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The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a carjacking in the 2300 block of Mill Road (see below) in the Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

A suspect brandished a knife at the victim and stole a gold 2001 Toyota Camry. The victim was not injured.

Expect police activity in the area.

Eisenhower East Block 20

Image via City of Alexandria

The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is an extension of development time for a ‘new’ office building project in Eisenhower East at 2200 Mill Road. As readers will remember, this project was part of the Eisenhower Gateway project before the economic climate for new office development took a downturn in Alexandria. This project will consist of two 15-story office buildings totaling 585,000 square feet and 737 parking spaces, the bulk of which are in a below-grade parking garage.

The project has since been sold and the developer is looking to gain approval for  an extension to the date of expiration of a previously approved Development Special Use Permit (DSUP #2012-0003) and an amendment to update various conditions to construct a commercial office building including previous SUP approval for increased penthouse height and additional penthouses; and B) an extension to the date of expiration of a previously approved Transportation Management Plan SUP (SUP #2012-0065) and an amendment to update various conditions.

Readers may remember that the developer recently demolished the existing American Truckers Association building, which has been vacant for several years, in order to pave the way for future office development on the site.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report).

As part of the development of the Park Meridian apartment complex in Eisenhower East at Mill Road and Eisenhower Avenue, the old American Trucking Association building is being torn down. We told you that demolition had begun some two months ago but, it has recently ramped up.

Here are a few photos. Click on each of the photos for a larger view.

From reader Scott Anderson taken a few days ago.

Demolition of old Alexandria Trucking Association building in Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, Virginia

Here are a couple more that I took today. Looks like they have made quick progress.

Demolition of old Alexandria Trucking Association building in Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, Virginia

Demolition of old Alexandria Trucking Association building in Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, Virginia

Check out the short video of the demo I took today (after the jump…)

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USPTO

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) telecommunications/proposed fiber optic lateral construction is taking place on the sidewalk area along Jamieson Avenue and Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle/Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria. The work began on Monday, June 23rd and is expected to last until Thursday, July 31st. The work will be performed between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

The construction for Eisenhower Avenue lateral will occur on the north-side of Eisenhower between Holland Lane and Elizabeth Lane. The construction for the Jamieson Avenue lateral will occur on the north-side of Jamieson Avenue between Mill Road and Englehardt Lane and on to John Carlyle Street.

Vehicular traffic is expected to be minimally impacted as 95% of the proposed work will occur in the sidewalk area as recommended by the City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

As with all underground excavation, there will be some noise associated with the proposed construction activities; however, this noise is expected to be minimal.

Alexandria Fire Department in Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, Virginia

There was a report of a vehicle fire earlier today at 2251 Eisenhower Avenue which brought out a tremendous response from the Alexandria Fire Department today in Eisenhower East. Once on site, it was determined that the reported fire was not severe, so several of the engines you see in the photo above were released back into service from the scene moments after arriving.

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