A few months after its initial approval, a new 474-unit affordable housing development in Arlandria is headed back for city review with a few amendments spurred on in part by Saint Rita Catholic Church holding onto an alleyway central to the housing developer’s plans.
The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation‘s (AHDC) Mount Vernon and Glebe project — which presumably will get another name before the development is finalized — is headed to review at the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 23 and to the City Council on Tuesday, July 5.
The project at 221 West Glebe and a half-dozen nearby addresses will be comprised of 474 units that will all be classified as affordable or workforce housing. The project will also include 38,312 square feet of commercial retail and two levels of underground parking.
The project received development special use permit approval in January, and a staff report noted that there are a series of changes to the site plan that requires new city approval.
The original permit included plans for a north-south street. The staff report says that plan was contingent on St. Rita’s Church being willing to participate in a land-swap with AHDC, which the report says turns out to have been a bit premature.
“The roadway and sanitary and stormwater utilities in their approved configuration were contingent upon a land swap with St. Rita’s Church as a small portion of their property was needed to construct the road,” the report said. “St. Rita’s has expressed that they will not participate in a land-swap, therefore the Applicant must make the changes to the approved site plan related to design and access.”
Not having access to that land has had a ripple effect, requiring a handful of other changes to the layout of the site like shifting parking entrances and realigning infrastructure.
The staff permit also says this spring, AHDC purchased an adjacent parcel at 3608 Mount Vernon Avenue. The parcel was not included in the original DSUP and must be incorporated into the site to accommodate design changes.
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St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool, a play-based, half-day preschool in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria has limited openings for the ’23-’24 school year.
- 18 month old – Kindergarten classes
- Full day Kindergarten option (3 days/week)
- Early Care
- Transportation (ages 3+)
- Weekly Field Trips (ages 3+)
- Financial Aid available
Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.
Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.
Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts.
You’ll get half off of the registration fee when you register and begin care with us before April 30, 2023.
2023 Alexandria Scottish Rite Friends & Family Charity Event
On Saturday Evening May 6th, 2023, at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, the Valley of Alexandria Scottish Rite will be holding its annual charity fundraiser for kids with speech and language disabilities. This event is open to the public.
Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour
The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.