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PATRICIA MCGRADY inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 11:01 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Maintain and promote the corridor., Promote environmental sustainability and conservation., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places


Do you have any additional comments on the Draft Guiding Principles?
i believe that we should take this opportunity to create as much affordable housing as possible on the lee highway corridor, to attempt to remediate the terrible loss of affordable housing over the last decade.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
opportunity for affordable housing with greater height near metro station.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
great opportunity for affordable housing esp. at the shopping centers and the strip retail.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
good opportunity for affordable housing at the shopping centers, and along the strip retail.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
the 5 point intersection would be a good location for affordable housing, as well as the whole corridor on both lee and old dominion where there are already many apartment buildings. i wonder if the stratford school site could also include affordable housing.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
the lyon village shopping center would be ideal for including affordable housing in the plans for it's redevelopment. there might be several other opportunities for additional affordable housing on the highway between the shopping center and rosslyn.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
i think it is important that we maximize the opportunities for affordable housing in the corridor, to make up for the dramatic loss of units over the past years.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 10:11 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Maintain and promote the corridor., Promote environmental sustainability and conservation., Encourage and support historic preservation., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character.


Do you have any additional comments on the Draft Guiding Principles?
The charrette showed loud and clear that people see the need for buildings of 7+ stories at some nodes. The revised principles should reflect this.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The County invested time and money in a plan for this area just a couple years ago. For whatever reason, it didn't yield success. Several new buildings have been built but other prime properties have not been assembled. I66 and Metro property are other opportunities for (and impediments to) further development.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Metro property redevelopment. Potential redevelopment of single-family neighborhood just south of Metro station.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The Garden City shops are a huge barrier with their multiple ownership and shallow depth. The street section is good in this area, with better than average sidewalks and opportunities to add to their width.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Three corners at Harrison are ripe for redevelopment, with ample depth and consolidated ownership. Mason also presents possibilities with single-story development on three corners though not much depth/parcel size.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
1) tight cross section; 2) limited commercial property depth; 3) high traffic volumes through Lee/Glebe; 4) high traffic volumes through Lee/Old Dominion; 5) unsafe design of Lee/Old Dominion, Lorcom/Old Dominion.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
At Culpeper, the opportunities are limited, at least until the fate of FS8 is determined. Between there and Glebe, there's just not much ROW and the commercial properties are very shallow, so sprucing or limited redevelopment with parking waivers could work. At Glebe, redevelop 2 large commercial corners with 7 stories fronting streets. Redesign horrible Lee/Old Dominion bowtie to eliminate high-speed slip-ramps for safety and speed management. Reclaim paved and median space at Lee Heights shops for people & development. Eliminate 3rd westbound lane of Old Dominion between Lorcom & Lee/Old Dominion split.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Five Points remains a mess even with planned changes. Too much pavement near 7-11.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Undeveloped parcels along Old Lee Highway. Manage speed on Old Dominion via design changes with addition to Stratford MS. Redevelop Safeway to multistory mixed-use.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Way too wide, too many lanes.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Reclaim curb lane for improved sidewalk and protected bike lane in each direction. Redevelop parcels at Lee/Kirkwood/Spout Run with 10+ story mixed-use at the street edge.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
Please push forward quickly to create a viable plan. We have momentum!

