Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 558-2261.

OFFICE BUILDING APPROVED -- The board approved a request by a developer to build a 13-story office building at Wilson Boulevard and North Kent Street in Rosslyn. The tower is the third and final structure in a development that includes the two 23-story buildings that serve as headquarters for USA Today and the Gannett Co. Inc.

In exchange for approval of the office tower, 1101 Associates, the developer, has promised to set aside a floor of the building for a day-care operation and donate $3.5 million for low-cost housing and road improvements. William G. Brakefield, general partner of the firm, said $2.5 million will be set aside for the county's low-cost housing needs, while $1 million will be earmarked for scheduled completion of a loop road system around Rosslyn.

Brakefield said construction of the office building should begin in the spring with completion expected by the summer of 1989.

TRAFFIC BARRIER -- The board approved a recommendation by Arlington County Manager Anton Gardner to remove a temporary traffic barrier on South Dinwiddie Street at South Chesterfield Road.

During the summer, the board approved the barrier as a way to reduce commuter traffic along South Dinwiddie Street. The road, which runs through a residential area, is parallel to Leesburg Pike (Rte. 7).

The board approved the barrier following complaints from residents of South Dinwiddie Street that motorists used the portion of their street that runs between Walter Reed and George Mason drives as an alternative to Leesburg Pike.

But since the barrier's installation in August, county officials have received complaints from other area residents that the barrier unfairly interferes with their right to use South Dinwiddie Street. Residents of adjacent roads also have complained that the barrier has simply rerouted traffic onto their streets.