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A 6-car Metrorail train carrying NO passengers derailed tonight in the Metro rail yard in Alexandria, Virginia. The rail yard is located at 2400 Eisenhower Avenue in the Eisenhower West neighborhood of Alexandria.

Metro reports service was not affected and there were also no injuries as a result of the incident.


(Photo via Michael Hicks, on Flickr)

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Park & Rec Commission NVRPA Lease Agreement Public Hearing Update

Public Hearing on Planning Process Framework

The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comment on the planning process to determine the framework for future site improvements at Cameron Run Regional Park. This framework will include current and potential future amenities. The public hearing will occur on Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 PM at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Alexandria, Virginia residents are invited to review and comment on the chapters and recommendations of the Draft Eisenhower West Small Area Plan by visiting AlexEngage, the City’s online engagement forum.

Comments received by 5:00 PM Monday, October 12th will inform the final draft plan to be presented at the Thursday, November 5th Planning Commission Public Hearing.

Learn more about the vision for the Eisenhower West planning area and elements included in the Draft Plan by visiting this link.

For additional information or to get involved, contact Radhika Mohan at 703-746-3850.

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A low rental rate of $36 per square foot, more than 25% below projected market rents, as well as two years of free rent helped secure the relocation.

Via GlobeSt

Those pleased with the deal include, of course, the building’s owner Eisenhower Real Estate Holdings, LLC, which has been trying to lease the building for several years after the last government tenant departed in 2004 and the building was renovated in 2009.

The City of Alexandria is certainly thrilled. It plans to Eisenhower West Victory Center Redevelopment District because of the bid.

Two Years of Free Rent

The government is thrilled: it is saving a lot of money with the deal — some $95 million over the lease term.

The rental rate is $36 per square foot, according to GSA, which notes is more than 25% below projected market rents. The agreement also provides the government with over $50 million for tenant fit-out costs and other transition-related expenses.

Some back-of-the-envelop math along with another data point the government did not provide in its press release announcing the deal, but did publish in FedBizOpps.gov two days later, suggests that the property owner also threw in about two years of free rent.

Read more at this link.

What are your thoughts on the TSA deciding to relocate to Alexandria, Virginia? My Twitter timeline is bursting with virtually the same question from fellow Alexandrians…

As always, feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.

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After undertaking a multi-year, regionally competitive process, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will move its headquarters to Alexandria. The agency’s new offices will be located at the Victory Center, an existing vacant office building owned by an investment fund managed by Prudential Real Estate Investors. With the move, TSA will become the anchor of the west end of the Eisenhower Avenue corridor, a commercial mixed-use neighborhood served by the Van Dorn Metrorail Station. The move is scheduled for 2017, when all new headquarters renovation and construction is completed. Approximately 3,400 employees work at TSA headquarters.

The neighborhoods along Eisenhower Avenue have experienced significant transit-oriented growth over the last decade, due to their proximity to three Metrorail stations. The corridor is increasingly becoming a desirable home for government and private sector headquarters. The TSA will join the National Science Foundation headquarters, currently under construction, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complex, both located to the east on Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood.

“GSA’s decision to locate the TSA headquarters at Victory Center is a huge economic boost for Alexandria as a whole, and for the West End in particular,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “The City is working on a small area plan for Eisenhower West that encourages new investment, redevelopment and business activity. TSA will serve as a catalyst, and will add a daytime office population and on-site retail activity to this developing market.”

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The Eisenhower West Small Area Plan Steering Committee will hold its 15th meeting (PDF) on Monday, July 27, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Great Room of the Cameron Station Clubhouse located at 200 Cameron Station Boulevard. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings, as well as the larger community meetings that are being held to solicit input on developing the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.

Please visit this link to view a list of Steering Committee members, meeting agendas, and view updates throughout the planning process.

For additional information or to get involved, contact Radhika Mohan at 703-746-3850.

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