We are at the end of the year; 2016 is ahead of us, fresh and new. Who knows what exciting events and changes will come our way along the Orange Line? I am excited to see what the new year has in store for us. It is also nice to take a look back to see what has happened, and what better time to do that than as a year ends? Arlington County has done just this with a Year-End Video they released, highlighting some of the key changes and challenges met throughout 2015.
Some key points of interest in the video include Arlington County’s approach to housing. Two major wins that are cited are the approval to redevelop the Arlington Presbyterian Church into affordable housing and the opening of the new Homeless Services Center.
Other new developments are noted in the video as well, such as the Ballston Mall renovations, and the recently approved option for the Virginia Center Hospital to purchase county-owned land to help expand the North George Mason Drive Campus. This is great news to help ensure our hospital system can continue to service our growing county.
There were times throughout 2015 that Arlington County reached out to residents directly to seek ways to improve life in Arlington County. Most notably this included the Community Facilities study which was done to find more effective ways to engage with our community residents overall, but in particular when it comes to challenges the county has been faced with.
One challenge faced by the county was the economic focus that we have been faced with since the departure of many government agencies and departments. Instead of leaving our buildings vacant, the county increased the budget toward economic growth to bring in new startups and focus on technological industry growth, which has paid off. The Orange Line corridor has experienced an incredible amount of growth within this area, which has added to our vibrancy as an urban village.
Arlington County is a place for people who care about the natural world as well; our environment and taking care of it is important. When you live and work in an urban village, green space takes on a new meaning, and it takes effort to sustain and build upon our natural areas. The restoration of the Four Mile Run was one such effort that has really paid off in terms of access to the natural beauty of the county.
2015 was a busy year full of changes in our schools, infrastructure and neighborhood developments, including in Rosslyn and Courthouse in particular. As you watch, the video you will get a glimpse of just some of the many great strides we accomplished this year as a community. Seeing this shows you just what a wonderful place Arlington County is to live. When you are ready to buy, or sell your 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]