Alexandria Waterfront News Update — Friday, March 31, 2017
Dear Friend of the Alexandria Waterfront, here is an important update on key waterfront issues:
Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction will meet this coming Monday, April 3
The next meeting of the Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction will be held at 5:00 p.m. this coming Monday, April 3. The meeting will be held in the Sister Cities conference room, which can be entered from City Hall’s Cameron Street lobby. Prior to the start of the meeting, the agenda for it will be posted in the Meetings & Materials section of the Monitoring Group’s website: https://www.alexandriava.gov/special/waterfront/default.aspx?id=82590#Purpose Here is the link to the draft minutes for the last (March 6) meeting of the Monitoring Group: https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/AdHocNotes6March2017.pdf
City staff will present an update on numerous issues related to waterfront developments, notably at Robinson Terminal South (RTS). These issues include traffic disruptions on South Union at the RTS site, claims for damages to nearby homes, rodent control, dust control, and safety standards. Here are the links to current protocol and processes for handling resident claims for damages to their homes:https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/EYAClaimsProtocol.pdf and the City’s Rodent Abatement and Wildlife Control Measures: https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/RodentAbatement.pdf
We also will get an update on the Hotel Indigo project as well as the status of modeling the impact of new structures along the waterfront on the flow of water along the waterfront during a future flood. Possibly we will learn more about CityInterest’s development plans for Robinson Terminal North.
Here is the link to the latest (January 31, 2017) Waterfront construction Living Timeline: https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/special/WaterfrontPlan/info/AdHocConstructionSchedu31Jan2017.pdf The most recent (March 28) construction update for Robinson Landing (Robinson Terminal South) will be found here:https://www.eya.com/robinson-landing/Construction-update_3_28_2017.pdf
Petition for better air-quality monitoring at Robinson Terminal South
As anyone living near Robinson Terminal South (RTS) knows, air-quality issues arose during the demolition of the RTS buildings. Air-quality continues to be a concern as EYA prepares the site to meet FEMA flood-plain requirements. It will then excavate the dirt brought in to elevate the site as well as contaminated soil for the underground garage that will be built. These same air-quality issues, and the need to monitor air quality, will arise at Robinson Terminal North when construction there finally begins. FAWers are urged to sign an on-line petition requesting the City to take the necessary steps to ensure that Old Town Alexandria’s air is safe. Here is the link to the petition: https://www.change.org/p/we-must-have-a-credible-air-monitoring-system-for-the-rts-project?recruiter=593714918&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive
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 City’s 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.aspx and 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
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