Issues

The FCA is tackling a number of important issues this year, spurred by input from residents in a recent survey. Some of the issues the FCA is tracking are below. You can also learn about additional long term issues, like Abingdon Elementary School, using the menu on the left.

Generations Steering Committee

As Fairlington’s population becomes more diverse in age and needs, the FCA chartered a Steering Committee on Intergenerational Strategies to research and develop recommendations on how residents can support each other. Much of the committee’s work focused on ways to help Fairlington’s seniors stay in their homes as they age, with the goal of providing neighborly assistance to those who seek it from those who choose to offer it, regardless of age. Long-time older residents, for example, might offer newer younger residents information about oddities in remodeling a Fairlington unit, or might pass along tools they no longer use. Younger residents might use those tools to help an older person, and young people might offer computer assistance to those who didn’t grow up with a smart phone or the Internet. Opportunities abound for support across generations.

Since its formation in March 2014, the committee has created work groups to gather information on (a) how other neighbor-to-neighbor volunteer services are organized, (b) what services are already available from local governments and private organizations in Arlington and Alexandria, and (c) what services Fairlington residents might want to request or volunteer to provide.

The committee made its recommendations to the FCA Board in early 2015. Learn more below.

See our Charter and materials below from the November 15 community briefing.

Survey Results

See below for minutes of recent meetings, and see the events calendar for upcoming dates.

Farmers Market

This Arlington County Board voted to approve the farmers market continuation for an additional three years. If you would like to be included on the email distribution list, please email fairlingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. The market is closed for the season but will reopen in April 2016. Check back for the date. The market is held weekly on Sundays at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.

The Fairlington Farmers’ Market website is now live, and is the perfect place to learn more about our vendors, figure out where (not) to park, and sign up for volunteer tasks or a market shift.

Fairlington residents overwhelmingly expressed their support for the market in an online survey conducted in late October and early November. Of the 275 responses, 86% expressed support for the market, while 13% were opposed.

If you have additional questions or would like to help with the market, please contact fairlingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.  Learn more about the market proposal:

Real Estate Development

  • Alexandria Gateway – At the September FCA meeting, Fairlington residents got another chance to learn more about the Alexandria Gateway project. Developer Danny Abramson outlined plans for redeveloping the five-acre parcel of land at the nearby corner of King and Beauregard Streets. The centerpiece of the development is a 62,000-squarefoot Harris Teeter grocery store, which will occupy the street level of a seven-story building. The remaining six stories will hold 278 market-rate apartment units. The project also includes a three-story building with two stories of office space above a ground floor of retail space; a separate five-story building that will include 74 affordable housing apartments; and a five-story office building with retail space on the ground floor and a twolevel, below-ground parking garage for 800 vehicles.
  • Park Shirlington - The FCA has learned that Home Properties, the owner, filed an application with Arlington County for the redevelopment of the property but has since issued a statement that it is changing its business direction. The implication for this project is not known. FCA established a task force to track the issue of redevelopment at this property and hosted a community briefing in June 2014 at the North Fairlington Community Center. At that meeting, the FCA discovered that the application for the redevelopment of Park Shirlington is still in the early stages of the review process with Arlington County. Members of the County’s Site Plan Review Committee have raised a number of issues with County staff and these are now being sorted through. Normally the review process takes 6 to 9 months or more, and this one may take a little longer. It is unlikely that construction would begin before next summer at the earliest. Proposed plans include fewer buildings with more stories, and expanded parking.
  • BRAC/Marc Center - There has not been the increase in traffic anticipated by the addition of BRAC to this area.
  • Beauregard Plan and NVCC - Construction to widen King Street from 28th Street to Dawes Avenue is scheduled to start in 2014. Some stores like Five Guys have already closed.
  • Quaker Lane Parking - The overnight parking ban on Quaker Lane for non-commercial vehicles has been lifted.
  • B/K/Q Intersection - At the March 2014 FCA meeting, Bob Garbacz from the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services briefed residents on developments with traffic changes at the intersection–or as he called it “dysfunction junction.” Garbacz said that over the years several traffic studies have been conducted at this location. “Every generation has tried to do something with that intersection,” he said, “but nothing has changed.” The current proposal is to create additional left turn lanes off of King Street in both the east and west directions; however, the city lacks funding to make any changes at this time. Residents were concerned about pedestrian safety at this location, particularly for the safety of school children from T. C. Williams High School and Minnie Howard campus who cross the streets at this intersection every day.
  • HOT Lanes/Transportation - briefing to community scheduled for January 25
  • Shirlington - Representatives of Federal Realty Investment Trust (Federal) visited an FCA meeting recently and highlighted anticipated changes and upgrades for Shirlington. Federal owns much of the property that makes up Tthe Village at Shirlington. After a period of transition, one new establishment has already arrived. DAK Chicken, serving Korean fusion cuisine, has been open for a few months at the location previously occupied by Bonsai. Hula Girl, a brick and mortar restaurant from the owners of the popular food truck, has opened in the former space of Aladdin’s. Palette 22, a restaurant that will blend the experience of small-plate dining with the work of local artists, is set to open its doors in mid-January in the central location formerly occupied by Extra Virgin. Lastly, Dudley’s Sport and Ale is slated to open during the second quarter of 2016. The ownership team consists of operators of the current Shirlington restaurant Copperwood Tavern, together with the general manager of the Washington Nationals as an investment partner. Their plan is to significantly improve the venue at the location of the now closed Bungalow, including adding a first for the village—a rooftop bar. In addition, renovation of the AMC movie theater is underway and scheduled to be completed by late November. The improved facility will feature plush, reclining seats; plans include wine and beer sales.

5K Race

The FCA sponsored a very successful neighborhood 5K race with hundreds of participants in April 2014, 2015, and 2016. See http://fairlington5k.com for more information.

Capital BikeShare

One bike station has been installed in Fairlington at the Community Center, with a second on S. 31st Street.

Fairlington Green Landscape Project

Wonder what’s been going on along Quaker Lane? Here are the details:

  • The Landscape Restoration project was initiated and designed by Fairlington Green and the landscape architects and arborists of Brickman Landscaping.
  • The Fairlington Green community needed to address failing trees, a deteriorating visual barrier w/ Quaker Lane, and safety issues related to the proximity of this area to Quaker Lane and the heavy volume of traffic.
  • The plan was briefed at the 2012 Fairlington Green Condo Association annual meeting and an update was given at the 2013 annual meeting.
  • The project will include the planting of 133 new trees, additionally hedge shrubbery, and a 6′ black aluminum fence along the Quaker Lane boundary of the Fairlington Green property.
  • The project is fully funded by the Fairlington Green Condo Association.
  • View Quaker Lane Landscape Project Sheet – Apple Area and Quaker Lane Landscape Project Sheet – Cherry Area.