Alexandria waterfront News Update — Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Dear Friend of the Alexandria Waterfront, here is an important update on key waterfront issues:
BAR meets tonight on townhouses and building #3 at Robinson Terminal South
Tonight the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) will again consider the exterior design of the townhouses planned for Robinson Terminal South (RTS) as well as building #3, the condominium that will face Wolfe Street. The BAR will meet at 7:30 this evening in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Here is the link to the agenda for tonight’s meeting: https://alexandria.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=367189&GUID=4E8CF38C-B7CE-41DE-9473-A1F7FF7C0D10 The townhouses are agenda item #8 and building #3 is agenda item #9. Citizens can speak for up to three minutes on each agenda item. You can sign up to speak at the BAR meeting or you can sign up in advance here: http://survey.alexandriava.gov/s3/Planning-Commission-Speakers-Form
Staff have posted on the City’s website a number of documents related to the design of the townhouses and building #3. Links to those documents will be found on the agenda noted above. The two most important documents are the staff presentations on these two pieces of the RTS development. Here is the link to the presentation for the townhouses: http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=43b35b62-8986-4ae8-8572-a7de907da135.pdf and here is the link to the presentation for building #3: http://alexandria.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=b9659087-6f9c-4a3d-835f-e45e2e60920b.pdf
Appeal filed on BAR approval of buildings #1, #2 at Robinson Terminal South
Yesterday, a petition appealing the BAR’s October 7 approval of the exterior design of buildings #1 and #2 at RTS was filed with the Clerk of the City Council; these are the two buildings facing the river. Council most likely hear the appeal on Saturday, November 14, or possibly Saturday, December 12. Members of the public will be able to explain to Council why the approved designs violate the design standards Council established for new construction in the Old & Historic District. Hopefully Council will listen to the public, and overturn the BAR’s decision.
City Council approves Robinson Terminal North
Last Saturday, Council unanimously approved, with just a few amendments, the Development Special Use Permit for Robinson Terminal North (RTN). An especially important, and positive, amendment was a ban on residential parking permits for RTN residents comparable to the restrictions imposed on RTS residents. However, Council will permit CityInterests, the RTN developer, to use trucks, rather than barges, to remove contaminated soil from the RTN. That 4,700 round-trip truck trips over Old Town streets. Hopefully, federal and state environmental agencies will question the wisdom of using trucks instead of barges to remove so much soil contaminated with, among other pollutants, various arsenic compounds.
Ad Hoc Monitoring Group for Waterfront Construction
The Monitoring Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sister Cities Conference Room, which is entered from City Hall’s Cameron Street lobby. Sometime before then an agenda for that meeting will be posted on the Monitoring Group’s webpage: http://www.alexandriava.gov/special/waterfront/default.aspx?id=82590 A few days before November 2 Monitoring Group meeting, there will be an on-site meeting to discuss current construction issues and problems at the Carr site. We will let you know when and where that meeting will be held as soon as it is scheduled.
Here is the link to the latest waterfront construction timeline: http://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/AdHocTimeline5Oct2015.pdf
Who to contact about waterfront construction problems
Here is who citizens should contact with regard to specific problems they encounter along the waterfront:
- In a true emergencysituation (motor vehicle or bicycle accident, fire, explosion, etc.) call 911 immediately. Be prepared to provide details of the emergency.
- For non-emergency violations of law, call the police non-emergency number, 703-746-4444. Non-emergency events are parking violations, dump trucks with uncovered loads, traffic violations, bicycles running stop signs, and the like. Be prepared to provide details about the violation, such as vehicle license plate number, color, time of the violation, etc.
- For civil violations, i.e., violations of construction permits for the waterfront projects or other complaints related to waterfront construction activities, please contact Emilio Pundavela, the City employee designated to receive these complaints. You can call Emilio, day or night, on his cell phone: 571-221-8309. You also can email him at: email@example.com. Civil violations include trucks not traveling over the designated haul route, excessive vibrations and noise from construction activities, construction workers parking on City streets instead of in the parking places designated for them, and any other violations for which the police cannot issue a ticket.
In addition to contacting Emilio, you also can bring your complaint to the City’s attention by registering it through Call-Click-Connect, using this link: http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/#tab=Find City staff are supposed to respond to a complaint within five business days. 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.aspxand click on Create account. However, waterfront-related complaints requiring immediate attention should be phoned in to the police or brought to Emilio’s attention.
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