Waterfront Redevelopment Sites
Three redevelopment sites are highlighted in the Waterfront Small Area Plan planning area, those being Robinson Terminal North and South, as well as the Cummings-Turner Block located between Prince and Duke Streets along The Strand. The Plan contains specific recommendations regarding improvements to these sites, including public access, monetary, and other contributions for public amenities. Learn about development activity occurring within the boundaries of the Waterfront Plan.
Robinson Terminal Sites
October 17, 2013 Public Presentation by Contract Purchasers of the Washington Post - On September 21, 2013, the Washington Post and other media reported that the Washington Post has selected purchasers for the two Robinson Terminal Warehouse sites. The Post identified the buyer of the northern warehouse as City Interests/Armada Hoffler and the buyer for the southern warehouse as EYA/JBG. Read here for the Washington Post story. On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the Waterfront Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission held a public meeting where they received a presentation from the contract purchasers of both sites. The purpose of the presentation was to introduce the public to the teams for both sites. Both teams are still in their due diligence period with the Washington Post.
Cummings-Turner Block: 220 S. Union Street - Carr Hospitality
Carr Hospitality submitted a Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) application to the City in November 2013 for a proposed 5-story 120 room hotel, with underground parking and a restaurant for 220 S Union Street. Carr Hospitality is currently under contract to purchase the site which is located on the south end of the Cummings-Turner Block at Union and Duke Streets. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on January 7, 2014 and approved by the City Council on January 25, 2014. Click here to view the Staff Report and the Minutes from January 24, 2014 City Council Public Hearing.
At the March 5th public hearing the Old & Historic Alexandria District Board of Architectural Review deferred Carr Hospitality's request for a Permit to Demolish and a Certificate of Appropriateness. The Board will hold a public work session to discuss the proposal on March 12, 2014 at the Lloyd House, 220 N Washington Street at 7:30 pm, please click here for the agenda and memo.
Cummings-Turner Block: 204-206 S. Union Street - Mid-19th Century Historic Warehouses
204-206 S. Union Street, two mid-19th century warehouse buildings located on the northern portion of the Cummings/Turner block, were acquired by Lawrence N. Brandt, Inc. in 2012. These historic structures have been converted from warehouse to office use in accordance with the guidelines of the Board of Architectural Review and related City guidelines. The buildings’ heavy timber interior framing and massive solid masonry walls were accentuated under the rehabilitation and preservation
processes. Since no change was requested for their massing, and because office uses are allowed under the existing zoning, a Special Use Permit was not required. Work on these buildings was completed in summer 2013, with occupancy by Columbia Capital, Inc. as of July 1, 2013.
Other Development Activity in the Planning Area:
The Food Court
In September 2013, an special use permit application was submitted to the city to operate a restuarant at the fomer Torpedo Factory Food Court Pavilion. The applicant, Blackwall Hitch Alexandria, LLC., was approved to operate a restuarant with indoor and outdoor seats along the rear deck, and along the marina. The special use permit was approved by City Council in December 2013. For more information, including video of the Council meeting, click here.
601 N. Fairfax Street - The Oronoco Residential Project
EYA, a development firm based in the Washington Metropolitan area, has built several urban-style residential properties in Alexandria and in 2011 acquired the Sheet Metal Workers Office Building at 601 N. Fairfax Street (northeast corner of North Fairfax and Pendleton Streets). It is converting the building from office to residential use with 60 large condominium units, primarily two and three bedrooms with terraces and common amenities such as a pool and concierge service. EYA has posted a video related to The Oronoco.
A Pre-construction and Community Meeting was held on this project by EYA on July 24, 2012 in The Oronoco Sales Office, 119 Oronoco Street, and on September 18, 2012, EYA presented an update on the project to the Waterfront Commission. All Waterfront Commission meetings are open to the public. Conversion of the building began in late 2012 and is anticipated to continue through 2013, with occupancy in early 2014. No change is required to the building’s overall envelop; therefore, neither a site plan nor Special Use Permit is required, however, conversion of the building did require regular staff administrative approval of a grading plan and building permits.
EYA has committed to contributing $25,000 towards the Art Walk which is a recommendation within the Waterfront SAP to create an artistic experience as one walks along the Waterfront.
· Read more about The Oronoco residential project
The Beachcombers Restaurant
The Beachcombers Restaurant, built in the mid-20th century, is a 3,630 square foot former restaurant building that was constructed over water at the corner of The Strand and Prince Street. Over time, the water around the building was filled in, in part with the excess from a concrete business located adjacent to this building. The building operated as a restaurant for only a few years and later became a gun shop and military surplus store for the next 50 years. There is interest in the public and the private sectors in restoring the building and accordingly a recommendation to restore it is included in the Waterfront SAP if the use is found to be economically viable.
To explore this possibility further, the City Council on September 27, 2012 approved issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for The Beachcombers Restaurant. The RFP was issued on February 28, 2013 and closed on June 15, 2013. Three proposals were subsequently received by the City, and the Department of General Services, as the lead on this project, is anticipated to identify next steps in the review and selection processes shortly.
· Summary of The Beachcombers Restaurant RFP (August 2012)