September 13, 2014

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City of Alexandria is conducting a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan

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The City of Alexandria Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is currently conducting the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and is conducting a number of public engagement activities over the Summer/Fall. We would appreciate it if you could post the following message on your website or to your listserve. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Sindiong at 703-746-4047 or steve.sindiong@alexandriava.gov

The City needs your input!

As part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, the City is seeking community input on existing walking and bicycle issues and needs, and ideas for improving the environment for walking and biking.  An online survey and interactive map can be accessed from the project webpage www.alexandriava.gov/pedbikeplan. The survey and map are available in English and Spanish and will be available for input through early October 2014.

In addition, the project will host a public meeting on September 30 from 7pm to 9pm at the Minnie Howard School Library, 3801 W. Braddock Road. 

The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. The plan will identify short and long-term projects to make it safer and easier for people to walk and bike in Alexandria.  As part of this project, Complete Street Design Guidelines are being developed to ensure that Alexandria’s streets are serving the needs of all users.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Geralyn.Taylor@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4084, Virginia Relay 711.

For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/PedBikePlan or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner at Steve.Sindiong@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4047.

September 13, 2014

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Dominion Virginia Power Proposed Transmission Line Project

Dominion Virginia Power Proposed Transmission Line Project

Overview:

Dominion Virginia Power has approached the City of Alexandria regarding Dominion’s proposal to construct a new 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard. The project would add and upgrade equipment at the existing switching station C on E. Abingdon Drive in Alexandria, and connect it to the Glebe Substation on S. Glebe Road in Arlington. The project does not involve the nearby former NRG Potomac River Generating Station, which is permanently closed.

What’s New:

On September 11, the Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group held its first meeting to examine the effects of a proposal by Dominion Virginia Power to construct a new 230-kilovolt, underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington County.  The Working Group discussed its mission and received a presentation from Dominion Virginia Power on the need for the project.  Dominion Virginia Power considered six electrical alternatives as part of its proposed project.  Dominion’s preferred alternative involves building a new transmission line between Dominion’s Glebe Substation located in Arlington County, and Pepco’s Station C Substation at the NRG site where the power plant was recently shut down.  Dominion Virginia Power identified nine preliminary alignments for the new transmission line connecting these two substations. Dominion indicated that they intend to file with the State Corporation Commission by the end of November for the project.   Additionally, Dominion Virginia Power will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, October 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the Mount Vernon School (Community Room) located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. The next Working Group meeting is currently being scheduled.

The Ad Hoc Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group will met on Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Sister Cities Room 1101 at City Hall.  The meeting focused on the mission for the Working Group and a presentation from Dominion Virginia Power on the need for the project.

The Working Group will provide:

  1. Quality of life, economic, electric reliability, and environmental and transportation impacts associated with the proposed project and will make recommendations to staff, the City Manager, and City Council;
  2. Will be composed of a wide range of representatives from civic organizations in the communities possibly affected by the project, and representatives from several boards, commissions, and the business community

The 11-member body was approved by City Council on June 21, 2014; and members were appointed by the City Manager, September 3, 2014.

Working Group Members:

  • Elizabeth Chimento
    North Old Town Independent Citizens’ Civic Association
  • Jay Nestlerode, Chair
    Del Ray Citizens Association
  • Nathalie Simon
    Arlandria Civic Association
  • Ben Sylla
    Lynhaven Civic Association
  • TBD
    Mount Jefferson Civic Association
  • Rick Cooper
    Northeast Civic Association
  • Patrick Harenburg
    Potomac Yard Area
  • Wendy Adams
    Environmental Policy Commission
  • Catherine Glocker Poulin
    Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Commission
  • Nancy J. Appleby
    Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
  • Judy Noritake
    Four Mile Run Joint Task Force

September 9, 2014

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Alexandria City School Board Seeks Participants in Stakeholder Committee

ACPSsquarelogoThe Alexandria City School Board is soliciting applications for membership on the Stakeholder Committee that will draft a new Strategic Plan for the Alexandria City Public Schools. The School Board website describes the strategic plan as:

“The Strategic Plan is the foundation document for all of the actions of the school division. It directs the actions that the division takes in meeting the goals and aspirations of the Alexandria community and guides the activities of employees and leaders as well as the expenditure of all funds entrusted to the School Board.”

