Arlington Board Approves 3 New Projects

Improvements coming to Columbia Pike and James Hunter Park

Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:49 PM EDT
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Arlington Board Approves 3 New Projects

Sean Casey

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The Arlington County Board gave unanimous approval to three proposed infrastructure projects at a meeting Saturday morning.

In their first vote, the board approved a $1.46 million contract with the Avon Corporation to upgrade James Hunter Park in Lyon Village. The plan calls for a 1,200 square foot plaza, an open lawn, a demonstration garden, and a refurbished dog park. Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer and last until late spring 2013. The full renovation is expected to include improved signage, picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains and sidewalks.

The board also approved an allocation of $5.7 million for the second phase of a project designed to improve Columbia Pike. The plan will affect the area between South Wakefield Street and Four Mile Run Drive and calls for wider sidewalks, new lightning, new street trees and new bus shelters. Work is scheduled to begin in July and continue through Fall 2013.

Finally, the board approved a proposal to allow development of a six-story apartment building with ground-floor retail at 650 N. Glebe Road. The new development, across from the Ballston Common Mall, would replace the Goodyear building and a single family house. The building would offer 163 apartments and 2,200 square feet of retail .

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