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  • 05/23/2017 7:21 AM | Anonymous
    From "The Alexandria Gazette:"

    Here Come The Scientists’

    National Science Foundation may bring investment and traffic to Eisenhower.

    By Vernon Miles

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Alexandria — In just a few months, the National Science Foundation will open at its new location along Eisenhower Avenue. In September, the new building will bring more than 2,000 employees into the Carlyle neighborhood. The facade is already complete, new residential towers are completed or in development across the street. So Alexandria is left wondering: what will the new NSF building mean for the city?

    An Agenda: Alexandria panel on April 24, “Here Come the Scientists – How Will the New National Science Foundation Impact Alexandria?,” highlighted that while the NSF will bring benefits to the area, it also comes with a share of problems.

    According to Stephanie Landrum, president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, the Eisenhower Valley has faced stagnation over the last five years after the initial bump from the Federal Courthouse and Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) wore off.

    “There [wasn’t] a lot of people breaking ground,” said Landrum. “So we’re already seeing signs of success. The announcement and decision to move was the domino that kicked off investment in Eisenhower … Once that domino fell, almost all other parcels [in the area] have sold. That’s why we wanted them as a catalyst. The Holiday Inn was closed, renovated, and reopened by a new investor. Paradigm broke ground and developed after the [NSF] announcement.”

    Frank Cole, president of the Eisenhower Avenue Public-Private partnership, was wary of comparisons to the PTO.

    “People in the Eisenhower area have one real bit of history, the PTO, to look back on,” said Cole. “I think a lot of people were expecting the NSF to be like the PTO, but a little smaller. But this does not have the number of opportunities that the PTO brought. It brings other opportunities, but not a lot of ancillary businesses [the way the PTO did]. There’s going to be some, but not a lot.”

    Cole said the businesses coming in as a result of the NSF move will likely be high tech contracting businesses. However, Landrum said many of those new tenants won’t move into the area immediately. Many of those contractors still have leases at their locations that it wouldn’t make financial sense to break from.

    “The lesson of the PTO, what we’ve seen over the last 12 years,” is that development “has followed as people’s leases naturally expired,” said Landrum. “That will happen at the NSF only if we build the right type of project for people to move into; if we encourage [developers] to build new office space so people can move in as leases expire.”

    However, with the arrival of the major office comes a concern: can Eisenhower support this new population? Initially, the answer was no. Landrum said the new development would put a large demand on local residential and hotel space. With the nearby Holiday Inn already having a healthy occupancy, Landrum said the area will likely need a new hotel built in the future.

    The area has already seen a spate of new residential growth. The luxury housing at Parc Meridian, located across Eisenhower Avenue, opened earlier in 2017. At the City Council meeting on April 22, the council approved three residential towers in the empty lot between Parc Meridian and the Eisenhower Metro Station. The new towers will hold 1,200 residential dwelling units and 67,000 square feet of retail space. As part of the deal to move in, the Hoffman Company also agreed to renovate the Eisenhower Metro plaza.

    Cole noted that anytime 2,000 new people show up into an area, opportunities and challenges follow.

    “There’s retail [in the area], but not as much as what’s needed,” said Cole. The new retail and grocery stores coming in with the Eisenhower East development helps, but Cole said the area needs more. “Those are the kinds of things we will be looking at growing in the area, things that have been missing in the Eisenhower area. Our growth in retail is pretty significant.”

    Landrum said her only regret with the project was that the development in the area wasn’t worked on quicker to be available before the NSF moves in.

    There is another significant impact of new growth that Cole says the area isn’t ready for.

    “If there is a single concern, it’s traffic,” said Cole. “Not parking, but traffic itself. Congestion is going to be an issue there as years go on. Several rather large residential projects that by 2020 are going to bring tens of thousands of new people. What they bring in is not a parking problem, but absolutely a traffic problem. There are plans underway for widening Eisenhower, but we know that has been pushed back.”

    There are infrastructure improvements planned with the new developments, but Cole reiterated that unless Eisenhower Avenue is widened the area will face a major traffic crisis. Cole also said he was worried about how the new food trucks located along Eisenhower will impact the brick and mortar retail, but said he believes they are inevitable. Eisenhower Avenue was one of the locations approved for limited food truck usage last year by the City Council.

    Considering the NSF was brought to Alexandria with the help of $23 million in tax abatements over the next 15 years, there were questions from the audience about how financially beneficial the project was going to be for the city. According to Landrum, the abatement was the first in the city’s history.

    “The tax abatement is a big deal,” Landrum acknowledged. Landrum said the city contracted with a real estate project evaluator, Delta Associates, to do a return on investment model for the company to ensure that it would be a worthwhile. “[The city] will make $50 million off this project in real estate taxes alone over 10 years, and that doesn’t take into account spin off from other developments or the catalytic impact of a building like this.”

    If the government purchases the property, Landrum said a a clause is built into the contract that payment will have to be provided in lieu of taxes.

    Before its move to Alexandria, the NSF was previously located in Ballston. The NSF’s lease in Alexandria is for the next 15 years.

    Click here to print article.


