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From the BSCL.org webmaster (Alex Chamandy): As we gear up for a brand new BSCL.org website, there have been minimal updates to the current website. This will be changing in 2016 as we roll out a brand new design, with new features and continue to build on that platform. Expect updates in January!

Here is the February issue of Barcroft News.

Happy New Year, Barcrofters! From all of us at BSCL we wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2016!

President's message for November

The fall colors have been delayed a little, but the cooler temperatures have finally arrived. That means our fall membership drive is still in full swing, so please be sure to complete your membership form and dues renewals.

At our next meeting (November 5, 7:30 p.m., at the community house), we will hear a presentation from county staff on a point-to-point car sharing pilot the county board approved earlier this year. The county is working with car2go as its provider. The initial rollout will focus mainly on transit corridors (including, as I understand it, Columbia Pike) and would function similarly to Capital Bikeshare, from whom we received a presentation at our October meeting.

Finally, I hope many of you had a chance to attend one of the 14 (!) county board candidate forums in recent weeks. Don't forget to vote on November 3.

--Chris Kupczyk

Our Park is nearly finished

Park at end of October

See our park project page for more photos. The grand opening should be soon!

Our meeting hall floor has been refinished.

The Community House floor looks awesome!

BCH floor

We moved all the chairs and carts to the stage, had the floor refinished, and then had to keep everyone off it for two weeks for it to completely cure. Kudos to Barbara Swart for organizing all that. And to the chair and cart-moving crew: Alex Chamandy, Karen Darner, Linda Gaines, Eric Harold, Glen Li, The Rodenwald Family - Joanne, Brian and Richard, and the Swarts. Congratulations also to Michael Nazaretz, who disassembled the stairs, reduced the length and completely refinished them to match the new floor finish. Now we have fixed the stair position in the center, preventing them from scarring the floor again.

Here are the approved Minutes of the BSCL meeting on May 14th.

July 4th Parade: A Barcroft Tradition

We had a great 4th of July Parade! Marching Band, Boy Scout Color Guard, Aunt Sam, Cops, Fire Engines, Marching Theme Groups, Kids on decorated Bikes-Trikes-Scooters-Wagons, Dogs, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pasta Dishes, Baked Beans, Corn Souffle, Hummus, Cakes, Desserts, Home Made Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lively Entertainment by the Unicycle Lady, Special Award for Parade Director Andrew Hunter and a Little Light Rain. Here is our web page with photos.

Aunt Sam

Aunt Sam leads off the parade

And here is the parade video!

Barcroft 2015 parade

May Meetings

We held two BSCL meetings at the Community House in May.

Thursday, May 14

This was a special meeting to discuss concerns about proposed changes to the County's affordable housing master plan regarding the lack of geographic distribution of affordable housing throughout the County and its potential impact on neighborhood schools. A member of the County's affordable housing study team spoke at the meeting. Here is the BSCL resolution adopted at this very well-attended meeting.

Thursday, May 7

This was our final regular meeting until September. We held our annual election for officers and one board member. The new officers are:
  • President: Chris Kupczyk
  • Vice President: Joe Knarich
  • Recording Secretary: Christine Hopkins
  • Membership Secretary: Fay Cheung
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Lis
  • Board Member: Eric Parker
In addition, Steve Gaffney from Arlington Transit (ART), briefed us on their survey of transit needs as they begin preparation of the new Transit Development Plan 2017-2026. The County is asking each of us to fill out a survey, found at arlingtontransit.com, to find out what we want in the way of transit. He also informed us of many transit updates throughout the County, and discussed Columbia Pike transit developments without the cancelled streetcar project.

Progress on our park project

Beginning in March 2015 the County is reconstructing the park at Four Mile Run and Columbia Pike. This is photo shows recent progress.

We have more info on the park project and photo updates here.

April 2 meeting

We heard an interesting presentation from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service about their many services, sustainable urban gardening and more. They can help with soil testing as well as identifying plant and insect problems. Next month we will hear from ART transit. The meeting will be on May 7 at 7:30pm at the Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St.

Results of the Chatlist Poll on the default "reply to all" setting

Here is our famous freezing water pipe in the crawl space of the Community House

February BSCL program

County Board member John Vihstadt gave generously of his time to discuss and answer questions about key County issues, inclusing those impacting Columbia Pike.

We approved the purchase of new locks and keys for the Community House. Here are the draft minutes of the meeting.

January 2015 program

On January 8, we welcomed back Takis Karantonis, Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, who provided an update on developments along the Pike and shared his thoughts on what's next following the streetcar project cancellation.

We had our Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along on December 4

We had a great time at the traditional Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along, singing with the Barcroft holiday band and with a visit by Santa.

November Meeting: Redevelopment Proposal

We met on November 6 for a presentation by the developer on a new building to be constructed at the northeast corner of Columbia Pike and South Buchanan Street (site of the current El Tutumaso and the former Cafe Sauca). Members of the Douglas Park Civic Association attended as well. The proposal calls for the construction of a four-story condominium building, with street-level retail. Under Columbia Pike form-based code (FBC) standards, the proposed development is relatively small--less than 40,000 square feet--and therefore would not require any modifications under the FBC. This will be the first major FBC redevelopment effort along our stretch of the Pike.

What We Like About Our Neighborhood

We are a friendly, quiet neighborhood originally established in 1903. We have about 800 mostly modest single-family homes, and about 400 apartments along our outer edge. Most of the houses here were built in the 1930-1970 era, but we have a growing number of newer, larger homes as well. We have an active civic association, an historic Community House and a monthly neighborhood newsletter, The Barcroft News, first published in 1903.

The Barcroft School and Civic League sponsors neighborhood events ranging from our annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community existing here for over 100 years. This is a good place to live.

More neighborhood highlights: Who we are, neighborhood lore, our annual events, storms, parks, planning and more!

To Contact Us

Please send email to:

Chris Kupczyk

President, Barcroft School and Civic League

or email our Webmaster

Alex Chamandy

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This page was revised on: November 4, 2015.
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