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.

Power Outages in Alexandria, Virginia after Winter Storm Stella

Power Outages in West End Alexandria

More than 70 customers are currently without power today in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Dominion Power after winter storm Stella on Tuesday. The biggest outages are in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia in the Beuregard neighborhood, according to the power company.

Dominion has no timetable for outage restoration. If your power is out, be sure and report it at this link.

What are you experiencing this Tuesday readers?

(Courtesy image Dominion Virginia Power)

Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia

Beatley Friends’ Group Spring Book Sale Starting Tuesday, March 21

The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold their Spring Book Sale from Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Free parking is available.

Over 30,000 books, DVDs, CDs and audio books, donated by community members, will be available for sale. Most cost less than $3.00. All proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of the Library.

Members’ Preview

  • Tuesday, March 21 | 4:00 – 8:30PM

Public Sale

  • Wednesday, March 22 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Thursday, March 23 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Friday, March 24 |  10:00AM – 5:30PM
  • Saturday, March 25 | 10:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Sunday, March 26 | 1:00PM – 4:30PM (Dollar Day on Sunday)

For more information, please contact Cindy Thornley, Central Library Manager, at 703-746-1728. You can also visit the Friends’ website or search for “Beatley Friends” on Facebook.

DASH Bus in Alexandria, Virginia

DASH Bus Service Alert

On Tuesday, March 14, DASH Bus has resumed regular weekday service starting at 12:00 p.m./noon on all DASH routes in Alexandria, Virginia.


For DASH Bus service routes, visit this link.

(Photo via DASH Bus on Twitter)

DASH Bus in Alexandria, virginia

DASH will operate service on Tuesday, March 14 on a 2-hour delay starting at 7 AM on the SNOW DETOUR ROUTES in Alexandria, Virginia with extended morning service on the AT3, AT4, and SafeTrack shuttles until 10 AM.

All buses will pick up their runs starting at 7 AM even if it is mid-route and not the first time on the schedule.

Please be advised that as weather or road conditions change, you will be notified of any changes to DASH service. Please allow for extra time on your commute due to potential, minor delays with road conditions. Be safe!

DASH would like to remind you to please travel safely during inclement weather.

Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (Courtesy image)

IHG’s HOTEL INDIGO ® BRAND BRINGS LOCAL BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE TO Vibrant OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA NEIGHBORHOOD

Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria will be first hotel along scenic Alexandria waterfront

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the forthcoming opening of the Hotel Indigo ® Old Town Alexandria hotel. Located at 220 South Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, the hotel will be Alexandria’s first waterfront hotel, delivering a stylish, local experience informed by the city’s picturesque waterfront, and paying homage to its maritime roots.

Each Hotel Indigo property is uniquely designed to reflect the culture, character and history of the surrounding neighborhood. While the Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria hotel will boast modern design elements, nods to the city’s nautical history include a statue by local sculptor Chris Erney. His work features a fisherman pulling in a net, inspired by photos found in the Library of Congress archives showing primary source photos of a Potomac fisherman taken in the 1920s. The Potomac River’s original shoreline, which falls along the hotel’s lobby, will also be featured. Upon breaking ground, a Revolutionary War-era ship was uncovered as well as John Carlyle’s 1755 public warehouse, to the great excitement of local archaeologists. These discoveries inspired marine, colonial, and warehouse motifs throughout the hotel’s design.

The Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria property will be LEED Silver certified, featuring five stories, 120 rooms, and a 5,000 square foot terrace overlooking the river. Designed by Dash Design, the aesthetic was inspired by Alexandria’s historic wharves and warehouses.

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Mount Vernon tour By Ad Meskens (Own work) [Copyrighted free use, CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Alexandria Historical Society hosts a special Mt. Vernon tour April 6

A Special Evening With A Special Neighbor

George Washington had many business and personal acquaintances in Alexandria throughout his adult life, and cherished these connections. As a young officer in the Virginia militia, he recruited local troops for the French & Indian War; as a farmer, he shipped tobacco and flour and received merchandise from overseas through Alexandria merchants; he had a vessel built in an Alexandria shipyard; he saw to it that the district surrounding the new Federal capital included Alexandria, when Washington, D.C. was first laid out; and later in life, he celebrated his birthday and other special occasions at Gadsby’s Tavern. Now, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Historical Society (AHS) invites the public to join them and the AHS membership for a very special evening at Mount Vernon, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“A Neighborly Visit: A Special Evening at Mt. Vernon” will include private after-hours tours of the Mansion, the Distillery and the Grist Mill. The visit to the Distillery includes a rye whiskey tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for additional evening refreshments. The ticket price for the event is $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for AHS members. The maximum size of our group is 40 people, so get your tickets NOW by visiting the Society’s website.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

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