After listening to nearly 40 speakers and reading hundreds of emails from the public, the Alexandria City Council voted to express support for Virginia Department of Transportation Alternatives A1 and A2 as their favored alternatives for an access ramp from I-395 into the new Mark Center facility and to request that VDOT protect the integrity of the Winkler Botanical Preserve.
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Last night, the Alexandria City Council approved the purchase of hybrid trolleys for Old Town, made changes to the route for the George Washington Birthday Parade, authorized testimony regarding the design for buildings on the BRAC 133 site at Mark Center before the National Capital Planning Commission, postponed a decision on forgiving a loan to the Arlandria Chirilagua Housing Cooperative and congratulated the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities on its national re-accreditation.
The city of Alexandria will receive $1.37 million federal stimulus grant for energy conservation. “This is a big win for Eco-City Alexandria and our efforts to make Alexandria a leader in conservation. This is one reason we did the eco-city charter and action plans, ” said Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupika. “This money will put Alexandrians to work, help our economy and help our environment. The energy savings will help us long after the recession is over.”
City Of Alexandria Department Of Recreation, Parks And Cultural Activities Earns National Reaccreditation[From: City Hall]
On October 13, 2009 the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities achieved reaccreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is one of only eighty-eight park and recreation agencies in the country to currently hold national accreditation.
Last night, the Alexandria City Council instructed City Manager Jim Hartmann to prepare a proposed fiscal year 2011 operating budget that does not exceed this year’s spending level and a six-year capital budget that does not exceed approved 2010-15 approved levels
On Saturday, the Alexandria City Council approved two new pizza restaurants on King Street, gave the go-ahead for Mt. Vernon Avenue’s Los Tios restaurant to expand, reviewed alternatives for a direct access ramp from I-395 into the BRAC 133 site, held a public hearing on the City’s proposed legislative package and extended the time in which office use is permitted on John Carlyle Street.
Gerald Ford lived in Alexandria for 23 years before he became President of the United States. Yesterday was a homecoming of sorts, as City officials, former neighbors and members of the Ford family dedicated the President Gerald R. Ford Park. The one-acre park at the corner of Quaker and Janney’s Lanes is designed as passive recreation space where people can “walk the paths, sit on a bench and contemplate life,” said Roger Blakeley, deputy director of the Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities.
On Saturday, October 17, Alexandria opened The Station at Potomac Yard. The Station at Potomac Yard is the City’s first new fire station in 30 years and it uniquely combines residential housing and mixed-use retail in a growing area of Alexandria. The successful project is a shining example of what the Alexandria community can accomplish, even during challenging economic times.
On Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council decided to request no changes to City Council and School Board elections; named the new DASH facility after William Herd; agreed to allow the City Manager to move forward with street improvements to Seminary Road and Beauregard; received a report on the implementation of the City’s settlement with Mirant and approved the publication of the top 20 delinquent real estate taxpayers.
According to City staff’s “best guess” Alexandria is facing a $43 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2011 and things may get worse.
“This doesn’t just mean tightening our belts, it is going to mean real program cuts,” said Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille at Saturday’s City Council budget retreat.