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March 2018 Eisenhower Partnership AveNews

04/14/2018 1:11 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

Breakfast with the City Manager.  Stonebridge at Hoffman approved.

City Council discusses Meals Tax. Residential Assessments up and much more . 


March 2018

Register Now for the Premier Event of the Spring – Breakfast with the City Manager

The Eisenhower Partnership is once again sponsoring Breakfast with the City Manager, your opportunity to hear from City Manager Mark Jinks about his current budget proposal and ask questions of interest to you.  This year, the event is being held at the Helicopter Association International at 1920 Ballenger Avenue in Carlyle.  The event features a full catered breakfast.  Registration is now open at  Tickets are $50 for members and $75 for non-members, although if your company is an event sponsor, there may be a free ticket available.  Sponsors include the Carlyle Council, Simpson Properties, Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union, J.M. Zell, and Covanta.



Stonebridge at Hoffman Approved by Planning Commission

The Planning Commission has approved plans by Stonebridge Carras for a multi-tower residential building with Wegman’s retail anchor on Blocks 4 and 5 of the Hoffman Town Center.  The project moves on to the March 17 City Council public hearing meeting for approval.

Summary provided by AEDP



City Council Discusses Meals Tax Proposal to Fund Affordable Housing

Council Member Willie Bailey has proposed an additional 1% meals tax be charged on meals consumed at Alexandria restaurants in order to raise dedicated funds for the Alexandria Affordable Housing Trust Fund.  Currently, restaurant patrons pay a 6% sales tax and an additional 4% meals tax, for a total of 10% of the check amount; this proposal would change the tax bill from 10% to 11%.  City staff is also looking at alternative ways of raising dedicated funds, including an increase to the real property tax, the personal property tax, and the hotel tax.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce surveyed its members on the issue, and found that out of 149 responses, only 26.17% supported the additional meals tax proposal.

Discussions are ongoing at the City Council and City staff levels.


Residential Assessments Up Along Eisenhower Avenue

Assessments of single family homes and condominiums are up in three neighborhoods that include Eisenhower Avenue, as of January 1, 2018.  The City recently released a map of real property assessment changes by geographical area.  In the west end, which includes Cameron Station and areas along Pickett Street and Van Dorn Streets, condominiums saw a 3.08% increase in assessments, while single-family homes saw a 1.98% increase.  In the area between the Metro yard and Telegraph Road, Condos are up 4.27% and single-family homes 0.55%.  Between Telegraph Road and Holland Lane, condos are up 2.05%.

Source: Budget Presentation to City Council

While multi-family properties in the city experienced the greatest assessment increase (7.68%), office and retail properties had reductions in assessments averaging 3.51%.


Virginia American Water To Install Water Line Beneath Alexandria’s Cameron Run

Virginia American Water is installing a water line that will connect two of the company’s distribution systems along Eisenhower Avenue in the City of Alexandria. Virginia American Water will install nearly 1,000 feet of 12- and 14-inch pipe beneath the Cameron Run waterway to create a looped system, improving water service reliability and fire hydrant flow capacity.

The project area begins at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue (Vola Lawson Animal Shelter), located east of the intersection of Eisenhower Avenue and the Holmes Run Trail. The project will continue across Cameron Run toward the City of Alexandria Recycling Center at 4251 Eisenhower Avenue. Construction work begins this week and will last until June, weather permitting.

 “This $1.9 million investment Virginia American Water is making will allow us to increase fire flows and keep water flowing to more customers by reducing service interruptions,” said Barry Suits, president, Virginia American Water. “The Eisenhower interconnect project is also part of our commitment to proactively upgrade the water infrastructure in the City of Alexandria.”

Work hours are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Traffic on Eisenhower Avenue may be impacted at times during this project. Motorists should use caution, obey traffic signs and follow any detour routes when driving in the area. Weekend work is not expected unless required to maintain the project schedule.


(Dunkin’) Donuts Anyone?

People with a sweet tooth may no longer be frustrated in their cravings…Dunkin Donuts has applied to have a shop at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, in the National Science Foundation building.  Their application will be heard at the April public hearings.

…And There are More Eisenhower Avenue Applications in April

1900 Duke Street LP is applying to amend an SUP to permit office use on the ground floor of 333 John Carlyle Street.

The Claremont industrial park at 4536 Eisenhower Avenue is requesting an extension to the expiration date of its umbrella SUP.


Welcome Renewing Members

Thirteen members renewed their membership in the Eisenhower Partnership in the January and February 2018.  We welcome them all back, and thank them for their interest and participation.

  • Carlyle Council
  • Carlyle Plaza
  • AEDP
  • Tyler Printing
  • Hoffman Management
  • Alexandria Renew Enterprises
  • Access National Bank
  • Simpson Properties
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Hart & Gibbs PC
  • Farrington Industrial Park
  • Virginia Paving Company
  • Covanta

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