  • 05/19/2017 8:25 PM | Anonymous

    Agenda Alexandria panel discusses impact of National Science Foundation, Access National Bank exclusive networking event for EP members, NAIOP Tour, Water Discovery Day with Alexandria Renew Enterprises, PTO Wellness Festival, PTO Community Day, Bike to Work Day, and Networking with all Alexandria business associations on the Cherry Blossom in May 9. Development along the Avenue.  Kudos to Member banks

    AveNews

    April 2017

    National Science Foundation is Focus of this Month’s Agenda:Alexandria-Monday, April 24



    What effect will the National Science Foundation, slated to move to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue in late summer, have on its new neighborhood?  The National Science Foundation is one of the federal government's primary science research organizations, with an annual budget of $7.3 billion.  NSF funds 20 percent of all federally-sponsored basic research at U.S. colleges and universities.   Agenda:Alexandria has invited Frank Cole, President of the Eisenhower Partnership, Brian Stone, Chief of Staff of the NSF, and Stephanie Landrum of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership to answer that question Monday evening, April 24 at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Avenue.  The format is a 3-member panel, answering questions prepared by Agenda:Alexandria’s Board, and then from the audience.  The evening begins with dinner at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:15.  Non-members may attend the whole evening, or the program only; there is a registration fee.  More information is available at www.Agendaalexandria.org.

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    Access National Bank to Host an
    EP-Members-Only Commercial Real Estate Networking Event - Date TBD

    Expect a notice!

    Access National Bank became the newest financial institution to settle in the Carlyle/Eisenhower area when it chose a branch location at 2050 Ballenger Avenue.  Its arrival has been celebrated by a number of City business organizations including the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.  Now it is the turn of the Eisenhower Partnership.  Bank officials include Chhaya Muth, who is already an active participant in EP’s Marketing Committee, and John McManus who is well known in Alexandria banking circles.  We welcome Access National Bank to the corridor and wish them much success.   www.accessnationalbank.com   

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    Shred Your Paperwork on Saturday, April 29 

        

    EP Member Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union is hosting a Community Shred Day at its headquarters at 4875 Eisenhower Avenue from 9 am to 2 pm.  All are welcome to drive in and deposit boxes of papers for shredding.  There is no charge for the event.   www.cofcu.org.

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    NAIOP Bus Tour Begins and Ends on Eisenhower Avenue May 4

    USAA and Lowe Enterprises have graciously opened the new National Science Foundation Building to NAIOP to host its annual Commercial Real Estate Expo.  A number of developers and property owners along Eisenhower Avenue are co-sponsors of the Expo, including  (Eisenhower Partnership members in bold) Paradigm, Perseus, Simpson, AEDP, Stonebridge Carras, Lowe, USAA, Carlyle Tower, AREP, 765 John Carlyle Tower, 2800 Eisenhower Avenue.  Lunch sponsors include Rushmark, Walsh Colucci, Land Design, and Washington Workplace.

    Following the expo at 10 am, 450 brokers and real estate professionals will board a fleet of buses and be escorted by motorcycle police through traffic jams as they view buildings in Carlyle, Old Town, Arlington, and Tysons.  The tour will end at Paradigm’s new Parc Meridian building for a catered luncheon.

    Please visit www.naiopva.org for further information and to register for the expo, bus tour, or both.  There are member and non-member prices for all events.

    Eisenhower Partnership ad in bus tour book and cover design courtesy of Eisenhower Partnership member Daniel Beason and his friend, photographer, Jeremy Miller


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    Water Discovery Day
    Takes Place May 6

    EP member AlexRenew is hosting a family-friendly event on Saturday May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at its headquarters, 1800 Limerick Street.  Events include water education, rain barrel workshops, screen printing, water coloring, and tours of the AlexRenew facility.    Music and food are on the agenda also.  RSVP online and get more information at https://waterdiscoveryday.eventbrite.com.


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    And That’s Not All!

    Additional events in our area include the PTO Wellness Festival on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm, the  PTO Community Day on May 18, and Bike to Work Day at Carlyle May 19.  Bike to Work Day is a regional event to encourage cycling as a healthy commuting option.  The Eisenhower Partnership is a co-sponsor of the event, donating a raffle prize.  Finally, the business associations of Alexandria invite all their members to a networking event on the Cherry Blossom on May 9 – yes that means Eisenhower Partnership members too!



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    New Developments in the West End

    In mid-April , Floor and Décor hosted a community information meeting to discuss upcoming construction/remodeling at the former Security Storage Warehouse in the 4600 block of Eisenhower Avenue.  The store is scheduled to open in the fall.


    The West End Transitway along Van Dorn Street is working its way through Federal processes necessary for grant funds.  Next steps in 2017 include awarding a contract for early design work in spring 2017, submitting NEPA documentation to the Federal Transit administration, also in the spring; and receiving formal NEPA approval in the summer of 2017.


    EP member Paradigm and MRP Realty have submitted a Concept 1 plan for development of the Vulcan Materials site at 701 S. Van Dorn Street.  The application contemplates a mix of uses including townhouse, multifamily, retail, and a public park on the 17.5-acre industrial site.  The staff review process could take 12-18 months, with the project likely to have its public hearings in 2018.

    Playopolis LLC has applied to operate an amusement enterprise at 5412 and 5430 Eisenhower Avenue; the application for “Scramble” will be heard by Planning Commission and City Council in May.  Parents and caregivers will be able to bring children from infant to 8 years old to the indoor playground without reserving a space; a single entrance fee allows unlimited play during the visit.  The venue offers soft play structures, and a reading and cool-down area featuring Usborne educational books. The concept aims to offer indoor activities designed to improve cognitive development and physical fitness.

    The next meeting of the Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group is scheduled for May 22.  Among the agenda items are an update on the Infrastructure Plan’s Status, preliminary findings from the Air Quality Study, and updates on the potential alignment of the proposed Multi-Modal Bridge.

    A number of meetings are scheduled as part of the Cameron Run Park planning process: with the Park and Recreation Commission on April 27, and a public hearing with the Commission on May 18, and at City Council in June.  www.alexandriava.gov/CameronRunPark


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    Eisenhower East Roundup –

    Eisenhower East Plan Blocks 11 & 12 (Hoffman properties), located between the Parc Meridian building and the Eisenhower Metro Station, officially 2360 Eisenhower Avenue and 2300 Dock Lane, were the subject of Planning Commission and City Council public hearings for an extension to a previously approved Development Special Use Permit.  The previous approval allowed a mix of residential and retail uses including 1200 dwelling units and 67,000 sf of retail (including a grocery store), in three towers slated to be among the tallest buildings in the region.  Hoffman is currently in negotiations with a potential developer.


    There is an application for an amusement enterprise called “Pump It Up” at 2000 Eisenhower Avenue, in the buildings owned by Perseus; this application will also be heard in May.  Pump It Up is a franchised indoor children’s entertainment and birthday party venue.   It also is a significant venue for raising funds to support local schools and charities.

    A proposed Eisenhower East Small Area Plan amendment is to be the subject of a Planning Commission Work Session on May 2; at the same time, there will be a discussion of a new study on the fiscal impact of new development, and the study on office conversion.

    At the April public hearing meetings, Whole Foods’ application for the expansion of its café within the store was approved.  Panera’s request for seven delivery vehicles will be heard in May.

    EP Members Make List of Washington Business Journal Top Credit Unions and Commercial Lenders

    Three credit unions ranked high on WBJ’s recent list: Pentagon Federal Credit Union (#2 in total assets) was until recently headquartered on Eisenhower Avenue, as are the US Senate Federal Credit Union (#13) and Commonwealth One Credit Union (#23).

    Members Burke & Herbert Bank and Access National Bank were ranked #9 and #11 respectively by 2016 Metro area loan volume.

    Congratulations to these fine institutions.  The Eisenhower Partnership is delighted to have you as members.


        


     




  • 05/11/2017 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Patent Office moved to Alexandria in 2005. This photo is taken from the Carlyle Center, adjacent to the Eisenhower East area.

    Transit is key for new Alexandria development

    By Gabriel Morey - May 9, 2017

    Circulators, frequent buses could ease potential traffic from booming development plan

    Tucked into the southern edge of Alexandria, Va., between the Washington Beltway and Duke Street is the 230-acre Eisenhower East corridor. This formerly industrial area encompasses some of the newest development in Alexandria, including the Patent and Trademark Office (above) and the Carlyle Center office building. It is also the site of one of the city’s most ambitious designs: the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan.

    First adopted in 2003, the Eisenhower East plan seeks to create an urban village with new transit, bike and pedestrian facilities, and mixed-use development along its namesake road, all with the explicit objective of making “the pedestrian feel equally at home with the vehicle”. This noble goal was visionary when the plan was first adopted. However, in the time since, development has outpaced transit improvements, leading to congestion that could worsen as more projects are completed. More worryingly, recent studies indicate that people are most likely to try transit shortly after moving to a new area. However, once people establish routines they are unlikely to deviate, meaning that the city could miss a once-in-a-decade chance to attract new riders.


    An illustration from the original 2003 Eisenhower East plan. The Eisenhower Ave. Metro station (unlabeled) is in the center-left section.

    To start, the plan has a plethora of good aspects, many of which are finished or underway. This includes construction of a semi-traditional street grid on the south side of Eisenhower Avenue, a necessity for the plan to succeed, since true grids – because they offer a multitude of routes – move traffic more efficiently and encourage more walking and biking than do arterial systems. These new streets, as well as Eisenhower itself, contain generous sidewalks, although none feature bike lanes. This absence is deliberate, as planning is underway for the Old Cameron Run Trail, set to open in 2023. When complete, the trail will connect the existing Cameron Run and Mount Vernon Trails, feature parkland along its route, and allow for east-west bike travel that parallels Eisenhower Avenue.

    Development has also continued apace, with additions like the newly-opened Parc Meridian apartments and the almost-finished National Science Foundation offices. The Parc Meridian and NSF are just the beginning of the area’s development: three public notices currently on the road call for new apartments, offices, and retail, including a grocery store.

    When first approved, the most innovative part of the Eisenhower East plan was its parking requirements: it was the first in Alexandria to set maximum, rather than minimum, standards. Conventional parking minimums force developers to build maximum capacity, resulting in either seas of surface parking that subsidize driving while punishing transit with long distances and congestion, or necessitate expensive garages that inflate construction costs by around $19,700 per space. The maximums depend on building use and transit proximity. For instance, the plan caps developments within 1,500 feet of Metro stations to 1.1 per 1,000 GSF of residential. The city has recently further tightened residential standards, and is embarking on a similar effort for commercial parking.

    However, not every aspect of the plan is pedestrian- or transit-oriented. First, many projects already include parking not covered under the new maximum standards; two of the public notices along the road have a combined 2,182 spaces, while the third sign near the Holland Lane vaguely advertises “five levels of parking”. Furthermore, the Hoffman Center’s full-build-out redevelopment (i.e., if everything proposed is built) includes ten garages, although many of these will replace surface lots. Finally, one of the first parts of the plan to be completed was the addition of Beltway on-ramps. To handle traffic from these exits, the Alexandria plans to add new turn lanes and will replace the traffic circle between Eisenhower Avenue and Holland Lane with a three-way stop.

    Booming construction, new parking, and widened roads is the traditional recipe for inducing suburban-style gridlock, a problem Eisenhower East hopes to bypass with increased bus transit. However, with the City’s budget stretched tight on essentials like Metrosewer upgrades, and schools, Eisenhower Avenue’s transit has taken a backburner, allowing development to outpace infrastructure. This may seem like a small bone to pick, but without improved transit Eisenhower will become mired in traffic, making it harder and more costly to improve mobility later.

