The long-delayed project to remove the temporary security measures around the Federal Courthouse in Carlyle and install new, more permanent security measures will be starting next week. See the video above from the May 2012 meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) where the NCPC gives its approval for the project. Starting at approx. 5:09 in the video, the presenter goes over the plans for the Courthouse.

Some of the improvements include:

  • Removal of jersey barriers around the Courthouse
  • The installation of garden walls and secure bollards around the site.
  • The movement of existing parking spaces from Jamieson Ave to Elizabeth Lane.
  • The reopening of Courthouse Square to one-way traffic.
    • This includes pop-up bollards on Courthouse Square which can be popped up in case of an event at the Courthouse.

Details on the construction from the Carlyle Community Council:

Effective Thursday, March 23rd, Jamieson Avenue will be PARTIALLY CLOSED allowing only one-way traffic heading westbound on Jamieson by the Courthouse construction site.  Traffic from Mill Road headed eastbound for Jamieson Avenue will be diverted.  Eastbound drivers can turn on Elizabeth Lane off of Eisenhower Avenue or continue on Eisenhower Avenue to John Carlyle Street or Holland Lane. Reportedly, this traffic plan will be in effect for the duration of the project, estimated to be completed in the early fall.

The City has directed the general contractor to put a message board at the corner of Mill and Jamieson Ave starting Monday about the one way traffic.

Albert Bryan Courthouse Alexandria, Virginia
We have learned that residents in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia can expect INCREASED traffic and possible protests around the Courthouse today (Friday) as there is a case involving the recent Donald Trump executive order being heard at the Courthouse today.

Check out this beautiful condominium for sale at Carlyle Towers in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

For Sale in Carlyle Neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

This beautiful 2 bedroom,  2  bath condominium is for sale and located at 2181 Jamieson Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Open House TODAY – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Check out the view!

Via the listing

Enjoy amazing sunsets from this beautiful, spacious updated Carlyle home: largest 1 lvl, 2 BR/2BA model. Wood floors thru-out, updated kitchen w/granite & SS appliances. Tiled enclosed Balcony, not incl in 1228 sqft. Incl TWO garage & 1 storage space. Just pay electric, phone, cable/internet. W/D in unit. Pool, 2 gyms, tennis, 24hr security, etc. Blocks to King St Metro, Movies, shops&restaurants.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Fusion Academy - a new school in Alexandria, Virginia is now taking students
Fusion Academy Open for the School Year in Carlyle

Fusion is an accredited private school for middle and high school for grades 6-12 that started in California in 1989 and has expanded to 39 campuses across the country, including the DMV region. They have leased space at 333 John Carlyle Street that will be ready for move in mid-fall. Until then, the Academy is using temporary space next door at 1900 Duke Street.

They are holding an information session on September 14th from 9 – 10:30 am at Society Fair in Alexandria.

According to its website, the Academy is a community of learning where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock the academic potential for students to create opportunities for emotional and social growth. In a Fusion one-to-one classroom, the educational experience is customized, classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths and challenges. Fusion offers over 250 middle and high school courses, all of which meet state standards. Students complete all schoolwork on-site, instead of at home. Fusion Academy will add to the mix of child learning centers located in Carlyle, joining Bright Horizons which opened in late 2015.

For details, visit their website.

(H/T Janet)

Access National Bank at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

Access National Bank Opening 1st Location in Alexandria

This is an update to this post. Access National Bank announced the expansion of its branch network into Alexandria, Virginia this past spring. The new office will be located in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria at 2050 Ballenger Avenue – steps away from the US Eastern District Courthouse and the USPTO main campus. the new office is now slated to open in mid-October.

Access National Bank has extensive experience serving several key industries including CPA Firms, Legal Services, Medical Practices, National Trade Associations, Nonprofits and Government Contractors. As one of the most active SBA lenders in the region historically, the Bank has already established significant Alexandria clientele. This track record, coupled with a reputation for business banking excellence, serves as a catalyst for continued growth.  Access National Bank is a business bank organized in December 1999 by professional bankers and business people. Their mission is to provide credit, treasury management and private banking services to emerging businesses with revenues of up to $100 million.

(H/T Janet)

Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia


‘Room 19’ SpeakEasy Open on Thursday Nights at the Carlyle Club

Room 19 is a 1920’s SpeakEasy themed cocktails bar that is open every Thursday from 6:00 PM – midnight at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Walk-ins are accepted but Room 19 also takes reservations for those who wish to secure a table. Their goal is to give patrons an immersive experience of the SpeakEasy era.

Guests can make reservations or send questions to

For more information, visit Room 19’s Facebook page.

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The Motley Fool headquarters building - Alexandria, Virginia USA

Governor McAuliffe Announces 60 new jobs in City of Alexandria

The Motley Fool to invest $5 million to upgrade facility and expand recruitment efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial-services company, will invest $5 million to upgrade its facility and expand recruitment efforts in the City of Alexandria. Virginia successfully competed against Washington, D.C., for the project, which will retain 282 jobs and create 60 new jobs.

“The Motley Fool has been at the forefront of innovative financial solutions for more than 20 years, and I congratulate this global financial company on its expansion in the City of Alexandria,” said Governor McAuliffe. “It is critical that we provide world-class business resources and workforce training in order to attract and retain high-quality companies in the Commonwealth. We will work with businesses to ensure that they have the tools to grow and prosper here in the Commonwealth as we continue to build a new Virginia economy.”  (more…)

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