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November 2017 Eisenhower AveNews

01/08/2018 1:49 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

Annual Meeting highlights, New Members in 4th Quarter, Anniversary Video, 
Development updates, 
Cameron Run Deliberations and much more!


November 2017

Events Planned for Remainder of Year

Holiday Market at Carlyle from Dec. 1 through Dec. 23

The Holiday Market, produced in partnership with the Carlyle Community Council, has been announced to start Dec.1, and will be active every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 23.  The market is modeled on the popular European Christmas markets that feature shops in wooden stalls in a town center area.  Come to the market to find unique art and craft items, enjoy sweets and mulled wine, and hear live entertainment from local musicians.  The market also has special activities for children.

Wake-Up Wednesday

Wednesday morning is fun again, in the King Street Metro tunnel, Carlyle entrance.  Try the famous Sugar Shack doughnuts and pick up a free cup of coffee – every Wednesday in December from 7:00 to 9:30 am.

Artistic Artifacts Plans Holiday Open House December 1, 2, and 3

Artistic Artifacts, located at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, is a Fair Trade importer of creative art supplies from around the world, including Australia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.   Their Holiday Open House and Handcrafted Gift Market will feature items for sale from a dozen talented artisans; book signings; store discounts; demonstrations, and door prizes.  Check it out: December 1: 5:30 to 8:30 pm; December 2: 10 am to 5 pm; and December 3: noon to 4 pm.  For more information, go to


Update on Development in Eisenhower East

Perseus Realty Received Approval
for Adaptive Reuse of Hoffman 2

The Hoffman Office Building on Stovall Street, fondly known as Block 6A of the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan, will be “adaptively reused”, and converted from office to residential use.  City Council approved the project in October.  


Wegmans Confirmed for Stonebridge Project

The Stonebridge/Carras proposal for multi-tower residential uses above retail is now confirmed to have a lead retail tenant that everyone is excited about: Wegmans will occupy the 80,000 sf two-level space in the building.  The residential uses include rental apartments, condominiums, senior living, and affordable housing.  The project is still working through approval steps, currently at the Carlyle Design Review Board.  This project is known as Block 4 and 5 of the Eisenhower East Plan.

Hotel and Residential Building Going to Planning Commission in December

Block 20 of the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan, formerly the site of the American Trucking Associations office building (pink glass building by the Beltway, for the old timers among us) is scheduled for its public hearing approvals in December, beginning with Planning Commission on December 5.  Paradigm Cos., builder of the recently-completed ParcMeridian and the Meridian Eisenhower apartments, is proposing a 420-unit residential tower and potentially a hotel on the site.

View from the Beltway – Paradigm Proposal for Block 20


Eisenhower West Retail and Service Scene Improving

Floor and Décor Grand Opening

Specialty hard-surface flooring retailer Floor and Décor, based in Georgia, opened its third Virginia location on November 4 on Eisenhower Avenue.  The 94,000 sf store is located at 4607 Eisenhower Avenue and promises to offer a large in-stock selection “at unbeatable pricing” with superior customer service.  The store is open to the public and also serves professional contractors.  Flooring materials include wood and laminates, ceramic, stone, and tile.  The store also stocks tools and accessories needed for flooring projects.  


Multi-tenant SUP approved at 5380 Eisenhower

Many of the warehouses on the western portion of Eisenhower Avenue have moved away from warehouse uses to more of a mixed use/flex/and retail space use.  When seeking to broaden their uses, they frequently run into issues with the amount of parking provided, with some uses needing Special Use Permits when they cannot provide enough parking on an existing site.  The warehouses at 5380 Eisenhower Avenue recently took a wise step forward by applying for and receiving approval for a multitude of uses in advance of actually leasing space.  The new umbrella Special Use Permit will allow a variety of tenants to use the space without spending months in the SUP-approval process.


Eisenhower West Implementation Meeting Held

The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Work Group met on October 23 to receive an update from City staff on the progress on evaluating options for the proposed Multi-Modal Bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks and on the air quality modeling study being carried out to determine whether the tall buildings envisioned in the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan can be built without harming air quality, given the current height of the stack at the Covanta Plant.  Few concrete details or data points were presented, with results to be announced at the next meeting in February.


City Council Deliberates on Future of Cameron Run Park

On November 14, City Council received the staff recommendations on the future of Cameron Run Regional Park.  The park’s future had been studied extensively this year by consultant Michael Baker, Jr. Inc., which conducted several community meetings and proposed six alternative scenarios for recreational use of the park.  NOVAParks currently holds the lease on the park, and operates Great Waves waterpark.

