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.

Potomac Yards Park sign

Provide Feedback on Design Concepts for Potomac Yard Park

The Alexandria, Virginia community is invited to provide input on the design concepts for Potomac Yard Park, by visiting AlexEngage, the City’s online engagement forum. The construction of the entrance for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and the pedestrian/bicycle bridge from Potomac Yard to Potomac Greens will require the redesign of Potomac Yard Park around East Glebe Road. Concepts for the redesigned park were discussed at the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meeting on Thursday, February 11.

Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, will be compiled and discussed at the next PYMIG meeting on Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. This feedback will inform the conceptual design process for Potomac Yard Park. The public is invited to attend all PYMIG meetings.

Over the next several months, residents and other stakeholders are invited to provide input at public meetings and online via AlexEngage, as the conceptual designs for the new Metrorail station and the redesigns for Potomac Yard Park and Potomac Greens Park are developed.

Regular project updates will be given to the Alexandria Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Architectural Review, and City Council. The public process will be supported by a design team consisting of consultants and staff from the City, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the National Park Service.

Join the conversation at alexandriava.gov/Engage!

PYMIG is an ad-hoc committee consisting of community members and stakeholders. It serves as the primary forum for community engagement during the planning, design, and construction of the Potomac  Yard Metrorail Station. For more information contact Jason Kacamburas at 703.746.3855.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - Alternative B

The Alexandria, Virginia community is invited to provide input on the potential enclosure forms of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, and on concepts for Potomac Greens Park, by visiting AlexEngage, the City’s online engagement forum.

Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, will be compiled and discussed at the next Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meeting on Monday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. This feedback will inform the conceptual design process for the Metrorail station and amendments to the parks that are needed to build the station.  The public is invited to attend all PYMIG meetings.

Over the next several months, residents and other stakeholders are invited to provide input at public meetings and online via AlexEngage, as the conceptual design is developed.

Regular project updates will be given to the Alexandria Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Architectural Review, and City Council. The public process will be supported by a design team consisting of consultants and staff from the City, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the National Park Service.

For more information contact Jason Kacamburas at 703.746.3855.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - Alternative B

Community Input Requested

The community is invited to provide input on design principles and strategies for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, and on the elements to be included in Potomac Yard Park and Potomac Greens Park, by visiting AlexEngage, the City’s online engagement forum.

Comments received by 11.59 PM on Sunday, November 8, will be compiled and discussed at the next Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meeting on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 PM at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe Street in Alexandria. This feedback will inform the conceptual design process for the Metrorail station and amendments to the parks that are needed to build the station.

Over the next several months, residents and other stakeholders are invited to provide input at public meetings and online via AlexEngage as the conceptual design is developed.

Regular project updates will be given to the Alexandria Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Board of Architectural Review, and City Council. The public process will be supported by a design team consisting of consultants and staff from the City, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the National Park Service.

For more information contact Jason Kacamburas at 703.746.3855.

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station - Alternative B

At a special meeting on May 20, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to endorse the construction of a new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and select “Alternative B” as the preferred location. The designation of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is a key milestone in the process to build this Metrorail station, and now permits the development of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for expected release this winter. This is something we told you would happen more than six (6) months ago.

Since April, Alternative B has been recommended unanimously by the City’s Board of Architectural Review, Environmental Policy Commission, Park and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG), and Transportation Commission. The location was also recommended in an April 24 report by City staff. These recommendations incorporated public feedback received from hundreds of residents and businesses through meetings of community groups, three formal Open Houses, a public hearing held by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on April 30, and a public hearing held by City Council on May 16.

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