    Although the area is served by the Eisenhower Metro station and is a half-mile from the King Street Metro station, many developments lie outside their half-mile walking ranges and don’t yet have bus service. This is especially troublesome for trips into nearby Old Town, where driving 10 minutes is faster than walking a half mile to Eisenhower station and waiting 8-15 minutes for a train.

    Interestingly, the plan makes no improvements to the DASH AT7 bus, instead opting to launch new transit initiatives. The AT7, which runs along most of Eisenhower and connects Landmark Mall, Old Town, and three Metro stations, is one of the lowest frequency DASH buses, with on-peak headways of 30 minutes and no weekend service. It also doesn’t serve all of Eisenhower East, instead turning into Carlyle Center after stopping at the Eisenhower Metro. Increasing frequency, adding service on weekends, and improving traffic signals at the often-congested Van Dorn and Eisenhower Avenue Metro stations could attract riders and ease peak-hour congestion. The more recent sister plan for Eisenhower West does call for such AT7 upgrades, although Alexandria has not yet taken steps to implement them.

    The two transit proposals included in the plan could be transformative. First, it calls for a circulator running between the King Street and Eisenhower Avenue Metro stations every 15 minutes to provide final-mile service, replacing the fleet of private apartment shuttles that currently patrol the area. As envisioned, the circulator would be free to use, feature stops with real-time displays, and, most importantly, connect the developments that currently don’t have bus or rail transit. While two potential routes are included in the plan, the city has not set aside funding or created a project timeline for the circulator. Second, the plan envisions a BRT line running along Eisenhower, although that route – the Corridor B Transitway – is now scheduled for Duke Street several blocks to the north.

    The Eisenhower East corridor has matured into a nascent urban village over the past 10 years, but as growth continues, better transit will be needed. Transit along Eisenhower may get a renewed push as the City undertakes an update to the Eisenhower East plan. One can hope so, for while the original 2003 plan has successfully renewed the corridor and encouraged denser development, the numerous imminent projects combined with no new transit threatens the area with becoming a victim of its own success.

    By focusing now on improving buses, walking, and biking, Alexandria can ensure that this rapidly growing area will continue to grow into a livable, vibrant community.

    Photo, top: The U.S. Patent Office, which moved to Alexandria from Crystal City in 2005, and is located within the Eisenhower East area (Kazuhisa Otsubo, Flickr, Creative Commons).


  • 05/01/2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    ‘Here Come The Scientists’

    National Science Foundation may bring investment and traffic to Eisenhower.

    By Vernon Miles

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Alexandria — In just a few months, the National Science Foundation will open at its new location along Eisenhower Avenue. In September, the new building will bring more than 2,000 employees into the Carlyle neighborhood. The facade is already complete, new residential towers are completed or in development across the street. So Alexandria is left wondering: what will the new NSF building mean for the city?

    An Agenda: Alexandria panel on April 24, “Here Come the Scientists – How Will the New National Science Foundation Impact Alexandria?,” highlighted that while the NSF will bring benefits to the area, it also comes with a share of problems.

    According to Stephanie Landrum, president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, the Eisenhower Valley has faced stagnation over the last five years after the initial bump from the Federal Courthouse and Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) wore off.

    “There [wasn’t] a lot of people breaking ground,” said Landrum. “So we’re already seeing signs of success. The announcement and decision to move was the domino that kicked off investment in Eisenhower … Once that domino fell, almost all other parcels [in the area] have sold. That’s why we wanted them as a catalyst. The Holiday Inn was closed, renovated, and reopened by a new investor. Paradigm broke ground and developed after the [NSF] announcement.”

    Frank Cole, president of the Eisenhower Avenue Public-Private partnership, was wary of comparisons to the PTO.

    “People in the Eisenhower area have one real bit of history, the PTO, to look back on,” said Cole. “I think a lot of people were expecting the NSF to be like the PTO, but a little smaller. But this does not have the number of opportunities that the PTO brought. It brings other opportunities, but not a lot of ancillary businesses [the way the PTO did]. There’s going to be some, but not a lot.”

    Cole said the businesses coming in as a result of the NSF move will likely be high tech contracting businesses. However, Landrum said many of those new tenants won’t move into the area immediately. Many of those contractors still have leases at their locations that it wouldn’t make financial sense to break from.

    “The lesson of the PTO, what we’ve seen over the last 12 years,” is that development “has followed as people’s leases naturally expired,” said Landrum. “That will happen at the NSF only if we build the right type of project for people to move into; if we encourage [developers] to build new office space so people can move in as leases expire.”

    However, with the arrival of the major office comes a concern: can Eisenhower support this new population? Initially, the answer was no. Landrum said the new development would put a large demand on local residential and hotel space. With the nearby Holiday Inn already having a healthy occupancy, Landrum said the area will likely need a new hotel built in the future.

    The area has already seen a spate of new residential growth. The luxury housing at Parc Meridian, located across Eisenhower Avenue, opened earlier in 2017. At the City Council meeting on April 22, the council approved three residential towers in the empty lot between Parc Meridian and the Eisenhower Metro Station. The new towers will hold 1,200 residential dwelling units and 67,000 square feet of retail space. As part of the deal to move in, the Hoffman Company also agreed to renovate the Eisenhower Metro plaza.

    Cole noted that anytime 2,000 new people show up into an area, opportunities and challenges follow.

    “There’s retail [in the area], but not as much as what’s needed,” said Cole. The new retail and grocery stores coming in with the Eisenhower East development helps, but Cole said the area needs more. “Those are the kinds of things we will be looking at growing in the area, things that have been missing in the Eisenhower area. Our growth in retail is pretty significant.”

    Landrum said her only regret with the project was that the development in the area wasn’t worked on quicker to be available before the NSF moves in.

    There is another significant impact of new growth that Cole says the area isn’t ready for.

