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Del Ray’s proudly touted slogan is  “Where Main Street Still Exists.”  In this case, Main Street is actually Mt. Vernon Avenue where dozens of independent businesses and restaurants provide a wide range of services.

Del Ray is known for it’s generous community spirit, an incredibly active Citizens Association and Business Association, and for it’s enduring walkability.

Once known as the Town of Potomac, Del Ray was annexed by the City of Alexandria in 1930.  The occasion was commemorated January 1, 1930 with a “gala program of music and danceat the fire station.   In 2011 Del Ray was named as one of the top Ten Revitalized Neighborhoods according to MSN.

Zip Code 22301 also includes the neighborhoods of Rosemont and Temple Hills.


Alexandria Neighborhoods: Open Houses in Del Ray, Potomac Yard and Old Town Alexandria in Zip Codes 22301 and 22314

Want to go house hunting before the big rains move in today? Check out these open houses in Del Ray, Potomac Yard and Old Town Alexandria for zip codes 22301 and 22304.

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Click here for more information:

http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?k=1211710XXR2T&p=DE-246834652-144

Michael

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Public Transportation Gets a Boost with Metroway on Alexandria’s Rt 1 Corridor

Public transportation on Alexandria’s Rt 1 corridor will get a boost when the Metroway opens in mid-August.

Also known as bus rapid transit, the Metroway represents a new way of thinking about public transportation.

Out the front door and on to the bus

Out the front door and on to the bus

The service will use bus-only lanes along a five-mile stretch between Crystal City in Arlington, Potomac Yard and Alexandria.

The buses will be frequent and the stops will offer shelters, benches, lighting and landscaping.

Shelter - Under Construction

Shelter – Under Construction

Crosswalks

Crosswalks

Early Landscaping

Early Landscaping

The first section of the Metroway to open is on Rt. 1 at Swann Avenue to just south of East Howell.

Metroway

Metroway

At that point, the buses will detour into regular traffic lanes to cross the Monroe Street bridge and make their way to the Braddock Rd Metro.

Ultimately the completed route will incorporate bus-only lanes on Potomac Avenue and Crystal Drive as well as other sections of Rt. 1.

It’s easy to be skeptical about this project, particularly if, like us, you live in Del Ray just blocks from the construction.  But, we’re eager to see what happens once the system is up and rolling.

One thing we have noticed – the bus lanes provide a nice buffer against 8 lanes of traffic when trying to cross Rt. 1 as a pedestrian or biker.  And given the popularity of Potomac Yard Park that’s no small matter.

 

Michael

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A Tomato Plant Grows in Del Ray

This volunteer tomato plant is one of several that have sprung up in the garden this summer – the result of spreading ‘homemade’ compost that ‘cooked’ over the winter.

 

Volunteer Tomato

Volunteer Tomato

There are a few blossoms and two or three teensy tiny green tomatoes so, for the forseeable future I’ll still be getting my tomatoes at the Del Ray Farmers Market.

See you there on Saturday!

Michael

PS – In the interest of full disclosure  the ‘tomato man’ is no longer at the Farmer’s Market but almost every vendor has a beautiful selection of these summer beauties.

 

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Open Houses in Del Ray, Potomac Yard and Old Town Alexandria in Zip Codes 22301 and 22414 for July 20

It’s a big weekend for Open Houses in Del Ray, Potomac Yard and Old Town Alexandria (zip codes 22301 and 22314) with some 60 houses available to see.  And just over 11 of those are in the million dollar range!

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Click here to see what’s available zip codes 22301 and 22314 :
http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?k=1211710XXR2T&p=DE-245958373-591.

Want to know more about these listings?  Give me a call at 703.927.4554 and I’ll give you all the details.

Michael

 

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Alexandria Neighborhoods: Del Ray’s Bombay Curry Company Re-Opens

One of Del Ray’s favorite restaurants, Bombay Curry Company, has re-opened at 2607 Mt. Vernon Avenue after a seemingly endless series of delays.

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Or, as the owner, Balray Bhasin, humorously notes in a missive posted on the door:

. . . this [Del Ray] is where we have worked and played for the past 18 years . . . so, after long delays, numerous pitfalls, a second mortgage, wife’s depleted 401 and a zero investment account . . . . we are ready to serve you again.

He also asks for patience as servers and kitchen staff learn new routines and recipes.

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Take out is not yet available but the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

Formerly located at the old Calvert Shops – and sorely missed for the past year or two – it’s great to have Bombay Curry Company back in the ‘hood.

Michael

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Alexandria Neighborhoods: Open Houses in Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria at Zip Codes 22301 and 22314 for July 13

Looking for open houses in the Del Ray or Old Town areas of Alexandria on Sunday, July 13?

 

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There are 20+ open houses in Del Ray, Potomac Yard and Old Town Alexandria this weekend. Check out the following listings in zip codes 22301 and 22314.


http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?k=1211710XXR2T&p=DE-245006132-510

 

Michael

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Alexandria Neighborhoods: Potomac Yard is One Incremental Step Closer to a Metro Station

Because it offers a clear and concise report of what happened recently when City of Alexandria officials traveled to Philadelphia to update Federal Transit Administration Officials on the environmental impact statement for the long awaited Potomac Yard Metro Stations, we are offering this article by Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal in its entirety:

In what should come as a shock to no one, federal transit leaders have nixed the two most expensive, least viable options for the location of the future Potomac Yard Metro station, leaving only two in the competition.

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“It allows us to focus on what we’ve known all along are the final alternatives,” Alexandria Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks said during the most recent meeting of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group.

Alexandria officials traveled to Philadelphia in late May, Jinks said, to update the Federal Transit Administration’s regional administrator on the environmental impact statement progress, and they left with a pared list of site options. The FTA is the lead agency on the roughly $5 million Potomac Yard Metro EIS, scheduled for initial release this fall and final adoption in 2016.

Alternative D and the so-called “B-CSX” option were ruled out. Both will be deemed “something looked at but not carried forward,” Jinks said.

An aerial station in the vicinity of the 69-acre, big box-anchored North Potomac Yard shopping center, Alternative D was by far the most expensive of the four at upward of $500 million, and it threatened to breach the George Washington Parkway, a big no-no for neighbors. For those reasons alone, it was tossed aside.

“We’ve known from day one this was not a financeable option,” Jinks said.

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The B-CSX alternative, requested by the National Park Service nearly a year ago, would have required the city to purchase 5 acres of developable land and to move the existing CSX tracks to the west. It would have cost more than $350 million. And to build it would have meant waiting for Regal Potomac Yard’s lease to end, setting back the Metro project three years.

The consequence of studying those two alternatives: $1.5 million and a wasted year, and little more. The analysis of each will be reserved for an appendix in the EIS.

But with those out of the way, Jinks said, Alexandria can “refresh” the EIS and conclude its analysis of the two remaining alternatives: A and B. A financial study of the two should be done before the end of the summer.

Alternative A is located adjacent to the Potomac Greens neighborhood, well south of North Potomac Yard. Alternative B is located immediately east of North Potomac Yard. Both are at-grade.

There are pros and cons for each.

Alternative A is the least expensive, at a projected $195 million. But its close proximity to Potomac Greens has some neighbors deeply concerned, and it’s a good distance from existing Potomac Yard shopping and future development, which likely results in less economic bang.

The $250 million Alternative B faces a host of environmental and federal easement issues and a skittish National Park Service. Metro recently ruled out the option of a curved track into the station, to avoid NPS property, because it would have required trains to slow to 15 mph coming into and out of the station.

Despite those issues, Alternative B promises to deliver the most economic jolt and to create more jobs, Alexandria officials say, and it is widely preferred by the development community.

Michael

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Rich Baier, Director of Transportation and Environmental Services, Announces Resignation from City of Alexandria Post

Rich Baier, Director of Transportation and Environmental Services for the City of Alexandria has announced his resignation effective August 31.

Rich Baier

Rich Baier

 

Baier, who has been with the City for almost 15 years, will return to his native Florida as Director of Public Works in Sumter County.

Although a lightening rod for traffic issues in the City, Baier gets our vote of thanks for his attention to the concerns of the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee of the Del Ray Citizens Association (DRCA).

 

 

Baier met with the committee on numerous occasions and ultimately worked to secure funds for traffic calming measures, most notably on Howell and Custis, after residents raised issues related to the development of Potomac Yard.

Baier is also responsible for the new bus rapid transit system that is taking shape on Rt. 1 between Swann and Howell Avenues (look for more on this tomorrow) and the launch of Capitol Bikeshare.

The city will do a national search for his replacement.

Michael

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Alexandria Neighborhoods: Open Houses in Del Ray for July 6

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It’s a holiday weekend so we’re a little light on Open Houses but check out the listings below and see if something catches your eye.

 

Click the following URL for what’s open on Sunday, July 6.
http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?k=1211710XXR2T&p=DE-244289823-317

 

For a complete listing of what is available in Del Ray, give me a call at 703.927.4554.

 

Have fun!

Michael

 

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Alexandria Neighborhoods – Del Ray’s East Del Ray Park is Getting a New Look

E Del Ray Ave Park

E Del Ray Ave Park

In 2011 the City of Alexandria set aside a large corner lot at East Del Ray and Commonwealth to be developed as a ‘pocket park”.

 

Original plans called for a play area for small children,  sitting areas for adults, a fountain, major tree plantings, and a labyrinth.

 

The children’s playground, nestled in a cozy corner, was built first and the park quickly became known as the “tot lot.”

 

The Tot Lot

The Tot Lot

The remainder of the park remained unfinished however, a victim of

economic uncertainty and conflicting priorities.  But, thanks to a $20,000

matching grant offered by the Del Ray Citizens Association (DRCA) this

past spring a major portion of the original plan is now under construction.

 

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

 

 

Located on the western edge of the lot and with entrances from several directions, a labyrinth is slowly taking shape.

 

Trees to shade this area, and buffer the adjacent property to the south,  will be planted in the fall when weather conditions are more favorable.

 

 

 

Kudos to the Del Ray Civic Association for spearheading this great new addition to the neighborhood.  We’ll look forward to what  the DRCA comes up with next!

See you in the neighborhood,

Michael

 

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