Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation Phase
For more information about the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan implementation process, please contact Brandi D. Collins & Nathan Imm, Urban Planners with the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703.746.4666.
The Alexandria City Council approved the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan on March 15, 2008.The framework and recommendations in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan are based on seven guiding principles.
- Create a sense of place/neighborhood identity, vitality and diversity.
- Provide walkable neighborhoods that are secure and feel safe.
- Establish a variety of community serving, usable open spaces.
- Encourage community-serving retail and services.
- Promote mixed-income housing and follow an open, fair and inclusive process to deconcentrate public housing.
- Manage multi-modal transportation, parking and road infrastructure.
- Achieve varying and transitional heights and scales.
Braddock East Master Plan, approved by City Council on October 18, 2008, expands upon the fifth of these principles; to promote mixed income communities through the redevelopment of the existing public housing sites within the Braddock East planning area.
On February 2, 2009, City Council established the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation Advisory Group (BIAG) to assist City staff in implementing the recommendations of both the Braddock Metro Neighborhood and Braddock East plans.
On June 9, 2009, City Council adopted the establishment of the Braddock Open Space and the Braddock Community Amenities Fund Accounts and approved a formula for developer contributions. A link to City Council's action docket is available by clicking
New 1/2 Acre Interim Public Open Space
- The new ½ acre public open space at 600 North Henry Street (next to the Wythe Street Post Office) is now open!
The interim open space provides community gathering areas, seating, joggle boards, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and a ping pong table. These small recreational opportunities will be evaluated to determine the level of use they receive, and will inform their inclusion in the eventual 1-acre park. Equipment for these activities will be on a “bring-your-own” basis until loaner equipment can be made available for use.
The plaza along Fayette Street is lighted and open until 10:00pm. The remainder of the park is open from dawn to dusk. A
Bikeshare station is located along North Henry Street and bike racks are available in the plaza along Fayette Street.
The City acquired the property in 2010 as a first step toward the long term plan goal for a 1-acre park on that block, as envisioned in the
Neighborhood Plan. The City is actively working on solutions to achieve the full 1-acre park (see below), and in the short-term the interim open space will serve many of the community’s needs for open space and passive recreation. The Interim Open Space design was developed in collaboration with the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group through an active community process.
We would like to thank the following companies who donated site furniture for use in the interim open space:
- Conceptual Site Furnishings
- Iron Age Designs
- Landscape Forms
- RCLF Site Furnishings
- Site Concepts
We would also like to thank Virginia Roofing for their donation through the Living Landscapes Fund.
Proposed 1-Acre Park Planning Process
- On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Braddock IAG held a public meeting and "walkshop" with the community and park designers,
Andropogon Associates. The event provided participants with an opportunity to walk the site of the future 1-acre park and discuss Park Principles developed with the community as well as feedback already received.
For more information, please
contact Laura Durham (Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities,
703-746-4343) or Nathan Imm (Planning & Zoning, 703-746-4666).
Braddock Park Guiding Principles
Community members and the Braddock Implementation Advisory Group worked together to create principles that will guide the planning and construction of the future park on the Wythe Street Post Office block.
View the Braddock Park Guiding Principles.
Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan & Implementation Documents
Past Meetings and Events
this page for information presented during past meetings.