City of Alexandria, VA
Manager's Report - November 16, 2012
Potomac Yard Metrorail: Balloon Testing
Over the next several weeks, as part of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Study process, balloon tests are being conducted. These tests will assist in providing a further understanding of the visual impacts of the proposed three Potomac Yard Metrorail Station location alternatives. Due to the specific weather conditions needed, the balloon testing is scheduled between November 19 and December 7. During the tests, specialized balloons will be used to obtain photographs and video images can be obtained of each of the alternative station locations. Balloons may be visible above the George Washington Memorial Parkway for approximately one to 1.5 hours while the tests are conducted. Motorists are advised that stopping along the Parkway is prohibited. If there are any questions about this test or the project, contact Potomac Yard Projects Manager Susan Gygi at 703.746.4109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association Recognizes City's Capital Bikeshare Program
The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAC-APA) recently announced the recipients of the 2012 Biennial Planning Awards. The City was honored with the "Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Official" for its commitments to the Capital Area Bikeshare Programs. More than 1,800 trips were taken on Capital Bikeshare in Alexandria in the first month of operations. The National Capital Area Chapter represents more than 700 professional planners, related professionals, planning board and commission members, elected officials, and citizen planners; and is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of sound planning and land use practices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Holmes Run/Chambliss Crossing Project
This fall the City began preconstruction activities for the Holmes Run/Chambliss Crossing Project. These activities included a preconstruction meeting and marking of the site. The project includes creating shared-use path connections to connect existing trails from Alexandria to Fairfax County. These components will provide increased accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. Stream restoration will stabilize the banks of Holmes Run and increase vegetation in the area, while maintaining current levels of flood protection. This project is partially supported with Department of Defense BRAC-133 mitigation funding. Construction will begin in December and continue through the spring of 2013.
Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley Update
Recently, City Council and the community expressed significant interest in providing free trolley service to the Del Ray and Arlandria neighborhoods. A Request for Proposals (RFP) to operate the Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley was issued on October 4. The City publicized the RFP and held a pre-bid meeting for interested vendors. The RFP closed October 31 with no bids received. When the King Street Trolley was advertised in 2008, only one bid was received. Today's weaker economic climate and the nature of this initiative as a pilot project may have contributed to the lack of bids on the Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley. The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is currently exploring options to move forward with trolley service to Del Ray and Arlandria.
City of Alexandria's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for Friday, November 23
Kick off the holiday season by attending the 2012 City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 23, at 7 pm, at Market Square, 301 King St. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. Entertainment features a message from the Mayor, a visit from Santa, a performance of Santa's Frosty Follies by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, and caroling with a community sing along. For additional information, call the City's Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.
What's Next Alexandria? Community Dialogue
Building on the input provided in the ACTion Alexandria community poll, a Community Dialogue was held on Thursday, November 15, at the First Baptist Church Activity Center. Approximately 165 Alexandrians attended the event. That night, in addition to hearing results of the community poll and working with fellow Alexandrians on principles of engagement, attendees heard from Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, founder and former President of AmericaSpeaks and Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. The next Community Dialogue will be held in January 2013. Results of the community poll, a video of the event, meeting materials and other information are available on the City's website.
The next edition of the Manager's Report will be released on November 30, 2012