Public Hearing on Proposed Plan for Interim Open Space at 600 N. Henry St.
The Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft plan for the open space property located at 600 North Henry Street at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.). This public hearing is an additional opportunity for the community to review the design for this interim public open space in the Braddock neighborhood. Slated for construction in mid-2014, the interim park is for resident use and enjoyment until the block is redeveloped, and the full one-acre park called for in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan is constructed. For more information, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Proposal Issued for Redevelopment of Seven ARHA-Owned Sites
On January 7, Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and its development corporation, Virginia Housing Development, LLC, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for partners in the redevelopment of seven ARHA-owned sites: ARHA’s administrative offices, Hopkins-Tancil Courts, Samuel Madden Homes, Jefferson Village, Andrew Adkins, Cameron Valley, and the Ladrey high rise. This effort is intended to replace 546 public housing units with new units integrated into mixed-income or mixed-use developments. ARHA is seeking a joint development or public private partnership model of development that will allow the agency to retain some ownership of its land assets and create a long term funding stream to sustain its programs, among other objectives.
ARHA expects to coordinate the development in a phased manner. Discussions between ARHA and City staff concerning this endeavor began late last year, and discussions were held this fall between the ARHA’s leadership and City Council’s ARHA Redevelopment Workgroup. This RFP, which is Part I of a two-part process, has a submission date of March 17, and is expected to result in a short list of developers for each site by April 29. Simultaneously with the publication of the short lists, the Part II Solicitation will be issued for specific proposals for each site. All prospective bidders must register to be eligible to apply.
New Director in the Department of Community and Human Services
The City of Alexandria has announced the appointment of Kate A. Garvey as Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. Garvey brings more than 20 years of experience to the City in the field of health and human services at the local government level. She comes to Alexandria from Montgomery County, MD, where she served as Chief of Youth and Family Services/Social Services Director. Prior to her tenure in Montgomery County, she served as Executive Deputy Director for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Garvey, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, has extensive skill in community development, early childhood initiatives, service integration and change management. Garvey will begin work on February 18.
January is National Mentoring Month
Alexandria will join communities across the country to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Research has shown that mentoring a child is among the affective activities in helping prevent crime, poor school performance, gang involvement, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, championed by Mayor William D. Euille, Members of City Council and the City Manager’s Office since 2006, will celebrate National Mentoring Month by hosting an information session for community members interested in volunteering to help a child. The session will take place on Tuesday, January 28, at 6 p.m. at the Lyceum (201 S. Washington St.).