October 16, 2018

Meeting Recap Alert 10.13.18

Recap of City Council Public Hearing Meeting

held October 13, 2018

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Saturday, the Alexandria City Council held their October public hearing meeting, where they considered a Lease Extension Between the City of Alexandria and Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority (“NOVA Parks”) for the use of the Cameron Run Park Property, approvals to allow for the Parker-Gray Stadium Modernization at TC Williams High School, and a Development Special Use Permit and a financial incentive for a new hotel at 699 Prince Street and 114 S Washington Street.

Details on these items can be found below.

Item: Consideration of a Lease Extension Between the City of Alexandria and Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority (“NOVA Parks”) for the use of the Cameron Run Park Property.
Action: Unanimous vote to authorize the City Manager to execute the Second Modification of the Lease between the City of Alexandria and NOVA Parks as recommended
Next Steps: The City Manager will execute the Lease Agreement as described below
Description: Following a request for a 20 year lease extension from the current operator of Cameron Run Regional Park, NOVA Parks, a number of meetings and public hearings were held to receive input. Ultimately, City Council deferred action and directed staff to develop a planning process, to consider alternative uses at the park, and to bring the issue of the future status of the Cameron Run park back to Council for consideration.
Details & Issues of Interest:

Term Sheet for the Cameron Run Lease Extension

  • Amendments to existing lease terms:
    • Reduce current lease area to 14.59 acres (parking areas and shelters, batting cage, play structure, mini-golf and aquatics facility
    • Removes Lake Cook, Lake Cook Park and Ward’s Woods- City will take on enhancement and improvement responsibility:
      • Lake Cook Park through the Pocket Park planning process
      • New trail installation and interpretive signage at Ward’s Woods
    • Extends lease from current expiration (7/1/21) to 12/31/28, or a 7.5 year extension pending Program Enhancements & Site Improvements, to include:
      • Winter Village- will activate site mid-November through January with uses like ice skating rink, winter themed lights, games and activities
      • Community Aquatics- learn to swim program, dedicated lap swimming
      • Parking lot enhancements to allow for off-season activities like a small-pitch facility or mini-turf field
    • If NOVA Parks does not complete these Enhancements & Improvements, the lease will end on June 30, 2021
    • Allows both parties to pursue short-term lease extension or long-term lease replacement prior to 2028 expiration
  • 1 speaker, representing the Board of NOVA Parks, testified in support of the lease amendment

ItemParker-Gray Stadium Modernization at T.C. Williams High School
Action: 6-1 vote to approve the Development SUP and related actions with amendments to the Planning Commission recommendation, as described below
Next Steps: Improvements are scheduled to begin in Spring 2019, with completion by the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year
Description: Improvements to the stadium at TC Williams High School to include demolition of existing accessory buildings and construction of new accessory buildings including restrooms, concessions, press box and ticket vending and construction of associated site improvements including pedestrian access, track improvements, sound system upgrades, athletic field lighting and site lighting.
Details & Issues of Interest:

Modifications Based on Community Input:

  • Moving buildings away from the western property boundary
  • Complying with the setback and moving the scoreboard location to the opposite side of the site
  • Addressing noise with a sound system study
  • Pursuing SUP for greater height of light poles to better control light spillage and glare
  • Conditions:
    • Hours of lighting to end at 9:30 PM Monday – Thursday and 10:15 on Friday and Saturday; no lights on Sunday
    • In the event of weather, injury, overtime, or unforeseen circumstances, a 45 minute extension may be used
    • Events that require lighting shall be restricted to ACPS interscholastic sports team games and practices
    • Schedule of lighted events to be posted and mailed prior to the season, and updated as needed
    • Limited sound system use
    • Light & sound system testing & compliance monitoring
    • T.C. Williams Neighborhood Forum
    • Community Liaison
    • Landscape and fence improvement plan
    • Requires that the stadium redesign be re-docketed for review by City Council in 2 years, providing for a guaranteed revisit to see if additional conditions are necessary to mitigate impacts
  • More than 60 public speakers testified, ranging from full support to opposition

ItemHotel with ground-level and rooftop restaurants at 699 Prince Street and 114 S Washington Street
Action: Unanimous 7-0 vote to approve the Planning Commission recommendation
Next Steps: Construction on phase one of the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019
Description: 141-room hotel with two restaurants located in two buildings through the conversion of an existing office building and redevelopment of a one-story parking garage currently occupied by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Details & Issues of Interest:

  • Enhanced streetscape improvements including:
    • New brick sidewalks in front of 114 S. Washington Street
    • Installation of Nostalgia street lights on S. Washington Street and Alexandria Historic street lights on Prince Street
    • Improvement of the median in S. Washington Street
    • Removal of a curb cut on S. Washington Street
    • $30,000 contribution for a bus shelter
  • LEED Silver (or equivalent) for 114 S. Washington Street and incorporation of green building elements in rehabilitation of 699 Prince Street
  • Contribution to the City’s Housing Trust Fund (approximately $47,690)
  • Public art contribution of $7,300
  • Capital Bikeshare contribution of $10,000
  • Required hotel parking will be located off-site
  • $750,000 one-time grant to incentivize the conversion and redevelopment of 699 Prince Street back into a hotel
  • No speakers, other than the applicant, testified

Items we are tracking in November:
– Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Developer Contribution Policy

– Consolidation of Old and Historic District and Parker-Gray District Boards of Architecture to create the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review

Weigh in on these issues!

Contact the Planning Commission – PlanComm@alexandriava.gov
Contact the City Council – Call.Click.Connect.