City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - July 27, 2012
GenOn Energy to Merge with NRG Energy
This week it was announced that GenOn will be merging with NRG Energy to form the largest competitive producer of electricity in the United States. NRG, based in Princeton NJ, is a leader in alternative energy production (solar and electric recharging stations) and also owns Reliant Energy of Houston, which produces about half of the electricity generated in Texas. GenOn’s merger with NRG will be handled as a stock swap transaction, in which GenOn will be structured as a subsidiary of NRG. This transaction does not change the planned October 1 closing date of the GenOn facility in Alexandria, and in the short term, may not change much at all, other than the fact that GenOn will be part of a larger, financially healthier company. City staff met recently with GenOn to discuss their decommissioning plans, and those discussions will continue.
Columbia Pike Transit Initiative Update: Arlington County Approves Locally Preferred Alternative
The Columbia Pike Transit Initiative, established in 2004, is a joint project of Arlington and Fairfax counties to bring enhanced transit services and facilities to the Columbia Pike Corridor, which stretches from Pentagon City to the Skyline area of Fairfax County. On July 24, the Arlington County Board approved the Columbia Pike Streetcar Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) by a vote of 4-1, with one abstention. The LPA is the Streetcar Build Alternative, which includes a design option for the western terminus bending along the south side of Route 7. During the project public comment period, Vornado/Charles E. Smith (Realty Trust) submitted a new proposal for a western terminus that crosses Route 7 and ends within the entry to Skyline, but does not run all the way to the Target store. Arlington has been in discussions with Target about this option. As the project progresses, Arlington County staff will continue coordination with Target, VDOT, Vornado /Charles E. Smith, and the Route 7 Multi-modal Study, and will seek guidance from the Federal Transit Administration regarding any evaluation that may be needed for this design option. The Fairfax County Board will take action on July 31. The Mayor has written both the Arlington and Fairfax county boards advocating for the Route 7 terminus, noting that the Vornado/Charles E. Smith proposal will make it more difficult to extend the streetcar line to Northern Virginia Community College and into the Beauregard Corridor.
Jones Point Park Open to the Public – Dedication in September 2012
Jones Point Park opened to the public on Thursday, July 5. The new park, owned, managed and operated by the National Park Service, features walking trails, basketball courts, playground and tot-lot, fishing pier, canoe launch, parking and more. The official dedication has been scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10.a.m.
City of Alexandria Miracle Field Construction Update & Planned Dedication
Construction is currently underway for the Miracle Field at the Lee Center. On October 3 at 5 p.m., the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, in partnership with the Miracle League of Alexandria, will hold a dedication ceremony to officially open the field and kick off the start of the Miracle League playing season. The Miracle Field site will be completely ADA accessible and the rubber playing surface will provide safe and fun recreational opportunities for Alexandria’s special needs community. In 2010, Alexandria’s City Council approved partial funding of $285,000 for construction of the Miracle Field. At a remarkable speed of just one year, a dedicated group of residents formed the Miracle League of Alexandria to raise more than $135,000, completing the project’s budgetary needs.