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Alexandria Master Plan FY2017 Status of Implementation Report

This FY 2017 Status of Implementation Report provides a summary of the year’s implementation and development activities relative to the City’s more recently approved Small Area Plans, as well as projects associated with the implementation of topical chapters of the Master Plan. The report details efforts from June 2016 – May 2017. Each of the highlighted activities contribute to fulfilling the vision of these Plans.

Beauregard

The Gateway at King & Beauregard

The Gateway at King & Beauregard will be a mixed-use development consisting of three buildings and a public plaza. The project will include 352 residential units, 74 of which will be dedicated affordable housing units, 71,000 square feet of office space, and ground-floor retail, including a new Harris Teeter grocery store.

Public amenities on site will include a new bus-rapid-transit stop, on-site public art, and a Capital Bikeshare station. Site infrastructure improvements are being completed in conjunction with the ongoing intersection improvements at King and Beauregard. Anticipated completion is 2020.

The Gateway at King & Beauregard will be a mixed-use development, consisting of three buildings and a public plaza.

Braddock

Interim Braddock Park and Future 1-Acre Park

Now open for two years, the interim park has become a central community gathering place with seating, ping pong, boccee ball and open space, as well as programming such as movie nights. Staff is in regular contact with the USPS Realty Asset Programs team to provide information about the future Braddock 1-acre park, developments in the Braddock neighborhood, and to gauge USPS interest in future relocation/redevelopment. In addition, staff has provided assistance with analysis of potential sites for relocation. Within the past year, USPS reiterated that there is not a key driver prompting them to consider relocating all or a portion of its facility on Wythe Street. Finding an alternative location that serves USPS customers adequately, remains a convenient location for the letter carriers and provides adequate parking for the service vehicles continues to be a challenge. Staff will continue to work with USPS on this issue.

Eisenhower East / Carlyle

Planning and Development

Staff is nearing completion of the Phase 1 update of the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan to review proposed land use conversions and retail amenities in the town center/Metro area on blocks 4, 5, 6a, and 20. Phase 1 plan amendments are anticipated for public hearing in September 2017 and public hearings on the Development Special Use Permits later in the fall. A comprehensive review and update of the Eisenhower East Plan is scheduled to begin in July 2018.

Eisenhower West / Landmark Van Dorn

Implementation Studies

In Spring 2017, staff began the procurement process for an Infrastructure Plan to conduct the analysis necessary to facilitate infrastructure implementation and coordination as envisioned by the two small area plans. The Plan will include preliminary design of framework streets, sanitary sewer analysis, and recommended sequencing of projects.

Potomac West - Arlandria

Arlandria Quality of Life Walk

In July, community members joined City staff for the Arlandria Quality of Life Walk. This annual event is designed for staff and residents to survey the area and determine any needed improvements to the streetscape, signage, open spaces, and matters related to public health, safety and welfare.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

During this past year, the City constructed pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue at East Glebe Road and expanded Capital Bikeshare to Arlandria. Stations were installed at Mt. Vernon Avenue at Four Mile Run Park and Mt. Vernon Avenue at Bruce Street.

The City’s Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration project won first place in the Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s 2017 Best Urban BMP in the Bay contest.

Potomac Yard / Potomac Greens

National Industries for the Blind

In October 2016, the City celebrated the groundbreaking for the first office building in Potomac Yard, the National Industries for the Blind headquarters, located on the northwest corner of Potomac Avenue and E. Glebe Road. Currently under construction, the new building will be directly across from the site of the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. The site includes approximately 90,000 square feet of office and medical office and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Completion is anticipated in 2018.

Seminary / Taylor Run

Taney Avenue Playground

In fall 2017, the Taney Avenue Playground and Park re-opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by children and families of the neighborhood, friends and volunteers of RunningBrooke, Congressman Don Beyer and members of City Council.

The project evolved through a partnership amongst the RPCA, RunningBrooke, and Rebuilding Together Alexandria. In September, sixty volunteers from the two organizations came together to work at the site to help prepare the grounds for the playground. Volunteers dug holes and amended the soil to plant 20 Virginia native trees.

Waterfront

Waterfront Plan implementation is ongoing with the preliminary infrastructure design and permitting processes related to construction of “core area” improvements, flood mitigation, the riverfront promenade, and Fitzgerald Square, as well as development envisioned by the Plan.

North Potomac Yard

The North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan was approved by City Council in June, following a 12-month planning process. Implementation efforts related to this Plan will be reported in the FY 2018 Status of Implementation Report.

Old Town North

The Old Town North Small Area Plan was approved by City Council in June, following an 18-month planning process. Implementation efforts related to this Plan will be reported in the FY 2018 Status of Implementation Report.

Housing Master Plan

The Housing Master Plan was adopted by City Council in 2013 with the goal of providing for the preservation and/or development of 2,000 units of affordable housing through enhanced planning and policies encouraging affordable housing, public/private and nonprofit partnerships, increased leverage of financial resources, and incentives to secure additional affordable housing through the development process.

Open Space Master Plan Update

In March 2017, the Park and Recreation Commission received and discussed the City’s Open Space Master Plan 2017 Updated Implementation Strategy, which addresses the ongoing pressure to provide protected open space in a growing community. This update recognizes the City’s successes to date and the challenges inherent in continuing such successes. Working from the 2003 City Council adopted Open Space Master Plan recommendations, this implementation strategy makes recommendations for the next ten years with actions in support of the City’s desire to maintain appropriate acres of protected open space for its residents.

Transportation Master Plan

In April 2016, City Council approved an amendment to the Transportation Master Plan that included the addition of a new Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The Plan articulates a vision for walking and bicycling in Alexandria that serves the needs of all users, and of all ages and abilities. It also includes several goals, objectives, performance measures and specific strategies to achieve that vision.

Wayfinding

Implementation of the City’s Wayfinding System Design Guidelines Manual recommendations as funded in phases through the City’s CIP continued in FY 2017. Pedestrian directional signage was installed at various locations in the marina/waterfront area. In addition, 30 mini kiosks were installed along King Street, between the King Street Metrorail station and the waterfront.

Department of Planning and Zoning

Department of Project Implementation

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Department of Transportation and Environmental Services

Office of Housing

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

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