Royal Street Bus Garage Redevelopment Update
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is planning to proceed with the redevelopment of the existing Royal Street bus garage, located in North Old Town. Prior to issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the site, WMATA has agreed to work with the City and community to define redevelopment criteria for the site. As a result of this agreement, The City Manager appointed a Royal Street Bus Garage Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to provide guidance in the creation of redevelopment parameters and design standards for consideration in the RFP process. The Committee includes appointed officials, adjacent residents, major property owners and representatives of civic, community and business organizations with an interest in the site. The first committee meeting was held on Saturday, February 8. Meetings will be held over the next several months, with interactive sessions to identify issues, redevelopment options, public benefits and design principles for the site. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m., location to be determined. Public participation is encouraged at each Committee meeting.
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Chair Allen C. Lomax Chosen as Honoree for the 2014 Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth
The National Child Labor Committee awarded Allen C. Lomax, Chair of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), with one of the prestigious Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth at a February 18 ceremony in New York City. Lomax has been selected as one of 10 recipients of the awards, which honor professionals or volunteers for unheralded and exceptional service to young people. For two decades, he has advocated for youth in Alexandria In 2009, Lomax became chair of SAPCA, a workgroup of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria devoted to educating local youth about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Lomax, who has volunteered countless hours of his time to SAPCA, believes youth are key stakeholders who have to be engaged in every stage of the planning and implementation of projects designed to help them.
Health Department Sponsors Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium
In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) sponsored its third Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium on Saturday, February 8. The symposium was held at Alexandria’s Oakland Baptist Church with approximately 125 people in attendance. Presentations included HIV 101--The Basics; HIV/AIDS Impact in the Community--A Call to Action; and information on local HIV prevention, education outreach efforts and service providers was available. AHD’s Medical Reserve Corps participated by providing information and materials on emergency preparedness and readiness.