    “If there is a single concern, it’s traffic,” said Cole. “Not parking, but traffic itself. Congestion is going to be an issue there as years go on. Several rather large residential projects that by 2020 are going to bring tens of thousands of new people. What they bring in is not a parking problem, but absolutely a traffic problem. There are plans underway for widening Eisenhower, but we know that has been pushed back.”

    There are infrastructure improvements planned with the new developments, but Cole reiterated that unless Eisenhower Avenue is widened the area will face a major traffic crisis. Cole also said he was worried about how the new food trucks located along Eisenhower will impact the brick and mortar retail, but said he believes they are inevitable. Eisenhower Avenue was one of the locations approved for limited food truck usage last year by the City Council.

    Considering the NSF was brought to Alexandria with the help of $23 million in tax abatements over the next 15 years, there were questions from the audience about how financially beneficial the project was going to be for the city. According to Landrum, the abatement was the first in the city’s history.

    “The tax abatement is a big deal,” Landrum acknowledged. Landrum said the city contracted with a real estate project evaluator, Delta Associates, to do a return on investment model for the company to ensure that it would be a worthwhile. “[The city] will make $50 million off this project in real estate taxes alone over 10 years, and that doesn’t take into account spin off from other developments or the catalytic impact of a building like this.”

    If the government purchases the property, Landrum said a a clause is built into the contract that payment will have to be provided in lieu of taxes.

    Before its move to Alexandria, the NSF was previously located in Ballston. The NSF’s lease in Alexandria is for the next 15 years.


  • 04/30/2017 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    Don't miss EP's premium event, "Breakfast with the City Manager."    Register by clicking here. NAIOP Tour provides opportunities for EP businesses. Carlyle Design Review Board considers three projects and more.

    AveNews

    March 2017

    The Eisenhower Partnership presents its signature spring event, Breakfast with the City Manager March 30


    Join us for an interesting morning of discussion, Q&A, hot breakfast, and networking on March 30.  City Manager Mark Jinks will discuss how his proposed City budget impacts the Eisenhower Valley and other topics of interest to Eisenhower Partnership members: Eisenhower East and West development proposals, signage, transportation, and much more.  The event will be held at the Eisenhower Valley’s innovation headquarters, the US Patent and Trademark Office, south auditorium, from 8 to 10 am.  

    Seating is limited.  Register here.

    We thank our generous sponsors::

    EVENT SPONSOR:

    BREAKFAST SPONSORS:

                     

    INFORMATION SPONSOR:

    MEMBER SPONSORS:

                 




    Register for Breakfast with City Manager here.

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    Eisenhower Partnership helps bring the NAIOP Bus Tour to Eisenhower East
    on May 4


    Every second year, NAIOP brings ten buses loaded with commercial real estate brokers and other members of the real estate community inside the Beltway for a tour of major buildings.  This year, thanks to the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the National Science Foundation, the May 4 tour will begin and end at the NSF building at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue.  In the morning, over 50 exhibitors will promote their projects, products or services.  Trade show booths are still available; if you are interested, please contact Kathy D’Amato, kdamato@naiopva.org.  There are also opportunities to provide door prizes for the trade show, or for on-bus giveaways.  The Eisenhower Partnership is advertising in the tour book that will be given to each attendee, and we are also including an article on the Eisenhower Valley.  Several of our members are assisting in sponsoring the breakfast and trade show.  This is an event not to be missed – and a great chance for all Eisenhower Valley property owners to showcase their property or business.

    Ways for you to be involved in this annual event:

    • Trade show booths are still available; if you are interested, please contact Kathy D’Amato, kdamato@naiopva.org
    • There is the opportunity to provide door prizes for the trade show,
    • To provide prizes for on-bus giveaways and
    • Don't forget to book a seat on the bus!  For more information, check http://naiopva.org/bustour.htm

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    March Happy Hour Held at Holiday Inn –Snow Could Not Keep Members Away


    The Eisenhower Partnership’s March Happy Hour was held at the Holiday Inn Alexandria-Carlyle.  Attendees enjoyed networking, and food prepared by the Holiday Inn.  Our next Happy Hour will be in April at Access National Bank.

    Portia Hood (Holiday Inn) and Scott Kersjes (Innovative Facilities Solutions) enjoy the Happy Hour at the Holiday Inn.



    Congenial atmosphere encouraged networking at the Eisenhower Partnership Happy Hour March 15

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    Carlyle Design Review Board Considers Three Projects 

    This month, three projects are coming before the Carlyle Design Review Board for design refinements. 

    Carlyle Plaza 2 (south residential tower) is being reviewed as to its proposed rooftop amenity space and design alterations including reconfiguration of loading, height adjustment, modification of an overhang, and alteration of north-south balconies.  The project includes 366 residential units, in a striking building designed by Arquitectonica and developed by JM Zell Partners.

    Stonebridge Carras’ proposed mixed use project on Hoffman Town Center blocks 4 and 5 (2410 and 2460 Mill Road) is undergoing its Concept II review prior to its Development Special Use Permit application scheduled for public hearing in November.  The project proposes 975,000 square feet of retail and residential development north and west of the movie theaters.

    Paradigm Development Company is proposing a new development on Block 20, formerly the site of the American Trucking Associations building.  Two options are being evaluated: A) 436,000 sf of residential and 109,000 sf of hotel, or B) 365,000 sf residential and 107,000 sf office.  The current application is for review of massing and scale.


    Paradigm’s proposed residential and hotel option, south of Parc Meridian.


