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HCA Meeting 3/1/18

March 1, 2018

Huntington Community Association Meeting

March 1, 2018




1. Welcome and Introductions:

  • Art Ovalle, President

  • Vacant, Vice President

  • Caitlin Wilson, Treasurer

  • Everett Price, Secretary


2. Guest Speaker(s):

  • Lee Maguire, Huntington Community Center, Acting Director

    • Daytime programs for adults including recent watercolor course and upcoming tea and creative writing classes

    • Requires a one-page registration form

    • HCA will help publicize events

  • Stout and Teague Development Properties -Mount Eagle Park Access Road Relocation

    • See powerpoint presentation here

    • Natural preservation, safety, and access were identified as key objectives

    • Working on realigning path

    • Considering two options

    • Questions about what to do with old path

    • Could discontinue the old path, but connect to the stairs on Biscayne

    • Park Authority controls decisions about lighting in the conservation area

    • Park is closed after dark, so Park Authority may oppose lighting

    • Stout and Teague aware of desire for lighting

    • If there is development at some point, there will be lighting associated with it

    • County will assume responsibility for maintaining path area

    • New bus path needs to be able to have access to Montebello if Rt 1 is clogged

    • Permitting takes the most time, construction could be done in 2-4 months

    • Still talking to WMATA about what can be done to connect the path to the Metro station, but topography changes and WMATA’s ownership of the road and sidewalk complicate matters

    • WMATA undertaking complete rethinking of station design, but potentially years away from a plan

    • Supervisor Storck in contact with WMATA about the crumbling garage

    • Plan will keep walking path along current Montebello bus path

    • In all scenarios crumbling asphalt will be either taken up or improved

    • Park Authority owns the entire path, but Montebello has perpetual easement for bus path

    • April 5th meeting we will meet to vote on the different proposals


3. HCA Committee Reports

  • Mount Vernon Council of Community Associations (MVCCA)

    • General Council Meeting – Art Ovalle

    • Planning and Zoning - Ray Novitske

      • Sunoco wants to reopen old gas station as a new gas station/convenience store

      • Committee didn’t think it was a good idea

      • The area is part of comprehensive plan that would have that area disappear

      • Sunoco said there were no valid offers for the property; but also contradictory indications that there are some offers

      • Sunoco has to get special use permit in order to use it as a gas station, so it has to go before Planning Commission and Mount Vernon Commission

      • Another developer is also vying for the property to install a gas station

      • Still trying to get the old Sunoco at a minimum torn down

      • Someone bought motel and planning on just changing the name

      • The bank plans to stay

      • MVCCA opposes new gas station

    • Transportation - Jeff Woodward

      • Proposed purchasers of Sunoco presented; perplexed re: opposition to gas station

      • Gas station access would take place via Old Richmond Hwy

      • Discussion of closing direct access for Great American Steak and Buffet to force exiting traffic to the light--supported by Transportation Committee

      • Traffic study on GW parkway on our side and further south--Transportation committee has been pushing for such a study for years

    • Environment and Recreation - Alan Ruof

      • Huntington Levee Update

        • construction still on schedule; doing sanitary work near Riverside and will give plenty of advance notice to potentially affected residents

        • Lots of work at end of Fenwick on box calvert

        • In big storms, water from westside creek parallel to Fenwick will drain into box calvert and connect with pumps

    • Education - Caitlin Wilson

    • Budget and Finance – Christoph Schmid

      • See proposed budget here

    • Neighborhood Watch – Nick Lombardo


4. New Business/Action Items/Updates:

  • Update: Wesley Housing Development Corp., - 2317 Huntington Avenue

    • Wesley Homes finally got $7.3m in county funding; now seeking $23m in state credits

    • Competing with North Point and another property that is vying for the same credits

    • Should know by May about fate of state funding

    • County funding is secured no matter what happens to the state funding


5. Old Business/Updates:


6. Upcoming Local Events in Fairfax County:

  • “Know the Past Shape the Future” – Celebrate Black History Month with Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6:00pm, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035


7. Other Community Issues:

  • Fairfax County Police Dept is hiring; hit by wave of retirements and opening new substation in Lorton in the future

    • See job vacancies here

  • Earth Day

    • Earth Day is April 22nd; southside of metro trying to rally cleanup day

    • Saturday, April 28th; Earth Day event at Mt Eagle Elementary

  • Construction ongoing on house on the right of the stairs on Biscayne

  • Big tree cut down on a private property at end of Blaine

  • Supervisor Storck will come out in May/June


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