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.

Potential Tour Bus/Motorcoach parking locations along Holland Lane and Jamieson Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

The City of Alexandria, Virginia recently brought back the Ad Hoc Motorcoach Task Force for a new study and recommendations on loading and unloading areas as well as short-term parking locations in Alexandria for tour bus/motorcoaches during tour season.

Once again, the City is studying the 400 block of Holland Lane (see above) and the 1400 block of Jamieson Avenue (see below) to remove 26 parking spaces on the south side of Jamieson Avenue to create 10 seasonal tour bus parking spaces and add seasonal tour bus parking signage.

The previous Task Force tried to take the parking spaces but, were forced to use alternate locations over strenuous objections from Old Town Village and Carlyle residents.

I have seen all 26 spaces full at night everyday of the week. You can certainly bet that the tour buses won’t be completely in the parking area and out of the traffic lane so proceed with caution in this area if this eventually passes.

The loading/unloading areas are under consideration to ensure the tour buses have adequate space to load and unload passengers, the area must be handicapped accessible and to allow the bus to get out of the travel-way when loading and unloading passengers. The short-term parking is where the tour buses would go after they have unloaded. The City can determine during non-touring season to allow the 26 parking spaces in the Old Town Village/Carlyle area to return.

So, the questions are – With the left turn at Jamieson Avenue and South West Street narrow at best, how does the City think a tour bus is going to be able to make that turn?

Also, why with parking at such a premium in the Carlyle area, how does the City think this would be beneficial?

You can find the areas under consideration online (PDF) for loading and unloading as well as short-term parking.

The next Motorcoach Task Force meeting will be held on May 31, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at City Hall, 301 King Street, in the Chet & Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000.

Potential Tour Bus/Motorcoach parking locations along Holland Lane and Jamieson Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

(Image via Google Maps)

Was getting a sandwich for myself last night at Potbelly in Carlyle and when heading back to Carlyle Towers, I had a thought. Wouldn’t this space make a good space for a drug store (a la the drug store that was initially planned for the Shops at Eisenhower East?)?

My view is – come on HR Retail – make it happen! What do you think? Yes or no. Comment away!

The long-delayed project to remove the temporary security measures around the Federal Courthouse in Carlyle and install a new, more permanent, may be coming to a head soon. See the video above from the May 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 should benefit the Westin Alexandria the most).
    • This includes pop-up bollards on Courthouse Square which can be popped up in case of a BIG trial at the Courthouse.

The City of Alexandria report on this project is located at this link. The presentation, which shows what the final design looks like can be found at this link. The final details are being worked out between the GSA, the City of Alexandria, and the Carlyle Community Council. IMHO, I would look for construction to start sometime this fall.

Streets Light Out Along Mill Road Near Hoffman Town Center

We have notified the City of Alexandria about a string of streetlights that are out along Mill Road near the Hoffman Town Center. We have also been working with the City of Alexandria as well as Dominion Virginia Power on a host of streetlight outages in our neighborhood. If you see a streetlight that is out or is flickering, don’t hesitate to contact us at this link.

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