Western Rosslyn Plan Moves Forward

by Dan Lesniak

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Arlington’s Orange Line has several neighborhoods, any of which are a great place to call home. Each area has its own unique feel and vision. There is a lot of planning and working with neighborhood residents, businesses and government which goes into sustaining these urban villages. Our eyes are often on the future as redevelopment plans are created to increase the quality of life for everyone. Rosslyn is no exception. This is one of the larger neighborhoods along the Orange Line, with incredible plans for the future. One such plan involves a part of Rosslyn that may be small in land space, but it is big on ideas. The Western Rosslyn Area Plan (WRAP) was almost a year in the making and approved by the Arlington County Board last July. Now, the County has taken the next steps to see that WRAP becomes a reality.

The area that encompasses Western Rosslyn is a section of the neighborhood bordered by Wilson Blvd. to the south, Quinn St. to the west, Key Blvd. to the north and the property at 1555 Wilson Blvd. making the east boundary. This area includes Rosslyn Highlands Park, which plays a big role in the redevelopment plan. The entire park is set to be updated to meet the needs of what will be a growing population in Western Rosslyn. The plan to grow the area includes up to 250 affordable multifamily units, with a new school and fire station to support the area. In order to be able to move forward on the approved WRAP plan, Arlington County had to make some amendments to some of the county’s master plans. The amendments allow for the changes to be implemented in Western Rosslyn, while remaining within the parameters of the plans.

Unanimous approval was given to amend the General Land Use Plan, Master Transportation Plan and County Zoning Ordinance. The General Land Use Plan was changed to amend the boundary with the Rosslyn Coordinated Redevelopment District, designating exactly what is included in the Western Rosslyn Area Plan. There was also an open space symbol added to the General Land Use Plan on a section of Quinn St. This will ensure that the area noted will be established as an open land space in the future. The Master Transportation plan (MTP) was updated to keep consistency between the MTP and WRAP’s plans for future infrastructure. Most notably was the designation of a new street to be added between Wilson Blvd. and 18th St. The Zoning Ordinance amendments will allow for higher buildings to be built in Western Rosslyn, include the new school. This will also facilitate a higher density of more affordable housing in the area. The zoning changes also allow for the mixed-use development of the neighborhood, which will occur with the addition of the fire station and updated park.

Now that these amendments have been approved, the real work can begin on redeveloping Western Rosslyn. The future is bright for this area of Arlington; this neighborhood could even be your new home. 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]

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