Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at Saturday's meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 558-2261.

CRYSTAL CITY PROJECT -- The board voted to defer until later this fall a request by Old Dominion Properties to build an office, hotel and residential project at the southern end of Arlington's Crystal City.

The proposed development, which would be bounded by Jefferson Davis Highway, South 27th Street and the future Crystal Drive, includes an 11-story office building, an 18-story residential building and a 14-story hotel.

Although the Arlington Planning Commission unanimously approved the project late last month, board members said Saturday that the project was too big. After conferring with county staff members, the developer offered to scale down the project by substituting a 12-story office building for the 18-story residential building.

The board agreed to consider the 11-story office building and 14-story hotel at its Sept. 26 meeting. It further agreed to consider the developer's counter-proposal on the 18-story residence in November.

STREET BARRICADES -- The board approved placing barricades at two intersections in north Arlington to prevent commuters and other drivers from using residential streets as shortcuts. By the end of next week, the county will install barricades on North 30th and North Edison streets, where they lead into Yorktown Boulevard. At least 40 residents who live along the streets have petitioned the county to close the streets, arguing that cars use them as a shortcut to George Mason Drive, which ends at Little Falls Road and begins again at Yorktown Boulevard.

The county will evaluate the plan after a 30-day trial period.