The City of Alexandria, Virginia is embarking on a multi-year capital program to reinvent the City’s Waterfront as a dynamic gateway to historic Old Town. The $60 million program includes development of a flood mitigation system, creation of a riverfront promenade and the new Fitzgerald Square plaza. The City’s rich heritage will be honored through this investment in new public spaces and infrastructure. The City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a highly qualified, professional design team with national expertise to lead the effort.
Implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan is beginning with flood mitigation, as directed by Council and supported by the community as determined through the "Waterfront Phasing and Funding Plan" efforts.
On January 27, 2015, Alexandria City Council received and adopted "Option A – Flood Mitigation & Promenade," a phasing plan for implementation of the Waterfront public improvements, which was generally consistent with the following initial order of implementation: a. completion of core area utility, roadway and other infrastructure construction required to support subsequent improvements; b. competition of flood mitigation elements; c. completion of Fitzgerald Square improvements; and d. completion of remaining park improvements inside the core area.
The Waterfront Plan,
approved by the City Council in January 2012, is a 20-30 year vision for the
area extending from Third Street (Tidelock Park) on the north to Wolfe Street
(Shipyard/Harborside Park) on the south. The Phase I landscape and flood
mitigation design for implementation of the Waterfront Plan was approved on
June 14, 2014 by the City Council.
The Alexandria Waterfront Commission advises the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's Marina, and advises on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated.
In October 2014, the City
established a citizens’ Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront
Construction to proactively address impacts such as noise, hauling, dust
and other impacts, once development along the waterfront begins. Read
more for members and meetings.
The Waterfront Plan recommends a variety of parking and circulation improvements with several underway.