Friday, June 15, 2012
Republican Bob Wood says the city needs better guidance, direction, planning and communication.
Republican candidate for City Council Bob Wood called for a “reset” to City Hall on Thursday night before a packed courtyard at Gadsby’s Tavern. “We all love this city, its neighborhoods, its diversity… its history… its educated community. … We rally around issues that are important to us,” he said, adding that there’s been enough of city planning that “makes us not neighbors but enemies.” Wood, a graduate of West Point and a retired military leader who holds an economics degree, said he has worked on putting communities together in Bosnia, Germany and other areas and it can be done in Alexandria. “We see plans without citizen engagement and analysis,” he said. “Why are we rushing to failure?” He cited the installation of the controversial…
Monday, April 9, 2012
Candidate for mayor Andrew Macdonald expresses concern over the current draft plan to revitalize the city's Beauregard area.
Monday, April 9, 2012
To the Editor: The City of Alexandria will hold a Community Town Hall Meeting on the Beauregard Plan Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the John Adams Elementary School. Many Alexandria residents believe the City Council is rushing to approve a plan by May 12 that will add about 6 million square of new density to an area of town that is struggling to address the traffic problems created by BRAC-133. In a recent letter to the Gazette Packet, Dave Cavanaugh writes: “The proposed Draft, unless modified, will dramatically change the character of the area. The Draft envisions a more densely populated, urban, mixed use, transit-oriented community. The proposed redevelopment includes a new framework of streets, bus rapid transit in both dedicated and …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Saturday forum designed to educate community about Beauregard Plan proposal.
Citizens can learn about plans for Alexandria’s Beauregard Corridor at a free Community Open House, to be held at the Shops at Mark Center on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from the property owners for the redevelopment sites and their consultants will answer questions about the Beauregard Corridor Plan. According to the developers and others, the Beauregard Corridor Plan envisions a mixed-use community that respects existing adjacent neighborhoods and the area’s natural beauty while providing new amenities including parks, a new fire station, transportation improvements, athletic fields, a modern grocery store, restaurants, shops and services. At the open house on Saturday, neighborhood residents can learn more about the…