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April 2017 Eisenhower AVENews

05/19/2017 8:25 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

Agenda Alexandria panel discusses impact of National Science Foundation, Access National Bank exclusive networking event for EP members, NAIOP Tour, Water Discovery Day with Alexandria Renew Enterprises, PTO Wellness Festival, PTO Community Day, Bike to Work Day, and Networking with all Alexandria business associations on the Cherry Blossom in May 9. Development along the Avenue.  Kudos to Member banks


April 2017

National Science Foundation is Focus of this Month’s Agenda:Alexandria-Monday, April 24

What effect will the National Science Foundation, slated to move to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue in late summer, have on its new neighborhood?  The National Science Foundation is one of the federal government's primary science research organizations, with an annual budget of $7.3 billion.  NSF funds 20 percent of all federally-sponsored basic research at U.S. colleges and universities.   Agenda:Alexandria has invited Frank Cole, President of the Eisenhower Partnership, Brian Stone, Chief of Staff of the NSF, and Stephanie Landrum of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership to answer that question Monday evening, April 24 at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue.  The format is a 3-member panel, answering questions prepared by Agenda:Alexandria’s Board, and then from the audience.  The evening begins with dinner at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:15.  Non-members may attend the whole evening, or the program only; there is a registration fee.  More information is available at


Access National Bank to Host an
EP-Members-Only Commercial Real Estate Networking Event - Date TBD

Expect a notice!

Access National Bank became the newest financial institution to settle in the Carlyle/Eisenhower area when it chose a branch location at 2050 Ballenger Avenue.  Its arrival has been celebrated by a number of City business organizations including the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.  Now it is the turn of the Eisenhower Partnership.  Bank officials include Chhaya Muth, who is already an active participant in EP’s Marketing Committee, and John McManus who is well known in Alexandria banking circles.  We welcome Access National Bank to the corridor and wish them much success.   


Shred Your Paperwork on Saturday, April 29 


EP Member Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union is hosting a Community Shred Day at its headquarters at 4875 Eisenhower Avenue from 9 am to 2 pm.  All are welcome to drive in and deposit boxes of papers for shredding.  There is no charge for the event.


NAIOP Bus Tour Begins and Ends on Eisenhower Avenue May 4

USAA and Lowe Enterprises have graciously opened the new National Science Foundation Building to NAIOP to host its annual Commercial Real Estate Expo.  A number of developers and property owners along Eisenhower Avenue are co-sponsors of the Expo, including  (Eisenhower Partnership members in bold) Paradigm, Perseus, Simpson, AEDP, Stonebridge Carras, Lowe, USAA, Carlyle Tower, AREP, 765 John Carlyle Tower, 2800 Eisenhower Avenue.  Lunch sponsors include Rushmark, Walsh Colucci, Land Design, and Washington Workplace.

Following the expo at 10 am, 450 brokers and real estate professionals will board a fleet of buses and be escorted by motorcycle police through traffic jams as they view buildings in Carlyle, Old Town, Arlington, and Tysons.  The tour will end at Paradigm’s new Parc Meridian building for a catered luncheon.

Please visit for further information and to register for the expo, bus tour, or both.  There are member and non-member prices for all events.

Eisenhower Partnership ad in bus tour book and cover design courtesy of Eisenhower Partnership member Daniel Beason and his friend, photographer, Jeremy Miller


Water Discovery Day
Takes Place May 6

EP member AlexRenew is hosting a family-friendly event on Saturday May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at its headquarters, 1800 Limerick Street.  Events include water education, rain barrel workshops, screen printing, water coloring, and tours of the AlexRenew facility.    Music and food are on the agenda also.  RSVP online and get more information at


And That’s Not All!

Additional events in our area include the PTO Wellness Festival on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm, the  PTO Community Day on May 18, and Bike to Work Day at Carlyle May 19.  Bike to Work Day is a regional event to encourage cycling as a healthy commuting option.  The Eisenhower Partnership is a co-sponsor of the event, donating a raffle prize.  Finally, the business associations of Alexandria invite all their members to a networking event on the Cherry Blossom on May 9 – yes that means Eisenhower Partnership members too!


New Developments in the West End

In mid-April , Floor and Décor hosted a community information meeting to discuss upcoming construction/remodeling at the former Security Storage Warehouse in the 4600 block of Eisenhower Avenue.  The store is scheduled to open in the fall.

The West End Transitway along Van Dorn Street is working its way through Federal processes necessary for grant funds.  Next steps in 2017 include awarding a contract for early design work in spring 2017, submitting NEPA documentation to the Federal Transit administration, also in the spring; and receiving formal NEPA approval in the summer of 2017.

EP member Paradigm and MRP Realty have submitted a Concept 1 plan for development of the Vulcan Materials site at 701 S. Van Dorn Street.  The application contemplates a mix of uses including townhouse, multifamily, retail, and a public park on the 17.5-acre industrial site.  The staff review process could take 12-18 months, with the project likely to have its public hearings in 2018.

Playopolis LLC has applied to operate an amusement enterprise at 5412 and 5430 Eisenhower Avenue; the application for “Scramble” will be heard by Planning Commission and City Council in May.  Parents and caregivers will be able to bring children from infant to 8 years old to the indoor playground without reserving a space; a single entrance fee allows unlimited play during the visit.  The venue offers soft play structures, and a reading and cool-down area featuring Usborne educational books. The concept aims to offer indoor activities designed to improve cognitive development and physical fitness.

The next meeting of the Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group is scheduled for May 22.  Among the agenda items are an update on the Infrastructure Plan’s Status, preliminary findings from the Air Quality Study, and updates on the potential alignment of the proposed Multi-Modal Bridge.

A number of meetings are scheduled as part of the Cameron Run Park planning process: with the Park and Recreation Commission on April 27, and a public hearing with the Commission on May 18, and at City Council in June.


Eisenhower East Roundup –

Eisenhower East Plan Blocks 11 & 12 (Hoffman properties), located between the Parc Meridian building and the Eisenhower Metro Station, officially 2360 Eisenhower Avenue and 2300 Dock Lane, were the subject of Planning Commission and City Council public hearings for an extension to a previously approved Development Special Use Permit.  The previous approval allowed a mix of residential and retail uses including 1200 dwelling units and 67,000 sf of retail (including a grocery store), in three towers slated to be among the tallest buildings in the region.  Hoffman is currently in negotiations with a potential developer.

There is an application for an amusement enterprise called “Pump It Up” at 2000 Eisenhower Avenue, in the buildings owned by Perseus; this application will also be heard in May.  Pump It Up is a franchised indoor children’s entertainment and birthday party venue.   It also is a significant venue for raising funds to support local schools and charities.

A proposed Eisenhower East Small Area Plan amendment is to be the subject of a Planning Commission Work Session on May 2; at the same time, there will be a discussion of a new study on the fiscal impact of new development, and the study on office conversion.

At the April public hearing meetings, Whole Foods’ application for the expansion of its café within the store was approved.  Panera’s request for seven delivery vehicles will be heard in May.

EP Members Make List of Washington Business Journal Top Credit Unions and Commercial Lenders

Three credit unions ranked high on WBJ’s recent list: Pentagon Federal Credit Union (#2 in total assets) was until recently headquartered on Eisenhower Avenue, as are the US Senate Federal Credit Union (#13) and Commonwealth One Credit Union (#23).

Members Burke & Herbert Bank and Access National Bank were ranked #9 and #11 respectively by 2016 Metro area loan volume.

Congratulations to these fine institutions.  The Eisenhower Partnership is delighted to have you as members.



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