Best wishes for the holiday season – and may 2017 bring health and prosperity to all!
Shake Off the Cold on Wednesdays in Carlyle
Beginning this week, stop by the Wake Up Wednesdays Pop-Up Cafe in Carlyle. The cafe will serve Sugar Shack coffee and donuts from 7:00 - 9:30 AM every Wednesday in December at the Carlyle entrance to the King Street Metro tunnel.
Cameron Run Park Planning Takes Place in early 2017
The City of Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a plan for public outreach (to be reviewed by the City Council on January 10) to determine the best use of the Cameron Run Regional Park. This initiative is being implemented as a result of the request by the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority to renew its 40-year lease on the park. The park currently is home to an aquatic amusement park and mini-golf course; the Parks Authority wants to invest in additional facilities. The City’s Parks Commission wants to make sure that Alexandria’s unmet recreational needs are addressed at this very large facility. Numerous groups are targeted for outreach activities in 2017; the Eisenhower Partnership will set up a meeting where its members can weigh in on the options for the park. The plan, to include Lake Cook and Hensley Fields in addition to the Great Waves park, is scheduled for adoption before the City Council’s final recess in June.
Eisenhower West/LVD Implementation Group Reviews Background Info
The Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group met on November 28 to review items pertinent to the future development of Eisenhower West in accordance to the small area plan adopted in November 2015. Faheem Darab, a senior planner in Fairfax County, reviewed the County’s Lincolnia Plan update, covering 2,000 acres just west of Alexandria, including Edsall Road, I-395, Little River Turnpike, and Lincolnia Road. The objective is to test the creation of a Community Business Center at Route 236 and Beauregard Street and to propose Comprehensive Plan Text updates. Community Task Force meetings will begin in January or February 2017.
Plans for the West End Transitway were presented next; this has been in the works for several years now, and when complete, will bring Bus Rapid Transit service to portions of Van Dorn Street and Beauregard Street. Next steps include a procurement for 30% design, and rounding up funding from various sources.
Proposed alignment of West End Transitway
Greenhill showed preliminary concepts for redevelopment of ten blocks north and south of Pickett Street just west of Cameron Station. To become reality, the plan requires completion of the multi-modal bridge over the Norfolk Southern tracks.
Greenhill Concept Plan – Van Dorn Street to the West, Pickett Street running through a new traffic circle, Cameron Station to the east, and a proposed multi-modal bridge running south across the Norfolk Southern tracks.
The Air Quality Analysis around the Covanta plant was identified as a key first step in the Eisenhower West Plan. Currently, the City has reviewed a preliminary study conducted by Covanta, but needs to go much further in studying building heights and evaluating mitigation strategies.
The Infrastructure Plan which is also a key step in implementing the Eisenhower West plan is moving slowly, with a contract for consulting services not anticipated until Spring 2017, with probably a 12 to 18 month timeframe for completion.
Additional studies identified in the Eisenhower West Plan as necessary are even further away, including a multimodal bridge concept plan, a Backlick Run restoration plan, and a preliminary concept for the western (Farrington) connector.
UPCOMING SPECIAL USE PERMITS
The City’s Planning Commission is scheduled to review on January 5 an application to extend the permit for the City’s Mulch Pile. Covanta has requested an extension to the hours in which trash trucks can make deliveries to the plant, basically starting as early as 6 am.