Glencarlyn Neighborhood Conservation Program
Glencarlyn participates in Arlington County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program, a grass-roots effort to engage residents in conserving and improving their communities by developing and updating Neighborhood Conservation Plans. These plans are the basis for requesting county funds for improvements such as sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, park renovations, neighborhood art, beautification, traffic management and pedestrian safety.
Each participating neighborhood selects a representative for the Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC). These representatives attend monthly meetings and prioritize neighborhood-initiated projects, following the county’s defined process. Glencarlyn’s current NCAC representative is Kathy Reeder.
The Glencarlyn Neighborhood Conservation Plan describes the community’s history, development, natural environment, cultural sites and infrastructure, along with the goals for conservation and improvement identified in a neighborhood-wide survey. The plan is updated by the community as needed.
In the past, Glencarlyn has undertaken such Neighborhood Conservation Projects as developing a Sidewalk Location and Street Width Master Plan, and installation of curbs, gutters and sidewalks around the core Village Center block.
Additional information is available on the Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee site. For a status of current NCAC projects for Glencarlyn and other neighborhoods, see Capital Improvement Projects.
Please contact Kathy Reeder at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NCAC 4th Street Project (5500 and 5600 blocks)
About the project:
Q&A from March 22 Design Review Meeting. Project covers sidewalk and curb additions to 4th Street S. between Illinois and Kensington Sts.
Design Layout . The layout is preliminary representing the 30% concept phase, and illustrates the project impact to the streets, curbs and right-of-way.
The 4th St S street improvement project (5600 and 5500 blocks) was approved by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee on June 13, 2019. This approval is a required step to allow county staff to proceed with design work and to submit the project for County Board funding approval in November.
The project appeared to be in jeopardy earlier in 2019 when the Neighborhood Conservation program’s funding was drastically cut. But the NC staff worked diligently within the budget constraints to move the project through the NCAC approval milestone. It appears positive that the project’s funding will be approved by the County Board in November.
Updates to this project’s status will be posted in future Village Views and on this site.
NCAC 2nd Street Project (5700 block of 2nd St/100 block of Kensington St)
About the project:
A new 5’ wide concrete sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of the 2nd Street South and along the west side of South Kensington Street. The sidewalk narrows to 4’ in width where needed to protect the roots of adjacent mature healthy trees.
A utility (grass) strip will also be included as part of the project, located adjacent to the sidewalk.
The utility (grass) strip will vary in width, from mostly two and a half feet on 2nd Street South to mostly four feet on South Kensington Street. Where the width is at least four feet, opportunities may exist for street tree planting, to be determined later by the NC Program’s Landscape Architect. The utility (grass) strip is eliminated where needed to protect the roots of adjacent mature healthy trees.
Stormwater drainage improvements will be made within the project limits.
The street width will be mostly 23’-0”, and on street parking will be maintained along the north side of 2nd Street South. There is a mid-block area where the street narrows to 20’-0” to protect a large mature healthy tree. There is no on street parking within the 20’-0” street width.
The street width will be mostly 23’-0”, and on street parking will be maintained along the west side of South Kensington Street.
The roadway will maintain two travel lanes, one in each direction, but will be considered a yield street.
This project has already been funded by the County Board. Due to contractor issues, the contract was rebid and a new contractor was selected. Preliminary work (surveying, wooden stakes) started in August 2019. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019 with storm water work.
To see more information about this project, please go to the Neighborhood Conservation webpage on the County’s website: https://projects.arlingtonva.us/neighborhood-conservation/.
- In the list of links (in blue) on the right side of that page, select “Capital Improvement Projects”.
- Then under “Current Capital Improvement Projects”, select “2nd Street South and Kensington Street South” (top of the list).
Updates on the construction status will be posted in future Village Views and on this site.
NC Presentations at GCA Meetings
Other NC Information