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  • 09/16/2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    On Friday, September 9, just as the country remembered the 15th year since the 9/11 attacks, the Eisenhower Partnership (EP) gathered a distinguished group of speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the City of Alexandria to discuss crisis preparation for property and building owners and businesses large and small located in the City of Alexandria.  “Crisis Prep 101,” was the first in what EP hopes will be a series of workshops leading to a more well-prepared City. 

    Frank Cole, President of the Partnership, greeted participants and got the morning off to a great start with welcoming remarks and introductions.  As Director of Administrative Services at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Mr. Cole is well-aware of the need for crisis preparation and planning.  He initiated planning at SHRM which led to development of the current workshop presented by the Partnership.  

    Speakers from Homeland Security and FEMA presented on “Global and Domestic Threat and Disasters,” and Disaster Recover respectively.   Participants were informed about the impact of recent events, Including DT “Domestic Terrorism,” and received an overview of the national matrix of planning for all kinds of possible disasters, both by terror and natural means.  There was discussion of plans for the inauguration that are in progress.  They call it a NSSE “National Special Security Event.”  Because of where we live there are many NSSE’s.  Discussion and questions followed with the recommendation to check out a valuable website called www.ready.gov for further information and training.  The next speakers presented information about “Hometown Security,” including an Active Shooter overview and a presentation on Business Continuity.  Speakers said it’s all about Situational Awareness—look around, spot the exits, identify obstacles in your way and scope out a path to get out.  Remember, in a crisis your cell phone may not have connectivity for phone calls, but it is likely that you will still have the ability to text.

    The City of Alexandria Emergency Preparedness Team led by James Podlucky, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator presented local information from the City’s Fire and Police Department.  Of particular interest was the emphasis on training and planning for emergencies.  The speakers urged participants to get a plan, train for potential emergencies and get connected to alerts.  A COOP “Continuity of Operations” Plan is important for each business.  City of Alexandria EMS personnel are willing to come out to review your premises and advise.  Each participant received a copy of the brand new “City of Alexandria Emergency Action Tips,” a laminated one-fold card with loads of information about how to handle emergencies.  You can receive emergency alerts and customize them by signing up at www.alexandria.gov/eNews.  To report suspicious activity, use the “See Something/Send Something,” app from the Virginia Fusion Center (http://www.vsp.state.va.us/FusionCenter/mobileApp.shtm).  Your picture or information will be sent to the Virginia State Police for analysis.


    Specific tips for businesses included:  prepare an emergency action worksheet for your employees; if the building is large, add an evacuation map.  Often you will see these maps on walls of public buildings near the doors.   Be sure to leave a copy of all the materials by the main entrance to the building for emergency responders.   Finally—what can an individual do?  Be Informed.  Make a Plan.  Build a list.  Get Involved.

    Frank Cole summed up and told all the participants that this was just the beginning of a series of workshops with the goal of a better prepared business community.  Watch for news of the next in this series of Crisis Prep workshops.

    Resources:

    http://www.capitalregionupdates.gov/

    www.ready.gov

    www.readyNOVA.gov

    www.readyrating.gov

    www.vsp.state.va.us/fusioncenter

    www.alexandriava.gov/EmergencyManagement


  • 08/22/2016 12:53 PM | Anonymous


     
    Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you! 

    Holiday Inn

    Hart, Calley, Gibbs & Karp

    Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union

    Olympus Imported Auto Parts

    SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), 

    Hoffman Management. LLC,

    Simpson Development,

    Burke & Herbert Bank,

    Alexandria Renew,

    Carlyle Plaza, LLC,

    Maid Brigade,

    Virginia Paving,

    Artemel & Associates, 

    Post Properties

    Bowman Consulting Group,

    Tyler Business Services,

     Farrington Industrial Park, 

    Carlyle Council


     for continuing membership in the Eisenhower Partnership. 


  • 08/22/2016 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Carlyle Plaza Two to break ground by late 2016

    The 382-unit Carlyle Plaza Two by JM Zell and Hines Interests has been working its way through the City’s design review processes.  Once the bold architecture is approved, the building will be cleared for the building permit and construction phase, as it already has development approvals as part of a broader Development Special Use Permit.   We are keeping our fingers crossed for a 2016 groundbreaking!


  • 08/22/2016 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Eisenhower Partnership VP appointed to Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Advisory Group

    The City of Alexandria recently appointed business, resident, and City Commission representatives to the newly-formed Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group.  Agnès Artemel, Vice President of the Eisenhower Partnership was appointed and will represent the Partnership in the group’s work.  This new focus on implementation wil

    l help speed the changes forecast and enabled by the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan adopted by City Council in 2015 and the Landmark Van Dorn plan adopted several years ago.  The group’s first meeting is scheduled for September.


