Alexandria Waterfront News Update | Bert Ely and Mark Mueller | Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront

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Alexandria Waterfront News Update —

Friday, June 5, 2015


Dear Friend of the Alexandria Waterfront, here is an important update on key waterfront issues:

Waterfront Construction Monitoring Group

will meet this coming Monday, June 8

The next meeting of the Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction will be held this coming Monday, June 8, at 5:00 p.m., in the Sister Cities Conference Room, which can be entered from City Hall’s Cameron Street lobby.  Here is the link to the Monitoring Group’s webpage:   Here is the link to the agenda for the June 8 meeting:

As has been the case at earlier meetings, substantial discussion will be devoted to the schedule for various waterfront construction activities, steps being taken to mitigate construction impacts on nearby buildings and streets, and mechanisms why which citizen complaints about construction activities can be conveyed to the appropriate city official.

Mayoral primary this coming Tuesday, June 9

The Democratic mayoral primary will be held this coming Tuesday June 9.  Voting will occur in the usual precinct voting locations; polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The three candidates in this primary are, in alphabetical order:

                        Kerry Donley, a former Alexandria Mayor

                        Bill Euille, Alexandria’s current Mayor

                        Allison Silberberg, Alexandria’s current Vice Mayor

There is no primary contest for candidates running for City Council in November.  In the eastern part of Alexandria, there also will be a Democratic primary on Tuesday for candidates seeking to run in November for election to represent the 45th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Because Virginia does not have party registration, the mayoral primary is an open primary — any registered voter — Democrat, Republican, or independent — may vote in this primary, which most likely will determine who will be elected in November to serve as Alexandria’s mayor for the following three years.  Although many waterfront issues have been resolved, some of those issues will be decided by the mayor and council members elected in November.

Registered voters unable to vote in person next Tuesday can vote by absentee ballot.  The deadline for voting absentee in person is tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, at 5:00 p.m.  In-person absentee voting takes place at the Voter Registration Office, 132 North Royal Street.  Here is the link to the City’s webpage on elections:  Here is the link to instructions for absentee voting:

Rep. Beyer to speak to OTCA on Wednesday, June 10

Rep. Don Beyer will be the featured speaker at the monthly membership meeting of the Old Town Civic Association (OTCA), which will held this coming Wednesday, June 10, in OTCA’s normal meeting spot, the second floor of the Lyceum at Prince and South Washington Streets.  Socializing with neighbors will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:30 p.m.  A brief annual business meeting also will be held at which OTCA officers and directors will be elected; nominations for those offices were made at OTCA’s May meeting.  Here is the link to the OTCA website:  Membership applications will be available at the meeting.

Next OTAPS meeting on Thursday, June 11

The next meeting of the Old Town Area Parking Study Group (OTAPS) will be held this comingThursday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sister Cities Conference Room.  The agenda for this meeting will be posted in the near future on the OTAPS webpage, which will be found here:  A key item of business will be the finalization of a recommendation to City Council that for future developments in Old Town that require a Development Special Use Permit (DSUP), Council address, on a case-by-case basis, residential parking-permit bans for those developments.  These bans would be comparable to the ban that Council adopted for the Robinson Terminal South (RTS) project.  Such bans would apply to both resident-only developments as well as mixed-use developments, such as RTS.

Robinson Terminal South DSUP still not

docketed for final Council approval

The agenda for the June 10 City Council meeting, which was released yesterday, did not include as an item of business the introduction of an ordinance to enact a DSUP for the SRT project.  Consequently, Council cannot hold a public hearing on and enact the SRT DSUP at its Saturday, June 13, meeting.  Because Council will be in recess in July and August, the earliest the SRT DSUP can be enacted is during the Council’s September legislative cycle.  That cycle would begin with the introduction of the ordinance enacting the RTS DSUP at the Council meeting likely to be held on Tuesday, September 8.

BAR hearing on June 17 on Alexandria Marine building

On Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., the Board of Architectural Review for the Old & Historic District (BAR) will consider a request by EYA to demolish the historic Alexandria Marine building at 226 Strand Street.  That now-vacant building is just north of Point Lumley Park and across Strand from the site of the proposed Carr hotel.  Here is the link to agenda for that BAR meeting:  Here is the link to the application to demolish the building:

This historic structure, which was likely constructed in the late 1890s, is located on the site where, according to the Waterfront Plan, a civic building will eventually be constructed.  Although no specific plans have been developed for the use of this civic building, potentially it could house the soon-to-be-homeless Alexandria Seaport Foundation and its boat-building activities; those activities have been housed in the soon-to-be-demolished RTS building.  There is no reason why the existing building at 226 Strand could not be incorporated in the construction of the proposed civic building.

Architectural symposium June 19-20

Alexandria’s Department of Planning & Zoning will host its first symposium on contemporary architecture in Alexandria on Friday evening, June 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The symposium, which will be held at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, will feature guest speakers and explore what Alexandria’s urban fabric might look like in 50 years.  Some are concerned that the intent of this symposium is to open the door to more contemporary architecture in Old Town, thereby undermining historic preservation in the Old & Historic District.  The event is free and open to the public.  RSVPs are strongly encouraged.  Here is the link to information about this symposium, where you will find a link to an RSVP form:


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