Arlington to consider food truck update, homeless shelter

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The Arlington County Board will tackle a broad range of issues Saturday, including modernizing county food truck laws, reducing homelessness and working out plans for Long Bridge Park.

Board members are expected to approve a change in the law that would double to two hours how long food trucks can serve from one spot before being ticketed by police.

The county's current ordinance came under fire in recent months after food truck owners reported a spike in ticketing and challenged the law in court. One food truck successfully defended himself against a loitering charge.

The change will be a welcomed by truck owners, who have complained that the county's current 60-minute limit isn't long enough for them to set up and serve customers.

Also at Saturday's meeting, the County Board is expected to vote on a permit that would allow the county to turn an newly acquired 14th Street office building into a homeless shelter.

Officials have had an on-going battle with neighbors of the building who fear it would jeopardize their safety and attract criminals. The county counters that a year-round facility is necessary.

If approved, the shelter would occupy the first two floors of the seven-story building.

The board is also scheduled to vote on plans for Long Bridge Park, including its $80 million aquatics facility. The center garnered much attention after the November election, as some residents claimed they did not know they were approving million of dollars of new debt for swimming pools.

The county said it hopes to bolster the number of public pools available to residents.

The County Board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the county government complex, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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