Federal money earmarked for key projects


Virginia Congressman James Moran (D-8) has obtained $700,000 for restoring Four Mile Run and $100,000 for renovations to Alexandrias Lee-Fendall House.

Moran led the effort to restore Four Mile Run by appointing a joint Arlington/ Alexandria Task Force four years ago and has obtained more than $2 million in federal funding for the project since that time. Judy Noritake, chair of the Alexandria Parks and Recreation Commission, and who co-chairs the Task Force said, This money will allow us to begin in-stream restoration, We are thrilled.

The project will not only restore the stream but will revitalize the area along Four Mile Run in both Arlington and Alexandria. Eventually, the soccer field at the north end of Mt. Vernon Ave. will be linked with the baseball field by a series of green spaces. There will be pedestrian links between Arlington and Alexandria, including a foot bridge from Commonwealth Ave. to South Eads Street. There will be active and passive recreation opportunities and a plaza for concerts and festivals.

The project is coming along very well and will be a wonderful place for people from both communities to enjoy, Noritake said.

The $700,000 is from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and requires a local 45 percent match or approximately $160,000 from each jurisdiction. Even in these tight budget times I dont think that should be a problem, Noritake said. 
The Lee-Fendall House will receive $100,000 for upgrading electrical wiring and renovating other interior parts of the house.