Friday, March 23, 2007

Flying Fast 'n' Thick

Whew! There's a lot going on, so the Growler wants to take a minute to pass along information and issue a couple of reminders.

Yet Another Braddock Road Community Meeting

This E-mail just arrived from Kathleen Beeton:

"Please be advised that the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council have been deferred from April to May. We will post the meeting notes from the Tuesday, March 20 community meeting and related information to the Planning and Zoning website shortly (

"A community meeting will be scheduled in April (date to be determined) and we will send a notice to you via eNews with the details. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kathleen Beeton at (703)838-3866, extension 333 or

"Thank you for your interest in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan. Please accept our apologies in advance if you have received another email with this information. We are working with eNews to ensure that people who wish to receive notices regarding the Braddock Plan are indeed receiving them. Thank you."

Public Meeting on Hunter-Miller Park

Monday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
Durant Center
1605 Cameron Street

If you recall, last year residents nearest the park successfully pressed police to remove the picnic tables at Hunter-Miller Park because they encouraged loitering and because the crevices of the furniture were being used by drug dealers to exchange money and crack with customers.

ICCA leaders tried to press for their return — who knows why? — but were overruled in a membership vote. Thank goodness.

However, the same dynamic may be at work again on Monday night. If you are interested in keeping the park drug-free for children and their families (as well as those who enjoy pickup basketball games on the nearby court), put this on your calendar.

"During the meeting, staff will present preliminary-site analysis and potential concepts, gather feedback from the community, and outline the next steps and the schedule for renovation. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2007 and continue to the spring of 2008. Funding for the project is included in the current FY 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) schedule."

"Persons who are unable to attend the community meeting can send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Judy Lo, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or e-mail"

Redevelopment of Alexandria's Homeless Shelter

Thursday, March 29
Carpenter’s Shelter
930 North Henry Street
7:00-8:00 pm

The shelter is holding a meeting to discuss their "unique opportunity in the Braddock Road development plan" and a chance "to hear all about our exciting new opportunities for development and give us the opportunity to listen to your comments and community feedback."

The Growler is already shuddering to think what this project is going to look like. Condos on top of a homeless shelter?

We'll know soon enough ...