Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

October 23, 2013
Segment of street renamed for marathon

To celebrate the annual Marine Corps Marathon, part of Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn has been temporarily renamed Marine Corps Marathon Drive. Signs honoring the race have been posted on Wilson Boulevard from N. Lynn Street to N. Moore Street and will stay in place through race day, which is Sunday.

Thousands of Arlingtonians are among the nearly 30,000 runners who take part in the Marine Corps Marathon. “It is fitting that we rename part of Wilson Boulevard ‘Marine Corps Marathon Drive,’ ” Rosslyn Business Improvement District President Mary-Claire Burick said in a statement. “The renaming anticipates a day that inspires and energizes us all, while also paying tribute to our heroic U.S. Marines.”

Neighborhoods to get $1.5 million in upgrades

The Arlington County Board this week approved $1.5 million to fund three neighborhood improvement projects.

The projects focus on pedestrian safety, street lane reduction, bike lanes, beautification and LED streetlights. The projects, which were suggested by residents through the auspices of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, are in Leeway, Columbia Forest and Williamsburg.

“Arlington’s Neighborhood Conservation program is a great example of planning from the ground up,” County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said in a statement. “No one knows what it takes to make a neighborhood safer and more beautiful than the people who live there.”

Nominations sought
for human rights award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 15th annual James B. Hunter Human Rights Award. Applications are due by Nov. 13. The award nominations are open to all Arlington County residents, community groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses that focus on human rights activism. Recipients will be honored at a reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Visit arlingtonva.us for information on award criteria and guidelines and to download the nomination form.

Nov. public hearing will cover waterfront plans

The Alexandria City Council will hold a special council meeting and public hearing Nov. 19 to discuss the city’s options for implementing the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The hearing will examine the city’s long-standing dispute with the Old Dominion Boat Club concerning the club’s parking lot and adjacent areas, which are in one of the plan’s key areas.

The Waterfront Small Area Plan was approved last year and involves improvements to the city waterfront property, including flood mitigation and development plans for a park and public space.

The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 301 King St., and is open to the public.

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