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Planning commission approves Robinson Terminal North redevelopment

Planning commission approves Robinson Terminal North redevelopment

By Chris Teale (Image/City of Alexandria) The plan to redevelop the Robinson Terminal North warehouse into a mixed-use community with housing, commercial space and a 132-room hotel received unanimous backing from the planning commission October 8, [...]

Bill Euille write-in campaign caught in flyer foul-up

Bill Euille write-in campaign caught in flyer foul-up

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Mayor Bill Euille’s write-in campaign for re-election hit a minor bump last month, when it was discovered that a flyer it distributed contained an improper sample ballot. According to state law, [...]

City council hopefuls spar in unusual format for latest forum

City council hopefuls spar in unusual format for latest forum

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) After some relatively placid affairs, the latest city council candidate forum had a different feel Tuesday night, as the organizers mixed up the format and saw some surprising results. Sponsored by [...]

Alexandria’s air quality improving, according to state and regional bodies

Alexandria’s air quality improving, according to state and regional bodies

By Chris Teale (File photo) It has taken a combination of factors, including the closure of the GenOn coal-fired power plant and the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment program, [...]

City, chamber of commerce officials debate charter provision governing parking meter money

City, chamber of commerce officials debate charter provision governing parking meter money

By Chris Teale (File photo) At 1,548 pages long, Alexandria’s City Charter is a vast tome of a document that outlines how the city should be governed. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce asserts the city is [...]

Bill Euille plans debate challenge, Allison Silberberg says she won’t debate a write-in

Bill Euille plans debate challenge, Allison Silberberg says she won’t debate a write-in

By Erich Wagner (File photo) In American electoral politics, few things can portray the acrimony between two candidates quite like a debate. But the debate over whether to have them in the first place certainly comes [...]

Chamber of commerce unveils 2016 legislative agenda

Chamber of commerce unveils 2016 legislative agenda

By Chris Teale (File photo) The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce unveiled its 2016 legislative agenda September 17 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and outlined its top priorities for city council. Chamber officials presented the [...]

City council candidates spar in sign scuffle

City council candidates spar in sign scuffle

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Jennifer Powell) In a local election campaign, it is inevitable for candidates to get into the occasional dustup. This week, city council candidates Townsend “Van” Van Fleet, a Republican, and Independent Phil Cefaratti [...]

Commuter ferry study comes under scrutiny from city councilors

Commuter ferry study comes under scrutiny from city councilors

By Chris Teale (File photo) Despite city council’s relatively sedate first legislative meeting after summer recess on September 8, it did not take long for city councilors Paul Smedberg and Del Pepper to let loose on [...]

City council candidates share competing visions in forum

City council candidates share competing visions in forum

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Chris Teale) The 11 candidates running for city council this fall gathered for a forum Monday night at the city’s Departmental Progressive Club, and the battle lines became clear at the outset. “There [...]