Friday, December 7, 2012
Last-minute move secures $30,000 for traffic-calming money specifically for Del Ray.
The Alexandria Planning Commission approved Tuesday plans for a 370,000-square-foot office for the Institute of Defense Analyses in Potomac Yard Land Bay G, just south of where Target is currently located. The proposal will go before the City Council on Dec. 15. The office, the first non-residential building in the Potomac Yard development to enter the city’s approval process, is expected to be the focal point of a new town center. The proposed office is seen by city staff as an important addition to Potomac Yard, envisioned as a mixed-used center that also supports retail and other services. IDA has outgrown its current office, located next to BRAC-133 in the West End. Its proposed Potomac Yard structure is composed of two, eight-story …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
City continues to plug away on Environmental Impact Study process for three potential station locations.
As part of the analyses of three potential sites for a Potomac Yard Metro station, balloon tests will occur over the next several weeks in order to document the visual impacts of the station designs. Tests will occur during a three-week period beginning Monday, with a final test date proposed for Dec. 7. Specific weather conditions are needed to conduct the tests, which will be used to collect photos and video of each of the proposed station locations and to make visual renderings. Balloons will be visible from the George Washington Memorial Parkway for as much as 90 minutes while the tests are being performed. The city reminds drivers that stopping along the parkway is prohibited. The total cost of the testing will not be known until …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Agenda:Alexandria held a forum on the city’s transit plans Monday night.
Alexandria city officials laid out the city’s plans for improved transit options Monday night at a forum organized by Agenda:Alexandria, a local nonprofit. Panelist Eric Wagner, member and former chairman of the Alexandria Planning Commission, called city staff highly competent but added he is at times skeptical of plans presented to the commission. The question before the city is, he said, should it not pursue transit initiatives due to cost? “That view would suggest that we somehow should push back against all of the forces that we don’t control and preserve a status quo or an improved status quo of that status quo, an improved version of today,” Wagner said. “But I don’t think that’s actually possible, or necessary desirable, for the …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Future of Monroe Avenue Giant remains in question.
Alexandria City Council approved the construction of a six-story, mixed-use development in Potomac Yard on Saturday that will include 253 residential units and a 69,000-square foot Giant grocery store. The development will be built just off Route 1 and north of Alexandria Fire Station 209 on Main Line Boulevard between E. Glebe Road and Seaton Avenue. It will have two and a half levels of underground parking for residents and grocery store customers. Twelve of the residential units will be reserved at an affordable rate. The Giant will consume most of the ground floor of the development and is expected to include a Starbucks, bakery, pharmacy and an outdoor cafe at the corner of E. Glebe Road and Main Line Boulevard. The construction of …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Vehicle worth an estimated $50,000.
A piece of construction equipment worth an estimated $50,000 was reported stolen on Sept. 10 from the Potomac Yard development, according to the Alexandria Police Department. The Bobcat tractor was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7. The vehicle was parked inside a fenced-in lot of the TDS Construction Company at the corner of Main Line Boulevard and Potomac Avenue. When an employee returned to work the morning of Sept. 10, the tractor was noticed missing. Police have no information on a possible suspect.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Alexandria section of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway expected to be running in December 2013.
Construction of the Alexandria portion of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway along Route 1 will begin later this month, bringing plenty of changes to the corridor. The Bus Rapid Transitway in Alexandria will consist of exclusive bus lanes in the median of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and E. Glebe Road. The transitway will eventually connect the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metro stations and will be constructed in concert with Arlington County. The BRT will offer fast, reliable and safe bus service, project planners said at a community meeting in April. Council approved the transitway in May and made provisions to monitor traffic and parking on streets near the transitway. With new northbound lanes now in service, the former …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Governing bodies to consider proposal on Saturday.
Alexandria and Arlington County are nearing an agreement for a streetcar in the Route 1 corridor, according to ARLnow. Alexandria City Council and the Arlington County Board are both scheduled to vote on the agreement on Saturday at respective meetings. According to the proposal, Arlington would work to complete an environmental assessment for the streetcar by late 2013. Alexandria would work toward completing environmental and alternative studies required to secure federal funding for the conversion of its segement of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard BRT by early 2014. This would come after the final location of the Potomac Yard Metro station is determined or the no-build option is adopted. In April, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Project planners hear from citizens at community meeting following briefing on three station alternatives.
Alexandria citizens expressed concerns with the construction of a Potomac Yard Metrorail station that would impact nearby wetlands and the George Washington Memorial Parkway during a community meeting Thursday at Cora Kelly Recreation Center. Project planners with the city used the event to brief the crowd on three build alternatives for a station under evaluation as part of an environmental impact study for the project. A no-build alternative is also being evaluated. It includes improvements to existing transit options in the area. Two of the three station alternatives—an at-grade station located between the parkway and CSX tracks on a new track alignment north of Potomac Greens and an aerial station located west of the CSX tracks almost…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A public meeting is scheduled for April 19 at Cora Kelly Recreation Center.
The City of Alexandria and the Federal Transit Administration will hold a meeting on April 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cora Kelly Recreation Center to discuss the status of the Environmental Impact Study process for a proposed Potomac Yard Metrorail station serving the blue and yellow lines. The FTA and the city, in cooperation with the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority and the National Park Service, have narrowed the station plan to three alternatives all located just east of the Target at Potomac Yard Shopping Center. Thirty-six options were analyzed and whittled down to three zones. Officials then determined the best station design and configuration for each zone with an eye on minimizing adverse impacts. “Alternative A” is an at-…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A 'confused' woman slowly drove around clubhouse and along golf course for about 15 minutes before leading police on Route 1 pursuit into Alexandria.
A Fairfax County police chase involving a female suspect began on the grounds of the Belle Haven Country Club and ended on Route 1 near Potomac Yard Shopping Center in Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the Belle Haven Country Club just after 2 p.m. after reports of a woman in a Toyota stationwagon driving around the clubhouse, according to FCPD Officer Don Gotthardt. Officers attempted to stop the woman, but the suspect exited, turning onto Fort Hunt Road and then driving northbound on Route 1 into Alexandria. "As far as I know there were two (police units) involved directly" in the pursuit, Gotthardt said. "And there's any number that could have followed but were not actively involved in the pursuit." The pursuit came…