A parking garage originally planned for the site of the Abingdon plantation house will be scaled back from 5,000 to 4,376 cars and moved to a position adjacent to the ruins of the 200-year-old structure.
The airport authority also will spend $500,000 improving the Abingdon site by building a pedestrian bridge from the garage to the ruins, building a pathway to the remains of the house and removing underbrush and other plants.
"It's a very nice plan," said Arlington resident Bernard H. Berne. Berne and other Arlington residents, with the support of the County Board, had been fighting plans to build over the ruins since 1990. In 1992, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation protecting the ruins, which resulted in the current compromise.
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