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Welcome to the Potomac Yard Development Portal

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Planning Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Draft Environmental Impact Statement 

3/27/15: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station is now available for public review and comment, marking a major milestone in the City of Alexandria’s vital transit and economic development initiative.  

The City's project partners, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the National Park Service (NPS)  have approved the Draft EIS for public review. Following a public comment period and series of community meetings from April 3, 2015, through May 18, 2015, City Council will formally consider the new station and its preferred location.  A City Council decision will permit the preparation of a Final EIS for approval by the FTA and NPS, after which the design and construction of the station can begin.

The City has scheduled many opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about the Draft EIS and the benefits, history, purpose, and financial feasibility of the new station.  The City will hold three Community Open Houses (each focusing on a specific area of interest), five applicable board and commission meetings, and a formal public hearing.  The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the agency that will operate the new station, will also hold a public hearing. 

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed here.

The upcoming subject-specific Community Open Houses are as follows:

Land Use & Hazardous Materials
  • Community Open House #1
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    City Hall, Council Workroom, 301 King St., 2nd Floor

(Followed by the Potomac Yard Metrorail Work Group (PYMIG) meeting from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the adjacent City Council Chamber)

Wetlands, Greens Scenic Area Easement, City Parkland, National Park Service Land,
Visual Resources & Cultural Resources

  • Community Open House #2
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015,  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Ave.

Transportation, Noise, Vibration, Construction Access & Secondary/Cumulative Impacts

  • Community Open House #3
    Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.

The DEIS document can also be reviewed at several facilities throughout the City, including the following locations:

  • Alexandria Office of City Clerk - 301 King St., Room 2300, Alexandria
  • James M. Duncan Branch Library - 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria
  • Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library - 5005 Duke St., Alexandria
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center - 25 West Reed Ave., Alexandria
  • Aurora Hills Branch Library - 735 S. 18th St., Arlington
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of the Secretary,
    600 Fifth Street, NW Room 2D-209, Washington, DC

Comments may be submitted at any time to Comments submitted between April 3, 2015, and May 18, 2015, will be responded to in the Final EIS. Comments may also be mailed to Potomac Yard Metrorail Station EIS, P.O. Box 16531, Alexandria, VA 22302.

A public hearing as part of the EIS process will be held before the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board:

  • WMATA/NEPA Public Hearing
    Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
    Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.

The staff recommendation for the preferred alternative will be released in late April.

public hearing will be held before the Alexandria City Council:

  • City Council Public Hearing
    Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.
    City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. 2nd Floor

The staff recommendation will also be discussed at the following board, commission, and committee meetings in May:

  • Board of Architectural Review 
  • Environmental Policy Commission  
  • Planning Commission  
  • Parks and Recreation Commission  
  • Transportation Commission  
  • Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) 

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Volume I: Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation

Volume II: Technical Appendices

What's New? 

City of Alexandria Awarded $50 Million Loan Towards Construction of a New Potomac Yard Metrorail Station
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded the City a $50 million loan from the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) to construct a Metrorail station in Potomac Yards.  The new station will be funded through a variety of sources -- including new tax revenue from development around the station and two new special tax districts.  This means that most residents and businesses in Alexandria will not have to contribute to the station’s construction through local taxes.  Because the new tax revenue will be received over time and the station must be paid for when it is built, the City plans to issue General Obligation Bonds to finance construction. Today’s VTIB loan, which is close to the maximum available from the state fund, will lower the amount the City must borrow from other sources.  The 30-year loan locks in an interest rate of 2.17%, which is substantially lower than municipal bonds.  The loan also requires no interest or principal payments for four and one-half years after contract completion. This grace period is important to allow early development around the Metro station to begin to create new revenue prior to the City’s first repayments.  The City’s loan application included an offer to accelerate repayment if revenue exceeds expectations.  Members of the Board took particular note of this innovative provision, which would allow the money lent to the City to be returned to the VTIB’s revolving fund 11 to 12 years earlier than originally planned.

Physical and Digital Models

  • A physical model has been prepared showing the relationship of each alternative (plus Design Option B-CSX) to its surroundings. The model is on view in the Planning & Zoning office on the second floor of City Hall, 301 King Street.
  • digital model has been prepared showing how each of the Build Alternatives as well as Design Option B-CSX might look to drivers traveling on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP).  

New Construction 

  • Trail construction along Potomac Yard Park is underway between Main Line Boulevard and Braddock Road, and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014/2015.

  • Construction of the Route 1 BRT median lanes between Potomac Avenue to East Glebe Road was completed in Summer 2014. Phase I of the new Metroway BRT service between the Braddock Road and Crystal City Metrorail stations began on August 24, 2014.
  • Route 1 Northbound Lanes Widening (Potomac Avenue to East Glebe Road) completed June 2012.
  • Construction is underway in Landbays I and J East, including townhomes, two finger parks and a neighborhood park.
  • Potomac Yard Park construction is completed.
  • Potomac Avenue construction is completed.
  • Simpson Fields, as approved with Landbay K, is nearly complete.


Residential and Commercial Development
Learn about proposed and approved residential and commercial development for Potomac Yard.  View plan documents related to projects, including concept plans, renderings, governing documents, and maps.
Redevelopment of Retail Shopping Center
A new plan for the redevelopment of the Potomac Yard Retail Shopping Center was adopted by City Council in 2010.  The new retail center will contain 7.5 million square feet of office, retail, and residential development, as well as open space.  Some existing store tenants, such as Target, are expected to remain and be relocated to new stores during various stages of construction.  Learn more about the design for the retail shopping center and view images of the vision for the adopted plans.
New Potomac Yard Metrorail Station

An infill Metrorail station is being planned for the Potomac Yard development along the yellow and blue lines. The project is currently undergoing the environmental review process and location identification, with three locations under consideration. A working group has been established to coordinate with City staff on the project. Learn more about the process and view images of the documents provided to date.

Transportation Planning

Several transportation projects related to bus rapid transit and improvements for pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist connections are underway in the Potomac Yard Development area.

Public Amenities
The redevelopment of Potomac Yard will create a need for public amenities and services. Two potential school sites are preliminarily designated; a new fire station is constructed and operating; and a series of regional and local parks are planned. Learn more about public amenities and view a map of potential locations.
News and Media

Get the latest eNews updates and media coverage from television, radio, newspapers, and blogs regarding the development of the Potomac Yard Development Plan.

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