Arlandria Neighborhood Plan Implementation

The Arlandria Neighborhood Plans were adopted by City Council in 2003 to build on Arlandria's strength as a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood. This page provides background information as well as details on Arlandria Action Plan implementation activities.

Page updated on Jan 17, 2017 at 10:39 AM

What's New?   

  • Week of January 17 - The City is implementing the following changes to the intersection of Mt Vernon Ave. and Glebe Road:

    • Upgrade the lighting at and near intersection
    • Install Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) for crosswalks on Mount Vernon Avenue at Glebe Road
      • A LPI is a traffic signalization change that gives pedestrian an exclusive 5 second signal ("Walk") to begin crossing the street before vehicles on the same approach receive a green light. The City has implemented LPIs at signalized intersection elsewhere in the City (such as Braddock Road & Commonwealth Avenue) where conflicting movements between pedestrians and drivers is an issue.
    • Post No Turn on Red signs on Glebe Road for east and west approaches at intersection with Mount Vernon Avenue
    • Install right turn arrow for eastbound Glebe Road right turn onto Mount Vernon Avenue
    • Convert westbound Glebe Road left turn to a protected left turn only
    Implementation is expected to last a month, but could be longer.

    Section 10-2-24 of the City Code allows the Director and Chief of Police to make temporary/emergency changes for 90 days.  The City's Traffic and Parking Board will consider these changes at a public hearing set for Monday, January 23, 7:30 pm, in the Council Chambers at 301 King Street. The Traffic and Parking Board will need to approve this request for these changes to become permanent. The docket item for these changes can be found here.
     

    For more information, please view the project website or contact Ray Hayhurst, Complete Streets Coordinator

  • Mount Vernon Village Center  Update: This site was approved for redevelopment by City Council in December 2011 for a 53,000sq. ft. mixed-use development with 478 residential units, retail, underground parking, and associated infrastructure and streetscape improvements. The applicant returned to public hearing in May 2015 to request a three-year extension for the approval. City Council approved the extension. In January 2016, the owner of Mt. Vernon Village Center opted not to redevelop at this time, but to list the property for lease with the intent of filling the individual tenant spaces. Façade and parking lot improvements are planned. Retail brokers, Dochter & Alexander, have been hired by the property owner to begin marketing the Center for lease. The project is known as Del Ray North. My Organic Market (MOM’s) will be renovated and expanded (nearly double the current space), leaving 35,000sf of additional retail. 
  • The Hume Springs Citizens Association’s Thursday Night Tutoring Program was awarded first place for ‘Project of the Year’ at the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in September. The Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference Annual Neighborhood Awards Program recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding neighborhood organizations and civic individuals from across the Commonwealth who work to enhance the quality of life in their communities.

  • November 2016 Arlandria Action Plan Implementation Newsletter
  • FY 2016 Status of Implementation Report
  • Four Mile Run Restoration Project Information
  • Questions? Contact Katherine Carraway, Urban Planner, 703.746.3855, katherine.carraway@alexandriava.gov or Dana Wedeles, Planner, RPCA, 703.746.5491, dana.wedeles@alexandriava.gov.


Background

In June 2000, a Task Force comprised of community representatives, residents, and business owners was created to assist in the planning for the redevelopment of key sites in the Potomac West area north of Glebe Road, in the neighborhood known as Arlandria. The Task Force identified a vision for the overall area and for two key redevelopment sites, the Safeway/Datatel site and the East Reed Avenue site. Following this work, it was recognized that there were other community concerns that had not been addressed and that there was a need and desire for a long-range plan for the remainder of the commercial property fronting on Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria. At the direction of City Council, in January 2002, the City Manager convened the Upper Potomac West/Arlandria Work Group to identify and address the community concerns as well as to advise and assist Department of Planning and Zoning staff in the preparation of the action and vision plans. The Work Group developed an action plan to address neighborhood concerns and issues in the immediate, mid and long term, and a long-range vision plan to guide both redevelopment of the key "opportunity sites" in Arlandria and infill development activities on other commercial sites on Mount Vernon Avenue as set forth in "A Long-Term Vision and Action Plan for the Arlandria Neighborhood."  

Plan Goals

Known collectively as the " Arlandria Neighborhood Plans," the Plans were adopted by City Council in June 2003. Broadly stated, the goal of the Plans is to build on the strength of Arlandria as a pedestrian-oriented, mixed use place, encouraging the redevelopment of underutilized sites such as Safeway/Datatel. The Plans consist of two complementary redevelopment plans for the greater Arlandria neighborhood that provide a blueprint for present and future development activities in Arlandria; an interim marketing strategy to strengthen existing businesses and attract new businesses that will both improve the market and encourage redevelopment activities; retail guidelines to improve individual storefronts; and, an action plan to address community concerns with an implementation schedule for immediate, mid and long term improvements. 


