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Just last Wednesday we brought you an article about how Alexandria’s crime rate had dropped to it’s lowest point in 40 years. Today, a story about how Community Oriented Police (COPs) in Alexandria are making a difference.
Our friends over at the Arlandrian were to first to pick up on an article from the Alexandria Police Department’s newsletter, The Police Beat.
It involves graffiti, often used by rival gangs to initiate threats, a stretched city budget, two resourceful police officers and a company called (what else?) Graffiti Removal, Inc. It’s a story that makes you proud.
Want to know more about living in this great community? Give me a call at 703.927.4554 and let’s make this your home too.
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Marino’s Pizza and Subs on Rt. 1, a long time Lynhaven*** fixture, has received a special use permit from the city planning commission.
Marino’s, with it’s distinctive purple paint and deck area adorned with fake palm trees, is planning a 2,547 square foot addition that will include a second restaurant. Owner Ather Subzwari will add 44 seats for a second level, cafeteria style dining room.
The request included a modification of the rear setback from 25 to 6 feet and the installation of new landscaping. Subzwari is also working with Inturias Auto to use their lot for night time parking.
There are no current plans for alcohol sales but Marino’s will continue to be open till 1:00am on weeknights and 2:00am on Friday and Saturday.
The special use permit was granted despite a recommendation of denial by the Del Ray Citizens Association (DRCA). The DRCA noted their disapproval was more about the lack of long term planning for Route 1 development than about Marino’s. (Marino’s sits directly across the street from the Target at Potomac Yard
At the same time, Marino’s is positioning itself for the development of Potomac Yard and the proposed Metro station. Drawings show the new Metro station located behind the Target and Marino’s is directly across the street from Target.
Smart moves for all concerned.
*** Lynhaven is a neighborhood adjacent to Del Ray and Arlandria with Route 1 as one of its borders.
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Our friend Kevin Beekman at the Arlandrian has announced a new and improved Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market (4MRMarket) for 2011.
Opening for the season on Sunday, April 2, the market promises to be “stronger, more attractive to customers and more inclusive for everyone in the community.”
This is what we can look forward to:
- 4MRMarket has been certified to become the first farmers market in Alexandria to accepting SNAP/EBT (food stamps) for qualified purchases. The market has also partnered with INOVA Alexandria Hospital and the Alexandria Health Department for all participants to receive double dollars to spend at the market. This effectively makes the market half as expensive for participants in the program! Produce, seafood, meat, dairy, and breads, and most items for home consumption are the basic eligible items, but you can find a full list by clicking here.
- The 4MR Community Building (aka the old Duron Paint store) will be renovated for community use by early in the season, providing bathrooms, market storage, and a much better aesthetic to the market!
- The entire site, from the community building northward to Four Mile Run, will be completely remade into a hardscaped, landscaped, and colorful park, starting this summer!
For more on what is happening with the Four Mile Run Market, click here.
And if you are interested in property in this fast developing area, give me a call at 703.927.4554.
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This concrete and marble sculpture, “Three Eggs in Space” stands at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth, on the site of the Del Ray Central Apartments.
Commissioned as public art, the sculpture by artist Karen Bailey, represents motherhood. The large concrete oval is the mother, the smaller marble egg is the baby.
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The City of Alexandria is expected to release a highly anticipated proposal this week supporting the redevelopment of the Calvert in Arlandria.
The Del Merei Grill has already announced that they will be the first business to close in conjunction with the redevelopment.
The Calvert is located near the corner of West Glebe Road and directly across from the newly opened Del Ray Central Apartments.
A linchpin between the neighborhoods of Del Ray and Arlandria, the redevelopment of the Calvert comes as Arlandria is beginning to stake it’s own identity with a neighborhood centric blog and new Farmers Market.
According to Duncan Blair, attorney for the Calvert’s owner, United Dominion Realty (UDR), This development will take a building that contributes very little to it’s immediate environs and create an active streetscape . . . . it’s energy in the community.”
All residential tenants in the Calvert are on year-to-year leases and UDR expects the building to be completely empty by 2012. The commercial tenants have all signed a confidentiality agreement and are not at liberty to discuss current negotiations.
Mary Reid, co-owner of the Del Merei Grill with her brother Eric, choose to leave early noting “It’s better to be the first one out.”
The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will consider the Calvert Proposal at their September meeting.
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