Week of October 29 – November 4, 2018

This Week: Events & Activities

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) will hold a meeting to provide Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project up-dates on the project design, and amendment to the Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) (Mon. 10/29 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.).

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce will hold a panel discussion on how Public/Private Partnerships could be used as an innovative and effective way for the City of Alexandria to make the most of its real estate assets and help the City to increase its competitiveness in the region (Tues. 10/30 at 7:30 – 9:00 AM, Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, 2460 Eisenhower Ave. Registration Required).

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center will be holding a workshop titled, “Running Your Nonprofit: Tips for Managing & Growing.” Are you managing a new nonprofit or want a refresher on how to keep your nonprofit up-to-date and compliant? Hear from local experts about how you can better manage and grow your nonprofit organization (Tues. 10/30 at 9:00 AM – noon, AEDP/SBDC Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Registration Required).

The Alexandria Planning Commission will hold their annual retreat (Tues. 10/30, noon – 5:00 PM, Brandywine Living in Alexandria, 5550 Cardinal Place).

The Old Town North Urban Design Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting where items of interest include the third project presentation on the Redevelopment of the Craddock Site, 1201 N. Royal St. and the second presentation on the Redevelopment of the WMATA Bus Barn Site, 600 N. Royal St (Weds. 10/31 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, City Hall, Sister Cities Room, 301 King St.).

The Washington Business Journal is hosting a celebration to honor the successes of 75 companies selected for the 2018 list of the WBJ’s Fastest Growing Companies in the Washington region. Included on the prestigious list are Alexandria’s own Culmen International LLC, TENICA and Associates LLC, and Tribal Tech LLC. Congrats! (Thurs. 11/01 at 6:00 – 9:00 PM, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA. Registration Required.)

The Planning Commission will hold their regularly scheduled meeting where items of interest include a Special Use Permit (SUP) for B. Doughnut at 215 S. Union Street, a Text Amendment to allow for the Consolidation of the Boards of Architectural Review and a review of a recommendation for the Eisenhower West-Landmark Van Dorn Developer Contribution Policy (Thurs. 11/01 at 7:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers, 301 King St.).

Alexandria Stylebook is hosting its Second Annual Uptown Block Party. The businesses on King Street from Payne to Patrick Streets invite you to join them for a good ol’ fashioned block party. There will be music, raffles, face painting, balloon animals, in-store events, discounts, Mobile Art Lab, and free treats! (Sat. 11/03 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, King St., Between Payne & Patrick St.)

Upcoming: Events & Activities

Rock the Block is a new culinary tour coming to Alexandria. Eat at the top restaurants in Old Town and help rescue children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Each guest will received a wristband at their reserved “starting restaurant” and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants, including Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, Pizza Paradiso, Auggie’s Mussel House, various food trucks at Market Square, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, The Majestic, Urbano 116 and Virtue Feed & Grain.

General Admission gets you access to eating and drinking at eight of Old Town, Alexandria’s hottest restaurants, while VIP tickets add on a reception beforehand and access to the after-party.  

Tickets are on sale now! Use the discount code HALLOWEEN on General Admission or VIP tickets to receive 25% off! (Weds., 11/4 at 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. Registration Required).

In the News  


Amazon Officials Revisit HQ2 Contenders New York, Newark, and Chicago. But 1 Big Clue Suggests a Different Choice – Inc.

Search for Amazon HQ2 Sparks Real- Estate Speculation – Wall Street Journal

Amazon Revisits Some Cities as HQ2 Decision Looms – Wall Street Journal

Amazon’s HQ2 Will Worsen The Housing Crisis, New Report Says- The Urban Institute concludes we’ll need 275,000 additional residences by 2025 to keep up – Washingtonian

Site-selection experts pick a clear front-runner for Amazon HQ2 – Washington Business Journal

Northern Virginia’s housing market is showing signs of fatigue – WTOP

Why There Isn’t More Affordable Housing In The D.C. Area – WAMU

An industrial corridor in Alexandria may get its first apartments – courtesy of Public Storage –  Washington Business Journal


Landmark Mall’s big screen moment will have to wait as ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ pushed back – Washington Business Journal

Virginia unemployment rate takes another dip – Virginia Business

The cost to park Potomac Yard Metro station contractors? More than $1M per year – Washington Business Journal


The Motley Fool’s first venture fund is going to be bigger than expected – Washington Business Journal

Guaranteed Rate Opens in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine

2018 Best in Business Awards – Alexandria News

Restaurant Bread & Chocolate to Close on King Street –  Alexandria Living Magazine

How a Math Teacher Built a Ludicrously Profitable Escape Room Empire. Meet Ginger Flesher-Sonnier, who’s making the Disney World of escape rooms in the DC area. – Washingtonian

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