Waterfront Common Elements

The Alexandria Waterfront is comprised of three key components: the streets connecting the city fabric to the Waterfront, the promenade as a connective line along the Waterfront, and the unique “rooms” that celebrate the character of individual areas within the Waterfront. These three components all contain common elements.

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Waterfront Common Elements 

Common elements are the standard materials, fixtures, elements, and applications that unify the design and appearance of the Waterfront and set it within the context of Old Town.

Design guidelines for the common elements create standards for implementation of the Waterfront projects and are divided into three categories:

  • 1.Paving – colors and materials for streets, sidewalks, and the pedestrian promenade
  • 2.Lighting – consistent promenade lighting
  • 3.Art and history – historic shoreline and promenade banding that can display inscriptions related to Alexandria

Final Design Guidelines 

Common Elements Guidelines  

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Meeting Information

September 7, 2016 - Old and Historic District Board of Architectural Review

June 7, 2016 - Planning Commission

May 24, 2016 - City Council 

April 21 - May 21, 2016 - AlexEngage 

April - August, 2016 Lobby display of sample materials 

April 19, 2016 - Waterfront Commission 

December 2, 2015 - Old and Historic District Board of Architectural Review

October 20, 2015 - Waterfront Commission  

October 15, 2015 - Parks and Recreation Commission 






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