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  • 09/27/2018 12:28 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    Disruption at King Street Metro.  Paradigm Development Hosts EP Member/Guest Event at ParcMeridian.  Interesting businesses arriving on Eisenhhower Avenue.

    AveNews

    July-August 2018

    EP President Frank Cole Set to Retire

    Frank Cole, Director of Administration at SHRM, is retiring from his job, moving to Cleveland, and consequently retiring from participation in the Eisenhower Partnership.  Frank has been a strong supporter of the Partnership, and in his years as President, has strengthened the organization in administration, membership, and influence.  At his last Board of Directors meeting on July 19, Frank was presented with a plaque in appreciation of all his hard work while on the Board.  He will be missed.  We wish Frank well in his new life, and hope he will be able to achieve other long-deferred goals, like traveling the world!

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    Disruption about to Hit Users of King Street Metro Station

    Major construction is scheduled to begin in September on the entire surface of the King Street Station in order to reconfigure traffic flow, add bus bays, and separate pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic.  Construction will last until mid-2020; during construction, train service will not be affected (other than the special platform maintenance period in the summer 2019, which is not part of this project).  Roadways surrounding the station, including Diagonal Road, King Street, and Cameron Street will be affected as new crosswalks are built and staging areas are built.  In addition, temporary bus bays and taxi stations will be located on City streets rather than the Metro lot.  While the Carlyle pedestrian tunnel will remain open, a new crosswalk will require pedestrians to cross Diagonal Road and approach the station from a new direction.  The drawing below shows the changes in circulation anticipated to start in the fall.  For further information, go to www.alexandriava.gov/85338

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    Paradigm Development Hosts EP Member/Guest Event at ParcMeridian

    We thank Micheline Castan-Smith and the management team at the ParcMeridian for hosting a superb member/guest reception on the 20th floor of the beautiful rental building at the Eisenhower Metro.  Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer were offered to attendees, many of whom were membership prospects who had been invited by Eisenhower Partnership Board members.  The clubroom was spacious and loaded with amenities, and the adjacent rooftop terrace offered impressive views toward the south, east, and west.  Great way to check out traffic on the Beltway!


    The spread….


    Attendees have a great time chatting with guests


    Oh my, it’s the Beltway, backing up on the outer loop to cross the Wilson Bridge

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    Is Victory Center Gearing Up for a Change?

    The Washington Business Journal reports(https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/06/26/in-alexandria-victory-centers-owner-may-be-ready.html) that the Victory Center building at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue is finally on the market, after missing out on several large Federal procurements and lying vacant for a decade.  If the property could be sold and its 16 acres developed, this would be the needed catalyst for the redevelopment of Eisenhower West.  The building has 625,000 square feet, 100% vacant, and was purchased by the current owner in 2004 for $48.0 million.  The owner subsequently renovated it at great cost to meet Federal security standards, to no avail in terms of curing the vacancy.

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    The Eisenhower Avenue Corridor is Getting Interesting Businesses

    Scramble, recently opened at 5412 Eisenhower Avenue, is already popular with family who have young children.  They describe themselves as the first European-style play center in the DC Metro area, featuring indoor play options and birthday parties.

    Another family-centric business is about to open at the east end of the corridor: Pump It Up, at 2000 Eisenhower Avenue in Carlyle Corner, is planning to open August 1.  They offer kids birthday parties and group events.

    Building Momentum has opened in the west, at 5380 Eisenhower Avenue in the warehouse property formerly owned by Jimmy Eudy, and then by Jeff Yates.  They are a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that provides science and engineering consulting and technology development and training to defense, education, corporate, and entrepreneurial organizations. They have leased 20,000 square feet of warehouse space and are looking to get involved with the community.  They host a co-working space known as “the garden” that can be used for design, fabrication, art, podcasting, music and makerspace.



  • 07/30/2018 10:38 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    Save the Date!  July 19, 2018.  Primary Elections on June 12. Eisenhower Square Townhouses Selling; Model Open.  Tequila and Taco Open at 540 John Carlyle Street.  Looking for Outdoor Activities and Indoor Sports for the Summer?  Welcome New Member!

    AveNews

    May 2018

    In Remembrance of EP Founder

    Don Simpson Sr.


    Don Simpson passed away on May 14 2018.  He was one of three property owners who came together to found the Eisenhower Partnership in 1994, and served as President.  Don led his firm in developing, owning, and managing  properties all over Alexandria, primarily in the office sector.  On Eisenhower Avenue, Simpson Properties developed the three-building Eisenhower Center and the 10- building Alexandria Tech Center.  Don Simpson is widely admired in Alexandria for his philanthropy, being a generous donor to numerous local non-profits every year.  He also served as President of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and was for many years on the Board of Trustees for the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association.  His friends in the Eisenhower Partnership will miss him dearly.

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    Tequila and Taco Open at 540 John Carlyle Street

    Dynamic restauranteurs Mike and Donna Anderson have opened another restaurant in Carlyle to supplement the ever-popular Sweet Fire Donna’s – Tequila and Taco has taken over an existing restaurant space at the corner of Emerson and John Carlyle Street.  Menu stars are of course tacos and three special margaritas, but don’t forget to order the guacamole appetizer – so tasty!


