Earlier today, officials announced plans to bring the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards to a new arena in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard neighborhood.
The new $2 billion arena, leased to Monumental Sports & Entertainment, is scheduled to break ground in 2025 and open sometime in late 2028, a press release from the governor’s office said.
In addition to the arena — immediately adjacent to the Potomac Yard Metro station — the new development would include a concert venue, media studio, retail, residential, restaurants and more.
All of that’s still pending approval from the Virginia legislature and Alexandria’s City Council, but the project enjoyed bipartisan support from leaders like Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Senator Mark Warner, and Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson.
Less enthusiastic, however, were some residents outside of the building and much of the discussion online, and not entirely from traditional sources of arguments around density. Concerns were voiced online about the facility’s impact on both car traffic and Metro congestion’s impact on transit commuters and travelers to National Airport.
How do you feel about the proposed arena development at Potomac Yard?
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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM
Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.
Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.
Again this year, The Critical Mass, LLC, the Made in ALX store and local Ukrainian-American artists are throwing a Pysanky Party — and partnering on a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Razom for Ukraine.
The free event, from 5 –