Thursday, April 25, 2013
Drivers on King Street headed toward the water can no longer make a left turn onto Union Street.
Drivers take note! New left-turn restriction signs approved by City Council in December have been installed at the intersection of King and Union streets. The restrictions were a recommendation of the Union Street Corridor Study as a pilot project. The intent is to minimize conflicts between pedestrians, vehicles and bicyclists at the intersection. The city will collect data to determine the effectiveness of the restrictions and to measure their effect on nearby roadways. A follow-up report and a decision on whether to make the turn restrictions permanent is expected this fall. For more information about Alexandria, Follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter and "Like" Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook.
Friday, March 29, 2013
The 2013 free cone day at Ben & Jerry's returns.
It's free cone day at Ben & Jerry's on Union Street April 9. The ice cream company has been holding its annual Free Cone Day every spring since 1979 - the first year in business. The shop is giving away the classic flavors along with new scoops of Candy Bar Pie and Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt. Stop by Old Town Alexandria's local Ben & Jerry's at 103 S. Union St.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The housewares, clothing, jewelry and accessories boutique is choosing South Union Street for its newest shop.
Coco Blanca plans to open a new boutique on The Strand in Old Town Alexandria. The new shop is expected to move into 210 S. Union St. The store also has a location at National Harbor in Maryland. Coco Blanca's website currently shows a home collection of items with the themes "Beach Bungalow," "Chic City Loft," "French Farm House" and "Rustic Lake Cabin" along with jewelry, apparel and other goods. For more local business news, Like Old Town Alexandria Patch on Facebook, Follow @alexandriapatch on Twitter and sign up for the daily, email newsletter.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Short-term recommendations approved; Shared-street concept draws skepticism.
Earlier this month, Alexandria City Council approved a series of short-term changes to Old Town’s Union Street corridor. The changes stem from a recommendation in the Waterfront Small Area Plan that the city review vehicular, pedestrian and other impacts along one of Old Town’s busiest streets between Jones Point Park and Pendleton Street. One of the more transformative recommendations is to design, with input from the community, a pedestrian plaza on the south side of the unit block of King Street next to Mai Thai and Starbucks. Other short-term recommendations include: Council also adopted an amendment to institute improvements at the intersection of Franklin and Union streets. Long-term recommendations of the plan call for pursuing a …