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    Calendar of Events

    April dates by the Eisenhower Partnership and about/along Eisenhower Avenue:

    • April 12 at 3:30 -- Eisenhower Partnership Marketing Committee




    • April 26 -- Eisenhower    Partnership Board of Directors meeting, 8:30 am


    • April 27 at 5 pm -- Happy Hour at Access National Bank
    • Planning Committee and Membership Committee dates are still being firmed up.


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    Thank you renewing members

    This month, the following companies renewed their membership in the Eisenhower Partnership:


    Simpson Development Company



    Hoffman Management LLC



      Farrington Industrial Park

     

    Carlyle Council




    We welcome their continued participation in the Eisenhower Partnership.

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  • 03/23/2017 8:19 PM | Anonymous

    Don't miss EP's premium event, "Breakfast with the City Manager."   There are updates on construction in the Valley and thanks to renewing members.

    AveNews

    February 2017

    Eisenhower Partnership invites you 
    to have “Breakfast with 
    the City Manager” 
    on March 30

    The Eisenhower Partnership is pleased to announce the date for its 2017 Breakfast with the City Manager, one of its annual premium events.  City Manager Mark Jinks has been invited to discuss items on his proposed FY2018 budget that could affect those who work, live or invest along Eisenhower Avenue.  This year, we are particularly pleased that we can bring you the event in the south auditorium of the US Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street.  Register now! Event date: March 30, 2017 from 8 am to 10 am.  Breakfast will be served.  


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    Cameron Run Park planning meeting 
    draws 25

    The Eisenhower Partnership on February 21 sponsored the first outreach meeting by the consultant team for Cameron Run Park.  Numerous members of the Eisenhower Partnership attended this meeting, including several residents of the Townes at Cameron Parke who are members through their Homeowners Association.  After listening to a presentation by John Fennell, project manager for Michael Baker Jr., the City’s contractor, attendees asked many questions, including several about the financial relationship between the City of Alexandria and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVAParks) which has held a lease for the parkland since 1981.  Attendees expressed concern about lack of maintenance in the park adjacent to Lake Cook, and indicated they would prefer uses other than the wave pool in the main portion of the park.  A year-round building with a covered pool and activity rooms was suggested.  Several additional input meetings will be held before the project’s findings are presented to the City Council prior to its summer recess.

    If you missed this meeting and are interested in providing your thoughts, there are a couple of opportunities:

    1)      The next meeting is on Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm at the Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street
    2)     Comments can be provided by writing to the Eisenhower Partnership at eisenhowerppp@gmail.com (we will consolidate them and pass them on to the consultant team)



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    EP Board sets priorities for 2017

    The Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors held a mini-retreat on February 22, led by Julie Jakopic of iLead Strategies, with the aim of setting priorities for 2017.  In the course of spirited discussion, the theme that emerged is Advocate, Inform, Connect!   Our work program for the year will be based on this theme.  We already have a robust calendar of events coming up throughout the year and are tracking closely the projects that have been announced and could affect those who work or live on Eisenhower Avenue.


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    Have you noticed the construction?

    The NSF building in Eisenhower East is looking fabulous, and will be occupied this summer.  Rushmark is “moving dirt” on its residential project at 2901 Eisenhower Avenue.  In the near future, look for activity at the Carlyle Plaza residential site (south of Eisenhower Avenue near the Eisenhower Circle), and at the Floor and Décor warehouse (near the Eisenhower Connector).  Several other projects are in the conceptual stages, including a couple in the former Hoffman landholdings and one in the extreme west.




    Rushmark at 2901 Eisenhower Avenue.


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    Upcoming Key Dates in March

    Several upcoming events and meetings are listed below.  Please note that committee meetings are open to Eisenhower Partnership members only.

    March 1 at 2 pm: Membership Committee

    March 2 at 3:30 pm: Planning Committee

    March 8 at 3:30 pm: Marketing Committee

    March 15 at 5:00pm : Happy Hour

    March 29 at 8:30 am: Board of Directors

    March 30 at 8:00 am: Breakfast with the City Manager


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    Thank you renewing members

    Welcome back to renewing members   

    tyler promote

    Tyler Business Services and the
    National Inventors Hall of Fame.



    National Inventors Hall of Fame

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  • 02/27/2017 5:19 PM | Anonymous


    Stonebridge Carras for Hoffman Town Center Blocks 4 and 5 at 2410 and 2460 Mill Road Proposal.  Eisenhower Avenue Widening Project.  Sandy Modell retirement

    AveNews

    January 2017

    Boutique District Warehouse Sale to be held at Eisenhower's Westin Hotel



    The Westin Alexandria
    400 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Saturday, February 4
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Parking is available in the The United States Patent and Trademark Office East Garage, 551 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, Virginia
    (Open at 24 hours/Rate $5)
    or
    Catch the FREE shuttle from King Street Metro.
    Limited street parking available.

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    Stonebridge Carras Proposes New Development Near Eisenhower Metro


    Initial design concept reviewed by the Carlyle Design Review Board

    The Carlyle Design Review Board on January 19, reviewed a development proposal by Stonebridge Carras for Hoffman Town Center Blocks 4 and 5 at 2410 and 2460 Mill Road.  The site, located between Mandeville Lane and Mill Road, north of the AMC 22 theaters, consists of two parcels with slightly more than 5 acres, and is proposed for residential use with ground floor retail.  The project includes 730 dwelling units in three towers: a rental building with 410 units, a 120-unit condominium, and a 200-unit senior living facility.  An 80,000 sf grocery store is included in the proposed 220,000 gross square feet of retail.  The project will have more than 1,600 parking spaces. 

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    City Extends Life of Mulch Pile

    The City’s Mulch Pile at 4251 Eisenhower Avenue adjacent to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter is slated to remain with us for the foreseeable future.  The Mulch Pile’s Special Use Permit was due to expire, but Planning Commission and City Council action have added another ten years to its permitted life.


