City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - June 8, 2012
Mark Center Seminary Road Pedestrian Bridge Update
In response to a request by the City Manager in follow up to Council’s adoption of the Beauregard Small Area Plan, the Federal Highway Administration has notified the City that the agency’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) will eliminate the Seminary Road pedestrian bridge slated as part of the Mark Center Short and Mid-Term Improvements project. The EFLHD will instead incorporate, as requested by the City, an at-grade pedestrian crossing into the project. The EHFLD will work with the City, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Defense to select a preferred design concept for a pedestrian crossing that provides safety for pedestrians and minimizes motorist delays along the Seminary Road corridor.
Cornerstone Partnership Releases Statewide Affordable Homeownership Program Assessment
The Cornerstone Partnership, an initiative of NCB Capital Impact, has released the findings of its study of affordable homeownership programs in Virginia. The City of Alexandria was one of seven jurisdictions participating in an Affordable Dwelling Unit Task Force which discussed strengths of and challenges to affordable homeownership programs in Virginia. Based on an internal review of program documents and an onsite assessment, the Partnership found that the City’s Office of Housing “appears to be performing a high level of ongoing stewardship to ensure that their program is preserving affordability for future generations while at the same time offering life altering benefits to today’s owners.” Each participating jurisdiction received an individual internal report which was not included in the statewide assessment. According to the internal report, the City is currently using 78% of industry best practices in the administration of its affordable homeownership programs.
Public Meeting on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Design
The City will hold a public meeting on the Bus Rapid Transit station design on Route 1 (between Potomac Avenue and East Glebe Road) on Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cora Kelly Recreation Center. The meeting will outline vertical elements of the station and public input will be solicited on the proposed shelter, fare collection devices, next bus technology, benches, and trash receptacles.
William Ramsay PTA Receives $20,000 Playground Grant
On Monday, June 4, the William Ramsay PTA was notified that Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the PTA a $20,000 Let’s Play City Construction Grant to rebuild the school’s playground. The PTA received the grant because Alexandria was selected as a 2012 Playful City USA community by KaBOOM! on May 1. The funding will be used by the PTA to build a new playground, with community involvement by project partners ACTion Alexandria and the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.
Arlandria Action Plan Implementation Meeting
The Department of Planning & Zoning will hold a “Status of Implementation” meeting for the 2003 Arlandria Action Plan on Wednesday, June 20, with an Open House at 6 p.m., and the meeting from 7 – 8:45 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Four Mile Run Park Community Building, 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave. The meeting will include updates on implementation efforts that occurred over the last 14 months related to the Four Mile Run Park Expansion project, infrastructure projects, development activities, and business retention and recruitment efforts. In addition, meeting attendees will be invited to participate in a group exercise to identify priorities for future implementation efforts that could influence future Arlandria Neighborhood-related Capital Improvement Program Projects.