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    Eisenhower Square Townhouses Selling; Model Open

    Come visit the newest residential units on Eisenhower Avenue, just west of Telegraph Road.  The Toll Brothers project includes 67 units in two models (end and interior).  Eighteen homes have been constructed so far.  The homes feature large windows, floating staircases, gourmet kitchens, open layout on main floor, a ground level den, two-car garages, and a rooftop deck.  Four décor motifs are offered: contemporary loft, transitional luxury, industrial chic, and urban farmhouse.  Rather than giving each house a tiny yard, the builder is providing a large central park with benches and bike racks.  Prices range from $884,995 to $1.1 million for houses that measure either 2,270 or 2,590 square feet.  Several units have sold.  The model can be seen from 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 pm on Sunday and Monday.



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    Primary Elections are on June 12

    Two candidates for Mayor and 12 candidates for City Council are on the ballot on June 12 from the Democratic Party.  On the Republican side, there are 3 candidates for US Senate.  Voters must choose which ballot they want to vote on, Democrat or Republican.  The voting precincts for Eisenhower Avenue are:

    • East of Telegraph Road: Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street
    • Telegraph to Bluestone Roads: MacArthur School, 1101 Janney’s Lane
    • Cameron Run Park to Bluestone Road: Temple Beth El, 3830 Seminary Road
    • West of Cameron Run Park: Cameron Station, 200 Cameron Station Blvd.

    Polling places will be open from 6 am to 7 pm on election day.  Absentee voting is currently open either in person or by mail (detailed information available at https://www.alexandriava.gov/elections/info/default.aspx?id=1720)

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    AlexandriaRenew HQ Building Wins Award

    Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ (AlexRenew) Environmental Center was named one of this year’s Professional Project Award winners at the Architectural Engineering Institute’s annual conference, AEI Forum. The LEED Platinum certified facility won the Most Innovative Project Award in the “Less than $100 Million” category, the Electrical Systems Design Award of Excellence and the Construction Management and Methods Award of Excellence.  For more information, go tohttps://alexrenew.com/alexrenew-environmental-center-named-%E2%80%98most-innovative-project%E2%80%99-national-architectural-engineering.

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    Looking for Outdoor Activities and Indoor Sports for the Summer?  Look no Further!

    Eisenhower Avenue is home to a wide variety of sports and recreational activities, both publicly sponsored and privately operated.  Whether your activity of choice is bicycling, swimming, or rock climbing, you can do it in the Eisenhower Valley, including at one of these locations:

                    Indoor Facilities

    • SportRock Climbing Center, 5308 Eisenhower Avenue
      Rock Climbing

    • One Life Fitness, 305 Hooffs Run Drive
      Membership Gym

    • Crossfit Alepou, 4932B Eisenhower Avenue
      Trainer

    Outdoor Facilities

    • Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Avenue     
      wave pool, minigolf, batting cages

    • Hensley Fields, 4200 Eisenhower Avenue
      softball, soccer, lacrosse

    • Limerick Field, 1800 Limerick Street 

    • Holmes Run Bike Trail, Eisenhower Ave. near Cameron Run Regional Park (Alexandria) and Hockett St. and Annandale Rd./SR 649 (West Falls Church) 



    Cameron Run Regional Park 
             

                                                                    Holmes Run Bike Trail Map   

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    Commonwealth One FCU “Luau” Drew Many Attendees from West End

    Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union, based/HQ’d at 4875 Eisenhower Avenue hosted a summer luau networking event on May 3.  



    Next Eisenhower West Implementation Task Force Meeting is May 24

    The next scheduled meeting of the Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Work Group is on Thursday, May 24 beginning at 7 pm at Tucker Elementary School.  Details on past meetings and the agenda when posted can be found at https://www.alexandriava.gov/planning/info/default.aspx?id=90965

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    Save the Date!  July 19, 2018

    The Eisenhower Partnership’s next rooftop networking event will be on July 19, at the beautiful ParcMeridian near the Eisenhower Metro station.  Details will be coming soon!  In the meantime mark your calendars for July 19 from 
    5 to 7.

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    Welcome New Members

    We welcome Emily Gordon of McEnearney Realtors as a new member of the Eisenhower Partnership.

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    Reminder – Key Dates

    May 24 – Events Committee

    May 30 – Board of Directors

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  • 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

    AveNews

    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

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    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:

      

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    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.

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    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.


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    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!

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    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

    AEDP

    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


  • 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 . 

    AveNews

    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 https://eisenhowerpartnership.org/event-2846830.  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.


           
     

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    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

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    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.

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    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%.

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    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.

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    (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.


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    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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  • 03/17/2018 4:36 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    Save the date for EP's premium event, "Breakfast with the City Manager."   There are updates on construction in the Valley 

    and welcome to new members.