The staff recommendations include:

  • A reduced boundary for the NOVAParks lease, excluding Lake Cook and the small parcel to its east
  • A new lease for 10 years (rather than the 40 initially requested by NOVAParks), ending in 2028; the park would become a City park in 2028
  • 50% of the net income from the park should be paid to the City, not to exceed $200,000 (NOVAParks previously paid $1 per year for the lease)
  • The City should be allowed to program some uses in the off-season in designated areas

The Eisenhower Partnership has been active in studying potential uses for the park, and has sent in a detailed letter of recommendations to the staff and City Council.  EP supports year-round use of the park, including eventual construction of a multi-purpose building that would offer activities in the winter months.  EP is acutely aware of the changes coming to the Eisenhower Avenue corridor and feels that there must be flexibility in the uses of the park to accommodate changing needs brought on by changing demographics.  We also proposed a 10-year lease for NOVAParks to allow time for serious park planning and raising funds for the year-round building, and suggested a financing mechanism based on voluntary contributions from new development projects.

A public hearing will be held on Saturday, December 16.


City Considers Reducing Parking Requirements on New Construction

City transportation planning staff have been working for several months on new standards for the provision of parking in commercial projects.  Early analyses shows that there is too much parking at many existing buildings, and that requiring parking in future commercial construction at the levels currently in the Zoning Code will be costly and unnecessary.  The new recommendations also provide for shared parking by some retail uses, which will be helpful in the warehouses in Eisenhower West.

Public hearings on the recommendations are likely in January 2018.  The current draft recommendations are available at: Parking Standards


Annual Meeting Held

The Eisenhower Partnership held its Annual Meeting on November 15.  Alexandria Renew was a major sponsor, providing the meeting space on the 6th floor of their building.  Additional sponsors included: Covanta, SHRM, Simpson Properties, and Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union.  Approximately 55 members and guests attended the meeting.

The program included presentation of two awards.  The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Donald Simpson Sr., first president of the Eisenhower Partnership, and owner/developer of several buildings on the Eisenhower Avenue Corridor.  The Rising Star award went to Daniel Beason, Board Member who designed our promotional materials for the NAIOP Bus Tour and is heading up our new Communications Committee.

Bob Cohen, CEO of Perseus Realty was our keynote  speaker and enlightened the audience on why Perseus Realty considers Eisenhower Avenue such a good place to invest and build in.  Clue – Metro Station, flexibility in development, market demand, opportunity to shape the landscape all play a role.

Two members were elected to the Eisenhower Partnership Board for the first time: Chhaya Muth (Access National Bank) and Bob Neuman (J. M. Zell Partners).  Other Board members are continuing on their second year of a two-year term.  

  Annual Meeting Networking                           Bob Cohen                                                                                                


                                           Don Simpson, Jr. accepts Lifetime Achievement                                                                                                 Award on behalf of Don Simpson Sr. who could not attend.                                                                                         Agnès Artemel and Frank Cole, presenters observe.

Presenter, Agnès Artemel watches Daniel Beason accept
Rising Star Award 


Anniversary Video Posted on You Tube

The staff and Board of the Eisenhower Partnership had produced a 10th Anniversary video in 2005 in which several of the founders of the Eisenhower Partnership provided a history of the lands along Eisenhower Avenue and the role of the Partnership in getting development to occur.  It contains dramatic images of the valley, completely different from what is there now.  It is well worth seeing; we have posted it on YouTube at: Anniversary Video


4th Quarter Sees Jump in New Memberships

We welcome several new members in the last few months of the year:

Fusion Academy is a private accredited middle and high school offering a 1 to 1 student teacher ratio and a campus where students have the opportunity to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.  They are located on John Carlyle Street.

HGA Architects and Engineers is an integrated architecture, engineering, and planning firm that provides responsive, innovative, and sustainable design.

Tartan Properties is an independent commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm providing landlord, investor, and tenant representation.

LeClair Ryan is a full-service law firm on Mill Road, providing business counsel and client representation in a wide range of practices, including litigation, aviation, and intellectual property.

Kinneman Insurance has been serving the Alexandria market since 1997 with small business insurance policies and many different coverage options, including business owner's policy (BOP) and professional liability insurance. 

Homegrown Restaurant Group operates Pork Barrel BBQ, Sushi Bar and Holy Cow in Del Ray and Sweet Fire Donna’s in Carlyle.  Work is well underway in a new restaurant in Carlyle, Whiskey & Oyster.

Eisenhower Partnership Launches New Committee

The Partnership’s three standing committees (Planning, Membership, and Marketing) are being joined by a fourth committee focused on communicating the benefits of locating on Eisenhower Avenue and conveying our new image for the 2018-2028 decade.   The committee meets at an unconventional time, 8 pm, but if you are interested in joining in, you can participate by Skype!

And…all members are encouraged to join a committee – not only will you be helping the Eisenhower Partnership and its members, but you will meet new people and derive a sense of belonging…see you at a committee meeting soon!

Eisenhower Partnership   1500 Eisenhower Avenue,   Alexandria VA 22314

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

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