December 4, 2018

Weekly News: December 3-9

Request for Proposals

The City of Alexandria, the Carlyle Community Council and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are seeking proposals for a firm to design, plan and execute programming as part of the Carlyle Vitality Initiative. The request for proposals can be found on the City of Alexandria’s procurement page. Proposals are due on December 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST.

This Week: Events & Activities

The US Patent and Trademark Office hosted a Conversation with Temple Grandin on Monday. Grandin gave a presentation on her work, after which she was joined on stage by USPTO Director Andrei Iancu for conversation and questions about her career and life.


WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi held a town hall-style discussion about Amazon’s New Headquarters in Northern Virginia and how local officials, businesses, and community members in the region are reacting to Amazon’s decision on Monday night.


The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held their State of Business Annual Meeting this Tuesday morning.


The Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its first of two meetings this week meeting where items of interest include a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a wine production use exceeding 3,500 square feet for Lost Boy Cider at 317 Hooffs Run Drive, an extension of an SUP to extend the period of time for commencement of construction for 765 John Carlyle Street and 1900 Eisenhower Avenue – Carlyle Block P and consideration of a 504 South Van Dorn Street; 5650, 5660, and 5730 Edsall Road; and 501 and 611South Pickett Street, a project known as Greenhill / West Alexandria Properties(Tues. 12/04, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


The Alexandria Small Business Development Center will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting (Wed. 12/05 at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400).


The Board of Architectural Review-Old & Historic District will be holding its regularly scheduled hearing where items of interest include a request for new construction at 1101 North Washington Street by Toll Mid-Atlantic and a request for addition and alterations with signage at 219 King Street for TWO NINETEEN restaurant (Wed. 12/05 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


The Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting (Thurs. 12/06 at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Stambaugh Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204).


The Carlyle Council Presents: Holiday Happenings in Carlyle.


Sip ‘n Shop in John Carlyle Square Park while taking in the dazzling holiday decor of Carlyle. From handmade shoes to the ultimate travel accessory, stop by and enjoy tasty winter treats and live music while perusing local pop-up vendors. A fine collection of local breweries will be on hand December 7th to help welcome the spirit of season (Thurs. 12/06 at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM & Fri. 12/07 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, John Carlyle Square Park).


The Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its second of two meetings this week meeting where items of interest include Items of interest include Development Special Use Permits (DSUP) for the Potomac Yard Metro Station, 1200 N. Fayette Street – Braddock Gateway Phase III  and for the construction of a one-story retail building at 2425 Eisenhower Avenue – Block 6C Retail Site Pad(Thurs. 12/06, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


The West End Business Association (WEBA) will host its annual membership meeting (Fri. 12/07 at 7:45 AM – 9:30 AM, Tempo Restaurant, 4231 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22304 Registration Required.).

In the News

Each month, check out “Growing in Alexandria,” an AEDP blog series that will focus on businesses around the City.

This month, we are excited to share our conversation with Victoria Vergason of The Hour, a staple King Street shop that features curated collections of vintage barware and cocktail glassware. To learn more, head on over to the blog.




Half of the 25,000 Amazon jobs coming to region won’t be tech related – Washington Business Journal
Virginia Tech board backs creation of Innovation Campus – Washington Post
Virginia Tech making quick work of its proposed Alexandria campus – Washington Business Journal
Board of Visitors unanimously endorses new Innovation Campus – Virginia Tech Daily News
Innovation Campus Backed By Virginia Tech Board Of Visitors – Del Ray Patch
Amazon knew it wanted to split up HQ2 months ago – Washington Business Journal
What if Amazon doesn’t meet hiring goals or faces antitrust litigation? Virginia answers – Washington Business Journal
Amazon’s big bluff: How the tech giant became the real winner of the HQ2 sweepstakes – Washington Business Journal
Dwight Dunton bringing his real estate company home to Alexandria – Washington Business Journal



Charging drivers for entering busy areas in D.C.? It’s part of the Greater Washington Partnership’s plan – Washington Business Journal
Virginia moves up to No. 4 on Forbes magazine’s Best States for Business list – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia moves up on Forbes ‘Best States for Business’ list – Virginia Business
City, Developer Recognized For Partnership To Preserve Ship – West End Alexandria Patch


Sears Holdings Lists 505 Most Profitable Stores Up for Sale, Mostly in California – CoStar
This Bar is Virginia’s Best Kept Secret – If You Can Find it – Southern Living
Here are Alexandria’s top 5 Vietnamese spots – Hoodline
Couple brings festival-inspired SouvlakiBar to Alexandria – Alexandria Times
Bakery Opens In Alexandria’s Pendleton Carryout Co. – Del Ray Patch