Waterfront Redevelopment Sites
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
here for the Washington
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.
220 S. Union Street - 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 is anticipated to
be docketed for Planning Commission and City Council in January 2014.
Carr Hospitality has and
is continuing to meet with a series of stakeholders regarding the project. In addition, the proposal was submitted to
the Board of Architectural Review on September 25, 2013 for a Work Session.
Click here for a copy of the September
25th BAR Minutes.
The design submitted in September 2013 to the BAR included changes over a
design reviewed by the BAR in 2012. The
BAR recommended in September 2013 to further
simplify and further align the design with the model. Carr Hospitality is exploring those
to the September 2013 BAR Meeting, and as part of their stakeholder outreach
effort, Carr Hospitality made a presentation to the Old Town Civic Association
and to the Waterfront Commission and a copy of that presentation is located here.
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
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.
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., is requesting to operate a restuarant with 255 indoor seats, 135 outdoor seats along the rear deck, and 60 solarium/outdoor seats along the marina. The special use permit is docketed for the December Planning Commission and City Council public hearings. For additional information about the project including the application and staff report, please check the respective hearing dockets above.
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
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.
more about The Oronoco residential project
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.
of The Beachcombers Restaurant RFP (August 2012)