    Staff presentation on extending the SUP for the City Mulch Pile

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    Eisenhower Avenue Widening Project Moving Slowly

    Eisenhower Avenue is slated to be widened between Eisenhower Circle and Mill Road.  The project’s design is being finalized and coordination with utility companies is underway.  City staff is currently in the process of negotiating acquisition of right of way.  Construction bidding is likely in early 2018, while the construction period is estimated at 18 months.


    Eisenhower Avenue widening project area

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    People in the News

    Sandy Modell, general manager of the DASH bus system, has retired after 28 yearswith the Alexandria Transit Company.  Her “DASHing Forward” farewell party is being held on February 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 at the DASH bus facility at 3000 Business Center Drive.  Sandy worked with the Eisenhower Partnership in our early years to expand bus service along Eisenhower Avenue. 




    Upcoming Events

    The Eisenhower Partnership Marketing Committee has prepared a slate of events for 2017, including our signature City Manager Breakfast, several groundbreaking ceremonies and happy hours, and sponsorship of events by other entities.  This robust menu of events will provide numerous opportunities for members to gain visibility as an event sponsor and to network with other members.  In March, we will welcome City Manager Mark Jinks for an update on the budget and various issues facing the City.  A March Happy Hour (cash bar) is also planned.

    Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

    The marketing committee is also preparing a list of sponsorship opportunities, levels of sponsorship, and sponsorship benefits.  We will publish a list and rates in our next issue.  The Marketing Committee is chaired by Scott Kersjes, with Janet Gregor serving as Co-chair.

    Membership Renewal Invoices Going Out

    Membership dues renewal invoices for memberships due to renew in the first quarter of 2017 are being mailed.  Please renew your membership promptly – dues and sponsorships are the Eisenhower Partnership’s only sources of income.


     Phone# 703-684-5124  Email:  eisenhowerppp@gmail.com

    1500 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria | VA 22314
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  • 01/27/2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    Wishing you health and prosperity in the New Year!  
    Eisenhower West/LVD Implementation Group Reviews Background Info  
    Eisenhower Partnership Board Meets January 25

    AveNews

    December 2016

    Best wishes for the holiday season – and may 2017 bring health and prosperity to all!  


    Eisenhower Partnership

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    Shake Off the Cold on Wednesdays in Carlyle


    Beginning this week, stop by the Wake Up Wednesdays Pop-Up Cafe in Carlyle. The cafe will serve Sugar Shack coffee and donuts from 7:00 - 9:30 AM every Wednesday in December at the Carlyle entrance to the King Street Metro tunnel.




    Cameron Run Park Planning Takes Place in early 2017

    The City of Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a plan for public outreach (to be reviewed by the City Council on January 10) to determine the best use of the Cameron Run Regional Park.  This initiative is being implemented as a result of the request by the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority to renew its 40-year lease on the park.  The park currently is home to an aquatic amusement park and mini-golf course; the Parks Authority wants to invest in additional facilities.  The City’s Parks Commission wants to make sure that Alexandria’s unmet recreational needs are addressed at this very large facility.  Numerous groups are targeted for outreach activities in 2017; the Eisenhower Partnership will set up a meeting where its members can weigh in on the options for the park.  The plan, to include Lake Cook and Hensley Fields in addition to the Great Waves park, is scheduled for adoption before the City Council’s final recess in June.

    Eisenhower West/LVD Implementation Group Reviews Background Info

    The Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group met on November 28 to review items pertinent to the future development of Eisenhower West in accordance to the small area plan adopted in November 2015.  Faheem Darab, a senior planner in Fairfax County, reviewed the County’s Lincolnia Plan update, covering 2,000 acres just west of Alexandria, including Edsall Road, I-395, Little River Turnpike, and Lincolnia Road.  The objective is to test the creation of a Community Business Center at Route 236 and Beauregard Street and to propose Comprehensive Plan Text updates.  Community Task Force meetings will begin in January or February 2017.

    Plans for the West End Transitway were presented next; this has been in the works for several years now, and when complete, will bring Bus Rapid Transit service to portions of Van Dorn Street and Beauregard Street.  Next steps include a procurement for 30% design, and rounding up funding from various sources.






    Proposed alignment of West End Transitway





    Greenhill showed preliminary concepts for redevelopment of ten blocks north and south of Pickett Street just west of Cameron Station.  To become reality, the plan requires completion of the multi-modal bridge over the Norfolk Southern tracks.


    Greenhill Concept Plan – Van Dorn Street to the West, Pickett Street running through a new traffic circle, Cameron Station to the east, and a proposed multi-modal bridge running south across the Norfolk Southern tracks.





    The Air Quality Analysis around the Covanta plant was identified as a key first step in the Eisenhower West Plan.  Currently, the City has reviewed a preliminary study conducted by Covanta, but needs to go much further in studying building heights and evaluating mitigation strategies.

    The Infrastructure Plan which is also a key step in implementing the Eisenhower West plan is moving slowly, with a contract for consulting services not anticipated until Spring 2017, with probably a 12 to 18 month timeframe for completion.

    Additional studies identified in the Eisenhower West Plan as necessary are even further away, including a multimodal bridge concept plan, a Backlick Run restoration plan, and a preliminary concept for the western (Farrington) connector.

    UPCOMING SPECIAL USE PERMITS

    The City’s Planning Commission is scheduled to review on January 5 an application to extend the permit for the City’s Mulch Pile.  Covanta has requested an extension to the hours in which trash trucks can make deliveries to the plant, basically starting as early as 6 am.


