Archive for 'Development'

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

City trying to tip the scales toward offices

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Mayor Bill Euille remembers the good old days, when the Port City was close to balancing its tax revenues from commercial and residential property at a 50-50 ratio. “It’s been a [...]

City council approves waterfront hotel

City council approves waterfront hotel

By Derrick Perkins (Image/City of Alexandria) Residents remain apprehensive about a waterfront hotel in the 200 block of S. Union St., but city councilors green-lighted the project with a 6-0 vote Saturday. The five-story, 120-room boutique [...]

Waterfront hotel forges ahead

Waterfront hotel forges ahead

By Derrick Perkins (Image/City of Alexandria) The first major project envisioned by the controversial waterfront redevelopment plan cleared its first hurdle Tuesday night, receiving the planning commission’s approval — but with a few caveats. Designed by [...]

Waterfront hotel receives another lukewarm reception

Waterfront hotel receives another lukewarm reception

By Derrick Perkins (Image/City of Alexandria) Carr Hospitality’s latest boutique hotel proposal for the 200 block of S. Union St. garnered — once again — mixed reviews from residents and members of the board of architectural [...]

St. Joseph’s leadership wary of redevelopment project

St. Joseph’s leadership wary of redevelopment project

By Anna Harris (Image/City of Alexandria) Though leaders of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church got major concessions from the company behind a nearby redevelopment project, concerns about the undertaking remain alive and well. Mahmood Investment Corp. plans [...]

Negotiations for boat club property to continue

Negotiations for boat club property to continue

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) The verdict came after nearly four hours of public testimony Tuesday evening: Negotiations for the Old Dominion Boat Club’s waterfront parking lot will continue — for at least another 90 days. [...]

Messy mathematics

Messy mathematics

By Erich Wagner (File photo) One thing is certain about the planned relocation of the National Science Foundation from Arlington to Alexandria in 2015: It will have a big impact on the city’s coffers as well [...]

Too sweet of a deal?

Too sweet of a deal?

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) After celebrating the National Science Foundation’s announced relocation as a major coup earlier this year, city leaders questioned the deal’s cost over the weekend — specifically how it affects subsidies for [...]

Meet Laurie Olin

Meet Laurie Olin

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Pressed for an honest assessment of the city’s Potomac River shoreline, Laurie Olin, the man charged with revitalizing the public space along the waterfront, paused before saying, “It has good bones.” [...]

Waterfront plan critics shift focus

Waterfront plan critics shift focus

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) After a long and bitter struggle, even the staunchest opponents of the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan admit that they lost the battle to craft the blueprint of the shoreline’s future. But [...]