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E. Falls Church plan comments sought

By Christy Goodman

Arlington County transportation planners and economic development officials were on hand Monday night at Tuckahoe Elementary School to explain the proposed East Falls Church redevelopment plan to about 60 residents.

The proposed East Falls Church Plan is intended to provide guidance for future development of about 10 sites around the Metro station, which will be a major transfer point for the new Silver Line. The plan includes replacing a commuter parking lot with a six- to eight-story building. The plan calls for more retail, pedestrian-friendly crossings and a central plaza.

Throughout the three-year community planning process, Virginia Department of Transportation officials and some community residents have opposed losing more than 400 parking spaces next to the East Falls Church Metro station and the right of way along Interstate 66.

Advocates for the plan want to see higher densities to get additional amenities from developers, from a grocery store to bike lanes to affordable housing.

There will be three Long-Range Planning Committee meetings to come up with a final plan in December and January. Two more open houses are scheduled for the final draft in January, followed by the Arlington County Board's actions to advertise the plan in February. Final adoption is slated for February.

Another open house will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church at 6201 Washington Blvd. Comments can be e-mailed to rtucker@arlingtonva.us.

By Christy Goodman  | November 16, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Northern Virginia, Orange Line, Silver Line  
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