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  • 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/


  • 07/10/2017 9:49 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    Thanks to sponsors of Bike to Work Day; Eisenhower East Work Session; Access National Bank Networking; Upcoming Events

    AveNews

    May 2107

    Upcoming Key Dates:

    • May 22 – Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group
    • May 23 – City Council discusses projects proposed for Eisenhower East 
    • May 23 – City Council sets priorities for planning studies, including Eisenhower East Phase 2
    • May 23 – Greenhill Capital presents plans for project along Pickett Street
    • May 31 – Eisenhower Partnership Board Meeting

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    NAIOP Bus Tour Showcases Eisenhower Avenue

    May 4 was a big day for Eisenhower Avenue – 10 tour buses loaded with over 400 real estate professionals saw the gleaming new buildings in Eisenhower East and the sites for proposed new buildings, and after a couple of hours on the road, came back via Eisenhower West for a lunch hosted by Paradigm Cos. At their new Parc Meridian next to the Eisenhower Metro Station.  The morning began with a business expo at the new National Science Foundation building, in the space designated for a CVS store.  The Partnership’s new image was showcased in a full-page ad designed by member Daniel Beason in the tour book and in a 2-page article published in the book.

    The buses are waiting for the expo to end so they can hit the road; to the left, the new NSF building, in the background, the reskinned Hoffman 1 building.


    EP member Simpson Properties was one of the sponsors of the expo.  Here, Donnie Simpson, Fred Zamer, and Jamie Harnett from Simpson Properties, and Janet Gregor from the Carlyle Council.


    The Eisenhower Partnership’s new look was highlighted on a scrolling slide show at the expo.

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    Bike to Work Day, Friday May 19:Thanks to all the sponsors



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    Access National Bank
    Celebrates Opening

    Access National Bank hosted a members-only networking mixer on May 17 at their branch at 2050 Ballenger Avenue.  Access branch personnel, including President, Mark Moore, John McManus, Chhaya Muth, and Javier Barco were on hand to greet attendees.  Thank you, Access National Bank, and welcome to the Eisenhower Avenue corridor!



    From the left Chhaya Muth, Access National Bank, Mark Moore, President of Access National Bank, and Sam Klausner, CPA, Klausner & Company


    Mark Moore,Access National Bank President Janet Gregor, Carlyle Council, and at the far right is Indre Bauza, Managing Director of Supporting Strategies



    Indy Zakaryte, Business Development Manager, Supporting Strategies, Chhaya Muth, Access National Bank, Mark Moore, President, Access National Bank

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    City Council Holds Eisenhower East Work Session

    The Alexandria City Council is set to receive a presentation from AEDP staff on its analysis of land use in Eisenhower East and the status of development under the 2003 Eisenhower East Plan.  The analysis finds that the world has changed since 2003: work and home are merging and mixing, meaning that office space does not mean the same thing as it used to; buildings are becoming obsolete; and placemaking is seen as an important factor in new development.  As a result of these findings, it becomes obvious that additional retail is needed in the Town Center area (primarily the former Hoffman properties), and that planning and development need to shift focus away from office to include other uses such as multi-family and the aforementioned retail.  Some ambitious development proposals are being considered:

    Stonebridge is interested in converting 420,000 sf of office use to residential uses and to increase retail on Blocks 4 and 5 of Eisenhower East:


    Perseus is considering converting the 660,000 sf of Hoffman 2 (200 Stovall) to residential use on Block 6A:


    Paradigm Cos. proposes converting the 450,000 sf of office approved for the former American Trucking Associations site (Block 20) to residential use and another 110,000 sf of office to hotel:


    The staff is recommending a series of Eisenhower East Master Plan Amendments be adopted in September to support this change in emphasis, to be followed by consideration of approvals for the above block proposals.

    Eisenhower Partnership Requests Accelerated Schedule for Eisenhower East Phase 2

    Each year, City staff prepares a schedule of priorities in preparation of master plans, small area plans, and subject plans, and City Council subsequently approves the final schedule.  This determines when plans will be worked on.  Eisenhower East was originally scheduled for a plan update beginning last summer and concluding in 2017.  The study was then split into two phases, with Phase 1 dealing with office conversions (previous article) and Phase 2 dealing with new proposals that may increase building envelopes over what was approved in the 2003 plan.  Phase 2 then had to get in line behind other plans already in the hopper, with the result that staff intends to begin the Phase 2 Eisenhower East Plan in January 2020.  After much study and conversations with its members, the Eisenhower Partnership has requested that City Council move up the timeframe of the Eisenhower East Phase 2 plan to begin in July 2018.  City Council will make its decision on May 23 at its regular legislative meeting.

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    Upcoming Events

    The Annual Yappy Hour, usually scheduled for June, has been delayed and will be held in the fall.  We are working to arrange an alternative networking event for June.

    The National Science Foundation arrives on Eisenhower Avenue August 24.  Several events are likely around that time – we will keep you posted!


  • 05/23/2017 7:21 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)
    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 | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    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

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    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 | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    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 | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    ‘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 | Linda Vitello (Administrator)

    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.

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    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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