Salt Dome

Next Meeting of 26-OD Master Planning Task Force Meeting
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Marymount University,
Rowley Hall, Rm. G127

Meetings are open to the public; there will be time towards the end of the meeting for public comment.

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ODCA neighbors,
As you may know, the rusty green salt storage facility at 25th St. and Old Dominion has been in disrepair for years. Recently the County determined that it was unsafe for use. They had intended to tear it down and build a temporary facility on the same site. Now they have decided that they don't have time to do that, and the county is moving ahead to build a new, 47 foot tall, cement, steel and canvas salt storage facility, near the corner of 26th Street and Old Dominion.

This is the entrance to our neighborhood, the green space we refer to as Dominion Green, and where the county proposed to build the fire station a few years ago. As part of that debate, the country board chair at the time promised that they would build a neighborhood park of at least one acre on this site. There is no park as part of this plan, and we would be left with an industrial facility on the corner and an old rusty, storage tank remaining on the current site. We recognize the importance of having the ability to store salt and keep the roads safe in winter, but believe that this can be accomplished while minimizing neighborhood disruption and elimination of important open space.

The county desires to move quickly to have it built in time for snow season and to begin construction shortly! Currently, there is no plan for the overall site, no plan to include any space for the community, and the zoning for this site remains residential, but they are in a hurry and have changed some of the zoning so they can begin construction asap.

As a result of community persistence and input the County Board has appointed a Task Force to collaborate with county staff to develop a master plan for the 7.6 acres of County-owned land located at 26th Street North and Old Dominion Drive (26-OD). The Task Force is chaired by Noah Simon who ably led the Fire Station #8 Task Force a few years ago. ODCA is represented on the Task Force by Mike Hogan, ODCA president. To learn more about the Task Force, its membership, and a schedule of their public meetings, click on the link below:

26th Street N-Old Dominion Drive Site Master Planning Task Force

If you are interested or concerned, please contact your County Board members to let them know your thoughts. You can find their email addresses here: Arlington County Board Members
Thanks for your interest and involvement!

Resources and Helpful Links

Community Input
Facebook: On Facebook, you can express your thoughts with the ODCA community and read what others are saying.
Nextdoor: On Nextdoor, you can express your thoughts with the ODCA and extended Arlington community and read what others are saying. Also, Arlington County posts some notices of their activities on this site.
Website Contact: Feel free to send us a message and share your thoughts so we can present a fair and balanced assessment of this difficult issue.

Arlington County
Projects & Planning: North Side Salt Tank Arlington County's more detailed assessment of their accelerated schedule to replace the current salt dome.

Salt Dome History

Salt Dome / Dominion Green Property

The salt facility, located at N. 25th St. and Old Dominion Dr, has been in need for renovation/replacement for many years.

Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

This facility serves as the primary source of salt for street and road treatment during winter in North Arlington. Arlington County would like to replace and enlarge the salt dome according to its latest Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Community Concerns

Although ODCA residents acknowledge the need to upgrade this facility there are many concerns that the community has.

This plot of land could be used for a much- needed park to serve the ODCA community.

Also, among the community concerns are what environmental mitigation measures will the County take to ensure that any salt and brine runoff will not negatively affect the headwaters of Donaldson Run (adjacent to the salt dome). Also, many local communities across the nation are reevaluating the use of salt as the primary chemical for road treatment during snow storms.

Communities have switched to the use of beet juice(environmentally friendlier) or a combination of salt and beet juice. Although Arlington County uses beet juice to some degree it has not actively explored a switch to beet juice. ODCA strongly recommends that the county look at this solution rather than continuing to use the environmentally unfriendly salt. A switch to beet juice could significantly change the approach to the renovation/rebuild of the current salt dome. The physical configuration could mean that an expanded salt dome is not needed - and a much- needed park could be built on this property. ODCA continues to press the county on this issue