Manager's Report - October 11, 2013
Alexandria Hosts National Building Museum Members for a Tour of the Waterfront and Old Town North
On Saturday, October 5, the City of Alexandria hosted a walking tour of the Waterfront and Old Town North for members of the National Building Museum (NBM). NBM’s new Planning Tour Series is designed to provide planners and other professionals an avenue to learn more about urban neighborhoods within the region. Series topics include the following: how neighborhoods are applying planning and urban design principles such as visual and physical connectivity, walkability, scale and architecture to make their communities more livable. Members earn credits toward certifications in planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture. While these tours are typically designed for about 25 people, Alexandria’s tour generated nearly 30 participants. The tour, organized by Principle Planner Nancy Williams from Planning and Zoning (P&Z), was led by Planning Commissioner Nathan Macek and P&Z Urban Planner Maya Contreras.
Arlandria Community Newsletter
This week, the City’s Arlandria interdepartmental staff team distributed a Community Newsletter to the Arlandria Action Plan Implementation Advisory Group and members of their constituent organizations. The newsletter provides an update on activities and events that have occurred since the last staff update in March. Advisory group members are encouraged to share the newsletter with members of the community to inform as many residents as possible about what is happening in the neighborhood and how to get involved. Residents are encouraged to participate in the City’s budget process and attend the Status of Implementation Open House on November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center.
City Expands On-Street Carshare Program
The Alexandria City Council adopted a pilot on-street carshare policy in January. This policy allows qualified carsharing companies to lease on-street parking spaces located in the public right of way. The first two on-street carshare vehicles were placed in the Carlyle complex in March 2013 and are available to Hertz members. Recently, five additional on-street spaces for Zip Car vehicles have been added in the City. The City’s Carshare Alexandria program reimburses residents for their first year of membership with Zip Car, and provides discounts to Hertz members.
Alexandria Beautification Commission Announces 2013 Alexandria Beautification Award Winners
The Alexandria Beautification Commission announced the 2013 Alexandria Beautification Award winners in a ceremony held September 30 at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. The Commission, Mayor William D. Euille and Councilman Tim Lovain presented 37 awards.
City of Alexandria Begins Installation of Annual King Street Holiday Light Display
Holiday light installation along the King Street corridor has begun and will continue through October. Approximately 250 trees along King Street from the Potomac River to the Metro station, around City Hall, and the 100 blocks of North and South Union Streets and Washington Streets will be lit with 150,000 lights. Seasonal Solutions, a specialty lighting contractor form Phoenix, Arizona was awarded the contract to install and maintain the lights. This year, the lights will highlight the silhouette of the trees by illuminating the trunks and lower branches. The light display begins the week before Thanksgiving and remains lit through March 2014.