New Plan Outlined for Rosslyn’s Future

by Dan Lesniak




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Rosslyn_Virginia_SkylineAs of this month, the Arlington County Board approved the framework for a planned sector update to the Rosslyn neighborhood. The framework of the plan is an outline to move Rosslyn from an auto-oriented, commercial area to more of a mixed-use center of activity for Orange Line Living. Some key components of the plan are to develop more housing and significant changes to major streets in the area. Ft. Myer Drive and N. Lynn Street could be turned into two-way streets, removing the “super blocks” between 19th Street N. and Wilson Blvd. This would create an esplanade connecting an 18th Street corridor and link open spaces in the neighborhood.

 Other major goals of the Rosslyn update framework include adding greater housing and other building density in Central Rosslyn, and encouraging more varied building facades. In addition to these building changes, the framework calls for enhanced connectivity to Rosslyn’s green spaces and parks, including more connections to the waterfront along the Potomac. There is also a strong goal to make the Rosslyn neighborhood more walkable overall with wider sidewalks. To encourage more transit use and less auto traffic, the framework is also calling for working with WMATA on plans to build a second Metro station in Rosslyn.

 The County Board will be taking the approved framework and develop the details of the Rosslyn Sector Plan update. They are expected to be done by the end of 2014, with public input being accepted throughout the planning process. Anyone who wants to provide input can do so via the Realize Rosslyn website. Meetings and updates are also posted on the site regularly.

Rosslyn has a great framework for new enhancements. You too can set up a great framework for your new home. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team, are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

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