Thursday, November 1, 2012
Old Dominion Boat Club wants Alexandria's Circuit Court to reconsider allowing Virtue Feed & Grain to use Wales Alley for outdoor seating.
The Old Dominion Boat Club has filed a motion in the Alexandria Circuit Court asking it to reconsider its decision allowing Wales Alley to be leased by Virtue Feed & Grain restaurant for outdoor seating. The court ruled last month in favor of the city and the restaurant (PDF), saying the city has the authority to “lay out open, extend, widen, narrow…or close…the alleys of the City.” The ruling also said the boat club “has not established facts necessary for relief…” on certain points. The decision document was a total of about three pages but only about one page of explanation. “The ruling in the Wales Alley case was very brief and in need of clarification,” said boat club President Miles Holtzman in a statement. “We look forward to …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Club says settlement agreement in the 39-year-old case reaffirms its ownership rights at the foot of King Street.
The Old Dominion Boat Club announced on Tuesday that it has entered a settlement agreement with the U.S. government over land rights at the foot of King Street. The club said a deal was reached on May 15, concluding a 39-year-old dispute. “We are thrilled that this long battle is over,” ODBC President Miles Holtzman said. “Aside from putting this litigation behind us and recouping a substantial amount of the legal fees we have spent over the last 39 years, this agreement with the National Park Service - represented by the Department of Justice - further affirms the right to our position on the Alexandria waterfront.“ At issue was the 1973 suit filed by United States against 34 Alexandria "riparian owners" to take the property for a public …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Old Dominion Boat Club President Miles Holtzman expresses concern with comments made by the mayor and says the club has no intention of giving up its property rights.
Monday, May 28, 2012
To the Editor, The Boat Club read with great interest the Mayor's recent editorial concerning the eco-friendly aspects of its Waterfront Plan. Of particular note was the part about, "over the long term, and through negotiation with the ODBC, the Plan calls for the Boat Club's parking lot to become a park." Since March of 2012, the Boat Club and the City have been in "quiet" discussions pertaining to our property at the foot of King Street, our boat yard and parking lot. There had been a reasonable amount of productive dialogue that unfortunately went into hiatus as a result of the various lawsuits that the City now finds itself involved in, including last week's lawsuit the City filed against its own appointed zoning board. During the …