Proposed Bicycle City Code Changes
To make the bicycle section of the City Code consistent with the State of Virginia Code and codes of neighboring jurisdictions, staff will present proposed changes at the City Council’s June 11 legislative session and June 15 public hearing. The City’s Traffic and Parking Board reviewed the proposed changes and heard public comment on May 20. In addition, staff updated the Transportation Commission at the public meeting on May 8, and the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on April 15.
Reed Avenue Project Awarded $15 Million in Tax Credits
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) recently released the final rankings of the 2013 applications for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. AHC’s Reed Avenue project (to be named Jackson Crossing) was the top ranking application in the New Construction pool, and will receive credits yielding approximately $15 million to the project. The new development will provide 78 affordable rental housing units at the corner of East Reed Avenue and Route 1. The City is partnering with AHC in this venture and is adding the City-owned corner parcel to the Reed Avenue parcels assembled by AHC.
City Hosts Community Events in Arlandria
On May 31, members of the Arlandria community and City staff joined together for a Community Walk in the Arlandria neighborhood. The walk was attended by 25 members of the community and city staff representing six departments. The purpose of the event was to walk as a group to observe, discuss, document, and resolve neighborhood issues such as right of way maintenance and litter pick up, code violations, and other community quality of life issues. An interdepartmental staff team is working to compile and begin resolution of the issues observed, some of which have already been addressed. This list will be posted on the Arlandria website. City Staff also hosted an Arlandria Community Open House on Sunday, June 2 at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market, which is now in its third summer. The purpose of the open house was to bring together members of the community and the Arlandria Action Plan Implementation Advisory Group to highlight ongoing collaborative implementation of the 2003 Arlandria Action Plan. City staff were on hand to answer questions and take comments on topics such as the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan, economic development, Four Mile Run Park improvements, upcoming development projects in the area, and completed/planned transportation improvements. Information provided at the open house can be found on the Arlandria website.
Workshops on Understanding Condo Living
On June 10, the City’s Office of Housing, in partnership with Arlington County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, will host the second in a series of workshops related to condominium ownership. This partnership seeks to strengthen condominium communities--the most affordable source of homeownership housing in the region--through educational opportunities and improved governance practices. Future workshops will include intensive board training “boot camp” and information about energy efficiency improvements. “Understanding Condominium Living” will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. The session is free, but seating is limited. For more information or to register, call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990, or email Shane Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org.