Why Come to the Valley?
New and existing City residents are being increasingly drawn to the services and amenities located in Alexandria’s Eisenhower Valley. This 4.5-mile east-west corridor, which parallels the City’s southern border along Cameron Run, is strategically located and home to a range of recreational facilities, restaurants, city services and entertainment options. A growing number of people call the Valley home, and there is also a strong business presence on the Avenue. City officials are hailing the Eisenhower Valley as the future “economic engine of Alexandria.”
See our demographics, prepared by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. Eisenhower AEDP.pdf
According to City, retail space along Eisenhower Avenue is expected to include more than 250 additional businesses by the year 2020. This will include a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment retailers, making the Valley a true destination for residents who live there and neighbors who live nearby.
Today, the Hoffman Town Center is the focal point of the burgeoning entertainment district on the Avenue. The Town Center currently has the state-of-the-art 22-screen AMC Movie Theater with seats for more than 4000 viewers, Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, San Antonio Bar & Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Delia's Restaurant, California Tortilla and Ted's Montana Grill. Additional restaurants are slated to open soon. According to planners, the site will be “a year-round, outdoor promenade for families and people to gather, experience the arts and stroll at night."
The Eisenhower Valley has a number of recreational amenities that families, couples and individuals from all over the City enjoy. These include:
- Cameron Run Regional Park, also known as Alexandria’s playground. A part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, this recreation complex includes a water park, an innovative miniature golf course, a batting cage, two group picnic shelters, family picnicking and Lake Cook, which is stocked by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as part of its Urban Fishing Program. It is also the home of the Partnership’s annual “Mini Golf Classic” which benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the Partnership.
- Joseph M. Hensley Park is one of the largest sports facilities in the City located at 4200 Eisenhower Ave. It has a soccer field, three softball fields, kitchenette and storage facility. Also, there is a park shelter/gazebo. This facility is used by the Adult Sports Leagues, Bishop Ireton Varsity and Junior Varsity Softball Teams, ASA, Lacrosse practice and is sometimes used for special events.
- African American Heritage Park recognizes the contributions that Black Americans have made to Alexandria. The park’s centerpiece is Jerome Meadows’ sculpture “Truths That Rise From the Roots – Remembered.” The property holds historical importance. In 1885 the Black Baptist Cemetery Association established the land as a burial ground. The park wetlands also offers habitat for wildlife such as Mallard ducks, crayfish and painted turtles.
- Bike trails run throughout Eisenhower Valley, connecting not only Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue, but intermixing with a network of trails throughout Alexandria and Northern Virginia.
The Eisenhower Valley is home to over 6,250 Alexandria residents with many more apartments and condos to be built in the next few years.
The corridor currently includes nearly 3.7 million square feet of office space, 2.6 square feet of commercial space, and more than 400 businesses employing more than 25,000 employees. When fully built, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) is projected to bring 7,100 jobs and $6.4 million in annual net new tax revenue to the City.
Many of the businesses located along Eisenhower Avenue serve Alexandria residents offer valuable services for residents City-wide.
Eisenhower Avenue is also home to two major universities -- Strayer University and Florida Tech Graduate Accommodations.
There are six hotels are located in the Valley – The Westin Alexandria, Homestead Studio Suites Hotel, Alexandria Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and The Holiday Inn-Eisenhower.
Citizen Convenience Services
The Avenue has an array of convenience services that serve citizens City-wide, including: