Archive for February, 2011
The Potomac Yard Metro Station is set to open in 2016 – and a lot rests on that date holding firm.
In fact, funding for the station is absolutely dependent upon an on-time completion according to Vice Mayor Kerry Donley:
“Any slippage in time along the way costs more money in one of two ways. Either in expense or inability to gather revenue as quickly as we would like… all of our projections on bonds, all of our projections on repayment of the bond are all predicated on opening in 2016.”
Our friends over at The Arlandrian do a great job of following City Council actions as they pertain to the proposed station. In a recent post, Nick Partee tells us that:
- An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now underway and should last through 2013. A project Web site is available for public information and viewing.
- The City of Alexandria created a special tax district and tax increment financing (TIF) area to pay for the station. That revenue depends on development around the station, but the development depends on the station. The city has issued bonds to pay for the station and budgeted funds to cover the bond debt service the first few years, but is counting on the TIF for later years. If the station and surrounding development are delayed, the bond repayment costs could cut into other city services or cause other financial complications.
- A project manager has been hired to keep the EIS process on track.
- The EIS process includes refining the Metro station location alternatives. All alternatives are on the table, including not building the station as well as all station configurations — above ground, below ground, center platform, side platform, etc.
- Two informational meetings will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center from 4:30 – 6:00pm and 6:30 – 8:00pm. No reservations are necessary.
What does this mean for you and housing in and around Potomac Yard ? Give me a call at 703.927.4554 and let’s take a look.
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Barkley Square Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique in Del Ray has closed its doors.
Owner Kristina Robertson announced the closing in a short but heart felt email to the Del Ray/Rosemont/Beverley Hills community on Friday, Feb. 4.
Kristina moved her business from Old Town to Mt. Vernon Avenue almost three years ago and was, from the very beginning, a neighborhood fixture.
Doggie Yappy Hours, Adoption Days, wine and cheese benefits – Kristina did them all.
In her announcement Kristina noted that her landlord was selling the property and while she would no longer have a physical location she would continue to sell her treats at the Del Ray Farmers Market and through her Web site.
Her dog walking and pet sitting business, Karing by Kristina, will also continue.
We’re going to miss you Kristina!
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February 1st, 2011 Categories: Real Estate News
Stop mold before it ruins your home!
Mold infestation in a home is no laughing matter. It can be a deal breaker in a home inspection or, at the very least, an expensive repair for the seller. For some people it’s even a matter of life or death.
How do you know if you have mold? Look for these tell tale signs:
- Stains on ceilings or walls
- Musty or mildew smell
- Black or brown speckles on walls, grout, tile, pipes or air ducts
- Unexplained illness, often accompanied by red eyes, a runny nose, skin rashes or respiratory problems.
One of the keys to preventing mold growth before it even starts is appropriate and regular home maintenance:
- Repair leaks from roofs, chimneys, water pipes, air conditioners, plumbing fixtures, etc.
- Remove or replace materials that come in contact with water caused by flooding, sewer backups, overflowing bathtub, etc. Carpet, carpet padding and upholstered furniture are particularly vulnerable to mold infestation.
- Reseal grout in bathrooms and kitchens to prevent moisture penetrating walls and floors.
- Check flashings around chimneys, gutter seams, windows, doors, basement walls, etc. Seal and caulk as needed.
- Seal or cover exposed wood. Secure existing house siding or replace as needed.
- Dispose of any wet building materials, especially dry wall and wood. This is extremely important during construction or renovation.
- Use a dehumidifier if the interior humidity level rises above 55%; properly vent attic and crawl spaces.
If you are thinking about buying or selling a home and want to know more about how to identify existing mold trouble spots, give me a call at 703.927.4554.
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