  • 08/22/2016 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to new and renewing members!

    In the second quarter of 2016 the Eisenhower Partnership welcomed these new and renewing members:

    • Carlyle Corner (Newmark, Grubb, Knight,& Frank, (Property Management Company)
    • CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union
    • Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh
    • christopher consultants, Ltd.
    • McQuireWoods
    • AJS Consulting Engineers                                               
    • Holiday Inn Alexandria@Carlyle 
    • Olympus Imported Auto Parts
    • Post Properties
    • Burke & Herbert Bank
    • Farrington Industrial Park
    • Hart Calley Gibbs & Karp
    • Carlyle Community Council
    • Society for Human Resource Management


  • 08/22/2016 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    NSF, TSA, and Zell featured in Washington Business Journal event at Victory Center

    Carlyle Plaza Two tower

    The Washington Business Journal focused on Alexandria in its “On the Road” series June 23.  A panel including Stephanie Landrum (Alexandria Economic Development Partnership), John Taylor Chapman (Alexandria City Council) and Jeff Zell (JM Zell Partners) discussed some of the new projects on Eisenhower Avenue.  With regard to the National Science Foundation (NSF), Councilman John Chapman noted that the City Council wants to be competitive when it comes to landing projects that could be catalysts to neighborhood redevelopment.  NSF will move in to its new building in late summer 2017.  Stephanie Landrum was optimistic that Alexandria will win the rebid for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  She also mentioned a number of investors who are buying portions of the Hoffman family holdings: USAA, Lowe, Perseus, Rubinstein, and Wright Investment are some of the names cited.  Jeff Zell focused on his belief that the Carlyle Plaza Two site near Holland Lane warranted an iconic landmark building with architecture that is distinctive amidst Alexandria’s trademark brick buildings.  Overall, the climate for redevelopment of Eisenhower Avenue is very positive, and new investment is poised to create a new dynamism along the Avenue.

    Click here for full Washington Business Journal article.


  • 08/22/2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    Perseus Realty and NKGF hold ice cream social

    The new owners of 2000-2034 Eisenhower Avenue held an ice cream social on June 23 for the tenants and friends of the property between Mill Road and Hooffs Run Drive.  The Hoffman family previously owned the 13.5 acre site across from the PTO.  Current tenants include OneLife fitness and several restaurants including Foster’s Grille, Zikrayet, Sumo Japanese Sushi Bar Steakhouse &Hibachi, Paisano’s, and Hunan Café.


  • 08/22/2016 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station has opened its leasing office

    The building is located directly east of the Eisenhower Metro Station, with an official address of 750 Port Street.  It offers studio, and 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom apartments.  Unit finishes include NEST thermostats, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and dark laminate flooring in the main living areas.  The building offers concierge services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop lounge with fireplace, rooftop outdoor swimming pool, onsite dog grooming station, sculpture garden, cyber lounge with Mac computers, and underground parking.  For further information, contact the leasing office at 703-567-6003 or consult the building’s website at www.parcmeridian.com.


  • 08/22/2016 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Rushmark plans major residential project west of Telegraph Road

    There once was a site known as the Lehigh site, then the VDOT site…and now it has been acquired by Rushmark, which received City of Alexandria approvals in February to build two high rise buildings with 533 apartments and 67 townhouses on the 9 acres.  The townhouses are to be built by Toll Brothers as sales units, while the multi-family units will be rentals.  The site’s location immediately adjacent to the Metro Storage and Inspection Yards has required careful site layout and screening techniques to shield residents from the noise of Metro trains circulating nearby; Rushmark is solving the flood zone issues by raising the level of the land by 7 to 8 feet.

    Rushmark plans to start ground work in September.  The townhouses will deliver first.  After an April 2017 groundbreaking and 2-2.5 years of construction the rear apartment building will follow, and the project will close out with the apartment tower closest to Eisenhower Avenue.  The final building contains 9,000 square feet of retail space, whose use has not yet been determined.  The buildings are designed to look striking, using rich saturated colors in precast materials.  To accommodate the close to 800 new residents projected on the site, Rushmark will install a traffic signal at the intersection, and provide two total entrances to the property.  Among the public benefits cited for the project are 21 “affordable” housing units committed for 40 years plus a contribution of $2.2 million to the City’s Housing Trust Fund for affordable units off-site; a $215,000 contribution to public art, and a $60,000 contribution to a bikeshare station.


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