Thursday, December 06, 2007

What's Up?

Focus on Facilities

Tonight at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting Jefferson-Houston facility options will once again be discussed, including whether the school will be remain open or be closed. The list of options has expanded (scroll down to page 18 of the PDF file to find the list), and it's been noted that that using Jefferson-Houston to house ACPS offices may conflict with the City's plans for the Tauber site at Beauregard and King Streets.

The meeting will commence at 7:30 PM at School Board headquarters at 2000 N. Beauregard Street.

Back to the Drawing Board

Approval for the Madison development project was deferred by Planning Commission on Wednesday until its next hearing on January 3, 2008.

A number of last-minute changes were made to the proposed mixed-use development to incorporate design concepts bubbling up from the Braddock Road small area plan charrettes, including more significant setbacks from the street and softer green edges where buildings meet the sidewalks.

Commissioners deferred to longtime member H. Stewart Dunn, who questioned what the community would be getting given the parking reduction and increased density from 1.25 FAR to 2.50. Mr. Dunn, who has not been spotted at the recent Braddock Road planning meetings, asked specifically about set-aside units in the proposed 344-unit apartment building and how much affordable housing the developer's $777,000 contribution would buy.

Patrick Street Murder Conviction

Darrell Watson of Alexandria was found guilty in the recent double murder on Route 1. The bodies of Nathan L. Lee and Mark A. Collins were found in the early morning of April 19 lying in the middle of N. Patrick Street. Apparently the motive for the slaying was a dispute over a dice game. Mr. Watson faces two life sentences.