salad. Thanks also to LeoNora Bakery for the delicious bread.
We are grateful to CVFD President Tim Horner and the firefighters for the use of their house and the time and labor to support the event. Thanks also to Safeway for allowing guests to use their parking lot, to Greg Embree for taking pictures and to Tom Korns for the signs he posted around town. Event volunteers Coreen Brown, Danielle Schefer and Jim and Kyra Todd ensured the night's success.
CCA Meetings Going on a Tour of Cherrydale
The Cherrydale Citizens Association is going on a tour of Cherrydale. Starting in May, we will be meeting in different parts of Cherrydale.
On May 17, we are meeting in HB Woodlawn School Library, 4100 Vacation Lane to discuss the new VDOT sign, traffic, pedestrian, and bike safety. On July 4, we are meeting on the Fourth at 21st Street & Stafford Street for our barbecue, dance, and fireworks party. We will be meeting on September 27 somewhere else in Cherrydale to discuss how to get involved in Arlington’s many many citizen advisory committees. And on November 15 we will be talking about schools, holding CCA elections, and discussing changes to CCA’s By-Laws.
One of the reasons for the change in location is that the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department gets a lot of its
revenue from renting out its Social Hall, and it recently found a new tenant for Wednesdays. But we also realized this was a great opportunity for us to meet in other parts of Cherrydale—its parks, its schools, its churches, and maybe its businesses or clubs. We are currently looking for places to meet on a rotating basis. If you have an idea about where the CCA can meet once or twice during the year, please contact CCA President Jim Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for updates.
Stratford Middle School Update
As previously reported, Arlington Public Schools is renovating the building that currently houses the H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs and convert it to a new neighborhood middle school.
As approved by the County Board, the resulting school will be a 1,000-seat, neighborhood middle school. Construction will be begin in early 2018 and be completed in time for a September 2019 opening. The renovation will add 40,000 square feet to the school building and cost approximately $36.5 million to build. The School Board will determine the attendance boundaries for the school in 2018.
Since November 2014 when the School Board selected the Stratford site to meet urgent middle school capacity needs, multiple citizen committees and associations have worked hard to balance the many challenges at Stratford. The Stratford Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) met 23 times, considered 9 different site access options, included representatives from 7 civic associations and 7 feeder schools, and heard public comment at every meeting. Because the Stratford site is adjacent to county recreational property (known as Stratford Park), a Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) has also been heavily involved in the planning process (meeting 13 times) to ensure that civic facilities involved in the project meet community goals for attractiveness, durability, and functionality. Stratford Park will also be renovated during the construction project, resulting in updated tennis and basketball courts, an improved baseball/softball field, enhanced lighting, and a picnic area. The sledding hill on the property will be preserved. After renovation, as currently planned, the school property will include 144 parking spaces for teachers and visitors, a small decrease from the 153 spaces currently provided on the property. However, the County Board and School Board have asked the project team to look for ways to increase the number of parking spaces so the final number may change.
The project will include several pedestrian improvements, including sidewalks on both sides of Vacation Lane, new curb extensions and markings on the same street near the school and new crosswalks. The intersection at Old Dominion Drive will be revamped to allow students and other pedestrians to cross safely. Finally, the existing pedestrian path from Old Dominion Drive to the school will be made accessible for those with disabilities. A separate project will begin this summer to install a sidewalk on the south side of Old Dominion.
The renovated school will also include ways to honor the historic nature of the Stratford site, especially its identity as the first public school in Virginia to be integrated (in 1959). APS has assembled a team of community experts and first hand participants in the integration to work with the architects and builders on how to commemorate the building’s history. This Special Committee on Historic Interpretation at Stratford meets at 7 p.m. on May 23 at H-B Woodlawn and the public is invited to attend.
If you would like more details on the project and the specific upgrades to the school and surrounding streetscape, you can find it at the project website here: http://apsva.us/design-and-construction/stratford-middle-school-project/.
Cherrydale representatives on the BLPC are Eve Reed (email@example.com) and Raymond Sendejas (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Cherrydale representatives on the PFRC is Mark Bildner (email@example.com) and Carole Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
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:
Contribute to the Sweet and Sour News
The Sweet and Sour News is a great way for the Cherrydale Citizens Association to reach every Cherrydaler, young and old. It is a unique resource for providing news and information about Cherrydale and Cherrydalers.
Over the years, we’ve had a number of Cherrydalers contribute articles or even start a column. We’re looking for folks to start doing that again.
And delivering the Sweet and Sour News is a fun and easy way to join our tremendous network of Cherrydale volunteers. The newsletter comes out five or six times a year, and volunteers adopt a street and have two weekends to hand deliver the newsletter. It only takes about 20 or 30 minutes and is a great way to stay in touch with your neighbors.
Email CCA President Jim Todd at email@example.com if you are interested in contributing an article or volunteering. Thanks!
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!
You Better Watch Out! Santa Claus is Coming to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department
Mark your calendars for a special visit by Santa Claus to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, 3900 Lee Highway, on Sunday, December 17, from 1-3pm. Santa and his elves may be checking their lists twice, but will be giving away toys to kids regardless of whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
Cherrydale’s Scott Springston will be reprising his role, and the CVFD volunteers will be assisting, but they need your help. Please contact Jim Todd, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help.
