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HCA Meeting 6/7/17

June 8, 2017

  1. Welcome and Introductions

    1. Art Ovalle, President

    2. Jeff Woodward, Vice President

    3. Harry Shepler, Treasurer

    4. Everett Price, Secretary

  2. Guest Speaker

    1. Dan Storck, Supervisor, Fairfax County – Mount Vernon District

      1. Birdogged reopening of community center after fire

      2. Insisted that it needed to reopen in time for summer

      3. Important that it has reopened in time for voting

      4. Decided to do box lunches in place of hot meals because kitchen still being remodeled

      5. Asking that FMD restrict parking to center users during center hours

      6. New fire system, mostly new lighting (energy efficient)

      7. Came on Saturday for reopening tour

      8. Visited levee on Saturday, all going to plan

      9. Riverside apartments filed for special exception to add more housing units; want to remove ground parking and install parking garages and 4-5 story apartment, multi-family homes; approx 750 units

      10. Wesley Housing next to 7-11; Storck more than willing to support it; still needs tax credits; but needs competitive, state-wide process;

      11. North Hill development along Rt. 1; number one ranked project in tax credit process in Virginia; roughly 60% workforce (affordable) housing and 40% market price housing; will find out about tax credits next week

      12. Upcoming development: Fairchild property behind Walmart; Novus Properties planning to build near Wendy’s

      13. Embark Richmond Highway; improved public transit sytem from Huntington Metro down Rt. 1; dedicated bus lanes; goes all the way to Prince William County; 2026 for extension to Ft Belvoir, but depends on federal funding; required change to Comprehensive Plan; south of Costco, Rt 1 for 3-mile stretch to be expanded to 3 lanes in each direction and may include dedicated bus lane in addition, but will require removal of buildings and houses; about year and a half before news of next appropriation of funds

      14. Upcoming events:

        1. Back to the Bay, sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 10am-3pm, June 10th, Mason Neck Park, entertainment, recreation, food

        2. Summer Entertainment Series, concert every Friday night during summer, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Gristmill Park, sponsored by corporations and organizations

        3. Workhouse Art Center, former Lorton prison, Saturday night concerts, 7pm

        4. June 30th Disaster Preparedness

      15. Original Mount Vernon High School: project proposed to redevelop the 40-acre complex, currently speaking with master planner; NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) might bring classes to the current building

      16. Colonial Quarter or Cultural Quarter; aiming to link with bike paths and shuttle service; pursuing idea of full service hotel

      17. Motel issue: some want to go but want too much money for their properties

      18. Sunoco & Vacant lot; Storck very engaged on this issue; Sunoco packaged the property with others they owned for bid process; Sunoco decided to reopen the bid after initially closing it a month or two ago; some local businesses were looking to buy the property

      19. Will come back in a year

      20. Email to be added to Mt Vernon newsletter

    2. Paul Browne, Wesley Housing Development Corp. (2317 Huntington Ave.)

      1. Unsuccessful in gaining tax credits for development this spring; need Supervisor Storck’s support to help our case the next time around

      2. First meeting with County staff tomorrow to discuss the revised plan

      3. Construction would be 9 months after tax credits secured next Spring (approx 2019)

      4. No other properties in Mt Vernon district; Coppermine Place in Herndon; Strawbridge Square in Mason District; senior housing in Drainesville; own some properties in Alexandria City (Beverly Park, Lynnhaven, Parkview); best example is Coppermine Place

      5. Plan to keep duplexes vacant although Wesley does not own them currently although they are under contract

  3. HCA Committee Reports:

    1. Mount Vernon Council of Community Associations

      1. General Council Meeting

        1. Art could not attend but received minutes; Discussed Embark Project; SEE PACKET for what was discussed

    2. Planning and Zoning

      1. Two speakers on Monday night

        1. Riverside Apartments

          1. No hard questions from committee

          2. HCA probably will vote on the project in August

        2. Park Service Captain

          1. Big accident at Morningside and GW Parkway

          2. Speeding 20mph over is reckless driving on Parkway; 25mph over north of Pentagon

    3. Transportation – Jeff Woodward

      1. Discussion focused on GW Parkway accident

      2. Proposal for intersection near Costco to install cloverleaf

      3. Visit County website to learn more about Embark Project

    4. Environment and Recreation – Alan Ruof

      1. Unable to attend E&R meeting

      2. Levee Project moving ahead on time; focused on excavating for the pump station; next need to build temporary sewers; then will excavate “keyway” or bad soil near Victory Dr.; Levee website posts construction photos and updates; Aaron Cook, longtime County project manager, is departing and his deputy Mike Dreyer will take the helm; mistakenly cut down a tree belonging to someone on the opposite side of the fence line, working to formulate an appropriate response

    5. Health and Human Services

      1. Still vacant

    6. Education – Caitlin Wilson

      1. Not present

    7. Budget and Finance

      1. Not present

    8. Neighborhood Watch – David Sears

      1. Training held last night


  4. New Business/Action Items/Updates

    1. HCA Member Vote: Office space us of Wesley Housing Project

      1. Discussion of why to make ground floor office space, whereas retail space would be more attractive; others made the point that the retail tenant would not necessarily be attractive

      2. “Although we prefer improved retail for the area, for the purposes of this project, we support business space”

      3. The motion passed, with one in opposition

    2. HCA Member Vote: Revised HCA Bylaws

      1. Passed unanimously

      2. Vote retracted; postponed to August

    3. HCA Member Vote: HCA Memberships from calendar year to annual date of membership

      1. The vote was postponed to August

    4. HCA Member Vote: Change/offer alternate Payment Method for Annual HCA Membership

      1. The vote was postponed to August

    5. Huntington Community Center – Working relationship

      1. Community Center director interested in expanding cooperation with HCA, including involvement in National Night Out

    6. Mt. Vernon District Joint Public Safety Community Meeting – May 31st

    7. New HCA Website rollout date

      1. Coming July 1st

    8. Huntington Community Association Logo

      1. Send out on listserv

    9. Huntington Community Picnic (Farrington Park)– June 24th, no rain date

      1. Will post info to listserv next week

    10. Huntington Neighborhood Cleanup – July 8th

    11. Farrington Park

      1. Will open to public on Saturday, June 10th or Monday, June 12th at latest

    12. National Night Out – August 1st

      1. Parker allowing us to use their park

      2. Hotdogs, chips, and drinks

      3. Midtown joining National Night Out and contribute money

      4. Fairfax County Parks and Recreation may help us, possibly staff

      5. Inquiring with businesses for donations

      6. Police, Fire, and Ambulance

      7. Going to flyer the neighborhood

    13. Next HCA Meeting: August 3rd at 7:30pm










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