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 9:43 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Encourage and support historic preservation., Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Promote environmental sustainability and conservation., Maintain and promote the corridor., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character., Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Busy for cars and pedestrians. Need better walk-ability.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Shopping within walking distance of housing.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
No parking.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Better parking could increase use of businesses.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Not good for walking but lots of businesses. Terrible underpass walk to shopping. More crosswalk to cross over Lee Highway. Especially Safeway area.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 9:39 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character., Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Maintain and promote the corridor.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Getting VDOT agreement on developing the Metro parking lot. Additional traffic on Lee Highway and Westmorland Street when I-66 implements HOT restrictions. Limited locations for pedestrian travel across I-66.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Air rights over I-66 to replace Metro parking lot and could include some recreational facilities, e.g., basketball, volleyball, or tennis courts.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
A lot of small commercial parcels. A lot of banks and gas stations.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Mixed use retail and residential. Create affordable commercial space for local retail.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Small commercial parcels may make it a challenge to redevelop. Morning rush hour traffic eastbound onto Lorcom Lane and westbound from Old Lee Highway to Old Dominion is gridlocked.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Mixed use development to include retail, office, and residential.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Five points intersection. Thumbs down on the two concepts for the intersection presented at the charette. Narrow right of way on Lee Highway from old fire station to Safeway, no on street parking.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
From Lincoln Street east to I-66, there is a lot of commercial property that is ripe for redevelopment. Given the terrain, mixed used development could be a little higher than elsewhere along Lee Highway.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
High rise development along Lee Highway needs to stop at Kirkwood Road. Limited open public space. No trees along Lee Highway. Limited pedestrian access to Lyon Village shopping from Maywood and other neighborhoods to the north and west.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
Establish a non-profit such as AHP to establish affordable commercial space for local merchants.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 8:54 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Encourage and support historic preservation., Promote environmental sustainability and conservation., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Maintain and promote the corridor., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Currently this is 'drive-through' territory. There is little reason to slow down when driving and nothing to encourage foot-traffic.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
The park is large and maintains some natural areas - opportunities for enhancement are myriad. Also, while not on Lee HighWay, enhancements to the streetscape and walkability from the corner of Sycamore to the Metro. Finally - the bike trail crossing of Lee Highway is poor - dangerous for all who attempt it.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Garden City Shopping Center is showing it's age. Businesses on the south side are widely spaced and also inhabit mostly


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Lee Harrison Center remains a vibrant focal point, however most arrive by car and surface parking in the lot is often over-burdened. Improved parking there, and more 'attractive' businesses to the east and west to encourage foot-traffic seem to be opportunities.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
5 points intersection is a challenge no matter what the direction or mode of travel is. Although there are a number of unique businesses in this stretch, there are also 'dead spaces' (such as a mostly blank Safeway wall, and three car dealerships.)


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
The central part of this section is compact and friendly enough to have the potential to be very pedestrian friendly and an inviting stretch for walking/shopping/dining. The Safeway site has enormous potential for mixed use, and possibly green space if parking is undergrounded. The parkland behind Pasha Cafe is also an oasis, but currently under-utilized - upgrading the entrances on both the north and south side seems an obvious improvement.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Another mostly 'drive-through' stretch. Very few reasons to stop, and no reason at all to walk or bike. Lyon Village Center is bustling, but (like Lee Harrison) has parking issues and is disconnected from anything else in the stretch.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
The Burger 7 site and the used car lot next door. Maybe enhanced business density on both sides in the Lyon Village Center/Walgreens block. Most of the rest seems to be housing or parking for housing - existing condos, townhouses, a few single-family places. Don't see much opportunity for change there.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 8:01 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Maintain and promote the corridor.


Do you have any additional comments on the Draft Guiding Principles?
I hope that encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place means that my community is NOT going to be changes with high-density development. I live in a single-family home. I can park on my street without zoning. I am 1 1/2 blocks from Lee Highway.
I cannot vote for "encourage economic vitality and sustainability" if in means higher density development. I don't know what "environmental sustainability and conservation" means beyond existing requirements, eg., stormwater management. I do not think that historic preservation should stand in the way of other goals.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
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What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
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What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
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What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Traffic flow through 5-points intersection.
So many used car dealerships.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
I know the county just announced a final plan, but it does not adequately address N/S movement on Quincy/Military Rd. Should have dedicated left turn lanes. Quincy St. heading north should has a right turn to east Lee Highway option that is not blocked by those waiting to go N to Military road.
SO GLAD we have a Safeway in the neighborhood. Whatever you do, don't cause them to leave.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The area of the I-66 overpass is ugly.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
I have no idea how to fix the challenge above.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
Please do not change housing density. No development like Ballston.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 5:17 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character., Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Encourage economic vitality and sustainability.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
It is visually unappealing. There is little to no neighborhood feel about this stretch of Lee Hwy.

