Sunday, January 25, 2009

News for the Work Week

Is It Easy Being Green?

The City of Alexandria will be sponsoring a Green Building Forum on Wednesday, January 28, in the theater at the George Washington Masonic Memorial (101 Callahan Drive) from 7 to 9 p.m.

The forum will be structured as a panel discussion with representatives from the building industry, green building organizations, environmental representatives and City staff. Discussions will address the importance of green buildings to the City and to the region, and will show how the City is already incorporating green buildings into public and private projects.

In addition, a draft Green Building Policy will be presented, followed by an opportunity for public comment and questions. Based on the information and feedback provided at the forum, the draft Green Building Report will be finalized and presented to Planning Commission and City Council for action. To view a draft report, visit the Planning and Zoning green building Web site.

For further information, contact Rich Josephson (

The Masonic Memorial is just a short walk up the hill from the King Street Metro Station and free parking is available.

Potomac Yard Redux

Next Saturday morning (January 31), the City will hold a milestone community meeting on the development of Potomac Yard. The session will be held in the cafeteria at the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A Potomac Yard Planning Advisory Group was convened several months ago to look at planning for the future redevelopment of the big box retail area as well as other parcels like Landbay L facing the Braddock Metro. The group will also examine such issues as the feasability of a Metro station.

PYPAG will be continuing to meet for months to come, but this is an ideal time to learn more about the evolving plan and to ensure that your opinion is heard.

Click here to read more about PYPAG and the group's activities and discussions to date.

Vote Early and Often

The Democratic Council primary will be held from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31 at Minnie Howard School (3801 W. Braddock Road).

In-person absentee voting is available by stopping by the Alexandria Democratic Committee offices on Wednesday, January 28 from 6 PM to 9 PM and on Thursday, January 29 from 6pm to 9 p.m.