Dominion Power Substation on Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia (Image via City of Alexandria)

Construction on new Dominion Power Substation causing nearby homes to shake

We were alerted by several readers to loud construction from the new Dominion Power substation on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray causing their homes to shake.

Here’s an example of some of the texts/tweets we’ve received:


According to Dominion, the new substation will provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and potentially create shorter power outage times during storms and other weather incidents. Dominion apologizes to residents and says the loud work causing the shaking should last only till the end of this week.

(Image: City of Alexandria)

Robinson Terminal South in Old Town Alexandria, virginia

Construction starting at mixed-use Robinson Landing Community in Alexandria

The Robinson Landing project, designed by Shalom Baranes Associates, is a mixed use residential community that features 26 elevator townhomes and 70 luxury condominiums with design that blends historic Old Town with the new waterfront plan. The project also includes two mixed-use buildings on the Potomac River that will feature a 5,800-square-foot restaurant and 4,800 square feet of retail. There is also planned a multifamily building at Wolfe and South Union streets, and the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic 2 Duke Street building. There will be a new pier, a boardwalk promenade, and retail and amenity spaces fronting the river.

Starting this week, and for the next two weeks, residents should see:

  • At 226 Strand, the old marine repair shop, the brick recovery effort continues. Eighteen pallets of bricks have been conserved to date and are ready to be transferred to the City of Alexandria for adaptive reuse.
  • Demolition of the existing warehouses has commenced and will continue over the next two weeks.- Cracking of the existing building concrete floor slabs is more than 50% complete.
    • The northeastern building of the four major structures has been demolished.
    • Sorting and disposal of building debris has commenced. This includes the preparation of concrete for recycling onsite as fill material.
    • The southernmost building along Wolfe Street is scheduled to be demolished the week of August 22. This will necessitate parking lane closures. Demolition of the remaining major structures will then progress.
    • Vibration monitoring by Seismic Surveys Inc. (SSI) continues at adjacent properties during demolition and additional vibration sensors are being installed this week.
    • SSI will be contacting, scheduling and conducting additional Pre-construction Condition Surveys within a 250’ radius of the Robinson Landing property lines, including properties that share an adjacent wall with properties within the 250’ radius.
    • Over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, there will be temporary sidewalk and parking lane closures on Duke Street, Union Street and Wolfe Street as the demolition of the adjacent building walls occurs.
  • The City of Alexandria Fire and EMS is scheduled to conduct training onsite over the next week. There will be no fires during these events. They focus mostly on practicing entry techniques through various types of walls, doors, and windows within the building.

The overall schedule of development activities for the project include:

  • Summer 2016: Demolition
  • Fall 2016: Import fill by barge
  • Winter 2016/Spring 2017: Archeological work
  • Spring/Summer 2017: Excavation/export by barge
  • Summer 2017/Fall 2019: Construction phase
  • Summer 2019: Robinson Landing opens to the public

Robinson Terminal South in Old Town Alexandria, virginia

Pre-Demolition Public Meeting on Activities at Robinson Landing

2 and 3A Duke Street & 226 The Strand

The developer of Robinson Landing (formerly known as Robinson Terminal South), EYA, invites the public to a meeting at City Hall (301 King Street) in the first floor Sister Cities Room (room 1101) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the first phase of development activities.

The Robinson Landing project, designed by Shalom Baranes Associates, is a mixed use residential community that features 26 elevator townhomes and 70 luxury condominiums with design that blends historic Old Town with the new waterfront plan. The project also includes two mixed-use buildings on the Potomac River that will feature a 5,800-square-foot restaurant and 4,800 square feet of retail. There is also planned a multifamily building at Wolfe and South Union streets, and the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic 2 Duke Street building. There will be a new pier, a boardwalk promenade, and retail and amenity spaces fronting the river.

The first phase, scheduled to begin in mid-July 2016, consists of the following:

  • Abatement of the property (Scheduled to begin late this week or early next week)
  • Demolition of the existing above grade structures
  • Grading of the properties to address floodplain issues
  • Utility relocation.

A second community meeting will be held next year to discuss the second phase of development which consists of excavation of the property for the below grade parking garages and construction activities for the new buildings. This second phase is planned to commence sometime in Spring of 2017.

