|Rendering of the Arlandria Center redevelopment|
as seen from 4MR Park, above the Birchmere.
From what we've seen so far, Arlandria Center, LLC, has done everything right in their proposed development. The project promises a large affordable housing contribution and complies with the unanimously approved 2003 Arlandria Small Area Plan (PDF) with a phased approach to keep Mom's Organic Market and CVS in the neighborhood. The developer is making believers out of us. Learn more about the proposal at 7pm on Wednesday, October 5th at the Four Mile Run Park Community Building (4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue).
Here is the City's Official Notice of the public meeting:
A Development Special Use Permit application has been filed to redevelop the Mt Vernon Village Shopping Center, where Mom’s Market and CVS are located. At this time, the application is scheduled to be heard by the Alexandria Planning Commission on November 1, 2011 and City Council on November 12, 2011.
The Mt Vernon Shopping Center site was one of several sites that were discussed for redevelopment in the 2003 Arlandria Plan. The current application addresses many of the design goals of the plan. The proposed project consists of two multi-family residential buildings that maintain the 50,000 sq. ft. of retail along Mt Vernon Avenue (approximately the same amount of retail that currently exists). Parking would be underground and within the building at grade. Streetscape improvements, including street trees, new bus shelters and sidewalk widening, would be made along Mt Vernon Avenue and Bruce Street.
The developers will be holding a public meeting to discuss the project on Wednesday, October 5th and you will be notified as to the exact time and location for this meeting. If you have any questions in the meantime or if your civic association would like to be given an individual presentation about the project, please contact Maya Contreras, Urban Planner, in the City’s Department of Planning and Zoning, at 703.746.3816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Arlandria Center proposal|
as seen from Mt Vernon Avenue.