    AveNews

    February 2018

    Eisenhower AveNews 

    February 2018 Sponsor


    Simpson Real Estate Services offers you something out of the ordinary in today’s marketplace:  World-Class Commercial Property Management, Leasing and Development/Construction Services. 

    We have served the Alexandria and Washington DC metro area's commercial real estate needs for over 95 years.  Our strong foundation of experience as a full service commercial real estate company has afforded us a well-earned reputation for on-time, high-quality projects coupled with a proven commitment to quality and attention to detail. 

    Thank You!

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    SAVE THE DATE! – City Manager Breakfast

    The Annual City Manager Breakfast is coming March 28!  City Manager Mark Jinks will brief Eisenhower Partnership members and guests about upcoming City Budget priorities.  How will the City pay for stormwater management, transit, schools, and other important items?  Will development in Eisenhower East be facilitated in order to increase the tax base?  When is Corridor C bus rapid transit likely to be implemented?  These and many other questions are on the table for discussion at the Eisenhower Partnership’s Premier event of the year.   

    Sponsorships are available – information will be sent to members soon.


    City Manager Jinks at the March 2017 Breakfast

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    EP Sets Goals for 2018

    At its January 2018 meeting, the Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors set two priorities for 2018:

    1. Increasing our membership and improving services to members
    2. Increasing our outreach and influence in the City


    The Board and the Partnership’s Committees will be working on several new initiatives this year.  We will report on these as they move forward.  In the meantime, we encourage members to sign up for one of these active committees:

    • Membership (Chair, Chhaya Muth, Access National Bank)
    • Events and Programs (Chair, Bob Neuman, JM Zell Co)
    • Planning and Transportation (Co-Chairs Frank Cole, SHRM, and Agnès Artemel, Artemel & Associates)
    • Communications (Chair, Daniel Beason, Townes at Cameron Parke)
    • Special Project (Chair, Scott Kersjes)

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    Planning Commission and City Council Actions in January 2018

    New Commercial Parking Standards have been approved by the City Council.  This is a collections of changes and updates for office, hotel, retail, and restaurant uses that will apply to any project applying for building permits, special use permits, or development approvals.  The new standards create parking maximums, encourage shared parking, and reduce the need for businesses to request parking reductions, saving time and money for small businesses.

    Stonebridge Carras’ proposal for 1.7 million square feet of mixed use development, to include three residential towers and a Wegman’s on Blocks 4 and 5 of the Eisenhower East Plan (Hoffman Town Center) was approved as a conceptual use different from previous plans for the site.  A more detailed and project-specific Development Special Use Permit is still required, with public hearings possible as soon as March 2018.

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    Eisenhower East Plan to Begin FY 2019

    A first phase of revisions to the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan was recently completed and included amendments for flexibility for residential, retail, and hotel uses on certain parcels based on changes in office market demand.  The second phase will focus on additional density, land use conversions, retail strategy, streetscape and public realm improvements, options for affordable housing, and interim uses.  The goal of Eisenhower East to remain one of the City’s “economic engines” remains unchanged.

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    Eisenhower West Implementation

    In the more than 2 years since adoption of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan, the Implementation work group has met a handful of times.  The next meeting is scheduled for February12 to discuss the findings of the air quality analysis at Covanta, receive an update on an infrastructure plan, and see the initial engineering designs for a Multi-Modal bridge deemed necessary for full development of a large site on Pickett Street.  The meeting is being held from 7 to 9 pm at the Community Center in Cameron Station.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information: https://www.alexandriava.gov/planning/info/default.aspx?id=90965

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    New Businesses Opening on/near Eisenhower Avenue

    CVS Pharmacy is now open on the first floor of the National Science Foundation building at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue.  A Dunkin Donuts is in the City approvals pipeline for that building also.

                                     

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    Events on/near Eisenhower Avenue

    • The 2nd Annual Wedding Showcase at the Westin is planned for February 18 from 11 am to 3 pm.  More than 50 vendors have registered for an exhibit table.  For information and to purchase tickets, visit Alexandria Wedding Showcase. http://www.alxweddingshowcase.com/


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    Welcome New Members

    Toll Brothers has joined the Eisenhower Partnership.  The company will be building Eisenhower Square, luxury townhomes in the 2900 block of Eisenhower Avenue.  The homes will feature open floor plans and rooftop decks, with prices in the $900,000s.


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  • 02/15/2018 12:42 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    AveNews

    January 2018


    Welcome to 2018!


    2018 promises to be a bright year for the Eisenhower Partnership and the businesses, residents, and property owners on Eisenhower Avenue.  There is momentum in Eisenhower East, with a number of new projects in the works.   New residents have moved in at the ParcMeridian, and new employees at the National Science Foundation; their presence will help support the retail that is so desired in Carlyle and Eisenhower East.  The City of Alexandria will soon start a study of land use and zoning changes to the Eisenhower East Plan to capitalize on new interest in that area.  Our membership is growing, enabling us to offer you more events and programs, and a greater role in advocacy for the future of our emerging neighborhood.  Our committees are geared up to focus on things that matter to you, our members and supporters!  

