Harris Teeter beats petition


A petition from North Old Town residents wasnt enough to stop the Alexandria City Council from approving a Harris Teeter grocery store and 175 new apartments in their neighborhood on Tuesday.
Council approved the five-story project, anchored by the supermarket and topped off with four levels of residential units, with both support and trepidation from citizens.  
Residents of the Alexandria House condominiums were most vocally against it.
There is no concentration of residents more affected by this proposal than the residents of Alexandria House, and that is why we have spent already an undue amount of time trying to learn about the issue, said condo resident David Weinman. And we cannot say honestly that we are not opposed.
The development will occupy the 700 block of N. St. Asaph St. The 52,000-square-foot grocery store and apartment complex will cause traffic congestion and disrupt the quality of life in the area, according to the projects opponents. 
Supporters said the urban grocery store concept will bring 150 jobs, millions of dollars in tax revenue and a lively vibe to the neighborhood.