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


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.


Kiwanis Club adopts roads in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia near the waterfront

Kiwanis Club efforts will keep Windmill Hill Park and the waterfront litter-free

The Kiwanis Club of Alexandria has joined efforts with the city to help keep Old Town and the waterfront litter-free. As an official member of the city’s Adopt-a-Block Litter Program, the Kiwanis Club has adopted the streets around Windmill Hill Park—including sections of Union, Lee, Wolfe, and Gibbon streets. By adopting these roadways along Alexandria’s waterfront park system, the Kiwanis Club hopes to foster appreciation for the city’s natural beauty and help maintain the facilities for everyone’s enjoyment.

“Our club has been around for nearly 100 years,” explained club secretary Bill Allison. “Our primary commitment is to the children of Alexandria. We chose Windmill Hill Park because it is a great park for kids and the Kiwanis Club wants to do its part to keep it clean.” Kiwanis vice president Anthony Smith added that the club is excited to be contributing to such a vital area of the city. “Windmill Hill Park itself—with its playground, volleyball pit, and basketball court—is a great city resource. Combined with the shoreline rehabilitation the city is planning along Union St, this area will only get better. Our club is happy to be a part of that improvement.”

The Kiwanis Club has dedicated itself to collecting litter in the area around Windmill Hill Park at least four times per year. The first cleanup event will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22.

Anyone interested in participating in this program or other service projects is encouraged to contact the club at (571) 969-7641.

Blackwall Hitch entrance in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Photo credit: Blackwall Hitch

Blackwall Hitch Halloween Events to Include Tap Takeover,
Costume Contest, & Festive Food Specials Befitting Edgar Allan Poe

Blackwall Hitch located on the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria, invites guests to celebrate Halloween with a Halloween Costume Tap Takeover on Saturday, October 29th, from 9 PM to 2 AM on its expansive back patio, which boasts magnificent views overlooking the Potomac River and National Harbor. Guests can enjoy the spooky holiday fun with a tap takeover by South Street Brewery from Charlottesville, Virginia highlighting fall and pumpkin-themed beers, as well as a costume contest which will be held from 9 PM to 11 PM.

Dante Coley, brewery representative from South Street brewery, and Patricia Washington from Visit Alexandria will be in attendance to judge costumes and present awards in the following categories: Best Costume, Best Nautically-Themed, and Best Couple. Guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to show their creativity and win a two-for-one brunch certificate. Craft beers from South Street Brewery that will be featured include Satans Pony amber ale, Twisted Gourd chocolate chai pumpkin ale, Bar Hopper west coast IPA, and VA Lager. Beers are priced at $7 per draft. South Street Brewery was purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, whose owners have a deep connection with this Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub.

Additionally, Blackwall Hitch is partnering with Fourth Wall at the Torpedo Factory, just steps from the restaurant, inviting theatergoers to enjoy dinner at the restaurant before heading to the award-winning original immersive play, “A Dream Within A Dream: Madness” on October 30th at 8 PM. Fourth Wall’s newest production, “A Dream Within A Dream: Madness,” is a highly interactive theatrical production presenting a surreal interpretation of the life, works and mad genius of Edgar Allan Poe. By leveraging theater, film, music, dance, art and light design, the audience will be transported from present day into a completely different world: the twisted psyche of Edgar Allan Poe.

Before the show, guests can enjoy Edgar Allan Poe-themed specials, created by Executive Chef Mente Lawson, such as “Meatballs Fra Diavlo,” hellfire-ish spicy mary-nara, set ablaze; “Beet to Death” Salad with beets every which way; “Spaghetti and Eyeballs” with calamari, olive eyeballs, squid ink pasta bloody mary-nara; “Spooky Night Crawlers for 2,” chilled seafood tower over a dry ice graveyard with tuna tartare, lobster salad in shells, shucked oysters, and head on shrimp cocktail with tomb raiders, as well as “One Bad Apple,” apple pie with a caramel candy apple. These Poe-inspired specials range in price from $12 to $59 and will also be available on the restaurant’s menu from October 27th through 30th during both lunch and dinner service.

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

Nina's Dandy

Dandy Fuel Leak in Alexandria, Virginia

According to the Alexandria Fire Department, last night, the dinner cruise vessel Nina’s Dandy, moored at 0 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia,  was found to be leaking a fuel oil mixture into the Potomac River at 8:05 p.m.

Alexandria Fire Department’s marine and hazardous materials units found the vessel unoccupied and leaking light petroleum products from a starboard exhaust port. United States Coast Guard (USCG), Metropolitan Fire Department and Alexandria’s Fireboat 201 placed harbor boom to contain the sheen surrounding the vessel. The hazardous materials team stopped the fuel source. The Coast Guard remained on scene to handle inspections, citations, and any environmental issues.

The amount of release fuel is unknown; however, units on the scene describe no environmental impacts.

(Photo via Josh, on Flickr)

Founders Day Fireworks

Become a Red Brick Town Contributor by Taking Photos!

Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia. You can see other Flickr pool submissions we have posted about at this link.

Check out this photo of the fireworks in Alexandria, Virginia from the recent Alexandria/USA Birthday celebration along the Potomac River in Old Town from one of our contributors Geoff Livingston. Pretty cool don’t you think? Be sure to follow Geoff on Flickr!

Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia area? A GREAT way to contribute to our website is to share your photos in our Flickr pool by submitting your own!

(Flickr Pool photos by Geoff Livingston, on Flickr)

Scene at the Alexandria (VA) Marina June 2015
City of Alexandria Schedules Engin Artemel Plaque Dedication for Saturday, July 9

The public is invited to join the Alexandria, Virginia City Council for the dedication of a plaque in appreciation of Engin Artemel on Saturday, July 9 at 2:00 PM at the City Marina, 0 Cameron Street. The dedication will be held rain or shine.

Engin Artemel, former Alexandria Planning Director, coordinated all public and private sector planning and development on the Alexandria waterfront during a significant period (1974 to 1984) in the history of the City. During this time, the waterfront area began to transition from a heavy industrial and warehouse center to a more diverse economic base focused on recreation, open space, scenic vistas and a vibrant mix of residential, commercial and office uses. Through his expertise on waterfront issues, he assisted the City in negotiating complex waterfront title suit settlement agreements and the formation of waterfront principles used to guide waterfront planning. He was instrumental in preserving important historic resources and open space along the waterfront area, including the Torpedo Factory, the Canal Lock at Montgomery Street, Oronoco Bay Park and Waterfront Park.

For additional information, contact Lance Mallamo, Director, Office of Historic Alexandria.

(Photo via Ron Cogswell, on Flickr)

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