The Plan contains specific recommendations regarding improvements to these sites, including public access, monetary, and other contributions for public amenities. Learn about development activity occurring within the boundaries of the Waterfront Plan.
Robinson Terminal Sites
The purchase contractors for the Robinson Terminal South and North sites are EYA and City Interests, respectively. Both have submitted proposals for their sites and are working toward a Development Special Use Permit by Spring 2015. Also, both have made several presentations to the Waterfront Commission over the past several months. Access to their presentations can be made through the Waterfront Commission.
As background, an October 17, 2013 Public Presentation by Contract Purchasers of the Washington Post ’s Robinson Terminal sites was made at a joint meeting of the Waterfront Commission and to the Park Commission. Prior to that on September 21, 2013, the Washington Post and other media reported that the Washington Post had selected purchasers for these two Robinson Terminal Warehouse sites. The Post identified the buyer of the northern warehouse as City Interests/Armada Hoffler and the buyer for the southern warehouse as EYA/JBG. Read here for the Washington Post story.
Cummings-Turner Block: 220 S. Union Street - Carr Hospitality
Carr Hospitality submitted a Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) application to the City in November 2013 for a proposed 5-story 120 room hotel, with underground parking and a restaurant for 220 S Union Street. The project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on January 7, 2014 and approved by the City Council on January 25, 2014. Click here to view the Staff Report and the Minutes from January 25, 2014 City Council Public Hearing . Currently, Carr Hospitality is exploring its next steps relative to the start of construction.
On March 19, 2014, the Old & Historic Alexandria District Board of Architectural Review approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for the hotel. An appeal of that decision was subsequently submitted for consideration by the City Council. On May 17, 2014 the City Council held a public hearing to consider the appeal of the Old & Historic Alexandria District Board of Architectural Review’s (BAR) March 19, 2014 decision and it upheld the BAR’s decision to approve a Permit to Demolish/Capsulate and a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction of a hotel at the site located at 220 South Union Street. The petitioners based their appeal on the belief that “the exterior appearance of the proposed hotel does not conform to the standards required of the Board of Architectural Review in granting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed hotel, as those standards are specified in Zoning Ordinance Section10-105(A).”
Cummings-Turner Block: 204-206 S. Union Street - Mid-19th Century Historic Warehouses
204-206 S. Union Street, two mid-19th century warehouse buildings located on the northern portion of the Cummings/Turner block, were acquired by Lawrence N. Brandt, Inc. in 2012. These historic structures have been converted from warehouse to office use in accordance with the guidelines of the Board of Architectural Review and related City guidelines. The buildings’ heavy timber interior framing and massive solid masonry walls were accentuated under the rehabilitation and preservation processes. Since no change was requested for their massing, and because office uses are allowed under the existing zoning, a Special Use Permit was not required. Work on these buildings was completed in summer 2013, with occupancy by Columbia Capital, Inc. as of July 1, 2013.
Other Development Activity in the Planning Area:
The Food Court - Blackwall Hitch Restaurant
A Special Use Permit was filed by Blackwall Hitch Alexandria, LLC, last year and approved by both the Planning Commission and City Council in December 2013. It was also approved on March 19, 2014 by the Old & Historic Alexandria District Board of Architectural Review for a Certificate of Appropriateness. The restaurant will contain 450 indoor and outdoor seats, and will serve American cuisine. It is anticipated to open in spring 2015. For more information, including video of the Council meeting, click here.
EYA, a development firm based in the Washington Metropolitan area, has built several urban-style residential properties in Alexandria and in 2011 acquired the Sheet Metal Workers Office Building at 601 N. Fairfax Street (northeast corner of North Fairfax and Pendleton Streets). In Fall 2012 it began converting the building from office to residential use with 60 large condominium units, primarily two and three bedrooms with terraces and common amenities such as a pool and concierge service. EYA has posted a video related to The Oronoco . The Waterfront Commission, the Urban Development Advisory Council, and the North Old Town Independent Citizens Civic Association (NOTICe) received a tour of the building in February 2014 as it neared completion. The building opened in spring 2014 and as of late 2014 it was 90% occupied.
EYA has committed to contributing $25,000 towards the Art Walk which is a recommendation within the Waterfront SAP to create an artistic experience as one walks along the Waterfront.