The Stakeholder Committee application form can be found here: https://acpsweb.wufoo.com/forms/zy111441c6k60v/

Strategic Plan Steering Committee Forum:
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: ACPS Central Office, 1340 Braddock Place
Registration form

Questions can be directed to Dr. J. Michael Korff, Coordinator of Strategic Planning and Policy, at jmichael.korff@acps.k12.va.us.

September 9, 2014

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Four Mile Run Park Leverages Crowdfunding for Tree Planting Initiative

Using the Citizinvestor crowdfunding platform, constituents of the Four Mile Run Park neighborhood are seeking to raise $2,000 for a tree planting initiative. Their donation page describes the fund raising initiative as:

“The 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting is a community initiative in conjunction with the City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and funded in part by the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market and Action Alexandria who have each awarded $1,000 to the project.”

Similar to other notable crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter, funding the initiative through Citizinvestor is an all-or-nothing proposition. Should the 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting initiative not meet 100% of their funding goal, all donors are returned their money.

For more on this topic, see July AlexandriaNews.org article: City Of Alexandria Launches First Crowd-Funding Campaign

August 31, 2014

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National Night Out Recap and Photos

The Del Ray Citizens Association, in conjunction with local police and fire departments, recently participated in National Night Out. Over one hundred Del Ray residents turned out for a fun-filled evening of safety-awareness and community-building.

A number of city officials stopped by to mingle with their constituents and neighbors. Thanks on behalf of the DRCA for their support! Also, thanks to the many volunteers that help make events such as this possible.

Special Thanks to the VIP’s that attended:

Police Chief Earl Cook
Vice Mayor Allison Siberb
City Council Members
John Chapman
Redella Pepper
Paul Smedberg
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne

Ex-DRCA Presidents:

Larry Altenburg
Laurie MacNamara Hendrickson
Sean Crumley

Agencies in attendance:

The City of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office
The City of Alexandria Police K9 units
The City of Alexandria Police
The City of Alexandria Crime Scene Investigations
The City of Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department Unit
The City of Alexandria Fire Department
The Marshals Service Armored Personnel Carrier
The US Postal Inspection Service
Metro Transit Police

Special Thanks to:

Your Dogs Best Fiends for handling all the food and drinks
The Del Ray Business Association for providing gift bags
Pat Miller for all of her hard work with planning and setup of the event
Sarah Haut and Sean Crumley for helping with DRCA new members table
Victory Red Lead Vocalist – Sherman Lugwig – Solo Acoustic Classic Rock Performance

All the wonderful volunteers that helped with the setup and cleanup of the event

Attendees enjoy an up-close look at firetrucks and police motorcycles, while enjoying live music and a cookout.

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August 14, 2014

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Monroe Avenue Complete Streets Meeting Notice

E Monroe Existing - StreetMixThe second community meeting for the Monroe Avenue Complete Streets project will be held on September 4th at 6pm at Commonwealth Academy (1321 Leslie Ave). The purpose of this meeting will be to review recommendations for the Monroe Avenue corridor and to gather community feedback on the proposals.

For additional meeting details, please view the City Calendar.

 

August 13, 2014

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August 14, 2014 LUC Meeting Agenda

The August meeting of the Land Use Committee will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday August 14, 2014 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Please join us to discuss:

  • 519 and 521 East Howell Avenue – Restaurant, Applicant: EMS Food Group, LLC represented by Duncan Blair, attorney
  • Arlandria Floors Project Preliminary Presentation- Duncan Blair, Brett Rice
  • Proposal to build a second floor porch onto Del Ray Pizzeria

Also, don’t forget the next Oakville Triangle meeting will be held August 18th, 7-9pm, Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Topics to include Connectivity and Draft Illustrative Plan

Meeting Minutes Available here: http://delraycitizens.org/helpful-links/archives/

August 5, 2014

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Join Us for National Night Out: Tonight @ 5:30pm, Mt. Vernon Community School

NNO2014WGet ready, Del Ray! This Tuesday, August 5 is National Night Out where we partner with Police and Fire Departments, the Sheriff’s Office and others for an evening of safety-awareness and community-building.

Join us on fields at the Mt Vernon Community School for family-friendly fun, entertainment, and refreshments from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.