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New Development

Overview
Giant/ABC Site
2nd Street Green Project
Power Plant Site
Old Colony Inn Site
National Airport North
Metro Bus Barn Site
Travel Lodge Motel Site
The Towns at 1333
Powhatan Potomac Yard
Mount Vernon Trail
Robinson Terminal North
Robinson Terminal South
Old Dominion Boat Club
The Thornton
Hoffman Town Center
Landmark Mall
Potomac Yard Metro
Alexandria Sewer
Craddock/Smoot Lumber
Potomac Yard

Redevelopment

Montgomery Street
Crowne Plaza
Waterfront Center
Holiday Inn
Beach Drive

Park Development

Montgomery Park
Windmill Hill Park
Jones Point Park
Potomac Yard Park
King Street Waterfront Park

Completed Projects

National Airport South
Canal Center Plaza

King Street Waterfront Park

Most of us share a common quirk of human nature -- we want to know everything now and unless we hate what we have learned we don't want that knowledge to change, which would force us to learn something else.  Those who inhabit the far end of this behavioral spectrum, should not go into real estate development.  For that profession -- from initial concept and artist's rendering, through groundbreaking and cornerstone-laying, and arriving at dedication and opening -- is permeated by change.

Take as an example, the Best Western Old Colony Inn, whose owners first proposed to add two additional stories of rooms and public spaces to their existing structure where the George Washington Memorial Parkway, East Abingdon Drive and Second Street converge.  Despite the fact that the developers received the city's approval for the expansion project over the widespread objections of neighbors, the developers have now decided to level the existing hotel and build 20 new garage townhomes.  Apparently, it is better for their return on investment and cash flow.  And our peace and parking.

Or consider the former Washington Post newsprint warehouse site at Robinson Terminal North, a patch of land wedged between Oronoco Bay Park and Founders Park.  Developers originally proposed to construct a 132-room hotel, 66 multi-family housing units, 25,000 square feet of commercial space, 4 restaurants with a total of 500 indoor and outdoor seats, a public pier, and other open space.  It formed a matching bookend to the mixed-use waterfront redevelopment effort now underway at the Robinson Terminal South site where Duke and Wolfe Streets meet the Potomac River.  Again, the visioneers of the northern parcel received the city's approval for their ambitious project, but were unable to find an interested hotelier and soon concluded that the venture was financially impractical as designed.

Or the former Metro Bus Barn acreage bounded by North Pitt Street to the west, Wythe Street to the north, North Royal Street to the east, and Pendleton Street to the south.  In the early 20th century, the block was occupied by two-story row houses and other small buildings.  From the end of World War II in 1945 until 2014, the property was used as a bus garage and maintenance facility, first by the Alexandria, Barcroft and Washington Transit Company and later by its successor the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  In 2015, WMATA released an initial solicitation of proposals for development of the site, but later canceled the process purportedly because none of the responses met the agency’s criteria.  Others suggested that the project became mired over disputes over liability for environmental remediation of the site.  In 2017, WMATA announced that it was preparing a second solicitation of proposals.  Yet there has been nothing other than crickets -- the disconcerting sound of urban and governmental silence -- since.

In 2012, Alexandria adopted an ambitious Waterfront Plan that envisioned uninterrupted public access along the entire Potomac River shoreline abutting Old Town, from Tide Lock Park in the north (which is part of Canal Center located two blocks from Watergate) to Windmill Hill Park/Shipyard Park in the south (near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge).  While the entire plan is designed to be implemented over the next 20 to 30 years, the city council, in full-on obsessive-compulsive mode, wanted some changes to take place immediately.

High on the city's redevelopment wish list is the site at the foot of King Street that has been occupied since 1923 by the venerable Old Dominion Boat Club.  While municipal bullying did not alone dislodge the rightful owners from their property, the addition of more than $6 million in publicly-financed bribes did.  And in January 2018, the ODBC moved into their newly built $10 million clubhouse a block away at the foot of Prince Street.

At the time its armistice with the ODBC was announced, the city revealed that it planned to demolish the old ODBC building once it was vacated and reclaim the land for an interim Fitzgerald Square Park (click here to see the original artist's renderings of the completed park on the Old Dominion Boat Club development page of this website).

In March 2018, the city updated its website to report that construction on the interim park, now named King Street Waterfront Park, will start later in the spring and open before the end of 2018 (see below for updated artist's renderings of the interim park).  However, the city warned that "it may be a decade or more before the planned flood mitigation infrastructure is in place and the permanent park can be constructed."  That is what we now know at the moment.  Meanwhile, the city has posted interactive "360° Panoramic Renderings of King Street Park at the Waterfront" on its website.

 

 

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