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    New Board Takes Office

    At the Annual Meeting of the Eisenhower Partnership, Board members elected a new Board of Directors for 2018:

    President:          Frank Cole, Society for Human Resource Management
    Vice President:  Agnès Artemel, Artemel & Associates
    Secretary:          Karen Pallansch, Alexandria Renew
    Treasurer:          Janet Gregor, Carlyle Council
    Members:
    Willie Bailey, Member of City Council
    Daniel Beason, Townes at Cameron Parke
    Fred Beddard, Perseus Realty
    Micheline Castan-Smith, Paradigm
    John Chapman, Member of City Council
    Scott Kersjes, Innovative Facilities Solutions
    Neal Kumar, Rushmark
    Christina MindrupAlexandria Economic Development Partnership
    Chhaya Muth, Access National Bank
    Bob Neuman, JM Zell Partners
    Donnie Simpson, Simpson Development Co.

    Karyle Thornton, Commonwealth One FCU

    Kay Tyler,  Tyler Business Services

    Brief biographies of these Board members can be found on the Eisenhower Partnership website at https://eisenhowerpartnership.org/board.  The first meeting of the new Board will be on January 31, and thereafter on the last Wednesday of each month.

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    Committees Forming for 2018

    The Eisenhower Partnership has four standing committees to be active in 2018.  All are welcoming new members.  Please write to Eisenhowerppp@gmail.com to express your interest in serving on one of the following committees:

    Membership Committee: Promotes the Eisenhower Partnership, works on increasing the membership, monitors companies coming to the Eisenhower Corridor and provides a welcoming call to the company. Provides updates to the Partnership database. Designates Ambassadors to welcome new businesses and help with business retention. 

    Communications Committee: works on promotional materials to highlight the advantages of living or working on the corridor, reviews the Partnership website and makes recommendations/updates. 

    Planning Committee:  Focuses on planning issues along the Eisenhower Corridor. Monitors the City's planning issues and plans which might affect the Eisenhower Corridor. Drafts policy positions and comments, to be approved by the Board of Directors.  Provides updates to the Board of Directors. 

    Events and Program Committee: works with the membership committee to promote the Eisenhower Partnership. Organizes mixers, annual meetings and informational events.

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    New Member Residence Inn Hosts December Board Meeting and Holiday Party

    The Residence Inn by Marriott Alexandria South at Carlyle, 2345 Mill Road, hosted our last Board meeting of 2017 and the holiday party that followed.  Many thanks to new member Latrice Burton and the staff of the hotel for a lovely evening.


    The team at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 2345 Mill Road


    President Frank Cole presents Latrice Burton with the membership certificate for the Residence Inn

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    City Approves Cameron Run Park Strategy

    Many of the recommendations made by the Eisenhower Partnership in 2017 are reflected in the City Council’s adoption of a new approach to Cameron Run Regional Park.  At the public hearing on December 16, Daniel Beason represented the Eisenhower Partnership and emphasized our three main points:

    1. Year-round use
    2. Improved maintenance
    3. Flexibility to adapt to new needs as population and development increase

    Several City Council members referenced Beason’s testimony in making their own remarks.

    • The specific actions City Council took are:
    • Adopting seven priorities for the park area
    • Exploring partnership opportunities with NOVAParks and other organizations
    • Excluding Lake Cook and the parcel east of Lake Cook from the area under discussion
    • Allowing the City to use portions of the site off-season
    • Establishing a shared Capital Improvement Program and financial plan to fund park improvements

    If a new lease is not agreed to by September 30, 2018, then the existing lease would expire July 1, 2021 and the property revert to City control.

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    Lake Cook Stormwater Management Retrofit Project

    If you have driven along central Eisenhower Avenue, you have no doubt noticed that Lake Cook is, well, dry and there appears to be construction going on.  This is for the management of stormwater runoff as well as to provide new trail connections and fishing opportunities, landscape with native plants and provide habitat for riparian birds and animals, and educate the public with ecological and stormwater signage.  Construction is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2018, at which time the lake should look like this:

     

    Design Concept for Lake Cook After Stormwater Management Improvements

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    Stormwater Utility Fee to Take Effect May 2018

    The City has adopted a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide a dedicated funding source to address Chesapeake Bay protection mandates.  The fee is directly linked to a property’s impervious surface and calculated using a standard billing unit of $140.  Condominiums and townhouses will pay less, while commercial properties will have a fee calculated based on impervious surface with credits for measures already taken to improve stormwater management practices.  All property owners in the City will receive a bill, included on their real property tax bill.

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    Wayfinding Signage Being Installed Throughout the City

    The City’s wayfinding program has been in development for many years, but finally in the past couple of months, signs have sprouted up all over town indicating 3-4 destinations on each sign.  The signs are consistent in color and design no matter where they are installed.  Here is an example of one of the signs in the Eisenhower Avenue area:


    Sign at Eisenhower and Van Dorn

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  • 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!

    AveNews

    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 www.artisticartifacts.com.

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    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.  


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    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

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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 

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    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

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    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!


