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April 2018 Eisenhower AveNews

06/04/2018 12:12 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

City Budget, Alexandria Renew to take large role in remedying Alexandria’s Combined Sewer Outfalls, Renewing Members for the First Quarter, Commonwealth One Sponsors Membership Mixer in May, Toll Brothers to Host EP Board Meeting


April 2018

City Manager Jinks Briefs Partnership Members and Friends on Budget, Development

Speaking to a packed audience, City Manager Mark Jinks went over the key details of his budget proposal, currently being examined by City Council and scheduled for adoption in early May.  He also highlighted some key developments being planned along Eisenhower Avenue and elsewhere in the City, developments that are critical to Alexandria’s future financial health.

This year’s briefing was the third annual such event.  The Helicopter Association International hosted the meeting, which featured a full catered breakfast by Fresh Connections.  The Eisenhower Partnership thanks sponsors Carlyle Council, J. M. Zell, Simpson Real Estate, Covanta, and Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union.

Guests enjoy a bountiful breakfast catered by Fresh Connections

 The room setup proved ideal for the presentation.

 Helicopter Association International CEO Matt Zucarro welcomes guests

 City Manager Mark Jinks prepares to take questions

A happy crowd


City Budget …

The City Manager’s proposed budget comes in at $742.3 million for FY 2019, $14.1 million more than the approved FY 2018 budget.  Of the budget increase in revenue, 69% is proposed to be allocated to the city’s school system, and another 22% to improved transit services.  No change is proposed in the real estate tax rate (last year saw a several cent increase), nor in personal property, residential refuse, or stormwater management fees. 

Several themes in the City’s Strategic Plan are reflected in this year’s budget proposal and are applicable to the Eisenhower Valley:

Distinctive and Vibrant Neighborhoods: the Eisenhower East plan is to be updated to continue building on the renewed interest in this segment of our area, and to add livability components

Well-managed Government: the city is working on municipal broadband options that eventually should increase the choices available to residents and small business

Strong Economy: the budget provides for targeted marketing in areas such as King Street, and redevelopment planning at Landmark Mall and Eisenhower East

Environmental Sustainability: funds for mowing and right of way maintenance are to be restored

Multi-Modal Transportation: police officers will be added for traffic safety, and street repaving is to be beefed up.

City Manager Mark Jinks also emphasized that new development is critical to Alexandria’s future, and showed a chart demonstrating that Alexandria’s growth is being concentrated in a defined “growth crescent” near Metro Stations:

Finally, we were treated to artist’s concepts of new buildings in Eisenhower West and Eisenhower East:



Alexandria Renew to take large role in remedying Alexandria’s Combined Sewer Outfalls

After several months of meetings and behind the scenes engineering analysis, the City of Alexandria and AlexandriaRenew are partnering to solve the release of contaminated waters to Hunting Creek and the Potomac River from the city’s four combined sewer outfalls (a large portion of Old Town has old combined sewers which during heavy rains may result in the mixing and discharge of rainwater and sewage prior to treatment).  Two of these outfalls are by Hooff’s Run, in close proximity to Holland Lane and the eastern edge of the Eisenhower Avenue area.

The new plan, still to be approved by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, provides for a unified storage tunnel connecting all four outfalls.  These tunnels would temporarily store overflow rains, then let the liquid volume flow to Alexandria Renew’s plant for treatment.  This solution would dramatically reduce runoff into Hunting Creek and the Potomac.  In order to meet a mandate by the Virginia Legislature for construction to be complete by 2025, an extremely tight deadline, the City and Alexandria Renew have formed a partnership whereby Alexandria Renew will take the lead in planning and organizing construction, as well as issuing bonds for the project.  The City hopes to receive funding from the State for a portion of the work, as did Richmond and Lynchburg in the past.  Nevertheless, ratepayers may have to pay more on their monthly sewer bills through the end of the construction process.  Specific details are not available yet, but the monthly “extra” may be on the order of $22-$40 per household.

Some construction will need to take place on Duke Street in the vicinity of Hooffs Run (east of Holland Lane).  We will keep members informed on the schedule as we find out more details.

Option B+ has been recommended by the project managers and the stakeholder panel.  The unified tunnel is shown in light green.  All locations are approximate, pending engineering design.


Commonwealth One Sponsors Membership Mixer in May

Eisenhower Partnership member Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring a networking event for EP members and their guests at their office on the western portion of Eisenhower Avenue.  The tentative date is May 3 – mark your calendars!  Further details will be sent by email.


Toll Brothers to Host EP Board Meeting

New townhouses are under construction just west of Telegraph Road…and the builder, Toll Brothers, is eager to show them off to the Eisenhower Partnership.  Damien Edwards, project manager for Toll Brothers, has offered to host our next Board meeting at the site – thank you!  We are looking forward to checking out the floor plans and amenities!


Thank you to our Renewing Members for the First Quarter

The Eisenhower Partnership is delighted to report an almost 100% renewal rate for the first quarter of 2018.  Welcome back:

Carlyle Council


Tyler Printing

Hoffman Management

Alexandria Renew

Thank you to our Renewing Members for the First Quarter

Access National Bank

Simpson Development Co.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Hart and Gibbs PC

Farrington Industrial Park

Virginia Paving Company

Society for Human Resource Management

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