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. 11/12 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St.).


The West End Business Association (WEBA) will host a Lunch & Learn at Los Tios Grill of Van Dorn on “How to Create Website Content That Gets Results for Your Business” (Tues. 11/13 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Los Tios Grill, 241 S Van Dorn St. Registration Required.).


The Alexandria Small Business Development Center will hold their monthly Small Business Roundtable. This month’s topic of discussion will be: “The Internet of Things – IoT” (Tues. 11/13 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM, SBDC/AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400).


The Alexandria City Council will hold their regularly scheduled Legislative Meeting where items of interest include an appointment to the Alexandria Industrial Development Authority,  consideration of the development of a vibrancy and sustainability plan for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, consideration of a nine-month pilot Shared Mobility Program, consideration of scheduling a July 2019 Public Hearing Meetingand consideration of the resolution to establish the FY 2020 budget guidance (Tues. 11/13, 7:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting (Wed. 11/14).


The Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference will take place this week featuring a session titled “Housing and Jobs: A Regional Approach” facilitated by Alexandria’s Housing Director, Helen McIlvaine with speakers Stephen Moret, President & CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Stephanie Landrum, President & CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership; and Evan Reagan-Levine, Senior Vice President, JBG Smith (Wed. 11/14, 1:00 PM – Fri. 11/16, 12:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA Registration Required.).


Newmark Knight Frank will host its annual Benchmarks DC event; a private, invitation-only, state-of-the-market overview and forecast presentation delivered by Gregory H. Leisch, Newmark Knight Frank’s Senior Managing Director of Market Research. Its purposes are to distill recent trends and to shed light on the pivotal forces and issues that will affect the Washington region’s economy and commercial real estate industry in the coming years (Wed. 11/14 at 5:00 PM, Registration Required.).


The Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group will be holding a public Landmark Mall Re-Planning Process Kick-Off Meeting (Wed. 11/14 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Cameron Station Great Room, 200 Cameron Station Blvd.).


NAOIP will host its annual Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awardsevent (Thurs. 11/15 at 6:00 PM, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA Registration Required.).


The Carlyle Design Review Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting (Thurs. 11/15 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, City Hall, Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000, 301 King St.).


The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a Public Hearing & Regular Meeting where they will receive a Torpedo Factory Art Center Update (Thurs. 11/15 at 7:00 PM, Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave.).


The Alexandria Small Business Development Center will hold its annual Holiday Kickoff Event. Enjoy light breakfast fare while taking the opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs and officials who are important to your business (Fri. 11/16, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, SBDC/AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400, Registration Required.).


The Alexandria City Council will hold its monthly public hearing where items of interest include Development Special Use Permit and related approvals for Potomac Yard Landbay H – West Silverstone, and theEisenhower West-Landmark Van Dorn Developer Contribution Policy  (Sat. 11/17, 9:30 AM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


Upcoming Events & Activities


Shop local this holiday season! AEDP and Hotel Indigo have partnered to host local, woman-owned businesses for weekend pop-ups this holiday season.  This weekend on November 10th & 11th, Little Black Skirt will be popping-up from noon – 4 PM in the Hotel Indigo library, 220 S Union Street.


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! (Weds., 11/14 at 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. Registration Required).


Amazon Reportedly Narrows Decision On HQ2 To 3 Cities – Globe St.

Crystal City has company in the ‘advanced’ HQ2 search stage – Washington Business Journal 

Report: Amazon will split HQ2 into two locations – Washington Business Journal

Potential HQ2 announcement puts homebuyers and sellers on notice – Washington Business Journal 

Could leaks hurt Northern Virginia’s chances of winning HQ2? Probably not. – Washington Business Journal 

Amazon will reportedly split HQ2 between two cities – CNBC

Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities – Wall Street Journal 

Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 in Two Locations – New York Times

Reports: Amazon will split HQ2 between two locations — likely Crystal City and Queens – Washington Business Journal 

Reports: Amazon to split second headquarters into 2 locations – Fox 5 DC

Split Amazon HQ Decision Could Have Fallout – CoStar

Sharing Amazon headquarters would be half disappointment, half relief for Crystal City – Washington Post

How the Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes Suddenly Became All About ‘Locational Strategy’ – CoStar

Virginia, NYC already home to Amazon’s fastest-growing businesses – Washington Business Journal 

Is securing only half of HQ2 ‘a better outcome’? Some say it is. – Washington Business Journal 

Losers in Amazon sweepstakes aren’t ready to throw in the towel – Washington Business Journal 

Multiple headquarters move Amazon closer to its goal: Everything company – Washington Business Journal 

Amazon’s top office picks in Crystal City and Long Island City offer blank slates for urban revivals – Richmond Times – Dispatch

Excitement, Anxiety And Confusion Permeate Crystal City As Amazon HQ2 Looms – BisNow

Property values could spike near Crystal City because of Amazon’s HQ2 – WJLA

Amazon ‘HQ2’ will boost house prices in chosen cities, but not like in Seattle – Market Watch

Amazon’s plans for HQ2 already spur housing movement – The Sociable 

Monday buys high-profile Shirlington Gateway – Washington Business Journal 

Monday Properties Buys Shirlington Gateway – Globe St. 



This local partnership hopes to fix the region’s housing shortage – Greater Greater Washington

Alexandria Among the Nation’s Top Digital Cities – Alexandria Living Magazine

Jobless rates fall in Virginia metro areas – Virginia Business 

Alexandria has a new top private employer, and its office buildings aren’t worth what they used to be – Washington Business Journal

Alexandria, Va. set to allow dockless bikeshare and scooters – WTOP

Spend A Weekend Exploring The Charms Of Old Town Alexandria – Forbes



King Street Corridor Initiative Announces New Funders And Progress In Beautification, Programming And Marketing – Alexandria News

Orangetheory Fitness to Open Two New Alexandria Locations – Alexandria Living Magazine

The 21 Best Comfort Food Dishes in DC Restaurants Right Now – Washingtonian

Shop Small At Hotel Indigo’s Pop-Up Series This Holiday Season – Alexandria News

New Independent Bookstore Opening in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine