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Eisenhower AveNews September 2018

11/07/2018 11:15 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)


September 2018

Eisenhower Partnership Annual Meeting to Take Place November 8 – SAVE THE DATE!

The Eisenhower Partnership’s Annual Meeting is scheduled, so mark it on your Robert Kerns calendars now.  The guest speaker for the event is Rob Kerns, Division Chief for Development Review of the Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning.  He will update us on the status of development proposals along the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.  Other agenda items include the election of Directors of the Eisenhower Partnership for 2019, and our annual award program.

As always there will be plentiful food and drink for attendees.   The meeting will be held on the 6th floor of the beautiful AlexandriaRenew Headquarters.

Sponsorships are available.  Sign up for a $500 Meeting Sponsorship of $250 Refreshment Sponsorship by writing to



RiverRenew Presents Options for Remedying Outfalls 3 and 4 – Weigh In with Comments

RiverRenew is a massive new project to clean up the City’s combined sewer overflows.  Two of the four outfalls are located at Duke Street and Hooff’s Run, near Holland Lane.  The entire project (four outfalls and related facilities at AlexRenew) is projected to cost between $350 and $550 million, and must be completed by 2025.

Several routes are being analyzed for Outfalls 003 and 004 (see map illustration), one along Holland Lane, and two along Hooff’s Run.  All will require construction activities along Duke Street and potentially Holland Lane, in the 2021-2022 time frame.

RiverRenew is encouraging public comment.  Comments are being received until October 25.  Further information is available at

Route Options Under Study


Focus on Eisenhower West

The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Work Group, on which Eisenhower Partnership Vice President Agnes Artemel serves as a business representative, met on September 17 for its quarterly update.  Here are the highlights:

Air Quality

Extensive air quality modeling of future conditions with and without the buildings planned for Eisenhower West demonstrates that the operations of the Covanta Plant and Virginia Paving Company do not cause any air quality issues for current land uses, and normal operations will not affect future buildings.

Greenhill CDD

Two sites north and south of S. Pickett Street and just west of Cameron Station, controlled by Greenhill Capital are being studied for a potential Coordinated Development District (CDD) which would allow approximately 2 million square feet to be developed.  Currently, the sites are occupied by warehouses, the Giant at Van Dorn Street, and small strip shopping centers.  The CDD designation is akin to a master plan for the sites, with specific Development Special Use Permits to follow later.

BoatUS Site

Studies are underway for a potential CDD at the BoatUS site on S. Pickett Street west of Van Dorn Street.  The request is for a six-story self-storage building with ground-level “maker” space and a multifamily residential building to the south near Backlick Run.

Transportation Infrastructure

The West End Transitway along Van Dorn and Beauregard Streets is still seeking funding of about $70 million.

The Multi-Modal Bridge has moved to the 10% design stage and is now projected to cost $151 million for construction (not including right-of-way acquisition or future materials cost escalation).  The challenge has been to design the bridge to cross over the Norfolk Southern Transloading Terminal and tracks at a height sufficient to satisfy the railroad, while achieving the right slopes for vehicles.  To many in the EWLVD Implementation Work Group, this cost appears excessive.

A 2,300 foot Backlick Run Multi-Use Trail has received $7.2 million in SmartScale Funds for design and construction; the timing is in question since the design of the Backlick Run restoration and flood control has not taken place yet.

Developer Contributions

City staff suggests developers contribute $3 per square foot for Catalyst Phase projects (+/- 3 million sf of development) and $7 per square foot for subsequent projects.  Public hearings on the Developer Contributions Policy are scheduled for November.

Landmark Mall

A short (5-month) re-planning process is about to kick off for Landmark Mall, in recognition of the progress the Howard Hughes Corporation has made in assembling property at Landmark.  The prior approvals were for just the central portion of the mall, without the Macy’s and Sears properties.  The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation group will add two new members (WEBA and Howard Hughes) and become the planning body for this study.


Alexandria Renew Hosts Water Discovery Day on October 13

Join the staff at Alexandria Renew for a fun-filled second annual Water Discovery Day at its headquarters, 1800 Limerick Street.  Attendees will be treated to a rain barrel workshop, walking tour, and tai-chi, power yoga and Zumba mini-classes  Kids can make slime and meet furry friends from the Alexandria K-9 unit.  For further information, go to

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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