Manager's Report - August 9, 2013
Developer Plans Hotel on Eisenhower Avenue
The developer of Carlyle Plaza (the development parcels near the Eisenhower statue south of Eisenhower Avenue) has contacted the City about converting one of his previously approved office buildings into a large hotel to serve the National Science Foundation visitor demand. According to Jeff Zell, CEO of JM Zell Partners, Ltd., the floor area of the new hotel and height is less than the previously approved office building. City staff members have not seen any drawings nor have any details been submitted to the City. Zell’s first meeting with Planning & Zoning is next week. A just-released story by the Washington Business Journal appears below.
City of Alexandria to Extend Old Town Pool Operating Season
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will continue to operate the Old Town Pool, located at 1609 Cameron St., through Saturday, September 21, 2013. Beginning Tuesday, September 4, admission to the Old Town Pool is free for City residents.
WMATA Seeks Input on Alexandria-Fairfax Line Metrobus Services
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will host two community meetings to discuss the Alexandria-Fairfax Lines (29K and 29N) Service Evaluation Study. These lines service Duke Street, the Landmark Center, Fairfax City and George Mason University. These meetings are part of ongoing studies to improve Metrobus service on some of the region’s most heavily used bus lines. The next meeting in Alexandria is scheduled for Monday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street. The project team will discuss preliminary findings and potential service improvement concepts.
Hunting Point Resident Meeting at the Lyceum
On August 1, City staff joined several members of the Laramar senior management team at the Lyceum to meet with residents of Hunting Point on the Potomac. This was a meeting that City staff had been advocating for, for some time. Laramar is the Hunting Point’s management company. About 35 residents attended, and they raised several concerns, including 1) Laramar’s plan to raise rents; 2) the removal of a bus shelter on South Washington Street; 3) cluttered bike rooms; and 4) issues related to planned renovations and upgrades to the building. The meeting was also focused on what many residents believed needs to be better communication from Laramar. The meeting ended with Laramar agreeing to hold regular meetings of a similar nature with residents.
Construction Begins on Virginia Dominion Power Substation
Dominion Virginia Power has begun construction of a new power substation in Del Ray. The substation was approved as a Development Special Use Permit in 2009, and an extension was approved in September 2012. It will convert the high-voltage electricity from nearby transmission lines to a lower voltage to serve local homes and businesses. The new substation will be shielded from view by a decorative wall designed by a local architect. The new building, located behind Swing’s Coffee near the intersection of East Monroe Street and Leslie Avenue, is expected to be completed in 2015. Power service will not be disrupted during construction.
West Nile Virus Identified in Mosquitoes in the City
Laboratory testing of mosquitoes trapped by the Health Department the past two weeks has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in Alexandria. WNV has also recently been found in mosquitoes in Prince William and Fairfax counties. This indicates that the risk of human WNV infection is increasing as is typical for this time of year. The Health Department is actively larviciding storm water catch basins and conducting public outreach to respond to the increased level of risk.