Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation Phase
Braddock Interim Open Space is Now Open!
The new ½ acre public open space at 600 North Henry Street (next to the Wythe Street Post Office) is now open! The City acquired the property in 2010 as a first step toward the long term plan goal for a 1-acre park on that block, as envisioned in the
Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan
. The City is actively working on solutions to achieve the full 1-acre park, and in the short-term the interim open space will serve many of the community’s needs for open space and passive recreation. See below link for more information on the open
- Braddock Implementation!
The Braddock Implementation Advisory Group (BIAG) and City staff continue to implement the recommendations of the 2008 Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan. Currently, the BIAG is focused on planning for new open space at 600 N. Henry Street, streetscape improvements, 1-acre community park on the Wythe Street Post Office block, and neighborhood retail.
- Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Monday, May 11, 2015 (Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room, 901 Wythe Street)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room, 901 Wythe Street)
Monday, December 14, 2015 (Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room, 901 Wythe Street)
- Braddock Implementation Advisory Group Membership Changes
On November 11, 2014, the City Council approved a recommendation to alter the membership of the Braddock IAG to include representation from a newly formed civic association - Braddock Metro Citizens' Coalition (BMCC). The expanded roster provides the group with two representatives. The BMCC will select its representatives to the Braddock IAG.
City Council Resolution - Reconfigure BIAG - November 2014
BIAG Roster - December 2014
- Public Planning Process has begun for Braddock Metro Station Redevelopment
On March 13, the Planning, Program Development and Real Estate committee of Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) voted to adopt the proposed 2014 joint development work program, which will include a request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Braddock Road Metro station in Alexandria. In response, the City, in partnership with WMATA, has initiated a community planning process to define parameters that will direct the development of the site. The first community meeting was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Charles Houston Recreation Center. See below for further details.
For more information about the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan implementation process, please contact Brandi D. Collins & Nathan Imm, Urban Planners with the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703.746.4666.
The Alexandria City Council approved the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan on March 15, 2008.The framework and recommendations in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan are based on seven guiding principles.
- Create a sense of place/neighborhood identity, vitality and diversity.
- Provide walkable neighborhoods that are secure and feel safe.
- Establish a variety of community serving, usable open spaces.
- Encourage community-serving retail and services.
- Promote mixed-income housing and follow an open, fair and inclusive process to deconcentrate public housing.
- Manage multi-modal transportation, parking and road infrastructure.
- Achieve varying and transitional heights and scales.
Braddock East Master Plan, approved by City Council on October 18, 2008, expands upon the fifth of these principles; to promote mixed income communities through the redevelopment of the existing public housing sites within the Braddock East planning area.
On February 2, 2009, City Council established the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation Advisory Group (BIAG) to assist City staff in implementing the recommendations of both the Braddock Metro Neighborhood and Braddock East plans.
On June 9, 2009, City Council adopted the establishment of the Braddock Open Space and the Braddock Community Amenities Fund Accounts and approved a formula for developer contributions. A link to City Council's action docket is available by clicking
The new ½ acre public open space at 600 North Henry Street
(next to the Wythe Street Post Office) is now open!
The interim open space provides community gathering areas, seating, joggle boards, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and a ping pong table. These small recreational opportunities will be evaluated to determine the level of use they receive, and will inform their inclusion in the eventual 1-acre park. Equipment for these activities will be on a “bring-your-own” basis until loaner equipment can be made available for use.
The plaza along Fayette Street will be lighted and open until 10:00 pm. The remainder of the park is open from dawn to dusk. A Bikeshare station is located along North Henry Street and bike racks are available in the plaza along Fayette Street.
The City acquired the property in 2010 as a first step toward the long term plan goal for a 1-acre park on that block, as envisioned in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan. The City is actively working on solutions to achieve the full 1-acre park, and in the
short-term the interim open space will serve many of the community’s needs for open space and passive recreation. The Interim Open Space design was developed in collaboration with the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group
through an active community process.
We would like to thank the following companies who donated site furniture for use in the interim open space:
- Conceptual Site Furnishings
- Iron Age Designs
- Landscape Forms
- RCLF Site Furnishings
- Site Concepts
We would also like to thank Virginia Roofing for their donation through the Living Landscapes Fund.
For more information on the Interim Open Space, please
contact Laura Durham (Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities,
703-746-4343) or Nathan Imm (Planning & Zoning, 703-746-4666).
Braddock Park Guiding Principles
Community members and the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group worked together to create principles that will guide the planning and construction of the future park on the Wythe Street Post Office block.
View the Braddock Park Guiding Principles.
Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan & Implementation Documents
Past Meetings and Events
Please visit this page for information presented during past meetings.