  • 11/11/2017 1:51 PM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    Comments on future of Cameron Run Park, Events for Fall of 2017!  Yappy Hour!  Register by clicking here.

    AveNews

    October 2017

    AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch Honored by Washington Business Journal

    Eisenhower Partnership Board Member Karen Pallansch has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a “Woman Who Means Business”, one of 25 talented women breaking new ground in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  As CEO of Alexandria Renew, Karen leads one of the most advanced water treatment facilities in the US.  She became an engineer at a time when women rarely entered that profession.  Her commitment to environmental goals is evident when you tour AlexRenew’s new headquarters building, where numerous exhibits help schoolchildren understand the value of clean water, and a two-story green wall graces the lobby.  

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    Rooftop Event a Resounding Success

    On September 21, the Eisenhower Partnership welcomed over 20 membership prospects at the beautiful ParcMeridian rooftop, with expansive views of Alexandria, the Eisenhower Valley, and the Beltway.  Paradigm Cos., developer and owner of ParcMeridian, hosted the meeting, providing delicious food and drink.  Attendees mingled in a relaxed atmosphere, delighted there were no presentations on the agenda for this meeting.  Thank you Paradigm, Micheline Castan-Smith, Michelle Frazier, Dashenka Perera, Morgan Babcock, Shannon Hensley, Diana Pringle and Laura 

     

    Top left, Mike Anderson with Paradigm team. Top right, Scott Kersjes with Cherry Decena, Portia Hood,( Holiday Inn Carlyle), Tom Mittenzwei (Teds Montana Grill), Kelly Fox (Crossfit Alepou)

        
    Bottom left, Lisa Novakoski (ParcMeridian) with Lillian Chao-Quinlan and Brian Quinlan (SportRock) Bottom right; Rooftop lounge.

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    Eisenhower Partnership Submits Comments on Future of Cameron Run Park

    After participating throughout 2017 in a City of Alexandria-sponsored park planning process, and numerous meetings with members of the City’s Park and Recreation Commission and NOVAParks, the Eisenhower Partnership sent a letter to City Council detailing its priorities and recommendations.  City Council is expected to take up the question of future uses of the park in October.  Our key points are:

    • The park should have facilities that can be used year-round, including a covered building with meeting and class space
    • Uses should have the ability to generate net revenues to the City
    • The highest and best uses for the park should serve Alexandrians first, before the region
    • The lease term or management contract should be no more than 10 years (perhaps with options for additional time) in order to allow flexibility in adding or changing uses as the population surrounding the park grows and changes
    • Maintenance of the park should be improved so that it is an asset to Eisenhower Avenue that can be used by nearby residents and employees; in particular the small area between Townes at Cameron Parke and Lake Cook should be improved, landscaped, and maintained
    • A fund should be created to gather proffers from developers proposing projects in Eisenhower East and Eisenhower West, with this fund applied to building a year-round facility in the park when sufficient funds have accumulated; we hope that the City of Alexandria and NOVAParks (if they are the chosen lessee) will add to the fund so that the building may be built sooner.
    • The City should start planning in earnest for uses and funding for the park while the current lease with NOVAParks is still in force.

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    2901 Eisenhower Avenue Construction begins in November

    Toll Brothers Inc. plans to start construction in November on 67 townhouses at the Rushmark site (2901 Eisenhower Avenue) just west of Telegraph Road.  The homes will be 4-story high-end townhomes with 2-car garages, rooftop lofts and terraces with outdoor kitchen options and wet bars.  A model home will be available to visit in the spring.  Project closeout should take about two years.

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    A Constellation of Events is on Tap for You This Fall

    The Eisenhower Partnership, its members and related organizations have a multitude of events “on tap” (you’ll see why we use this term shortly) for members and friends.

    The Eisenhower Partnership presents its annual “Yappy Hour,” on October 26 beginning at 5 pm, a dog-friendly happy hour at the Holiday Inn Alexandria-Carlyle. Click here to register. The event features a silent auction and raffle with proceeds to benefit the Lost Dog Foundation.  Yappy Hour is part of Dogtoberfest, a series of dog-friendly events sponsored by the Eisenhower Partnership, Old Town North Community Partnership, and others in honor of National Shelter Dog Month while giving back to local organizations that assist local animal shelters and pet adoption organizations.  Related events include:

    • Rescue Ale Release Party at Lost Dog Café on October 5 to support the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, featuring a limited-edition IPA called Lost Dog Rescue Ale created by Port City Brewing Company
    • Pet Adoption Block Party on October 7 at the Lost Dog Café, including raffle 
    • Outdoor Festival for Dogs and Cats on October 28 in Montgomery Park, featuring pet-friendly events such as a costume parade, paw reading, K9 games, and a charity raffle.

    Dogtoberfest press final.pdf




    To download flyer, click here.

    The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Ad Hoc Implementation Advisory Group will hold its fourth meeting on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in the Cameron Station Great Room, 200 Cameron Station Boulevard. The meeting will include an overview of projects and studies within the Eisenhower West and Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor planning areas.

