FYI Alexandria - July 31, 2018

Page archived as of August 28, 2018

Agencies Reaffirm Highest Bond Ratings for Alexandria

S&P Global Ratings and Moody's Investors Service have reaffirmed the City's top bond ratings of 'AAA' and 'Aaa,' respectively, and the City plans to move forward with the sale of approximately $41 million in general obligation tax exempt bonds to fund municipal and school facility capital projects. The higher the bond rating, the lower the cost to taxpayers to borrow money. Moody's rating includes a stable outlook for the City, and S&P recognized the City's budgetary performance, flexibility and management and financial approaches, noting that these "financial practices are strong, well embedded, and likely sustainable."

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King Street Metro Access Improvement Project Update

On September 9, the City of Alexandria and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will begin construction on the King Street-Old Town Metrorail Station Access Improvement Project. While the project will bring many benefits to transit users, there will be significant construction impacts through mid-2020. Safety and access upgrades will include improved pedestrian access and safety; three additional bus bays; improved traffic flow; new designated areas for bikes, shuttles, carshare vehicles and Kiss & Ride; and improved landscaping, lighting, and aesthetics. Learn how the project will affect you and your commute.

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City Receives Economic Development Award for Old Town North Arts & Cultural District

The Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded Alexandria the 2018 Terry Holzheimer Economic Development Award for establishment of the Old Town North Arts and Cultural District.  In April, City Council approved the establishment of the Arts and Cultural District in Old Town North, which was one of the recommendations of the Old Town North Small Area Plan adopted in June 2017. The Plan prioritizes economic development and placemaking with recommended strategies for a balanced mix of uses, attraction of retail, arts and cultural uses, and creation of affordable housing options across all income levels.

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City Named One of Nation's Most "Arts Vibrant" Communities

Southern Methodist University's National Center for Arts Research has ranked Alexandria and the DC metro area among one of the nation's most "arts vibrant" large communities, coming in at #3 for populations over 1 million. The study measures arts vibrancy in communities based on the supply, demand, and government support for the arts.

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"Dog Days" are Coming: Keep Pets Safe

As temperatures rise, keep your family safe and comfortable this summer--including your furry family members. Animals can be more susceptible to hot temperatures more than people. Check out our tip sheet to help keep your pets cool all summer long!

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Celebrate National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 7, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff's Office and other City agencies and officials will partner to celebrate the 35th annual National Night Out. The special celebration is part of a nationwide crime and drug prevention effort sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).  

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