Thanks also to local Realtor David Cabo, who has generously offered to help support this event.
VDOT to Mitigate Visual Impact of New Toll Sign on Lee Highway
Thanks to the hard work of the Cherrydale Citizens Association and Cherrydalers like you, VDOT has agreed to take a number of steps to help mitigate the visual impact of the new HOV Toll Sign on Lee Highway near Kenmore Street. I-66, as you know, is about to change from from HOV-2 to HOT lanes at certain times of day. Although VDOT declined our request to reduce the size of the sign to bring it more in line with other toll signs on Spout Run, Glebe Road, and Fairfax Drive, VDOT did agree to paint our sign pole and the back of sign matte black to help it blend in. VDOT also agreed to plant a substantial number of trees and shrubs to help hide the sign pole, utility box, and other VDOT equipment. We should see improvements soon.
APS Changing Middle School Boundaries for 2019-20 School Year
Arlington Public Schools is changing middle school boundaries to incorporate the opening of the new Stratford Middle School under construction in Cherrydale. The resulting boundary changes will impact the boundaries of all six middle schools. Construction on Stratford Middle School is expected to be complete in time for the 2019-20 school year. The H-B Woodlawn program currently operating there will be moving to its new building on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn. Join us at our next CCA meeting to find out how you can participate in the boundaries debate.
Pedestrian and Transportation Changes in Cherrydale
If you look around Cherrydale, you’ll notice a lot of pedestrian safety and transportation improvement projects going on. And more are coming.
After a slow start, the County’s Five Points project is moving quickly and is now expected to be completed ahead of schedule. The County is redesigning the entire intersection to widen sidewalks, increase the number of cross walks, improve traffic flow, and expand bike lanes. The new intersection will expand the left turn lane on westbound Lee Highway to help improve traffic flow onto Old Lee Highway and Quincy Street. It will also eliminate left turns from Old Lee Highway onto Lee Highway or Military. It will eliminate the slip lane from Military Road onto Lee Highway. And it will expand bike lanes through some parts of the intersection.
Coming soon on Old Dominion Drive right after Five Points, the County will finally be building a new sidewalk on the south side of the road and adding a new traffic signal for the new driveway entrance into the new Stratford Middle School. The sidewalk will extend all the way from the County firehouse to Lorcam Lane, and there will be new crosswalks at the new Stratford Middle School driveway entrance. This sidewalk will help link Cherrydale to Lee Heights.
Quincy Street is getting two crosswalk improvements. At Quincy & 15th Street, the County has installed a mid-street buffer, and will soon install new signs with red flashing lights to signal cars when a pedestrian is waiting to cross. At Quincy & 18th Street, the County is going to restore the crosswalk that was there before the repaving and add an ADA sidewalk ramp on the west side of the street.
On Lee Highway & Kenmore Street, VDOT is installing new signs with red flashing lights to signal cars when pedestrians are waiting to cross, and is installing new ADA sidewalk ramps and maybe even expanding the mid-street waiting area.
We’ll keep working to make Cherrydale safer and more inviting to walk. Please help us make it better for everyone.
Oak Grove Park Playground Update
After years of delay, the new Oak Grove Park Playground is finally nearing completion! The new playground will have separate 2- to- 5-year-old and 5- to 12-year-old play areas, and new seating and a shelter. Both play areas will be oak-tree themed. The 5- to 12-year-old play area will also have a rope climbing structure. Your kids will love it.Replacement trees will include an assortment of red, black and white oaks because, as Cherrydale Debby Cook, champion of the park project, says, it is Oak Grove Park after all! We want to thank Cook for her tireless work in trying to keep the County moving forward and for watching over the new trees the County planted. Debby’s work is a testament to what any Cherrydaler can get done as long as they persist. We can’t wait to visit the new playground!
July Fourth Party Was Awesome!
The annual party went off without a hitch and provided burgers, hot dogs, face paint, glow sticks and lots of fun to hundreds of neighbors. Special thanks to Michael DeCarlo for organizing the grill crew, Melissa Mitchell for the DJ and bouncy house, Jim Todd for coordinating with the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department for chairs and tables and Tom O’Reilly for helping donate excess food after the event. Thank you to our donors Safeway, Koons Toyota, Cherrydale Motors, Sun & Moon yoga studio, Fit to be Tan, Brown's Honda and Northside Vet.
Help Plan Cherrydale’s 125th Anniversary Celebration
Who doesn’t love throwing a birthday party? 2018 will mark the 125th anniversary or Cherrydale’s founding! The Cherrydale Citizens Association is starting to plan now for an entire year of celebrations in 2018. We’d love to focus not only on Cherrydale’s history but also on its present and future. We’d also like to host a series of different kinds of events so everyone can find a way to join in the celebration. We’re looking for a number of volunteers to be part of planning the events, and maybe even take charge of one of them. Come to our March, and May CCA meetings or email CCA President Jim Todd at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!
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