July 15, 2014

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Route 1 Transitway

Metroway_Aug_2014-01A groundbreaking ceremony for the region’s first dedicated bus transitway will take place Friday, July 18, 9:00 am at 33rd Street and Crystal Drive in Arlington. The transitway is described as a mechanism for providing faster, more reliable bus service along the congested Route 1 corridor. The bus route will connect the Braddock Road Metro Station to the Crystal City Metro Station.

More details about the event can be found here, or general information about the system from the City of Alexandria transitway page.

 

July 10, 2014

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Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy Notice

By Ginny Hill-Obranovich
Volunteer Coordinator, Alexandria Police Department

The fall session of the Citizens’ Police Academy is scheduled to start on Wednesday, September 10th and run thru Wednesday, November 12th with graduation on Wednesday, November 19th.

For those of you who are not familiar with the academy, it is a 10 week program for citizens and employees of the city of Alexandria to learn about the different units within the APD through demonstrations, presentations and hands on activities. The sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM at Headquarters in the Community Room. The goal of the academy is to build relationships between the Police Department and the participants through the new knowledge they have acquired.

The program has been very successful and we would like to expand the participants to include our APD families. If your spouse, significant other or parent would like to attend, please let them know about the academy.

Please complete the application and return to the volunteer office.

Any questions can be directed to either myself or Dee Seay, who is the Citizens’ Police Department Coordinator. Dee’s email is Deanne.seay@alexandriava.gov

Ginny Hill-Obranovich
Volunteer Coordinator
Alexandria Police Department
3600 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304

June 28, 2014

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Save the date: National Night Out

NNO2014WThe Del Ray Citizens Association will be hosting a community gathering in conjunction with the National Night Out.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Mount Vernon Recreation Center Field

Details to follow soon.

June 24, 2014

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DRCA Transportation and Public Safety committee update

By Judy Lo, ASLA, PLA
City of Alexandria, Virginia
Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Several months have passed and I would like to provide an update on the relocation of the off leash Dog Exercise Area and the Stewart Avenue pedestrian/maintenance entrance. Comments from last fall’s November 9 meeting are re-attached for reference. A few months following that meeting, the owners of the adjacent Oakville Triangle site alerted the City that they would like to redevelop their 13 acre property. The Oakville Triangle/Route 1 planning process began this spring. The Department of Planning and Zoning and the Oakville Triangle Advisory Group are coordinating this process. The redevelopment has strong potential to provide improvements to the Mt. Jefferson Greenway. For this reason, the previously scheduled summer 2014 Mt. Jefferson Neighborhood Park planning initiative will be completed through the Oakville Triangle planning process (planning for the other Neighborhood Parks will begin as scheduled). For further information on Oakville Triangle planning, please visit the project page: http://www.alexandriava.gov/planning/info/default.aspx?id=76672

While a plan for the portion of Mt. Jefferson Park/W&OD Greenway, south of Raymond Avenue, will occur through the process described above, I would like to share the next steps for the two specific topics covered at the fall meeting.

DOG EXERCISE AREA AND DRAINAGE CONCERNS
There were questions at last fall’s meeting about whether moving the existing dog exercise area (DEA) would be subject to the Dog Park Master Plan guidelines for ‘new’ Dog Parks, adopted in September 2000. Continue reading…

June 20, 2014

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The Potomac Yard Metro station debate: Is the city on the right track?

By Bill Hendrickson, President
Del Ray Citizens Association

I have long been a supporter of a Metro station at Potomac Yard, and continue to be. But I am concerned about recent talk indicating that the city may be considering changing its preferred location from alternative site B to site A. It’s not clear that site A will work. Let me explain.

In building a Metro station at Potomac Yard, the city would be making the biggest investment in its history. To make that investment work, it needs to generate a substantial return, in the form of a big, long-term increase in tax revenues to fund city services and provide tax relief.

The key to making the investment work is being able to attract a large amount of top-quality commercial office space to Potomac Yard. This type of office development generates a lot of tax revenue because the cost to the city of providing services is low. Very little of this type of office space has been built in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area during the past decade. When it is built, it is being built mostly next to or very close to Metro stations.

The 2010 Potomac Yard plan included a huge amount of office space and located it near a Metro site located on the east side of the rail corridor across from the existing Potomac Yard shopping center, which would be redeveloped under the 2010 plan. The city calls this the alternative B site. The northern end of this station would be across from where the Target store is now. Continue reading…

June 10, 2014

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Complete Streets Open House to be held, June 17

The public is invited to a Complete Streets Open House on Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house will be held at City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King Street. This meeting will be open to the public and formatted as an informational open house. Participants may come and go during this time to learn about the City’s Complete Streets program, different types of Complete Streets projects and ongoing and upcoming projects in Old Town.

The City’s Complete Streets program designs streets for people of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, riders and drivers of public transportation, as well as drivers of motor vehicles. Complete Streets considers the changing environment and how streets can be designed to enhance quality of life by providing multimodal options to ensure safe and convenient travel. Design features may include sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian safety enhancements, as well as on-street bicycle facilities.

For more information, visit the Complete Streets website or contact Hillary Poole, Complete Streets Coordinator, at 703.746.4017 or Hillary.Poole@alexandriava.gov.

June 10, 2014

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June DRCA Meeting Minutes

Del Ray Citizens Association Meeting Minutes: June 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm

 

Association President Bill Hendrick called the May general membership meeting to order at 7:39 pm.

 

Police Report was given by Captain Scott Ogden

  • Part I crime stats: DRCA down -21.21% (property crimes at extreme lows), city-wide down -3.42%
  • Potomac Yard has seen a minor increase in thefts of purses/wallets in shopping carts (Target, TJ Maxx). 6 months ago, they saw many cases at Whole Foods on Duke St – crime was eventually solved but only after 20 incidences. They’ve put out word to use precaution – keep wallet/purse close at hand, don’t leave it unattended in cart, report any suspicious behavior to store manager.
  • National Night Out coming up on August 5th - Charles Lloyd is crime prevention officer and leads the event. Approximately 5 to 8 pm.

Continue reading…

June 10, 2014

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June 2014 Land Use Committee Agenda

The June meeting of the Land Use Committee will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday June 12, 2014 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Please join us to discuss:

  • A proposed residential porch addition at 402 E. Bellefonte
  • Update from the 3rd Oakville Triangle Advisory Group Meeting

 

At our next meeting (date TBD) :

  • A proposed porch addition to Del Ray Pizzeria
  • A redevelopment proposal for the Arlandria Floors building on Mount Vernon Ave