Weekly News: December 17 – 30

This Week: Events & Activities

On Monday night, Capitol Post hosted their fourth Startup Standup pitch competition. The companies from their Startup School Fall 2018 cohort pitched to a panel of esteemed judges to win a $3,500 cash prize AND to keep everyone on their toes, there were fun karaoke performances from local non-profits in between the pitches.


At the In-Person Community Listening Session on Monday, there was a session on what Amazon’s new headquarters could mean for the community at Gunston Middle School.


The City of Alexandria Waterfront Commission will hold their regularly scheduled meeting where items of interest include a King St. Park at the Waterfront Naming Update and Archaeological Findings & Updates (Tues. 12/18 at 7:30 AM, Sister Cities Conference Room City Hall, 301 King St.).


NAIOP Northern Virginia will hold their annual meeting and luncheon featuring a panel of the Northern Virginia economic development directors, including AEDP’s Stephanie Landrum (Weds. 12/19 at 11:30 AM, Falls Church Marriot Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042. Registration Required.).


The Old and Historic Alexandria District Board of Architectural Review (BAR) will hold its regularly scheduled public hearing. Items of interest include a request for alterations at the IDI Group’s 205 Strand Street, a request for addition and alterations for a new retail space and changes at 115 South Union Street, and a request for addition and alterations at 699 Prince Street – CAS Riegler’s hotel project (Wed. 12/19 at 7:30 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th – Tuesday, January 1st.

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.


D.C.’s J Street eyes first Alexandria project – the residential conversion of a 206-year-old building – Washington Business Journal
Amazon’s HQ2 Will Bring $15 Billion To NoVa, DC: Report – Patch Arlington
Landmark Mall Redevelopment Open House Answers Some Questions from Residents – Alexandria Living Magazine
JBG Smith to buy development site across from Va. Tech’s planned innovation center – Washington Business Journal
‘Looking for Skeptics’ – Regarding Amazon deal, a gap between residents’ concerns and governments’ optimism. – Alexandria Gazette Packet
GMU panel: Don’t expect Amazon to change the region all at once – Washington Post
Why the Amazon Invasion in New York and Virginia Will Be Slow – Wall Street Journal
New Condos Coming to Historic Alexandria Building – Alexandria Living Magazine


Old Town loosens up: How National Harbor and The Wharf are forcing Alexandria to modernize – Washington Business Journal
No BID? No problem: Alexandria beefs up marketing for new waterfront– Washington Business Journal
Why you should visit Alexandria, the new home of Amazon – The Telegraph
Urban Planning Lessons from the D.C. Region – Metropolis
Alexandria to Increase Public-Private Partnership Opportunities – Alexandria Living Magazine
New Waterfront Park to be Named – Alexandria Living Magazine
Is your city among the top moving destinations? – Washington Post
Late-night Metro service could be on its way back – Washington Business Journal
Metro’s decision on restoring late-night hours is – you guessed it – delayed – Washington Business Journal
Torpedo Factory Art Center Vibrancy And Sustainability Planning – Alexandria News
Alexandria To Consolidate, Co-locate Human Services And Health Department Staff – Alexandria News
John Fitzgerald, a founding father of Alexandria, owned slaves. Officials don’t want to name a park for him. – Washington Post
Alexandria Council names redeveloped space ‘Waterfront Park,’ avoiding city founder who owned slaves – Washington Post


This is the opening date of the region’s only Taco Bell Cantina, for real this time – Washington Business Journal
Taco Bell Serving Alcohol, First in DC Area, Opening in Alexandria – NBC 4
Cidery Plans to Open in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine
Rockdeep to Open First Retail Store in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine
Urbano 116 Aims for January Opening – Alexandria Living Magazine
New Del Ray Restaurant to Open This Week – Alexandria Living Magazine