Extreme makeover: King Street Metro edition

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King Street Metro station could be renamed to include the Old Town moniker, effectively rebranding the stop as a destination rather than just a street.

Whether the name would become Old Town-King Street or King Street-Old Town is up in the air, but either way elected officials hope it will help shower the citys businesses with shoppers from around the region.

The makeover would include altering maps and signage and would cost $90,000 to $120,000, officials said. The funds would come from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, not from the citys general fund.

Councilwoman Alicia Hughes was the lone dissenter, concerned about spending money on cosmetic changes while the region faces significant transportation needs.

Councilman Paul Smedberg called the renaming a top priority of the economic sustainability taskforce he co-chairs. Its an investment, he said.

I think taking advantage of [naming] the Metro stop to really define us as a city is a great opportunity, he said.

The council missed the deadline with the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority to register their preference, but Euille, a board member, said it shouldnt be a problem. Councilwoman Del Pepper express interest in having a public hearing on the matter.

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