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Waterfront Plan Implementation
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Waterfront Public Space Improvements

Phase I Landscape and Flood Mitigation Design 

Waterfront Landscape Design Firm - Last year, the City selected The Olin Studio to lead the City's Waterfront Design Project and to coordinate closely on design and integration of the Flood Mitigation Project with URS Corporation. In June 2014, a year later, Phase I of the landscape and flood mitigation design was completed and approved by the City Council.  Phase I took the design to the 15-30% level, with 30% completed for landscape and flood mitigation design in the Core Area (Wolfe to Queen Streets) and 15% for the public spaces outside the Core Area, namely Tidelock Park, Rivergate Park, and Founders Park.  For more information about Phase I click to the Waterfront Small Area Plan and the Phase I Design for Implementation section of this website.   

Update:  Art and History Report - The Waterfront SAP includes both the Art and History Plans developed by representatives of the Alexandria Art Community and the History Community. Subsequent to City Council approval of the Waterfront SAP, representatives of the groups who wrote the Art and History Plans, convened a Committee to merge recommendations from their two Plans into this Report to help facilitate implementation of the Art and History Plans. The Report was shared by the City with The Olin Studio, and the City.  The City and The Olin Studio worked with the authors on implementing the site specific recommendations into the Phase I design approved by the City Council in June 2014. This is a PowerPoint presentation of the Art/History Implementation Committee Report 

Update: King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project: The King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project, which began September 2013, entails installation of backflow devices, which are used to help lessen nuisance flooding caused by tidal backup in the storm sewer system. The installation was originally scheduled to occur in mid-March 2014, but was delayed because the necessary materials did not arrive in time. The backflow devices were subsequently installed inside an existing manhole in King Street Park in May 2014 but monitoring has revealed a problem with installation, fabrication or the device itself. Staff is working with the contractor to determine the exact problem and the process for resolution. 

Update:  2013 Waterfront Dock & Marina Maintenance & Repair Assessment Completed Report - The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department has completed an above ground and underwater assessment of the current conditions of the Marina to determine immediate, mid- and long-term repair needs, utilizing Michael Baker Corporation as the consultant. The Baker Corporation presented its findings to the Waterfront Commission's Marina Committee in a public meeting in June 2013 and then those findings were subsequently shared with the full Waterfront Commission.  

Staff is working with the Waterfront Commission Marina Committee to prioritize the recommendations in the Report.  As of late spring/early summer 2014, several of the short and mid- term recommended improvements such as new fencing and stabilization of the deck in front of the Torpedo Factory are completed or underway.  Recommendations which may not be of a security or safety nature will be considered as part of the Waterfront SAP implementation process.  Click above to see the completed report for more information.  

Update:  Windmill Hill Bulkhead Replacement Draft Scope of Work Summary As of mid-June 2014 staff anticipates completing the review of responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for planning and design services for the Windmill Hill Bulkhead Replacement.  A draft Summary of the Scope of Work for services to undertake a conceptual design for the Windmill Hill Bulkhead Replacement was discussed at the October 2013 Waterfront Commission meeting. An RFP was subsequently issued but only one response was received. Consequently, the RFP was subsequently reissued in spring 2014 and, again, a review of those responses is underway with an anticipated recommended selection of the successful bidder over the summer 2014.  Meanwhile, a  safety fence has been installed around the bulkhead; the design of the fence went through an extensive community input process culminating in City Council decision on the nautical design during the November 17, 2012 City Council Public Hearing.  

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