    On November 8, there will be an Opening Ceremony for the National Science Foundation – stay tuned for further details.  The Eisenhower Partnership created a Welcome page on its website (www.eisenhowerpartnership.org/welcome) to provide information on business and other resources available in our service area to NSF employees (and everyone else of course).

    The Eisenhower Partnership is planning its Annual Meeting for November 15 from 5 to 7, to be held at Alexandria Renew’s sixth floor scenic meeting room.

    And First Night is just around the corner….in preparation, bands and individual performers are invited to enter the “Battle of the Bands” no later than November 30 (more info at www.firstnightalexandria.org/battle); and First Night itself, sponsored by EP member AlexRenew among others takes place on New Year’s Eve with entertainment that is alcohol-free and family-friendly.



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    Fall Calendar of Events

    Eisenhower Partnership Events-
    Yappy Hour!

    The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Ad Hoc Implementation Advisory Group will hold its fourth meeting on Monday, October 23

    Dogtoberfest-Outdoor Festival for Dogs and Cats on October 28 in Montgomery Park

    Opening Ceremony for the National Science Foundation on November 8

    The Eisenhower Partnership Annual Meeting on November 15

    First Night on December 31

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    Thank you renewing members

    We welcome Covanta, the Alexandria-Arlington Waste to Energy Facility at 4301 Eisenhower Avenue as a renewing member.



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  • 10/11/2017 10:22 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    AveNews
    Late Summer 2017


    Save the Date!  EP Fall Event Lineup

    Three special events are on our calendar for Fall 2017.  First in line on September 21, Roof with a View at Paradigm’s spectacular Parc Meridian apartments, an exclusive event for Eisenhower Partnership members and their guests.  The event features food, drink, networking, and panoramic views of the Eisenhower Avenue corridor from the pool deck (no swimming however).  October brings us the Yappy Hour on October 26, in conjunction with Citywide Dogtoberfest events; this dog-friendly event is open to friends of the Eisenhower Partnership as well as members.  Proceeds will benefit a local animal charity.  Finally, on November 15, the Eisenhower Partnership invites members and friends to its Annual Meeting, to be held at SHRM in Carlyle.  Check the EP Website for Event Registration soon.

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    Carlyle Events Continue Through Early Fall

    Carlyle continues its popular Wake Up Wednesdays through the end of September, from 7 am to 9:30 am in the King Street Metro Tunnel.  The event features free coffee with the purchase of a dougnut.  For more information, see alexandriava.gov/carlylefun.

    Grab the family or a group of friends and enjoy some great flicks under the stars. This outdoor film festival takes place at sundown on the first Saturday of each month between July and October in John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle Street. Don't forget the lawn chairs and picnic basket!  Remaining movies are:

    • September 2 - When Harry Met Sally (sundown at 7:36 p.m.)
    •  October 7 - The Birds (sundown at 6:41 p.m.)

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    AlexRenew Offers Children’s Programming

    Eisenhower Partnership member AlexRenew is offering Moxie’s Monthly Story Hour every 4thThursday from 10 am to 11 am at its headquarters at 1800 Limerick Street (south of Eisenhower Avenue near Hooff’s Run Drive).  Moxie is Alexandria’s water-cleaning, nitrogen-eating hero, and she will be reading children’s stories in AlexRenew’s educational lobby.  Story Hour will get attendees excited about inventing, exploring watery worlds, and learning all about clean water.  For more information, alexrenew.com/moxiestory.  AlexRenew’s lobby also has fascinating exhibits about how we clean and use our water, including a large aquarium.  Don’t forget to check out the green wall composed of living plants that rises two stories.

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    New to the Avenue

    Bright red awnings labeled Xfinity appear to indicate a Comcast store is coming to 2371 Eisenhower Avenue in the Meridian at Eisenhower Station building. 

    Floor & Décor is making good progress on renovating a former warehouse at 4607 Eisenhower Avenue; an opening is planned late fall of 2017.  The company provides flooring materials displayed in a showroom format.  It also has a store at Potomac Mills.

    Here for a while, but maybe you weren’t aware of them are two interesting businesses in the West End of Eisenhower Avenue:  Eisenhower Consignments (4926C Eisenhower) and Artistic Artifacts, a Fair Trade importer of creative art supplies from around the world (4750 Eisenhower Avenue).  They are worth a visit.

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    Former Federal Office Building Slated for Major ReDo

    Perseus Realty is proposing a daring reuse of the 610,000 sf former Hoffman 2 building at 200 Stovall; this is one of the buildings whose workforce has moved out as a result of the BRAC changes adopted in the mid-2000s.  Plans call for converting the building from office to primarily residential uses, including 512 apartments on 12 stories, three levels of above-grade parking in the building, and 26,000 sf of retail on the ground level.  The proposal will get its public hearing at the City’s Planning Commission Meeting on September 7.


    Proposed Building                                      Current Building

    Photo by Cooper Carry Architects

    This application will be preceded by consideration of a number of amendments to the adopted Eisenhower East Small Area Plan dealing with Blocks 4, 5, 6A, and 20.

