Alexandria, VA

Morning Notes

Car-Free Block of King Street Planned — “Members of Alexandria’s City Council Wednesday night OK’d a proposal by City staff to begin laying the groundwork for a pilot program that will see a part of lower King Street closed to cars on weekends, beginning in April. The pilot project would close the 100 block of King Street to traffic on weekends through October.” [Alexandria Living Magazine, Patch]

For Sale: Historic House With Notorious Past — “The nonprofit organization that owns the site of one of the most notorious slave pens in the nation has put the building and its basement museum up for sale, after struggling for years to pay for the mortgage, property taxes and repairs. Freedom House, a registered National Historic Landmark in Alexandria, Va., is being advertised as an office or residential property priced at $2.1 million.” [Washington Post, WTOP]

Fire Response at Taco Bell Cantina — Friday, on National Taco Day, firefighters responded to the the Taco Bell Cantina on King Street for a smell of something burning. After an investigation, a problem with the restaurant’s lighting was found to be to blame. The restaurant reopened with the lights turned off. [Twitter]

T.C. Williams Hall of Fame Induction — “Trailblazing athletes, who set the stage for the desegregation of Alexandria City Public Schools, were recognized for the pivotal role they played in our history on Thursday night during a jubilant 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame event.” [ACPS]

Reminder: Local Taxes Due — “Annual personal property tax bills (including local registration and residential parking permit fees) are mailed in August with a due date of October 5 (or the next business day if October 5 falls on a weekend or holiday).” [City of Alexandria]

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