Waterfront Plan Implementation

The Waterfront Plan, approved by the City Council in January 2012, is a 20-30 year vision for the area extending from Third Street (Tidelock Park) on the north to Wolfe Street (Shipyard/Harborside Park) on the south. The Phase I landscape and flood mitigation design for implementation of the Waterfront Plan was approved on June 14, 2014 by the City Council.

Page updated on May 27, 2016 at 11:17 AM
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The City’s Waterfront Plan envision a new public plaza at the foot of King Street called Fitzgerald Square. The plaza encompasses the City owned properties of 1 & 2 King Street, and the existing King Street Park, totaling about one acre of land. When the Old Dominion Boat Club moves to Prince Street, the City plans to create an “interim” public space to enjoy until construction begins on the permanent park.


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The City of Alexandria, Virginia is embarking on a multi-year capital program to reinvent the City’s Waterfront as a dynamic gateway to historic Old Town. The $60 million program includes development of a flood mitigation system, creation of a riverfront promenade and the new Fitzgerald Square plaza. The City’s rich heritage will be honored through this investment in new public spaces and infrastructure. The City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a highly qualified, professional design team with national expertise to lead the effort.


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On January 27, 2015, Alexandria City Council received and adopted "Option A – Flood Mitigation & Promenade," a phasing plan for implementation of the Waterfront public improvements, which was generally consistent with the following initial order of implementation: a. completion of core area utility, roadway and other infrastructure construction required to support subsequent improvements; b. competition of flood mitigation elements; c. completion of Fitzgerald Square improvements; and d. completion of remaining park improvements inside the core area.


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Implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan is beginning with flood mitigation, as directed by Council and supported by the community as determined through the "Waterfront Phasing and Funding Plan" efforts.


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The Waterfront Plan, approved by the City Council in January 2012, is a 20-30 year vision for the area extending from Third Street (Tidelock Park) on the north to Wolfe Street (Shipyard/Harborside Park) on the south. The Phase I landscape and flood mitigation design for implementation of the Waterfront Plan was approved on June 14, 2014 by the City Council.


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The Alexandria Waterfront Commission advises the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's Marina, and advises on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated.


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In October 2014, the City established a citizens’ Ad Hoc Monitoring Group on Waterfront Construction to proactively address impacts such as noise, hauling, dust and other impacts, once development along the waterfront begins.  Read more for members and meetings.


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The Waterfront Plan recommends a variety of parking and circulation improvements with several underway.



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