Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday Roundup

Beautification

Found in the in-box this week: a press release from the Alexandria Beautification Commission, which is seeking nominations for its 2007 awards.

That got the Cranky One thinking about which Parker-Gray property would be eligible for such an award this year.

Several candidates come to mind, but the Growler's favorite is 1219 Oronoco Street. If you remember, this former apartment building was a neighborhood eyesore for years. At its nadir in late 2005 it was disfigured by broken and boarded up windows and exterior brick stained from accumulated age and neglect.

Now take a look at the building. The former wreck has been rehabilitated and with fresh landscaping looks brand new, even sporty with its new Art Deco touches.

The Growler has heard this building will go condo, but it appears the owners are still finishing the interior work. Congratulations to owners Nurcan Bozkurt and Yalcin Bilgehan for their turnaround of a troubled property!

What's In a Name?

The Growler noticed an interesting advertising block in the April 26th Washington Post Alexandria-Arlington section.

On p. 26 ads for several businesses on upper King and N. Fayette Streets were grouped under the heading "Uptown Old Town Alexandria."

Now that has a nice ring. It associates our neighborhood with Old Town while paying tribute to a neighborhood nickname even older than the title "Parker-Gray."

Is this a sign we are on the cusp of becoming hip?

New Planning Director

The Growler welcomes new Planning & Zoning Director Faroll Hamer, who started work this week.

Ms. Hamer comes to Alexandria from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Montgomery County Planning Department, where she served as interim director since December 2005. From 1987 to 2005, she was with M-NCPPC’s Prince George’s County Planning Department, serving as Chief of Development Review, supervisor of the Urban Design Section, and as a planner in the Urban Design Section. Montgomery County.

Update on Dollar Store

From an alert reader, here's a memo from Police Chief David Baker to Council Member Del Pepper responding to concerns from a neighbor about the Dollar Store on Pendleton Street and other issues.