The overall schedule of development activities for the project include:

  • Summer 2016: Demolition
  • Fall 2016: Import fill by barge
  • Winter 2016/Spring 2017: Archeological work
  • Spring/Summer 2017: Excavation/export by barge
  • Summer 2017/Fall 2019: Construction phase
  • Summer 2019: Robinson Landing opens to the public
King-Beauregard intersection improvements in Alexandria, Virginia

(Rendering via City of Alexandria)

City of Alexandria Begins King-Beauregard Intersection Improvements Project

On Saturday, June 18, City of Alexandria officials broke ground at the intersection of King and Beauregard Streets, kicking off the official start of construction for the King-Beauregard Intersection Improvements project.

“This marks decades of hard work and the start of a revitalized West End King Street corridor,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg.  “This project addresses long-term safety, infrastructure and aesthetic concerns.”

The project includes roadway and sidewalk improvements, the construction of new medians, and a 10-foot shared use path on portions of King Street. Phase I construction begins in June and is estimated to be completed this fall.  Utility relocation will follow, and is expected to be completed in early 2018.  Phase II construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and estimated to be completed in 2019.

Upon completion of the project, residents can expect a more efficient intersection that will improve traffic flow for the entire corridor; improvements to increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; and a storm drainage system that will meet City standards.

This project is being done in advance of planned mixed-use redevelopment at the intersection as well as the West End Transitway, a bus rapid transit system proposed by the City of Alexandria, connecting the Van Dorn and Pentagon Metro stations which is planned along Beauregard Street.

For more information about the project, visit the King-Beauregard Intersection Improvements project website.

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This weekend (May 13-16) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the eastbound 233 Bridge will be closed for construction. Passengers are ADVISED to allow for extra time in getting to the airport.

The closure will last from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13 to 4:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Vehicles attempting to enter the airport from US Route 1 in Crystal City will be detoured to the GW Parkway. Likewise, the ramp on the GW Parkway at the bridge will be CLOSED. Southbound GW Parkway traffic should use the first exit to the airport during the closure.

 

ALDI Food Market on E. Monroe Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia (Photo via @DresenKelly on Twitter)

Giant is out of the space – now here comes ALDI Food Market

This is an update to this post on ALDI in Del Ray.

As we told you first, ALDI is planning on taking over the location of the now closed Giant Food store on Monroe Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Given that Giant Food’s lease on the building at 425 E. Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, ran until January 31, 2016, ALDI Food Market has been unable to get into the building to begin construction on the new Del Ray ALDI.

That has now changed.

As a reminder, we also told you, the company is shooting for a 3rd quarter 2016 (July-September) opening for the location.

(Photo via @DresenKelly on Twitter)

Seminary Road HOV Ramp under construction

Seminary Road HOV Ramp to help end traffic congestion

UPDATE (9:20 AM – 1/12/2016): Hearing the new Interstate 395 HOV ramp at Seminary Road in Alexandria opened to traffic Monday afternoon.

As we told you earlier today, as early as next Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to open a new ramp linking the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to Seminary Road in Alexandria, providing a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to the Mark Center and Seminary Road.

The ramp will reverse directions according to the same reversal schedule as the HOV lanes. The ramp will only be open to vehicles with three or more occupants and buses: vehicles that are not HOV-3+ are not allowed to use this ramp. The ramp will link the I-395 HOV lanes to Seminary Road on the top level of the Seminary Road interchange, where there will be a new traffic signal, turn lanes, and a dedicated left-turn lane for motorists heading to the Mark Center.

What drivers should expect this weekend:

To prepare the ramp for opening, crews will be working overnight this Friday, Jan. 8 until Saturday mid-morning, Jan. 9. Here’s what to expect:

  • Multiple reversals of the express lanes and HOV lanes on I-395 to test the gates, signals and lighting.
  • Drivers will be able to use the northbound or southbound express and HOV lanes during the tests, unless the facility is closed for a reversal.
  • On-road signs will indicate the direction or closures. Gates will block the entry and exit points that are closed or in the process of closing. Drivers are advised to pay careful attention to on-road signs overnight.

On or about Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, if all testing is concluded, the new ramp is scheduled to open, benefitting carpoolers and buses. If further testing is required, it will occur the following weekend, with the ramp opening during the week of January 18.

The I-395 HOV ramp is one of the final elements of a project that includes a new Seminary Road bridge over I-395, at which all lanes opened Wednesday, Jan. 6, and a new pedestrian bridge over I-395 that is slated to open in February 2016. More information about the project is available at this link.

(Photo via VDOT)

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