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City of Alexandria Hosts Public Hearing on Concept Plan for Proposed Park at the New James Bland Development

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2010

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  • September 23 public hearing will provide a public forum for developer Eakin Youngentob Associates to gather public comment about the Concept Plan and potential park elements that would support community use of the site.

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The City of Alexandria’s Park and Recreation Commission is hosting a public hearing to discuss the proposed concept plan submitted by Eakin Youngentob Associates (EYA) for a new public park to be located within the recently approved James Bland residential development, now known as Old Town Commons. The public hearing will provide a public forum for EYA to 1) gather community input about potential park elements that would support the community’s use of the site; and 2) discuss the concept plan for the site.

The hearing will be held Thursday, September 23, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.), at 7 p.m. The proposed park is a required element of the development plan to serve the new residences and surrounding neighborhood.

The James Bland redevelopment is an 8.5-acre site within the Braddock East planning area and comprises five City blocks. A proposal by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and EYA for redevelopment of James Bland into a mixed income community was approved by the City Council in October 2008.
EYA will use the ideas generated from this meeting to refine the concept plan for the park. A revised final proposal will presented for approval by the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission later in the fall. For more information on the plan, visit

Persons unable to attend the meeting can send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Laura Durham, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, please call Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, at 703.746.5493, (TTY 703.838.4902), or e-mail