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Early Summer Eisenhower AveNews

08/25/2017 11:16 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)


Early Summer 2017

Eisenhower Partnership Kicks Off Summer with Networking at Portner Brewhouse

Members and guests welcomed summer at the West End’s hot new brewery on June 28.  Portner recently opened in the Modera Tempo building at Pickett and Van Dorn Streets, and is owned by direct descendants of the Portner who operated a large brewery in Alexandria’s north Old Town area.  Robert Portner (1837 – 1906) was a pioneer, inventor and founder of The Robert Portner Brewing Company (also known as the Tivoli Brewery). When the State of Virginia passed Prohibition in 1916, the brewery closed a few months later that year. Since then, the company and its story has laid dormant.

Exactly a century later, Catherine and Margaret Portner, two of Robert Portner’s great-great granddaughters, embark on their own journey to resurrect the history and celebrate it as a new concept in the same city as the original brewery.

Ready to welcome attendees!  Frank Cole, Arja Seppala-Scheer, Janet Gregor, Scott Kersjes.

Good conversation and a convivial atmosphere…

Arja Seppala-Scheer (Eisenhower Partnership Staff), Chhaya Muth (Access National Bank)

Photos by Frank Scheer


Eisenhower Partnership Welcomes National Science Foundation 

The beautiful new NSF building looks ready for occupancy, and soon it will be home to some of the nation’s top scientists and their staff.  A CVS is slated to occupy the ground floor retail space.  Several agencies in the City are welcoming welcome packages, and the Eisenhower Partnership as the main affinity group in the neighborhood is not being left behind.  We are working on a special page on our website that will provide information to NSF employees about Eisenhower Avenue businesses, amenities, residential opportunities, events, and resources.


City Updates OCM Zones to Allow More Types of Uses

Eisenhower Avenue has multiple properties zoned OCM-50 and OCM-100 (OCM means office commercial medium), primarily in properties that are currently used as warehouse/flex/industrial sites but are likely to redevelop in the future.  Small businesses wishing to occupy bays in these industrial properties are often forced to go through a somewhat expensive and lengthy Special Use Permit process in order to move in and operate their business.  Several new Permitted, Permitted with Administrative SUP, and added Special Uses are included in the Zoning Text Amendment approved by Planning Commission and City Council in June.  This will allow more flexibility in accommodating small-scale production facilities in accordance with the goals of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.


Electoral Board Tours Eisenhower Avenue Sites in Search of New Precinct Locations

Residents at the east end of Eisenhower Avenue currently vote at the Lee Center, while residents at Townes of Cameron Parke vote at Temple Beth El on Seminary Road, a location not easily reachable from their residences, and residents in the western part of Eisenhower Avenue vote at Cameron Station, also difficult to reach.  The Elections office is also facing over-crowding at some locations, particularly Lee Center.  As a result, the Eisenhower Partnership is working with them to identify sites that may be suitable as Polling Places for elections in 2018.  We have already set up a meeting at one site on the east end of Eisenhower Avenue and are hopeful that this site will work out.


Eisenhower Partnership Testifies at Cameron Run Regional Park Hearing

The Eisenhower Partnership has been closely following the planning process for the Cameron Run Regional Park that kicked off earlier this year.  A subcommittee of our Land Use and Planning Committee reviewed the six alternatives proposed by the City’s consultants, and proposed a seventh alternative based on input from Eisenhower Partnership members.  Our letter was presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission in June by Board Member Daniel Beason. 

A recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Commission will be made in July with a decision from the City Council expected in the Fall of 2017.


Welcome to our Summer Intern Simone Freidman

Let's all join in welcoming Simone Freidman as the Eisenhower Partnership's 2017 summer intern.  She will be helping us update our members and friends databases, photograph businesses along Eisenhower Avenue for our Facebook and Instagram pages, and inventory retail and service businesses in our service area.  If she knocks on your door this summer, please be kind and provide information and refreshment -- it can be awfully hot out there in July and August.

Simone is studying Business Administration at James Madison University and plans to graduate in May 2018.  She is also an athlete and has worked as a gymnastics and diving coach.  She currently lives in Old Town but claims to have lived along Eisenhower Avenue in the past.


Carlyle Plans Fast Fridays and Slowdown Sundays

John Carlyle Square Park is the site of a free outdoor fitness series June 23 through August 27.  FAST FRIDAYS provide a 30-40 minute full body workout from 12 to 1 pm, and SLOWDOWN SUNDAYS will slow your mind and body with tranquil, restorative workouts from 9:30 to 10:30 am each Sunday.  Bring Your Own Mat!  Area businesses providing guest instructors include Xtend Barre, Pilates ProWorks, Pure Barre, USPTO Fitness Center, and Mind the Mat.  For further information, see


Carlyle Offers Summer Movies

The Carlyle Community Council, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are pleased to announce the arrival of Saturday Cinema at Carlyle – an outdoor film festival kicking off in July. The free festival will take place the first Saturday of every month from July – October transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle District of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theatre. The festival launched on July 1st with Top Gun.  August 5th brings us the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, followed by romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on September 2nd, over Labor Day weekend.  The series will close out on October 7th with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to celebrate Halloween.


Carlyle Council Receives Mobility Award

The Carlyle Community Council received an Employer Services Organization Achievement Award from Commuter Connections on June 22. The award recognizes organizations or jurisdictions that have built programs that make it easier for employers to introduce or expand commute benefits in the workplace. 

The Carlyle Community Council, which serves approximately 14,000 employees and 2,200 residents in its Alexandria neighborhood, manages an on-site Transportation Management Program. It works closely with the City of Alexandria’s GO Alex program to provide commuting choices that reduce traffic and emissions and improve quality of life. The offerings available to employees and residents include Zimride Ridesharing (an online ride-matching service connecting riders and passengers), SmartBenefits for transit and vanpool commutes, free shuttle service to King Street Metro Station and the Virginia Railway Express at Union Station, and discounted Capital Bikeshare memberships. 

The Council also maintains and oversees security of the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel, which connects the neighborhood to the King Street Metro Station, and hosts a pit stop for the regional Bike to Work Day. The group conducts an annual survey of its stakeholders to gain feedback on improvements to its programs and services. 



  • Marketing Cmte 7/12 at  3:30 
  • Planning Committee TBD,  
  • Membership Committee TBD 
  • Board July 26



  • Marketing Cmte 8/9,
  • Planning Committee TBD,
  • Membership Committee
  • NO Board -- Exec Cmte #
  • NSF Welcome-8/24

For questions and further information, contact the Eisenhower Partnership staff at 703-684-5124 or email at


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