Draft Minutes NRCA General Meeting of 5/23/2013
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM. The floor was turned over to Monday Property to present their plans to redevelop the block containing the 1401 Wilson BLvd/1400 Key Blvd properties. The development will still involve two buildings, but the footprint will change with the south building located more closely to Wilson leaving a larger mid-block open space than currently. The Skywalk to Metro is still included, but entry would be about mid-block on Oak rather than at the intersection of Key and Oak.
At 8:30 we took up the regular business agenda.
- The minutes of the previous meeting were approved (motion Paul Derby, second Mark Antell)
- Paul Derby reported on the association's financial and membership status:
there are sufficient funds to keep the web site running; there are currently 35 paid memberships for 2013.
- Jennifer Zeien discussed the Rosslyn Sector plan activities.
- Mark Antell mentioned that Wilson School was a substantive issue in the most recent Democractic Party Primary to recommend a candidate for the school board in the November general election. Paul Derby suggested that NRCA members contact the APS board, and particularly James Lander to honor their public commitments to fully restore the field to allow recreational sports. Paul Derby has since provided contact info on the NRCA website. Mark Antell and Jennifer Zeien updated NRCA on the formation of a group of Arlington civic leaders who request that Wilson School be saved and that high-community-impact planning decisions generally be opened to the public at an earlier date.
- Jennifer Zeien and Landis Jones discussed the Rosslyn Plaza redevelopment. The project may lead to a second pedestrian bridge connecting Rosslyn to the riverbank.
- Mark Antell proposed a resolution supporting availability and maintenance of the Skywalk to Metro. After discussion and friendly amendments the following language was approved:
NRCA Resolution on Improvement and Maintenance of the Skywalk from our neighborhood to downtown Rosslyn - adopted 5/23/2013
Whereas: The Skywalk provides our neighborhood good pedestrian access to the Rosslyn Metro station.
And Whereas: The alternative, street-level, passage is steep and requires oddly angled and dangerous pedestrian passage across multiple lanes of high-speed traffic unregulated by signals.
Be It Resolved That: NRCA places a priority on maintenance and improvement of the Skywalk which connects our neighborhood to Metro. Modifications to the Skywalk are welcomed as an opportunity to improve pedestrian accessibility and should not involve long term closures.
Meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent at 9:15.
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