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Eisenhower Partnership Advocating for Issues Important to Businesses and Residents

  • 11/29/2018 4:14 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    To the City of Alexandria Planning Commission and Members of City Council,

    On behalf of the Eisenhower Partnership, I am writing this letter in support of the proposed special use permit 2018-0013 at 2425 Eisenhower Avenue.  On October 31, 2018, the Applicant’s counsel, Robert Brant from Walsh Colucci, presented the project to the Eisenhower Partnership. The Partnership was appreciative that the Applicant was respectful to the prominence of the location and has invested in high quality architecture and materials. This project will be a showpiece feature on the Corridor and will enhance the attractiveness of the area.

    The Partnership is supportive of this project as it addresses the lifestyle, economic and aesthetic goals of the Corridor and the City.  The current retail amenities on Eisenhower Avenue are inadequate for the businesses, employees and residents that reside on the Corridor. Vibrant, attractive retail is critical to attracting and retaining businesses and residents. Increased retail activity on the corridor also encourages employees and residents to spend money on the Corridor which increases tax revenue for the City and supports the economic ecosystem of the Corridor. Lastly, the project’s contemporary aesthetic and scale is appropriate for the site and promotes a high minded architectural environment.  Recent projects on the Corridor have created opportunities for a diversity of architecture within the City.

    The Partnership’s Board collectively reviewed the Applicant’s plan and does have some comments that we would like to be considered. The Partnership believes the Applicant has taken extra efforts to manage their trash by creating a room internal to the project with a temporary loading area for pickup.  The Eisenhower Partnership is not supportive of a proposed change to the Applicant’s plan to extend the façade of the building as an additional screen of the loading area.  The Partnership believes the retail that currently resides behind the proposed project needs as much visibility as possible.  An additional screen would reduce the visibility of those establishments and their businesses could suffer.  The Partnership believes extending the exterior wall as a screen will elongate an already large blank façade on Eisenhower. Most importantly, creating an additional screening element will create an unsafe traffic/pedestrian condition as the visibility from the alley will be obstructed by the screening element. The City’s desire to screen the loading area is in direct conflict with the aesthetics, economic value and safety that the Partnership advocates for. The Partnership would be supportive of low shrubbery that does not disrupt sightlines.

    On behalf of the 103 members of the Eisenhower Partnership representing over 3,000 residents and 400 businesses, I appreciate your consideration of this matter.

    Sincerely,


    Kay Tyler
    President

    Cc:  Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors
           Robert Brant, for the Applicant


Eisenhower Partnership   1500 Eisenhower Avenue,   Alexandria VA 22314  eisenhowerppp@gmail.com

The Eisenhower Partnership is a non-profit organization serving the best interests of the Eisenhower Valley.

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