    JANUARY EVENTS

    Fusion School invites the community to its Open House January 12


    Fusion School is at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 100.  They have a unique educational model for grades 6 through 12, featuring a 1:1 student/teacher ratio, and offer full and part-time programs.  The say: Join us at our open house to get a feel for the Fusion vibe and how we are definitely thinking "outside the traditional school box."  Reserve a spot or find out more athttp://www.fusionacademy.com/fusion-campus-location/alexandria/upcoming-events/.
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    Membership and Marketing Committees to Meet in January

    The Eisenhower Partnership’s Committees are gearing up for another productive year.  Please let Arja Seppala-Scheer know you are interested in participating by emailingeisenhowerppp@gmail.com.

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    Eisenhower Partnership Board Meets January 25

    The Board of Directors of the Eisenhower Partnership will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30 am at the SpringHill Suites, 2950 Eisenhower Avenue.  The Board regularly meets on the last Wednesday of the month.


    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS


    This December we welcome two new members.

    • Townes at Cameron Parke is a 229-unit townhouse development in the 3800 block of Eisenhower Avenue built in 1997.  Daniel Beason will represent the Townes; Daniel is a technology and communications manager with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has lived in the Eisenhower Valley since 2009.

    • Real Estate Counselorsprovides a variety of services to the real estate industry.  Peter Pokorny is their representative; he is an attorney focused on commercial real estate leasing and business transactions.
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  • 12/20/2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Four Elected as Directors of the Eisenhower Partnership. 
    Volunteer Opportunities. 
     Holiday Activities Abound.

    AveNews

    November 2016

    Four Elected as Directors of the Eisenhower Partnership

    At the Eisenhower Partnership Annual Meeting held on November 17, 2016, four members were elected to serve two-year terms on the Board of Directors.  They are:

    Daniel Beason, representing the Townes at Cameron Parke.  Daniel is a technology and communications manager with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service, and has lived in the Eisenhower Valley since 2009.

    Fred Beddard, Senior Vice President of Perseus Realty Fred is in charge of Acquisitions and Finance for Perseus; Perseus is the new owner of 2000-2034 Eisenhower Avenue, on the south side facing the PTO building.

    Neal Kumar, Vice President of Development at Rushmark.   Neal has 12 years of experience in real estate development, finance, and asset management.  Rushmark is building a multi-family project just west of Telegraph Road at 2901 Eisenhower Avenue.

    Karyle Thornton, Commonwealth One FCU.  Karyle is Chief Marketing Officer at CommonWealth One, where she brings over 30 years of credit union and commercial bank management experience.  CommonWealth One is located at 4875 Eisenhower Avenue.

    These new Directors take office on January 1, 2017.

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    A few pictures from the Annual Meeting:

    City Manager Mark Jinks, former Planning Director Engin Artemel, Mayor Allison Silberberg, and Planning Director Karl Moritz seem to be enjoying the meeting.


    Eisenhower Partnership President Frank Cole has just welcomed Keynote Speaker Alex Hutchinson to tell attendees about the findings from Smart Growth America’s “Amazing Place” research.


    Neal Kumar, Mindy Lyle, and Agnès Artemel are having a good conversation.  In the background, Mark Jinks and Frank Cole are a bit more serious.


    More than 60 people gathered in SHRM’s conference room for the Annual Meeting.

    Photo credit:  all photos by Frank Scheer.

    Coming Up Soon:

    The Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Group is scheduled to meet on Monday, November 28 at 7 pm at Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street.  On the agenda – Fairfax County plans for areas near Alexandria’s border; the Van Dorn Street Transitway; and Greenhill Capital’s plans for Pickett Street.  The meeting is open to the public.

    The Planning Commission on December 6 is scheduled to hear an application by Team Red, White and Blue to operate a private club at 5428 Eisenhower Avenue. RWB is a national non-profit organization that hosts activities for American veterans, including run groups, yoga, cycling, and volunteer opportunities.  The Alexandria space is to serve as a base for local programs and regional operations, as well as an inclusive gathering place for veterans in the community.  The space is to have an open multi-use area and small lounge for classes, community meetings, education, and seminars. 

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    The Annual Outdoor Holiday Market at Carlyle is scheduled for December 3,4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  The market features art and craft vendors, a children’s corner, hot Gluhwein, and live music.  Plan to come to 300 John Carlyle Street anywhere between 11 am and 7 pm on the above dates.  For more information, check their website at alexandriaholidaymarket.com

    Volunteer Opportunities at Eisenhower Partnership

    The Eisenhower Partnership’s Membership and Marketing Committees are looking for new members.  Each committee meets for approximately one hour per month and carries out additional activities in addition to the scheduled meeting.  Participating on a committee is an excellent way to become known, advertise your business, and make important connections.  Please let us know your interest by writing to Arja Seppala-Scheer, our coordinator, at eisenhowerppp@gmail.com.

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    Alexandria Abounds with Holiday Activities

    Make plans to attend the Campagna Center 46th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk on December 3, see the 17th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River the same night, and participate in the 22ndAnnual First Night Alexandria on December 31.  For more information on all these events and more, check www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/holidays.


  • 12/09/2016 10:44 AM | Arja Seppala-Scheer (Administrator)

    Real Estate Counselors is a boutique law firm focusing on commercial real estate and business transactions.  We offer a wide range of services to individuals, non-profits and business clients including all aspects of buying, selling and refinancing commercial properties. We also help landlords and tenants in all aspects of commercial leasing transactions including new leases, amendments, subleases, assignments, subordination agreements and leasehold mortgage financing.  Because we are a boutique practice, our clients benefit by getting personalized service at a price that makes sense in the over-all business deal. We work with clients to make deals happen.  We have five attorneys located in the DC region and one in New York City.  We serve clients in DC, Maryland and Virginia and with our connections of local counsel, throughout the United States.

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