City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - June 15, 2012
VDOT Issues “Finding of No Significant Impact” on Proposed I-395/Mark Center HOV Ramp
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was notified that the Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the proposed high occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramp on I-395 at Seminary Road. This decision means that an environmental impact statement is not required. VDOT officials estimate that the reversible transit and HOV ramp will be completed by the summer of 2015. The ramp is expected to relieve traffic congestion near the BRAC-133 building at the Mark Center.
Chinquapin Recreation Center Rixse Pool to Close Temporarily Friday, June 22
The Rixse Pool at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 22, for the installation of a new filter pump motor with a variable frequency drive (VFD) to replace the existing motor which is more than 12 years old. VFD systems are energy efficient resulting in a reduction in energy use for moving pool water through the filter system. For more information, contact William Chesley at 703.746.5426.
City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program Exceeds Goals
This month, the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) partnership acquired its eighth property, exceeding the program’s goal by 100%. The City applied for and received just over $935,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to acquire foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties for rehabilitation and resale to lower-income, first-time homebuyers. Alexandria was the first jurisdiction funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s NSP to complete an acquisition, rehabilitation and resale through the Virginia NSP program. The program partnership consists of the City’s Office of Housing, the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation and Rebuilding Together Alexandria. The City’s NSP is part of a statewide effort that (as of May 2012) has acquired more than 290 homes, created homeownership for 185 low and moderate income homebuyers, and provided long term rental/ supportive housing for 17 additional households.
Alexandria Library Begins SummerQuest Reading Program
Alexandria Library's SummerQuest reading program can help improve children's reading when school is out of session. The program is officially underway, and children can sign up online to track the books that they read. Those who read a minimum of 10 books will receive free prizes, and will be included in a drawing to see Cirque Du Soleil's show, Totem. SummerQuest will feature guest performers at all four library branches, including entertainers who bring books to life, such as magician Joe Romano and storyteller Barbara Effron. Alexandria Library remains committed to providing programs that will make reading fun and rewarding for children.