Neighborhood Conservation Projects Approved

by Dan Lesniak

By Emw (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0

By Emw (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0

The Arlington County Board has recently approved the latest proposed Neighborhood Conservation Projects as suggested by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee. With the new projects, Orange Line Living will see some improvements to Arlington Icons. The county board has allocated $1.4 million from the 2014 Neighborhood Conservation Bond passed by voters. The projects highlight the importance of retaining neighborhood identity and flavor. These projects are chosen through resident suggestions, committee reviews, and county approval. The desire to keep Arlington safe and strong continue to be viable. Below is a summary of the latest conservation projects we will see this year.

The Aurora Highlands Park Project will bring needed improvements to the Nelly Custis Park. Upgrades will include correcting drainage problems with new storm water management, removal of invasive plants, improving ADA access to the park overall, and new playground equipment for school kids. Additional shading will be brought in with new plantings. New furnishings to the park will cap off the project, which will have a budget of $789,222.

The Barcroft Street Improvement Project will focus on updates to Barcroft Street, starting at 9th Street over to the W&OD Trail. The work includes the completion of  missing curbs, gutters and sidewalks, as well as street milling and paving as needed. There will also be a trail connector added between the street dead end and the trail. Improvements to the storm water drainage will also be undertaken and new LED street lights installed. This project has been given $432,561 from the conservation bond.

Highview Park will also benefit from a beautification project, primarily with Calloway United Methodist Church Cemetery improvements. A new perimeter fence will be installed along with a new bench, trash receptacle, and interpretive sign. A public easement over this historic district will provide public access to the site. The project has been given $129,625.

Shirlington will get a new neighborhood sign. The sign will be designed by the community which will also determine the location, with the assistance of County staff. The project covers the cost of the sign design, fabrication, and installation and will include landscaping once it is put into place. The Arlington County Board allocated $12,500 for this project.

Neighborhood conservation projects help improve and keep Arlington a vibrant place to live, work, and play. 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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