King Street Place Pilot

King Street Place is the pedestrianization of the 100 block of King Street during weekends from April until October.

Page updated on Jan 17, 2020 at 11:10 AM

King Street Place - 100 block photo from Visit Alexandria (pre-pilot)

Background

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.

What’s New

Staff will be presenting the project to the Transportation Commission on January 15 at a public hearing and requesting endorsement of the project. The Waterfront Commission will consider endorsement at their January 21 meeting. The Traffic and Parking Board and City Council will receive an oral update at on the project and provide feedback to staff regarding the proposed elements of the pilot at their meetings on January 27 and 28, respectively.

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

If approved, Staff will finalize design and start the procurement process in February and March. The pilot is targeted to launch in mid-April. 

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