It isn't metro accessible, so most traffic is on foot/bike/car/bus through this area.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Pedestrian access to safe crossing at Lee Hwy is not always easy along this stretch.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Lee Heights is a great neighborhood shopping center with a good mix of independent and chain stores. If more along this stretch could have adequate parking (maybe behind the stores), and have a similar mix of retail/food outlets, that would be an improvement.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Walkability across Old Dominion between Lorcom La and N. Quincy is currently not adequate. With the upcoming changes for the middle school at Stratford/HBWoodlawn, this is something that will need to be addressed sooner rather than later (raised pedestrian walkway?). Additionally, the five points intersection is still a challenging place to make turns in a car. Particularly, turning left from Lee Hwy ("Old Lee Hwy") onto Military, a driver practically has to risk their life to make that happen. Maybe a left turn arrow there could help?


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
The section of Lee Hwy that veers off into a more residential neighborhood (behind the fire station) is generally well kept - though a few homes have shrubs growing well into the sidewalks. The section of Old Dominion between Lorcom Ln. and the five points intersection could benefit from a wider sidewalk and trimming of shrubbery to make the walking area between Lee Heights shopping center and the Cherrydale Business district more welcoming.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The section of Lee Hwy east of Cherrydale (with the 66 Underpass) is particularly unpleasant. A mural along the underpass/custis trail wall might be nice. Anything to make that more attractive to pedestrians would be a positive.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
So many people use the Custis trail through this section, maybe better signage for the trail entrances & exits? Also, making some kind of cohesive connection (street lights? banners? benches? that links this section of Lee Hwy to the other sections would be interesting.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
I hope that Lee Hwy will be able to maintain its neighborhood character and not become another "outdoor mall" with loads and loads of chain retail and dining establishments.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 3:22 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Good progressive smaller retail/restaurants; fairly pedestrian and bike friendly


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
This section of Lee Highway is particularly bleak for walkers, although the retail is very inviting and draws a lot of customers - who all drive there. As the retail has improved, the parking has gotten impossible.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
8 banks within 1.5 blocks ---> banks are only open 8-5, so after people have come back to this neighborhood, it's dead, gaping, ugly, empty parking lots. The abandoned Italian restaurant, the deserted gravel lot next to Merchant's Tire, the hideous Long&Foster building (which the tenants loathe).


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
This is one of the larger areas of already retail-zoned space on Lee Highway. It should be the #1 or #2 focus of any "redevelopment" since few homes/apts would be directly affected. You're just pushing dinosaur brick bank locations to smaller footprints so there's more energy/use of the the area.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The intersection is the worst in Arlington...dangerous, choking, ugly.


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Another great, deep, already zoned for retail area that just needs redevelopment. Particularly the wasted space from the access road into the 7-Eleven, etc.


Do you have any other feedback you would like to contribute to the community's vision for Lee Highway?
Let's find some small, impactful ways to improve things in the next 12-18 months, like more trees, more of the nice black historic street lights, more cross walks at retail centers, etc.

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 2:10 PM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Maintain and promote the corridor., Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Develop a low- to medium-mixed use character., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability., Provide a complete street safe for everyone - walking, riding, biking, driving., Enhance character through open space and community gathering places, Encourage a range of housing choices and staying in place., Encourage and support historic preservation., Promote environmental sustainability and conservation.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Metro parking lot and building above the metro station (air rights)


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Metro parking lot and building above the metro station (air rights)


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
number of small parcels


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
residential neighborhoods surrouding the business corridor.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
state owned road and having two gasoline stations at Lee and Glebe


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Lee Heights Shopping Center parking lot (redevelopment) along with the Glebe Shopping Center to be redeveloped


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The intersection (5 point area)


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
Redevelopment of the Safeway parcel.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
Need for additional retail


What do you feel the opportunities are in this area, if any?
adding additional bus service to move residents to the retail areas

Name not shown inside Arlington November 15, 2015, 8:31 AM

Prioritize the following draft guiding principles in order importance to you. First priority is the most important to you.
Establish a welcoming, vibrant and attractive corridor of neighborhood places., Maintain and promote the corridor., Encourage economic vitality and sustainability.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The intersection was improved with a dedicated left turn arrow from Lee Highway onto Quincy Street, but vehicular and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow, continue to be concerns. In addition, some neighbors feel that car dealerships are not the most appropriate businesses for this area.


What do you feel the challenges are in this area, if any?
The so-called sound wall at Lee Highway and Irving Street is in disrepair. At least one realtor has described it as a detriment to sales of homes fronting on Old Dominion Drive. It should be replaced by a wooden and concrete wall like others along the I-66 corridor.