Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 358-3130.

BOND REFERENDUMS -- The County Board voted unanimously to place five bond referendums totalling $94.5 million on the November ballot to finance several proposed major capital works projects.

Most of the money, about $53.9 million, would be used to build a court and police facility across North Courthouse Road from the current building, adjacent to a new county jail now under construction. The county originally expected to place a bond referendum for this project on the 1992 ballot, but decided last spring to accelerate the project after an electrical fire partly destroyed the 30-year-old building.

The other bond referendums include $23 million for school buildings, $10.9 million for roads and neighborhood projects, $4.2 million for parks and land acquisition and $2.5 million to replace a 71-year-old fire station in the Cherrydale area.

If voters approved all five referendums, the county's debt would increase by about $1.2 million next fiscal year, to $23.6 million, and by an additional $6.5 million in fiscal 1993. It is not known yet whether the proposed bond sales would require a change in the county's real estate tax rate.

LAND DECISION DELAYED -- The board delayed action on an amendment to the county land use plan that would enable a developer to build three office buildings on the 7.1-acre site of the former Twin Bridges Marriott hotel on Jefferson-Davis Highway near the 14th Street bridge.

The developer, Oliver Carr Co., wants to build three eight-story office buildings on the site, which has been vacant since the hotel failed and was demolished earlier this year.

However, county planners said that a project with only office buildings might set an unwanted precedent for the area, which they had hoped to fill with a mixture of retail, office, and hotel or residential development. The county land use plan calls for the site to be used for residential development.

The board asked for a six-month study of a portion of the Jefferson-Davis Highway corridor that includes the site to serve as a guide for future development.