The Winkler Botanical Preserve, a small, fiercely loved and protected Alexandria enclave is the topic of a Town Hall meeting with Congressman Jim Moran on Thursday, September 16th.
These are the basic facts. The Winkler Preserve, located off Beauregard St in the West End of Alexandria has co-existed quite peacefully with both commercial and residential developments for many years.
Then the Department of Defense announced it’s Base Realignment and Closure Process or BRAC.
One of the major initiatives of BRAC for Northern Virginia was to move many of the offices surrounding the Pentagon to areas that would not be as vulnerable to attack.
This was done in two parts. One was to dramatically increase the size and functions of Ft. Belvoir in Fairfax County. The other was to build a large office complex at Seminary Road and I-95.
What was never fully realized at any point was a viable plan to accomodate the additional traffic on an already stressed system, especially for workers at the office complex.
Fairfax County has lobbied both the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the federal government to build a road strait through Winkler to provide highway access to the complex.
City of Alexandria residents, the Friends of Winkler, our neighbors in Lincolnia Hills and Congressman Jim Moran have lobbied hard for an alternative
As one communication from Save Winkler noted “although Congressman Moran is very supportive of the Preserve and is attempting through legislation to force the military to address the transportation problems, it is not the Defense Department’s objective to protect the Preserve.”
With that in mind, Congressman Moran has invited panelists from the Defense Department, VDOT, and Alexandria City and Fairfax governments to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 16th, to discuss the impending traffic crisis at Mark Center.
The Town Hall Meeting will begin at 7:30pm at the Francis C. Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304. Get involved and be part of the solution.
This is about more than just traffic . . .