Manager's Report - 29 Mar 2013

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Changes in Parker-Gray Historic District Regulations

Based on the recommendations of a Board of Architectural Review (BAR)-created community work group, fundamental changes have been made to the way residential buildings in the Parker-Gray Historic District are regulated and reviewed.  The changes have streamlined the BAR approval process and reduced fees.  An expanded use of modern materials, based on the age of the building, is also permitted.  The changes were approved by the Parker-Gray BAR on December 12, 2012, and the first phase is now being implemented.  The second phase, which allows for alterations and some new construction on the rear of buildings that will no longer require any BAR review, will be implemented if the City Council approves a text amendment to the zoning ordinance, which is expected sometime before this summer. For more information, please see the City’s preservation website or contact Historic Preservation staff at 703.746.3833.

King Street Holiday Tree Light Program Ends March 31

Consistent with budget appropriations, the annual King Street Light Display will end on March 31. Lights will be turned off from approximately April 1 through April 3, weather permitting. The light strands will stay in the trees until they are replaced in the fall. Each holiday season, the City installs lights on approximately 250 trees along the King Street corridor from the Potomac River to the King Street Metro Station, including the 100 blocks north and south of King Street on Washington and Union Streets and around City Hall. For additional information, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 or

Park & Recreation Commission and Environmental Policy Commission to Hold Joint Informational Meeting

The City of Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission and Environmental Policy Commission will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, April 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. The City is currently investigating options to meet the challenges of new Chesapeake Bay pollution regulations. City staff will provide a presentation on the new regulations, their timelines and potential strategies to comply. The presentation will also cover the current proposal by Paradigm Development Company for a 505-unit residential building and stormwater pond on Block 19 in Eisenhower East, located at 2250 Mill Rd. For additional information, contact Dan Imig, Transportation & Environmental Services, at or 703.746.4065.

Spring Clean Up

The City's annual Spring Clean Up collection starts Saturday, April 6, and continues throughout April.  Residents are encouraged to clear out household clutter and place unwanted bulky trash and metal items for pick up at the curb.  The City is divided into four collection zones and each zone is assigned a specific Saturday. Remember, metals items should be separated from other collection items, as they will be picked up separately. 

Eisenhower Avenue Widening and Roadway Improvement Project: Design Public Hearing

The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) will hold a Design Public Hearing for the Eisenhower Avenue Widening and Roadway Improvement Project on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lee Center, located at 1108 Jefferson Street (Gold Room).  The meeting will include preliminary plans for construction of an additional westbound left turn lane on Eisenhower Avenue at Mill Road, converting the traffic circle at Holland Lane to a "T" intersection and streetscape improvements. 

Route 1 Transitway Project Update

The City continues construction work as part of the Route 1 Transitway between Potomac Avenue and East Glebe Road.  Beginning the week of March 28, vehicles will no longer be able to make left turns from southbound Route 1 at Potomac Avenue. The City is widening Route 1 north of Potomac Avenue in order to construct dedicated transit lanes and two transitway stations.  The transitway will feature dedicated transit lanes, off-board fare collection, and branded Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)-style vehicles, offering a fast, convenient, and attractive travel option between Metrorail stations and Potomac Yard. Construction of the Route 1 Transitway began in July 2012 and is approximately 40 percent complete.  Substantial contract completion is anticipated in December 2013, with transitway operations provided by WMATA scheduled to begin in Spring 2014.



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