I read with interest your article on the proposed redevelopment of the Rosenthal site on Columbia Pike. It is true that some Planning Commissioners, I among them, voiced concern over the proposed materials for the frontages of the structures. We did specifically discuss the seemingly high amount of Hardiplank as it appears to be present in some portions of the façade in greater amount than the more common Columbia Pike brick.
However, I would say an equal, if not greater, number of Commissioners discussed issues related to transportation and the proposed access to and from the site. Many Commissioners, thinking about access particularly from I-395, opined that it seemed as though people would have trouble “getting there from here.” I always appreciate folks being aware of the quality of our built environment in Arlington, but I think the transportation aspects of the proposed plan should have had the same amount of ink.
Nancy Iacomini is a planning commissioner. --Editor