Alexandria waterfront News Update — Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Dear Friend of the Alexandria Waterfront, here is an important update on key waterfront issues:
Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 8
The Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 8, in the Sister Cities conference room, which can be entered from the Cameron Street lobby of City Hall. The agenda for the meeting will be found here: http://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/AdHocAgenda8Sep2015.pdf
The most important issue that will be discussed today include the numerous problems that have arisen at the Carr construction site in recent weeks, including vibrations from the demolition of the old Art League building and the removal of that building’s concrete slab that have shaken nearby buildings; numerous truck haul-route violations (one truck drove over the cobblestones in the 100 block of Prince); disposal of the water that will be produced by the dewatering process; and parking violations by construction workers, to name just a few. Affected Old Towners — residents and businesses — are encouraged to attend today’s meeting to voice their complaints and concerns.
Tell Council about the Carr construction problems
The Mayor and members of Council need to hear directly from affected residents about the problems arising at the Carr site as they could be a forerunner of problems at the Robinson Terminal South and Robinson Terminal North projects once they get underway. There are two ways to communicate directly to Council members — by email and by speaking at Open Mike during this coming Saturday’s Council meeting.
The email addresses for the Mayor and members of Council are:
Although the docket for Saturday’s Council meeting has not yet been posted on the Council website (https://alexandria.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=18400&GUID=6961B2AF-947D-482C-B0CD-5D145FADD678&Mode=MainBody), it should be later this week. The Open Mike portion of the meeting (officially called the Public Discussion Period) is usually held shortly after the Council meeting convenes at 9:30 a.m.
Members of the public can speak for up to three minutes about any topic not appearing elsewhere on that day’s docket, so waterfront construction problems can be discussed. Sign up at the Council meeting to speak during the Open Mike period or sign up in advance by calling the Council Clerk’s office, 703-746-4550 or on-line at: http://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/City-Council-Speakers-Form Indicate that you want to speak on Docket Item #2.
City Council to hear 226 Strand appeal this Saturday
This Saturday, September 12, City Council will hear an appeal of the BAR’s June 17 approval, by a 3 to 2 vote, of the demolition of the building at 226 Strand, which formerly housed Alexandria Marine. Members of the public are encouraged to speak to Council in opposition to the demolition of 226 Strand. Preserving this historic building at this time keeps the door open to incorporating important elements of it in the civic building that the City’s Waterfront Plan shows will be built on this site. There is absolutely no need at this time to demolish 226 Strand — it should be preserved in place until the ultimate use of that property is determined.
We do not yet know when on Saturday Council will hear this appeal, but you can sign up in advance to speak by calling the Council Clerk’s office (703-746-4550) or you can sign up at the Council meeting. You can express your opposition to the demolition of 226 Strand before Saturday by emailing the Mayor and members of Council, at the email addresses shown above, or by calling the Council Clerk’s office.
Robinson Terminal South at the BAR
As previously reported, at its July 1 meeting the BAR voted to defer taking any action with regard to the proposed design of buildings #1 and #2 in the Robinson Terminal South (RTS) development; these are the two buildings facing the river. BAR consideration of granting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the design of those two buildings has not yet been scheduled. Questions have been raised, though, as to whether those two buildings would exceed the height permitted for buildings at RTS under the terms of a 1983 agreement between the federal government, the City, and the Washington Post Company governing the development of both Robinson Terminal properties.
BAR consideration of the design of RTS building #3, facing Wolfe Street, as well as the RTS townhouses is still scheduled for consideration at the BAR’s next meeting, a week from tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. Here is the link to the preliminary agenda for the September 16 meeting: https://alexandria.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=367187&GUID=832ABA47-BDF8-4C56-B155-9767AF60FB06 Here is the link to the application pertaining to the design of building #3: http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=496e2624-5a29-452c-8482-1c757ff962ba.pdf Here is the link to the application pertaining to the design of the townhouses: http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=13f6852d-d821-4516-8006-e514e5852cff.pdf
Use Call-Click-Connect to record construction complaints
As noted above, complaints have arisen related to truck traffic to and from construction sites, vibrations, dirt and noise, unsafe practices, parking violations, and the like. One way to bring your complaint to the City’s attention is to register it through Call-Click-Connect, using this link: http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/#tab=Find A follow-up response has been promised by City staff. In order to track your complaint once it has been filed, you need to register with MyAlex, which you can do here: https://apps.alexandriava.gov/Login/COARegister.aspx and click on Create account.
Please contact us if you have questions about what is happening along the waterfront. Also visit www.alexandriawaterfront.org for up-to-date news about waterfront issues.
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Bert and Mark
Bert Ely and Mark Mueller, Co-chairs of Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront