(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) Plans are starting to take shape for North Potomac Yard.
Virginia Tech has submitted its first concept plan, showing what its Innovation Campus will look like just as the design of the Potomac Yard Metro station nears its final design phase.
Virginia’s Tech’s campus — which will offer master’s and doctoral level programs — is part of a vision for a completely revitalized North Potomac Yard around the new Metro station. The plans were accompanied by related proposals by real estate investment companies JBG Smith and Lionstone.
Plans submitted on Friday, Nov. 1, show an open grid of nine buildings, with 600,000 square feet of academic use split over three buildings centered at the north end of the site. (The university had a special use permit for a temporary space in the existing Potomac Yard shopping center approved in September.)
Retail would take 120,900 square feet of space along the main stretch of road between the campus and the Metro station, with 630,400 square feet of office space and 554,200 square feet of residential primarily located above the retail.
Missing from the plans: the Regal movie theater on the North Potomac Yard plan, which is expected to be demolished. It’s unclear when the theater will close, nor whether it would reopen elsewhere.
Height assumptions for the area show most buildings will be an average of 90 feet tall, with the academic Block 7W towering over the others at 180 feet.
Some astute Twitter users noted that the plans also show an extension of the Potomac Yard Trail to Four Mile Run, though others questioned whether the trail will connect to the one along Four Mile Run without crossing four lanes of traffic.
Big news! Includes the extension of the Potomac Yard Trail (on the top/east side of this drawing) to Four Mile Run https://t.co/zEtYS8FTRc
— Car-Free #HQ2 (@CarFreeHQ2) November 1, 2019
Meanwhile, infrastructure work is currently underway on the switchgear building for the station, while work on installing utilities and laying the foundation for the Metro station will begin sometime over the next few months, according to an Oct. 29 update from city staff.
The station’s design is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
Image (1) via City of Alexandria. Image (2) via Google Maps.
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is looking for suggestions from the public on how it should update its Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct — an 83-page…
Chadwicks (203 Strand Street) is about to get really busy. From now until mid-August, it’s the strong season for the unpretentious Old Town staple that has graced the Alexandria waterfront…
Potomac Yard’s microbrewery Hops Grill and Brewery didn’t live to see the new Potomac Yard Metro station open, but the Washington Business Journal reported the location at 3625 Richmond Highway…
Blossom is ready for love and is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria! This 2-year-old girl has been through a lot and was in rough condition when…
Are you seeking a confidential space where you can explore your emotions, overcome challenges, and find inner peace? Look no further than our dedicated psychotherapy service! We understand that life can be overwhelming at times, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
At Peaceful Mind Solutions, our passion lies in helping individuals like you navigate life’s complexities and find the strength to thrive. Our skilled and compassionate therapist is committed to creating a warm, non-judgmental environment where you can express your thoughts and feelings openly. With our personalized approach, we tailor each session to address your unique needs and empower you to overcome obstacles.
Through evidence-based techniques and a deep understanding of the human mind, our therapist will guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, we’re here to provide guidance and practical tools for lasting change.
Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on