New School Will Impact Thomas Jefferson Park

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On December 3, 2015, Friends of TJ Park sent a joint letter to the County Board and School Board identifying concerns about the impact on Thomas Jefferson Park.  One of the requests included representation on the Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) and the Building Level Planning Committee for this project.  Friends of TJ Park has an appointee on the PFRC, Juliet Hiznay.  Updates will be provided both on this website and through the Friends of TJ Park email list.  You can reach Juliet Hiznay at fotjp@yahoo.com or at 202-352-8982.

This project offers the potential to add significant recreation assets on the west side of the park that could be used by the community outside of school hours.  Use of  structured parking will permit a recreation space on top of the garage and current designs also offer opportunities to enhance the entrances and recreation space available to Jefferson Middle School.  Due to the usage demands at Thomas Jefferson Park, Friends of TJ Park continues to be concerned that community access to the park and recreation assets will be restricted when these new intensive uses are added to the site and that design could have some negative impacts on existing programs.  Friends of TJ Park will continue to work on ensuring that this project enhances the park while minimizing any negative impact.

On December 3, 2015, the Arlington School Board selected Thomas Jefferson Park as the next site to build an elementary school.  The County Board is voted in favor of the proposal on December 15, 2015 again after declining to approve the location on January 27, 2015 based upon community concerns. The planning and design documents reflected changes to the design that site the school in the northwest corner of the county owned parcel.  Although this area is currently used for parking and outdoor recreation, it is impervious surface. The County Board also placed a number of limits on the design and impact of new school construction at the site during its January 27, 2015 meeting, which are reflected in the minutes.

A key takeaway of the Community Facilities Study is that the county does not have enough indoor and outdoor park and recreation facilities to meet current or future needs.  That is why we need to get energized now and talk about how best to accomplish out mission:  to keep Thomas Jefferson Park green and accessible for the benefit of all users.

For additional information, see recommendations from the  TJ Working Group final report (click here).

PAST EVENTS

AUGUST 10, 2016 (6 p.m.) Community Meeting

JULY 27, 2016: PFRC/BLPC Meeting Site Options APS Presentation & Transportation Issues Toole Presentation

JULY 20, 2016: Arlington School Board Meeting Approving Concept Design (Link to School Board Meeting)

JUNE 23, 2016:  PFRC Meeting (APS Presentation)

JUNE 15, 2016:  PFRC/BLPC Meeting (APS Presentation)

JUNE 8, 2016: Community Meeting

JUNE 1, 2016:  BLPC Meeting (APS Presentation & Scheme Comparison)

MAY 18, 2016: Joint PFRC/BLPC Meeting at Thomas Jefferson Middle School addressing preferences for parking garage and other site features. (APS Presentation)

MAY 4, 2016: BLPC Meeting at Discovery Elementary School selects preference for single level parking garage with 217 spaces by voice vote. (APS Presentation)

APRIL 20, 2016 Joint PFRC/BLPC meeting (APS Presentation)

DECEMBER 3, 2015, Arlington School Board votes to site a new elementary school at the TJ site. (Link to School Board Meeting)

DECEMBER 3, 2015, Friends of TJ Park sends joint letter to Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board identifying concerns about the project.

NOVEMBER 5, 2015, South Arlington Working Group presents its final report to the Arlington School Board recommending pursuing the TJ site.

JANUARY 27, 2015, County Board decision not to approve the TJ Site for new elementary school construction, and imposing conditions on any future such construction.

JANUARY 24, 2015, County Board Public Hearing on whether to approve the TJ Site for new elementary school construction.

JANUARY 23, 2015, County Board appoints members of the new Community Facilities Study, Chaired by John Milliken to assess county sites and other possible sites for school uses across the county.

JANUARY 16, 2015, the Thomas Jefferson Working Group presents its final report to the County Board.

NOVEMBER 23, 2014, Doggie Dash hosted by Potomac Valley Track Club and Friends of Thomas Jefferson Park

NOVEMBER 20, 2014, Seventh Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 Thomas Jefferson Middle School

NOVEMBER 12, 2014, Arlington Heights Civic Association voted unanimously to support a comprehensive planning approach that the community believes will not be possible if the county supports the proposal to build a school by 2018 is approved.  That language is as follows:

“BE IT RESOLVED:  Arlington Heights Civic Association strongly supports a comprehensive planning approach to the Thomas Jefferson site.  Arlington Heights Civic Association is deeply concerned that building a new elementary school by 2018 on the Thomas Jefferson site would foreclose future improvements of the site.”

NOVEMBER 10, 2014, Sixth Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

NOVEMBER 5, 2014, Fifth Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

OCTOBER 29, 2014, Fourth Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

OCTOBER 18, 2014, Third Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

OCTOBER 1, 2014, Second Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 7-10 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014, Friends of Thomas Jefferson Park at Clarendon Day

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014, First Meeting of the TJ Site Evaluation Working Group, 8:30-1 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, Friends of Thomas Jefferson Park meeting

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014, School Board Meeting, Award of $4.7 million contract to architectural firm VDMO for design of new elementary school at Thomas Jefferson site

AUGUST 7-9, Friends of Thomas Jefferson Park at Arlington County Fair

JULY 24, 2014, County Board Meeting, Adoption of Thomas Jefferson Working Group Charge (amended 8/12/2014)

JULY 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m. County Board Meeting CIP Adoption

JULY 17, 2014, 3 p.m. County Board CIP Work Session

JULY 12, 2014, 5-7 pm  Rally, Picnic & Run at Thomas Jefferson Park

JUNE 17, 2014, 7 pm School Board Meeting CIP Adoption

JUNE 16, 2014, 7 pm School Board CIP Hearing

JUNE 14, 2014, 1-8 Columbia Pike Blues Festival

JUNE 10, 2014, 7:30 pm School Board CIP Work Session

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