Monday, January 28, 2013
The buildings at 204 and 206 S. Union St. are in the midst of renovations and Columbia Capital is set to move in this spring.
The father and son team of Larry and Bob Brandt of architecture firm Lawrence Brandt are well underway in making significant renovations of two historic warehouses along Old Town’s river side. Bob Brandt told the Waterfront Plan Work Group in October 2011 of his plans to renovate the building located at 204 and 206 S. Union St. The Brandts bought the building to renovate it and venture capital firm Columbia Capital will be the new tenant, expected to move in around May. The venture capital firm invests primarily in communications, media and information technology firms. “Renovating this building is the most fun I’ve had in 25 years,” Bob Brandt said during a public tour Thursday evening attended by some city officials and community members…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Rashad Young takes the reins from Acting City Manager Bruce Johnson.
Rashad Young is gearing up to take on his new role as Alexandria’s city manager on Dec. 12. He will have to hit the ground running. Young, 35, will face a growing city with a projected $14 million budget shortfall. Young sees two significant issues that will “drive a lot of the decision making and drive a lot of the perspective about individual projects and issues and issues around growth and development,” he said. He is leaving a similar role in Greensboro, N.C., for his new gig, and he said he’s eager to examine “what is unique and special about Alexandria” in terms of protecting and preserving the historic community while balancing the drive for growth "in terms of population and land use.” “One thing that is obviously most pronounced …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Group in its final meetings before presenting a document to City Council.
The Waterfront Plan Work Group decided at its Wednesday morning meeting the schedule for the remainder of the year. It will meet on Dec. 8 and Dec. 14. Members Nate Macek and Bob Wood will put together a draft of a final report by Monday, Dec. 12 for the group to discuss at the Dec. 14 meeting. The Dec. 8 meeting will discuss issues surrounding private realm, implementation of recommendations and environmental issues. Additionally, the two meetings will have extended hours – from 7:30 a.m. to noon - as the group enters the home stretch to submit a document for City Council to consider as it prepares for a vote on the city’s draft Small Area Waterfront Plan. City Council is expected to vote on the plan in January.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Group, which has generally supported city plan, to hold special work session this month to vote on whether to adopt stances laid out in alternative plan.
The Waterfront Committee, a group of citizens that meets regularly to address issues relating to the city’s riverside, is considering lending its approval to parts of a new report crafted by Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan. CAAWP Co-founders Andrew Macdonald and Boyd Walker made a presentation to the committee at its regular morning meeting on Nov. 15. The committee agreed at that time to host a special work session to consider supporting elements of the CAAWP plan. The meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 29 in the afternoon. The committee, which is also charged with making recommendations to City Council, has been supporting the city’s draft plan for waterfront redevelopment. However, Committee Chairman …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lawyers from the warehouse corporation answered questions from members of the Waterfront Plan Work Group last week.
Lawyers representing the Robinson Terminal at the Waterfront Plan Work Group meeting clarified for group members a few lingering issues regarding hotels along the shoreline and the Coast Guard. Group member Bob Wood asked lawyer Duncan Blair about an Apr. 5 letter from Robinson Terminal to the city’s Waterfront Planning Commission and signed by Robert Taylor. The letter states that Robinson retained a former Marriott senior executive as a consultant, who advised “that a hotel simply is not a viable use, specifically at the Robinson sites, in the foreseeable future…Even if the hotels could be viable today there is no reason to think the hotel use would be the best use at the –unknown- time of future development.” “The letter shows that a …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Waterfront group makes headway, but concerns loom over best approaches.
The group striving for common ground on the city’s waterfront redevelopment plans met this week to address flood mitigation and some aspects of parks and recreation. Group member Mindy Lyle asked City Engineer Emily Baker, on a scale of 100 to zero, what are the city’s chances of getting flood mitigation grants, to which Baker said “not zero, but low.” Businessman Bert Ely, who is also a member of a group seeking an alternative to the city's plan, asked why it should include recommendations for flood mitigation at all. “Is it a significant enough issue?,” he asked. “I believe so and that’s what we heard from the community,” said Baker. “It should be incorporated in what’s being done in parks and open space.” The city’s flood mitigation …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Members address bicyclists, underground parking and what to do about 18-wheel trucks.
As the city considers plans to redevelop its waterfront, it should make every effort to entice visitors to parking garages, take public transportation and consider other means to keep large trucks from blocking roadways, according to the Waterfront Plan Work Group. At a meeting last week in the City Council workroom, the group tackled the prickly parking issue in Old Town. “We’re primarily looking at access,” said urban planner Elliot Rhodeside. “How are people going to use the activities? We’re not just looking at cars. How are people getting there? Bikes? Water taxis?” Members discussed whether a plan should keep drivers away from the most congested parts of Old Town. Planning and Zoning Director Faroll Hamer told the group that the city…