Tuesday, December 4, 2012
More than 40 illuminated boats participated in the 13th annual Potomac River event.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Drew Hansen
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The 13th annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights glided past Alexandria’s waterfront on Saturday night featuring more than 40 illuminated boats on the Potomac River. The parade’s Best in Show award went to Summer C’s, a catamaran featuring light-show animation of a Christmas tree set to festive music. Wii Fish, decked out to resemble Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with tall antlers and red nose in lights, snagged Best Powerboat. The complete list of 2012 winners: Jody Manor of Bittersweet Cafe and Catering, Ann Dorman of Meetings and Events of Distinction, Barbara Brecher of Brecher Design Group and Dee Beresford from the Old Dominion Boat Club Board of Governors served as judges. The parade was emceed by WTOP’s Bob Madigan.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Hotel advisory firm tells work group it is "well-capitalized" and eager to put a Hotel Indigo on Alexandria's waterfront.
Carr Hospitality this week assured members of the Waterfront Plan Work Group that it is a “well-capitalized” company after allegations were made that the firm was linked to bankrupt properties. The Washington, D.C.-based hotel advisory and investment firm told work group members at an Oct. 19 meeting that it was interested in putting a Hotel Indigo, a brand owned by InterContinental Hotels Group, into the Cummings warehouse on S. Union St. Concerns at the Oct. 19 meeting were raised over the financial situation of a proposed Hotel Indigo in Baltimore. The owner of the building slated to house that Hotel Indigo filed for bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure last summer. In an Oct. 27 letter to work group chair and City Council member Paul …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Members aim to report to council in November; group hears presentation on flood mitigation elements of redevelopment plan
Members of the mayor-appointed Waterfront Work Group are aiming to offer a report to City Council in November after establishing a rough timeline to complete their work during the group’s second meeting Wednesday at City Hall. Group member Lt. Gen. Bob Wood (ret.) suggested setting a December end-date for the report in a proposal that included a more “analytic approach” to examining the plan, with group members meeting individually with different stakeholders and interest groups in the contentious fight over the future of Alexandria’s waterfront. Group members Mindy Lyle and Councilman Paul Smedberg, a non-voting member, suggested more urgency in the timetable. “We are all stakeholders,” Lyle said. “Not just a few special interest groups…
Monday, June 13, 2011
City staff vetted questions on parking, green space and more
Saturday morning's City Council work session on the waterfront largely centered on how to address concerns about parking, the possible creation of hotels and what could be legally built in the area under current zoning regulations. The city argues that hotel rooms “contribute – in net tax revenue – about six times what housing does, and these are revenues that would be available to pay for the new parks and other amenities in the Plan,” according to city documents. The Planning and Zoning Department also has agreed that any future hotel on the waterfront should be limited to 150 rooms with meeting rooms to hold no more than 50 people. Old Town Alexandria’s Lorien Hotel has 107 rooms, for comparison. That suggestion did not bode well with …