East Library and Recreation Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary; New Fire Station No. 1 Planned for Downtown
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on November 09, 2021, November 09, 2021

The East Library and Recreation Center is celebrating it’s one-year anniversary this month, and visitors to its community lounge might spot a familiar name.

In September, the City of Arlington honored long-time community leader and volunteer Sue Phillips by dedicating the community lounge in her name. Phillips, who has served as the president of East Arlington Renewal for nearly 30 years, was the first of 11 trailblazers, civic leaders and faith leaders tapped by the City’s Honorary Naming Recognition Task Force to be recognized for their service or their contributions to the city.

The East Library and Recreation Center, which opened last November at 1817 New York Ave., provides a variety of programs, amenities and resources for residents of all ages. The community is invited to celebrate the one-year milestone during the final Eastside Exchange event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

In Downtown, construction is set to begin soon on a more modern, more efficient Fire Station No. 1.

The two-story, 17,667-square-foot station will replace the existing Fire Station No. 1, which originally opened in 1954 and has gone through various remodels over the decades. Fire Department response times are not expected to be affected during demolition of the existing building and construction of the new station, which is set to open in 2023.

You can read about the new Sue Phillips Community Lounge, the future Fire Station No. 1 and more in the latest edition of the Champion Great Neighborhoods newsletter. All quarterly City Council priority newsletters are produced in a digital formal, allowing for layers of additional video content and important links. The Arlington City Council has identified Champion Great Neighborhoods as one of five key priorities. Great neighborhoods contribute to a higher quality of life and greater investment in our economy.

In this issue:
• City Honors Longtime Community Leader with Dedication of Sue Philips Community Lounge
• City’s New Tool Sharing Program Aims to Help Arlington Residents Champion Great Neighborhoods
• Construction to Begin on Voter-Approved Fire Station No. 1 in Downtown Arlington
• Arlington Neighborhoods By The Numbers
• FY21 Q4 Champion Great Neighborhoods Business Plan Update

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