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    Is There a Living Legend in Your Life?

    Whom do you know who significantly has improved the quality of life in Alexandria, VA. and should be fully recognized for that contribution? Helped the disadvantaged? Created or revitalized public space? Brought arts to new audiences? Mentored children?  Improved lives of the needy? Look at these current Living Legends of Alexandria for inspiration to add to that prestigious list, by submitting nominations for consideration by September 15th online at www.AlexandriaLegends.org.

    Living Legends of Alexandria is a 501(c)3 non-profit that identifies, honors and chronicles those who significantly have improved the quality of life in the City of Alexandria.

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    National Science Foundation Move-in Has Started

    The IT staff for the National Science Foundation (NSF) started moving over the July 4th holiday into their new headquarters at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue while the official move-in begins August 24th to be completed by early October.  The NSF will occupy a new 667,759 SF LEED Silver-certified, built-to-suit office building directly across from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station.  NSF is an independent federal agency with the mission to promote the progress of science.  Each year, NSF supports an average of 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students from U.S. institutions that work at universities, laboratories, and field sites all over the world. Their grants program produces 30,000 site visits per year.  NSF employs approximately 2,100 professionals at their headquarters.

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    EP Website Features a New Welcome Page

    Sure, you can fire up your i-Phone or Galaxy and figure out what the closest restaurant is.  But are you curious about what’s available to residents and businesses on the Eisenhower Avenue corridor?  Are there services you might not be aware of, or carry-outs hiding in an office building?  Are there any unique retailers?  And how do you get around once you are here?  Is there anything historic?  Are there any parks?  These answers and more are on the Welcome tab accessed from www.eisenhowerpartnership.org’s home page.  Eisenhower Partnership members are listed in bold type.  Check it out.  We welcome corrections and additions too; if you’d like to comment on the welcome page (constructive comments only, please), write to eisenhowerppp@gmail.comWe will continue to update and refine the pages to be a relevant resource for Eisenhower Avenue information.

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    AlexRenew Project will Affect Holland Lane

    Alexandria Renew Enterprises is cleaning and inspecting the Commonwealth Interceptor, the underground pipe that conveys wastewater flow from the City’s sewer lines to AlexRenew. Periodic cleaning and inspection of this line is an important maintenance project that helps reduce the likelihood of pipe failure or related problems. They’ll be in our neighborhood soon.  More information is available on www.AlexRenew.com.
    WHEN:  The project starts along Commonwealth Avenue in late summer, moves down Holland Lane and terminates at the Alexandria Renew facility south of Eisenhower Ave by the end of the year. Work will be done weekdays during the day. There may be night work, which will be coordinated with the City and compliant with City Code.
    HOW:  This work involves using high-pressure water jets and a vacuum truck to remove debris and sediment from the trunk sewer. A robotic camera will inspect the line to assess its condition. You may hear high pressure water jets or see trucks from Video Pipe Services, AlexRenew’s vendor for this project.

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  • 08/25/2017 11:16 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    AveNews

    Early Summer 2017


    Eisenhower Partnership Kicks Off Summer with Networking at Portner Brewhouse

    Members and guests welcomed summer at the West End’s hot new brewery on June 28.  Portner recently opened in the Modera Tempo building at Pickett and Van Dorn Streets, and is owned by direct descendants of the Portner who operated a large brewery in Alexandria’s north Old Town area.  Robert Portner (1837 – 1906) was a pioneer, inventor and founder of The Robert Portner Brewing Company (also known as the Tivoli Brewery). When the State of Virginia passed Prohibition in 1916, the brewery closed a few months later that year. Since then, the company and its story has laid dormant.

    Exactly a century later, Catherine and Margaret Portner, two of Robert Portner’s great-great granddaughters, embark on their own journey to resurrect the history and celebrate it as a new concept in the same city as the original brewery.




    Ready to welcome attendees!  Frank Cole, Arja Seppala-Scheer, Janet Gregor, Scott Kersjes.


    Good conversation and a convivial atmosphere…


    Arja Seppala-Scheer (Eisenhower Partnership Staff), Chhaya Muth (Access National Bank)

    Photos by Frank Scheer

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    Eisenhower Partnership Welcomes National Science Foundation 

    The beautiful new NSF building looks ready for occupancy, and soon it will be home to some of the nation’s top scientists and their staff.  A CVS is slated to occupy the ground floor retail space.  Several agencies in the City are welcoming welcome packages, and the Eisenhower Partnership as the main affinity group in the neighborhood is not being left behind.  We are working on a special page on our website that will provide information to NSF employees about Eisenhower Avenue businesses, amenities, residential opportunities, events, and resources.


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    City Updates OCM Zones to Allow More Types of Uses

    Eisenhower Avenue has multiple properties zoned OCM-50 and OCM-100 (OCM means office commercial medium), primarily in properties that are currently used as warehouse/flex/industrial sites but are likely to redevelop in the future.  Small businesses wishing to occupy bays in these industrial properties are often forced to go through a somewhat expensive and lengthy Special Use Permit process in order to move in and operate their business.  Several new Permitted, Permitted with Administrative SUP, and added Special Uses are included in the Zoning Text Amendment approved by Planning Commission and City Council in June.  This will allow more flexibility in accommodating small-scale production facilities in accordance with the goals of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.

