The long awaited Potomac Yard development is underway. In fact, it didn’t take more than a few weeks after final approval was passed by the Alexandria City Council for the bulldozers to move in and the signs to go up.
It’s hard to capture the vast movement of land in these pictures but let’s see if I can walk you through it. The first picture is the entrance at the intersection of Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy) and Monroe Avenue.
Before construction this was a maintenance shop for rental cars and then a maintenance shop/parking lot for city school buses. Adjacent to it, and running parallel to Rt. 1 were two, if not three, soccer fields. In other words, it was a very large flat piece of land, at least half of which was covered in macadam.
That same space is now marked by a huge mound of leveled off dirt. We’re not sure where the buses have gone but permanent soccer fields are under construction on the v-shaped parcel of land between the Monroe Street bridge and Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. This seems a natural addition to an already good sports/recreational complex and we’re looking forward to it.
The final set of pictures is taken from the same Rt. 1, Monroe Street intersection looking north. Unfortunately I didn’t capture the “before” pictures but just believe me when I say that there was a stand of trees buffeting the bike path on the right from Rt. 1. What you have now is a clear view, starting at the Monroe Street Bridge, all the way into Crystal City.
This new work will provide infrastructure for the development; look for road construction in the next few months.
On a side note, Edward Jones, a financial services company, is the first retail establishment to take up residence in the mixed use Station at Potomac Yard. Edward Jones is known for establishing offices in neighborhoods and we take this as a sign of the future for Potomac Yard.
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