Manager's Report - March 21, 2014
FY 2015 Budget Process Update
Over the next several weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions, and public hearings during March and April. On Thursday, April 3, a Public Budget Presentation by City Manager Rashad M. Young will be held at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., at 6:30 p.m. City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1.
UPDATE: King Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
At a March 15 public hearing on the King Street Bike Lanes and Pedestrian Improvements project, City Council upheld the Director of Transportation and Environmental Services’ decision to remove parking on King Street (from West Cedar Street to Highland Place) in order to install bicycle lanes and pedestrian/bicycle improvements. City Council requested that staff, with community input, examine additional modifications. For a complete list of these modifications, visit the project website.
UPDATE: King Street Metrorail Station Area Project
The renovation of the King Street Metrorail station, approved by the Planning Commission in May 2012, is now in the design phase. The renovation will accommodate increased bus service and meet growing ridership demand; enhance the pedestrian environment at the station; and provide better and safer connections to the surrounding area for all modes. Currently, the City has obtained a permanent surface easement for the Metrorail station area, allowing for the incorporation of key project features, including City-standard lighting and shelters, enhanced landscaping, and an additional pedestrian signal between the bus island and the station entrance. In the fall of 2013, test pits were sunk to identify any potential utility issues. These tests established the presence of utilities closer to the surface than indicated by the drawings on record, requiring modifications to the original drainage plan. Final design is expected to be complete by summer 2014 and the 18-month construction period is expected to begin in January 2015.
Citywide Street Sweeping & Spring Cleaning Begins Monday, March 24
Each year at the beginning of spring, crews from the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) increase their efforts to clean city streets, helping to keep our neighborhoods and commercial corridors clean and protecting our waterways. Litter, debris, and leftover grit from winter road maintenance can clog storm sewers and pollute our lakes and rivers. This year’s effort begins Monday, March 24 and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete one pass of cleaning the City’s 560 lane miles of streets. City crews will post “No Parking” signs in some neighborhoods and conduct commercial corridor sweeping at night. However, some curbs are not accessible to motorized sweepers, due to parked cars. Residents can help by cleaning the curb in front of their homes and ensuring that nearby storm drains are not blocked. Street sweeping debris can be discarded during the regular trash collection. Residents may also request street cleaning on their block by using Call.Click.Connect. or calling 703.746.4357 (HELP).
WMATA Includes Braddock Metro Station Site in Joint Development Work Program
The Planning, Program Development and Real Estate committee of Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) voted March 13 to adopt the proposed 2014 joint development work program, which will include a request for proposals for the Braddock Road station in Alexandria, among three other Metro station sites in the region. The release of a solicitation for the 3.5-acre site at Braddock Road will happen late in 2014 after a station area community planning process in conjunction with the City and community is completed. Staff from the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) and Planning and Zoning (P&Z) will work in cooperation with WMATA to plan community outreach and engagement in the effort. The Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan will serve as guide for future development types, density and height. As more details become available, the City will post information to the Braddock planning page. For more information, contact Marti Reinfeld (T&ES) at 703.746.4061 or Nathan Imm (P&Z) at 703.746.3845.
City Kicks Off Two-Part Del Ray Study
On Monday, March 24, the Department of Planning & Zoning will hold a community meeting to kick off a two-part study of historic buildings in Del Ray. The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. The first part of the study will survey the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings. The second part will identify character defining features of historic houses in Del Ray to create a pattern book that will provide nonbinding guidance for owners, architects and builders who wish to design compatible alterations, additions or new buildings in the neighborhood.
Residential Energy Efficiency Initiatives
The City’s Office of Housing is working on a number of fronts to improve the energy efficiency of both rental and owner-occupied housing units in the City. The attached memorandum describes the Office’s work in implementing the City’s Housing Master Plan Goal 7: enhancing public awareness of the benefits of healthy, well-designed and energy efficient housing that fosters the well-being of Alexandria residents. Staff is collaborating with a number of partner agencies and the City Energy Manager to expand opportunities for residents to lower their energy use and costs. These initiatives address a number of City priorities identified in the Alexandria City Council Strategic Plan, the City’s Eco-City Charter, Environmental Action Plan, and Energy and Climate Change Action Plan. For more information, contact Shane Cochran, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Office of Housing.
Akridge Buys 1199 North Fairfax Street
Akridge, a D.C.-based real estate firm has purchased the 10-story office building at 1199 North Fairfax Street (formerly Transpotomac V Plaza). The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership worked with Akridge as they pursued this acquisition and is pleased with the firm’s ongoing interest in Alexandria and their plans for this property. The building will continue to be used for commercial office space and ground-floor retail.