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    Electoral Board Tours Eisenhower Avenue Sites in Search of New Precinct Locations

    Residents at the east end of Eisenhower Avenue currently vote at the Lee Center, while residents at Townes of Cameron Parke vote at Temple Beth El on Seminary Road, a location not easily reachable from their residences, and residents in the western part of Eisenhower Avenue vote at Cameron Station, also difficult to reach.  The Elections office is also facing over-crowding at some locations, particularly Lee Center.  As a result, the Eisenhower Partnership is working with them to identify sites that may be suitable as Polling Places for elections in 2018.  We have already set up a meeting at one site on the east end of Eisenhower Avenue and are hopeful that this site will work out.

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    Eisenhower Partnership Testifies at Cameron Run Regional Park Hearing

    The Eisenhower Partnership has been closely following the planning process for the Cameron Run Regional Park that kicked off earlier this year.  A subcommittee of our Land Use and Planning Committee reviewed the six alternatives proposed by the City’s consultants, and proposed a seventh alternative based on input from Eisenhower Partnership members.  Our letter was presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission in June by Board Member Daniel Beason. 

    A recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Commission will be made in July with a decision from the City Council expected in the Fall of 2017.

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    Welcome to our Summer Intern Simone Freidman

    Let's all join in welcoming Simone Freidman as the Eisenhower Partnership's 2017 summer intern.  She will be helping us update our members and friends databases, photograph businesses along Eisenhower Avenue for our Facebook and Instagram pages, and inventory retail and service businesses in our service area.  If she knocks on your door this summer, please be kind and provide information and refreshment -- it can be awfully hot out there in July and August.

    Simone is studying Business Administration at James Madison University and plans to graduate in May 2018.  She is also an athlete and has worked as a gymnastics and diving coach.  She currently lives in Old Town but claims to have lived along Eisenhower Avenue in the past.

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    Carlyle Plans Fast Fridays and Slowdown Sundays

    John Carlyle Square Park is the site of a free outdoor fitness series June 23 through August 27.  FAST FRIDAYS provide a 30-40 minute full body workout from 12 to 1 pm, and SLOWDOWN SUNDAYS will slow your mind and body with tranquil, restorative workouts from 9:30 to 10:30 am each Sunday.  Bring Your Own Mat!  Area businesses providing guest instructors include Xtend Barre, Pilates ProWorks, Pure Barre, USPTO Fitness Center, and Mind the Mat.  For further information, see www.AlexandriaVA.gov/CarlyleFun

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    Carlyle Offers Summer Movies

    The Carlyle Community Council, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are pleased to announce the arrival of Saturday Cinema at Carlyle – an outdoor film festival kicking off in July. The free festival will take place the first Saturday of every month from July – October transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle District of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theatre. The festival launched on July 1st with Top Gun.  August 5th brings us the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, followed by romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on September 2nd, over Labor Day weekend.  The series will close out on October 7th with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to celebrate Halloween.  


    www.AlexandriaVA.gov/CarlyleFun

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    Carlyle Council Receives Mobility Award

    The Carlyle Community Council received an Employer Services Organization Achievement Award from Commuter Connections on June 22. The award recognizes organizations or jurisdictions that have built programs that make it easier for employers to introduce or expand commute benefits in the workplace. 

    The Carlyle Community Council, which serves approximately 14,000 employees and 2,200 residents in its Alexandria neighborhood, manages an on-site Transportation Management Program. It works closely with the City of Alexandria’s GO Alex program to provide commuting choices that reduce traffic and emissions and improve quality of life. The offerings available to employees and residents include Zimride Ridesharing (an online ride-matching service connecting riders and passengers), SmartBenefits for transit and vanpool commutes, free shuttle service to King Street Metro Station and the Virginia Railway Express at Union Station, and discounted Capital Bikeshare memberships. 

    The Council also maintains and oversees security of the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel, which connects the neighborhood to the King Street Metro Station, and hosts a pit stop for the regional Bike to Work Day. The group conducts an annual survey of its stakeholders to gain feedback on improvements to its programs and services. 

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    July

    • Marketing Cmte 7/12 at  3:30 
    • Planning Committee TBD,  
    • Membership Committee TBD 
    • Board July 26

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    August

    • Marketing Cmte 8/9,
    • Planning Committee TBD,
    • Membership Committee
    • NO Board -- Exec Cmte #
    • NSF Welcome-8/24
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    For questions and further information, contact the Eisenhower Partnership staff at 703-684-5124 or email at eisenhowerppp@gmail.com


    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS


    Westin Alexandria


    THIS HOTEL IS RECOMMENDED BY OTHERS FOR:

    ·         Business travelers

    ·         Local attractions

    ·         Historical landmarks and culture

    ·         Airport proximity

    ·         Local food

    www.westinalexandria.com/


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