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As announced at the May NRCA general meeting, Monday properties will present the 1401 Wilson/1400 Key site plan to the Transportation Commission tomorrow, May 29. If you wish to comment on the location of the grocery store garage entrance or have any other comments related to transportation, this is the opportunity. The commission will be asked to give a "yea" or "nah" on whether they support the project.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the County Board Room at 2100 Clarendon.
View the transportation commission meeting agenda.
View the Site Plan Review website for meeting summaries, submissions, and presentations by Monday Properties.
This coming Mon @ 7:00pm, the Planning Commission (PC) will discuss all of the issues listed on the Staff Report including the Transportation Commission’s (TC) proposed solutions from last night’s meeting. The PC will review, elaborate, discuss solutions with the developer and staff, then ultimately make their recommendations to the County Board for this site plan including its rezoning requests, GLUP amendments, and other changes. The County Board will finish the site plan review with a vote at their Sat, Jun 14th meeting at 8:30am. Both planning meetings will be held in the Arlington County Boardroom #307.
The Transportation Commission (TC) thoroughly addressed each "Transportation Issue" listed on the Site Plan Review Committee's (SPRC) Staff Report. Check my 5/29 post on NRCA forum http://community.northrosslyn.org for the full list of issues. I copied them from the online Staff Report that the Transportation Committee used at last night’s meeting. I will only report on the Key Blvd traffic congestion and safety issues at the parking garage entrance/egress on 1400 Key Blvd. Both the County and the developer know there are major problems with this section of the plan. The TC gave several suggestions to the developer to investigate and with instruction for them to find the best possible solution.
The TC asked the staff and developer to:
1. Reevaluate retail garage entrance/egress 18 months after occupancy. If there is a problem then Transportation Staff should try the "right turn in and right turn out" approach. This method would not allow left turns to enter or exit the garage.
2. Perhaps replace the proposed parallel parking spaces in front of the grocery store entrance along the Eastbound lane of Key Boulevard, to a right turn lane into the grocery store parking garage
3. Reevaluate the N. bound bike lane that is currently proposed to cross over the parking garage ramp between traffic coming from three direction along with backup's from cars entering and exiting the garage not to mention the pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk navigating to and from the front entrance of the grocery store to get to the elevator and/or the Oak Street public area.
I am very pleased with the CPHD's process and progress with site plan #429. And, I appreciate Monday Properties vigilance and willingness to work out issues with their neighbors - not to mention that they're giving us an area with a first class grocery store, retail, and a beautiful place to recreate!This message has been edited. Last edited by: Rita Hummel,
Actually, that wasn't the impression I had from the meeting. The TC's only change to the proposed plan was that Monday would be required to provide continuous pedestrian access along Wilson and Nash during construction. This requirement was NOT made for Key or Oak Streets. The TC approved the plan to send it to the Planning Commission this coming Monday evening, 6/2.
The items you listed were requested by the neighbors who spoke, and were referenced as options if the survey 18 months after occupancy shows that the site has significant problems. They were not requests or requirements from the TC at this time.
I'm still concerned that the grocery store entry on Key Blvd. will end up creating traffic problems like the Whole Foods in Clarendon.
There is going to be a new grocery store in Rosslyn? When? Which one? I'll be so sad to have a choice other than Safeway. Kidding aside, I would be grateful for anyone who knows more details to share them.
I have heard it will be Harris Teeter, which is Kroger Stores, who recently bought Harris Teeter. Kroger is one of the biggest chains in the USA; never a presence in DC, and personally I do not care for.
Laura, I talked with the staff for SP#429 and I made the edit in my original post to reflect the "18 mo's after occupancy". Thank you. However, he said #2 and #3 are spot on. I can promise you this; affected residents will be contacting them way before that 18 mo's is up if it proves to be a significant problem...
James, Well, yes - a real grocery store! Go to this link for the Arlington County website or type arlingtonva.us into your browser if this link doesn't work: http://projects.arlingtonva.us...ts/1401-wilson-blvd/
You'll find links to the latest staff report and the developers slides for the last meeting. Enjoy and get excited!!!
Thx for that. I have heard it will be Harris Teeter because the space is too small for Wholefoods, which is what so many of us want. But I was in Manhattan recently and I saw at least two Wholefoods stores that seemed even smaller than the proposed space yet still ample. The problem with Harris Teeter is that it's as expensive as Wholefoods without offering anything organic!
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