For now, King Street’s two sex shops are in no danger of being shut down by the City. Last night, after a two hour public hearing, the Alexandria Planning Commission voted 5-1 to take no action on a text amendment to define and regulate the location of sexually oriented businesses within the City. The text amendment would have put newly opened Lotus Blooms out of business within 18 months and would have kept sex shops out of Alexandria’s two historic Districts.
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On Tuesday, the Alexandria City Council extended a pilot program for portable signs in the right-of-way in the Central Business District; set the 2010 General Assembly legislative packet for public hearing; passed a resolution opposing HOT lanes on I-395 and approved a loan guarantee for the Arlandria Neighborhood Health Services Inc.
Last night, the Alexandria Archaeological Commission presented this year’s winners of the third annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Awards. Named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, the awards were presented in front of the Alexandria City Council.
The City of Alexandria received a grant for $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to continue its proactive response to prevent youth gang involvement in the community. The City will use this funding to enhance initiatives that mitigate the risk factors of gang membership and activity, help youth who are at risk of gang involvement, and provide assistance to those who are involved in a gang so they can end their membership. The City will also educate family and community members about the indicators of gang involvement to enable early intervention and prevention.
City Of Alexandria Receives Highest Certification For Virginia Municipal League’s Go Green Government Challenge[From: City Hall, Top Stories]
On Tuesday, October 20, the City of Alexandria was recognized by the Virginia Municipal League (VML) at its annual conference for being a green and sustainable community. The Go Green Government Challenge, a VML initiative, encourages local governments to reduce energy usage and promote environmental sustainability.
The City of Alexandria has been awarded $7.7 million from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) to help make homeownership more affordable for households with members who live or work in the City. This funding is being provided through VHDA’s Sponsoring Partnerships and Revitalizing Communities (SPARC) Program.
For the first time in more than three decades, Alexandria has a new fire station. It is located at Potomac Yard and includes 64 units of work-force housing.
At October’s first legislative meeting, the Alexandria City Council made appointments to various City Boards and Commissions; passed a resolution on State transportation funding; reviewed Alexandria’s financial picture; got a look at how resident’s view their quality of life and began a discussion on imposing fees for stormwater sewer operation and maintenance.
The City of Alexandria announced the results of the 2009 Community Survey at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 13. The Center for Research and Public Policy (CRPP) conducted a comprehensive telephone survey of 1,000 Alexandria residents to ask them about their quality of life, satisfaction with community services, and other local issues. This 2009 survey tracks some of the results that were collected from similar surveys that CRPP conducted in 2004 and 2006.