Manager's Report - January 31, 2014
Pile Driving at AlexRenew’s Nutrient Management Facility
The Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Nutrient Management Facility construction project, located at the end of Holland Lane at Eisenhower Avenue, is in the initial stage of pile driving. The first phase of driving piles to support an 18-million gallon wastewater storage tank is nearly complete. The next phase involves driving piles to support construction of an Environmental Center to house AlexRenew’s administrative workplace, public meeting spaces, and educational displays. The pile driving is estimated to last until April. The contractor is taking steps to minimize the noise in the neighborhood, including operating only during hours approved by the City’s noise ordinance. The City’s noise permit allows pile driving to occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General construction, outside of pile driving-related activities, has been extended to Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Alexandria Guest Parking Permit Changes
In November 2013, City Council directed staff to modify the City’s Residential Parking Permit program. The modification prevents residents from obtaining a guest parking permit for their personal vehicles. The new permit includes a blank section for the guests’ license plate number, and is not valid unless the license plate number of the guest’s vehicle is displayed on the permit. Staff notified registered users of the City’s online Parking Permit app by email, and revised the City’s website to reflect the changes. Guest parking permits may be obtained at City libraries, in City Hall (room 1510), or printed online via the City’s Parking Permit app.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Holds Public Hearings
This week, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) will host six public hearings to receive comments on their Fiscal Year 2015 fare proposals and capital improvement program. The next hearing in Virginia is scheduled in Arlington on Wednesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m., with an informal informational session beginning at 6 p.m.
University of Virginia Releases 2013 Population Estimates
The University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center released its 2013 annual official population estimates for Virginia and its localities this week. Weldon Cooper estimates that Alexandria had 151,218 residents as of July 1, 2013, an 8.0% increase since the 2010 Census count of 139,996. City Department of Planning and Zoning staff, however, estimate that the July 1, 2013 population was only 142,000, a 1.4% increase since 2010. Weldon Cooper uses a uniform statewide formula based on five statistics: housing units, grade 1 through 8 students, births since 2010, deaths since 2010, and drivers’ licenses since 2010. The unique age distribution of the City’s population, the recent increase in births, and the City’s current spike in school enrollment account for the higher Weldon Cooper estimate. Weldon Cooper also estimates that since the 2010 Census, Virginia as a whole increased in population by 3.2% to 8,260,405, with the large population gains concentrated in urban localities, particularly in Northern Virginia.