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North Potomac Yard Advisory Group Seeks Public Input on Plan Update

The North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update Advisory Group will hold its sixth meeting on Monday, August 29 at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Station at Potomac Yard, located at 650 Maskell Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss framework elements and open space.

All meetings of the Advisory Group are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend and participate.  Project materials and background information can be found on the project website.

Questions? Contact Richard Lawrence, Project Manager, 703.746.3849.

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Sports Authority storefront in the Potomac Yard Shopping Center in Alexandria, Virginia

This is an update to this post. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority earlier this year filed for bankruptcy, and put out a list of stores that it said would be closing as a result.

Now, Sports Authority is shutting down all of its 463 locations nationwide, including its Alexandria, Virginia location at Potomac Yard Shopping Center, as part of a liquidation process that was expected to last through August 31, 2016.

What type of store do you think should replace the Sports Authority store?

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - view from Potomac Avenue in Alexandria, VirginiaAlexandria City Council Approves Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Concept Design

On Thursday night, June 16, the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the Master Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Development Special Use Permit and related applications and requests for the proposed Potomac Yard Metrorail Station.

“The diligent efforts of stakeholders and staff continue to pay off,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg. “We look forward to continuing our close relationships with Metro and our federal partners as we work to ensure that this station – which will be an asset to the City and the region – will be both beautiful and functional.”

The approvals by City Council bring the station one step closer to opening. The project also reached a major milestone with the recent completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is available for public review and comment until July 11. Later this summer, the Federal Transit Administration and the National Park Service are expected to issue Records of Decision, which would allow the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to advertise for a design-build contract and select a vendor. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017, with the station opening in 2020.

Potomac Yard represents one of the most significant redevelopment opportunities for the City, with the potential to achieve the vision for an urban mix of uses near transit.  The new Metrorail station, to be built on Metrorail’s Yellow and Blue Lines between the existing Braddock Road and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations, would provide an extensive range of benefits for the City and surrounding community.  The station, which would provide walkable access to regional transportation systems for neighborhoods in the northeast portion of the City, is expected to generate billions of dollars in new private sector investment, support 26,000 new jobs and 13,000 new residents, and remove thousands of private vehicles from the congested Route 1 corridor.

The station is anticipated to be funded through a variety of sources – including new tax revenue gained primarily from development around the station; regional transportation authority grants; developer contributions; and special tax district revenue – without the need for any additional local funds. This means most residents and businesses in Alexandria will not have to contribute existing local tax revenues to the station’s construction.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - view from Potomac Greens in Alexandria, Virginia

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - Alternative B

Alexandria City Council Holding Special Public Hearing for Potomac Yard Metrorail Station

Alexandria City Council will hold a special public hearing on Thursday, June 16, to consider several actions relating to the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, Potomac Greens Park, and Potomac Yard Park. The public hearing will provide opportunity for public comment on the development approvals for the project.

These include a Master Plan Amendment, Map Amendment (rezoning), and Development Special Use Permit with site plan and associated Special Use Permits.

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station is a planned infill station on the Metrorail Blue and Yellow lines between the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Braddock Road stations. The purpose of the project is to improve accessibility of the Potomac Yard area and provide more transportation choices for current and future residents, employees, and businesses by establishing a new access point to the regional Metrorail system.

For more information about this project please contact Jason Kacamburas, Potomac Yard Metro Coordinator, at 703.746.4049 or visit the City’s Potomac Yard website.

Sports Authority Potomac Yard

This is an update to this post. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority earlier this year filed for bankruptcy, and put out a list of stores that it said would be closing as a result.

Now, Sports Authority is shutting down all of its 463 locations nationwide, including its Alexandria, Virginia location at Potomac Yard Shopping Center, as part of a liquidation process expected to take last through August 31, 2016.

If you’ve been waiting for that next big sale to pick up outdoor sporting goods, you are in luck. At the going out of business sale at Sports Authority, right now, you can get up to 30% off the list price. Peaked inside the Potomac Yard store after snapping this photo and boy was the place jammed packed.

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill on E. Howell Avenue in Alexandria, virginia

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill: Fresh Mediterranean fare comes to Del Ray/Potomac Yard

Fast-casual Mediterranean food lovers take note as Chickpea Mediterranean Grill opened its doors earlier this month at 529 E. Howell Ave in Alexandria, Virginia. Located in the Potomac Yard neighborhood, the new fast casual Mediterranean grill is within easy reach of both Del Ray and the new homes of Potomac Yard. The restaurant offers off street parking and a dining space of 38 indoor seats and 10 outdoor patio seats. Chickpea is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Chickpea, which joins the DRP and Stomping Ground family in Alexandria, serves up fast casual Mediterranean fare in a convenient location at the corner of Route 1 and Howell Ave. The owners wanted to offer a fresh, quick dining option with as much locally sourced food as possible.

Readers have written in raving about the food. Here is one example:

“Haven’t seen any articles or information on chickpea grill on howell ave. Went there to eat the other day and it was very good.”

Chickpea Mediterranean Grill
All food is made inhouse each day, from the pita bread to three flavors of hummus and a whole array of toppings and spreads. Customers can build their own bowl, starting with white rice, brown rice, quinoa, housemade pita or fresh garden greens, and can add proteins like lemon grilled chicken, spicy chicken, beef kofta, pulled lamb shank or falafel. Finally, pile on toppings and spreads, including our housemade spicy harissa and everything bagel hummus.

Chickpea offers vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options and a variety of beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. The owners say they are dedicated to becoming a new neighborhood gathering place with a unique and upbeat atmosphere catering to both new and old residents of the Del Ray and Potomac Yard neighborhoods of Alexandria, Virginia.

Visit them online for more information.

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