FYI Alexandria - July 9, 2019

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City Awarded More Than $150 Million for Transportation Projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded more than $150 million to the City for City and DASH projects. The funding will be used to expand transit options and bicycle/pedestrian accessibility on Alexandria's West End; support improvements to the DASH public bus system through the purchase of zero-emission vehicles; enhance access from the southwest to the new Potomac Yard Metro station; and build infrastructure that will both improve traffic congestion and prepare the City for future transportation technologies.

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Providence Comes to Alexandria

The Providence, a reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy, has arrived in Old Town. This reproduction was built for the American Bicentennial celebration in 1976 and has appeared in a number of tall ship festivals and several movies, including two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. The ship's move to Alexandria was funded by a private foundation. Once the Providence opens to the public in late summer, visitors can step aboard to learn about 18th-century life on the sea and the history of the original ship. There will be weekly sails, tours, craft brew cruises, private tours, and charters.

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USA and Alexandria Birthday Celebration

The City will celebrate its 270th and the USA's 243nd birthday on Saturday, July 13, from 6-10 p.m., at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). The celebration will provide fun for the entire family, with musical entertainment, refreshments, birthday cupcakes and a fireworks finale. In the event of inclement weather, fireworks only will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 14, at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Affordable Housing Development Breaks Ground in West End

On June 18, housing nonprofit AHC Inc., along with members of City Council, broke ground on The Spire, a 113-unit affordable housing development located on land owned by the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. The Spire will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 12 accessible units, affordable to households with incomes ranging from 40% to 60% of the area median income. The nearly $50 million project has received funds from a variety of sources, including a $1.12 million grant from the federal Housing Trust Fund, and a $9.9 million loan and $350,000 rental assistance grant from the City.

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How to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer heat can be deadly, but there is plenty you can do to stay cool and prevent heat-related illness. Learn what to do in case of a heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps or any other health complications caused by intense heat. Read heat safety information and tips, then make a plan to protect yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors.

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Tons of Trucks

The City of Alexandria will host its fifth annual "Tons of Trucks" event on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Chinquapin Park (3210 King St.). This event will occur rain or shine. Attendees of all ages are invited to explore and get behind the wheel of more than 20 different City vehicles. Meet the staff who help build, maintain, serve and protect the community and learn about the vehicles they use. To learn more about the event, visit

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