City Council has requested that staff include a pilot program for the pedestrianization of the 100 block of King Street in their FY 2020 work plan. This project was originally discussed with the community through an extensive community engagement process in 2015 during the Lower King Street Multi-modal Feasibility Study.
Staff provided an oral update to City Council on March 10 with the intent of getting feedback on the proposed plan. The concept development has gone through many iterations based on discussions with the resident and business communities, and a one-way traffic flow option with expanded outdoor dining on the south side of the block was proposed to Council. Due to the current "Stay at Home" and social distancing orders related to COVID-19, full implementation of the Pilot Program is being placed on hold. Staff will provide a proposal to City Council in the fall to implement this project in Spring 2021. In the meantime, City Council endorsed the City Manager's action for the pedestrianization of the 100 block of King Street as an interim measure to help with COVID-19 recovery efforts and in response to overcrowding near the waterfront. Additional information about the City of Alexandria's response to COVID-19 can be found here.
Outreach and Engagement
The City, in partnership with Visit Alexandria, has been meeting with the impacted businesses to hear their concerns and get feedback on various design ideas. Staff is also working through the Waterfront and Transportation Commissions to get input on the project that will ultimately inform the proposed pilot program. Additionally, the project has been discussed at the Old Town Business and Civic Associations.
Community Engagement & Process
- Waterfront Commission - Feedback (December 17, 2019)
- Transportation Commission - Feedback (December 18, 2019)
- Old Town Civic Association - Feedback (January 8, 2020)
- Visit Alexandria Board Meeting - Feedback (January 14, 2020)
- Transportation Commission (Public Hearing) - Endorsement (January 15, 2020)
- Small Business Development Center's Business Association Meeting - Feedback (January 16, 2020)
- Old Town Business Association - Feedback (January 21, 2020)
- Waterfront Commission - Feedback (January 21, 2020)
- Public Open House - Feedback (January 23, 2020)
- Traffic and Parking Board - Feedback (January 27, 2020)
- Business Meeting - Design Charrette (February 20, 2020)
- Business Meeting - Feedback (March 5, 2020)
- City Council - Feedback (March 10, 2020)
If approved, the pilot is targeted to launch in Spring and remain through October.