Monday, February 4, 2013
Planners now eye mid-2017 opening date for station.
Elected officials serving on Alexandria’s Potomac Yard Metro Implementation Work Group continued to express their commitment to building a Metro station at Potomac Yard during a meeting last week at City Hall. The group received an update on the progress of an ongoing Environmental Impact Study (EIS) required to build a station. The city will determine a locally preferred alternative between three station designs and locations later this year. A no-build option remains in play, but officials underscored the importance of a station in developing Potomac Yard and the city’s economy. “If we don’t make it happen here, [the development] is going to go elsewhere [in the region,]” said Mayor Bill Euille, who sits on the group with Councilman …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Alexandria Fire Department responds to track issue just north of Braddock Road Metro station.
Update — The Alexandria Fire Department extinguished the rail bed fires shortly before midnight. One engine remained on the scene until Metro arrived with water to saturate the area. — — — — The Alexandria Fire Department assisted the Metro Transit Police in cooling off a smoldering Metrorail track tie just north of Braddock Road Metro station on Friday night. A spokesperson with the Alexandria Fire Department told Patch two engines responded to the issue. Firefighters experienced trouble reaching the scene of the blaze because of the fence around the tracks. Metro was planning on sending a train through to pour some water on the smoldering tie, the spokesperson said. The fire appeared to be affecting the west side of the tracks. …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Slaters Lane is in the process of reopening.
Update: The gas leak at 817 Slaters Lane has been stopped, and Slaters Lane is expected to reopen in approximately 10 minutes. Westbound Slaters Lane will be opened with one lane only until the gas company completes repairs. — — — — Slaters Lane is currently closed between Route 1 and the George Washington Parkway, due to an investigation of a gas leak at 817 Slaters Lane. Buildings from 821-827 Slaters Lane have been evacuated and temporarily closed until the situation is resolved. Slaters Lane is expected to remain closed for at least one hour, or more. Residents of Potomac Greens are unable to exit the neighborhood until further notice. Calls to Buzz Bakery, located at 901 Slaters Lane, were not returned.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Special Tier II tax district to be capped at 10 cents
Alexandria City Council on Saturday approved an ordinance creating a special tax district for the area surrounding the proposed Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. This Tier II tax would be capped at 10 cents, which would not be levied until Jan. 1 of the calendar year after the Metro station opens. The city is expecting revenues from the first year of these taxes to be about $400,000, according to city documents. The "Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Special Services District" does not include Potomac Greens or Old Town Greens. The actual location of the proposed station will be determined during an environmental impact study, which began in February and is expected to take up to three years to complete. The new tax district will help pay for …