Arlandria Documents


Past Meetings and Events

  • Friday, July 22, 2016 - Arlandria Quality of Life Walk
    • Community members joined City staff for the Annual Arlandria Quality of Life Walk to collectively walk the Arlandria neighborhood and observe and document areas or issues that need to be addressed or improved. Departments will follow up on any issues related to public health, safety, and welfare per each department’s internal policy and practice.
  • Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting #15 - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00pm, Cora Kelly Elementary School Library, 3600 Commonwealth Avenue
  • 2015 Quality of Life Walk - July 24, 2015 
    In July of this year, community members joined City staff for the Arlandria Quality of Life Walk. This annual event is designed for staff and residents to survey the area and determine any needed improvements to the streetscape, signage, open spaces, and matters related to public health, safety and welfare.
  • What's New in Alexandria Video  -- June 2011 video describing progress on the Arlandria Action Plan and Four Mile Run Restoration Project
  • Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting #6 - Thursday, June 2, 2011.
    This was the fourth meeting of the Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group. The meeting agenda included presentations from staff on implementation activities, CIP projects, and citizen-led activities.
  • City Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for the Four Mile Run Park Community Building - May 15, 2011
    On Sunday, May 15, 2011, the public, city staff, and others joined Mayor William D. Euille and members of City Council to celebrate and dedicate the opening of the renovated community building located at 4109 Mount Vernon Ave. The City acquired the building (former Duron Paint store) and the open space properties at 4109-4125 Mount Vernon Ave., in January 2007 as part of the City's Open Space Program. In June 2010, a Special Use Permit was approved to convert the old paint store into a community building for public use. The newly renovated building will be open seasonally and will feature a new, large entrance and stage area on the north side, accessible restrooms, a small workroom, and a large open area. The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities will begin taking space reservations for the building on June 1, 2011. The City is grateful to Whiting Turner and Sherwin Williams/Duron Paint for the donation of their time and materials, as well as a large number of citizens and local groups who volunteered their time to renovate the building and improve the surrounding space.
  • City Council Hearing - April 12, 2011. At the hearing, City staff made a presentation to City Council to update members on Arlandria Action Plan implementation activities and present the "Status of Implementation Report"
  • Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting #5 - Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00PM – 8:00PM at St. Rita Parish Center (3825 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305)
    This was the fifth meeting of the Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group and its purpose was to allow the AG to provide a recommendation for expending current funds in the Arlandria CIP and to discuss governance. The AG reached a consensus to use Arlandria CIP funds for the Four Mile Run Park Expansion project. They also reached consensus to create an "Executive Committee" that will work with staff to provide feedback, raise issues, and assist in meeting agendas. Members of the executive committee are Kevin Beekman, Kristin Langlykke, and Melissa Russell.
  • Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting #4 - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 7:00PM at St. Rita Parish Center, 3825 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305.
    This was the fourth meeting of the Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group. The meeting agenda included presentations from staff on intersection improvements, Four Mile Run Park expansion, and the Arlandria CIP.
  • Planning Commission Hearing - December 7, 2010.
    City staff made a presentation to Planning Commission to update members on Arlandria Action Plan implementation activities.
  • Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group "Status of Implementation" Open House Meeting, AG Meeting #3 - Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 6:00-9:00PM
    A "Status of Implementation" Open House was held to discuss the progress of City staff and community members efforts to implement the recommendations of the 2003 Arlandria Action Plan and additional City Council work tasks. The Open House began at 6:00PM and the formal meeting began at 6:30PM. The meeting agenda included presentations from staff on land use and zoning, intersection improvements, Four Mile Run Park expansion, small business and retail outreach, and an overview of implementation activities to-date. Architects Anonymous made a presentation on current concepts for the Four Mile Run Park expansion. Members of the community made a presentation on the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market. Members of the Advisory Group were asked to provide input to recommendations for future implementation work in Arlandria.  
  • City Council Hearing - Saturday, June 12, 2010
    City Approves the Four Mile Run Park Community Building
    City Council approved the Special Use Permit application for a community building at 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue, previously the Duron Paint Store. The Alexandria Planning Commission recommended approval of the SUP on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The application and public hearings were required to allow a public/community use in the building. Approval of the SUP allows for community use of the building for events and activities. In conjunction with the new use, and prior to its public use, the building will be renovated to provide for open air, seasonal use only and to address related Code requirements.
  • Arlandria Developer Forum, AG Meeting #2 - Monday, May 17, 2010; 7:00-9:00PM.
    The Department of Planning and Zoning, in collaboration with the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, hosted the Arlandria Developer Forum on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at the Birchmere (3701 Mt Vernon Ave). The goal of the forum was to promote discussion about the opportunities and challenges to redevelopment in Arlandria. This meeting was part of the Arlandria Action Plan implementation process. Program Panelists: Steve Moore, Washington Economic Development Partnership, Cameron Pratt, Foulger-Pratt, Jair Lynch, Jair Lynch Development Partners, Stewart Bartley, Y-12 Investments, Danny Abramson, Abramson Properties.
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