Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 358-3130.

CARR PROPOSAL DELAYED -- The County Board delayed considering -- until at least November -- a developer's proposal to build three eight-story 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 about 450,000 square feet of office space and about 8,800 square feet of retail space on the site, which has been vacant since the motel folded and was demolished earlier this year. However, the board has repeatedly postponed the proposal, partly because county planners oppose the high percentage of office space proposed.

Planners want the site to be used for a more diverse mixture of retail, office and hotel or residential development. The county land use plan calls for residential development. They are concerned that using the site only for offices might set a precedent for the area.

Carr representatives argue that offices would be the best use for the site because it is located 800 feet from the noisy main runway of National Airport.

Although the Federal Aviation Administration and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority are not opposed to the Carr proposal, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association have said the office buildings could add to navigation problems in an already difficult flight corridor.

The National Capital Planning Commission has opposed the project, partly because the height of the buildings would detract from national monuments such as the Jefferson Memorial immediately across the river.

Some board members said that they have begun to reconsider whether to allow any development on the site, and will put off making a decision to allow more talks between Carr representatives, county planners and state transportation officials, who are involved because the Carr project might require a new interchange on I-395. The board is also waiting for completion of a study of development and transportation along the Jefferson-Davis Corridor.