ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

Karla Berospi fits glasses on her three-year-old son, Dylan, as her daughter Arianna, 8, looks at the eclipse on her own, April 8, 2024, at Ben Brenman Park. (staff photo by James Cullum)

It was quite a week in Alexandria.

It seems that nearly all of Monday’s news was overshadowed by the eclipse. Hundreds of bespectacled residents turned out at Ben Brenaman Park to witness the cosmic event.

Out top story this week was on the four-year-old autistic student at Jefferson-Houston Elementary School who walked away from the school and was found barefoot in a tunnel near the King Street Metro station. The head of school and academic principal were subsequently placed on administrative leave, and the child’s mother told us that she was thankful for her daughter’s safe return, but that she won’t be returning her to Jefferson-Houston.

On Tuesday, we also reported about a new seven-story residential development proposal in the Landmark area. A developer filed a permit to redevelop 6101 and 6125 Stevenson Avenue, which is currently an office building and parking lot, into a seven-story residential apartment building with 270 units, a 340-space parking garage and amenity space.

City Council has a full docket at their meeting this Saturday, and will vote on raising fees for ambulances, stormwater utilities and late car tax payments. Council will also consider the proposed residential redevelopment of the Vulcan Materials site in the West End.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Jefferson-Houston Elementary School administrators put on leave after autistic 4-year-old walked away from school (14934 views)
  2. Notes: City cancels eclipse viewing party in Old Town, but there’s another party at Ben Brenman Park (12016 views)
  3. JUST IN: 23-year-old Alexandria motorcyclist identified after fatal crash on Duke Street (9870 views)
  4. Motorcyclist dies after crash with DASH bus on Duke Street (6063 views)
  5. New seven-story residential development pitched for Landmark neighborhood (4766 views)
  6. Amazon Fresh in the Potomac Yard Shopping Center is still happening (4676 views)
  7. Police: Man released after getting stuck in harness on Seminary Road Bridge over I-395 (4258 views)
  8. Alexandria man charged with forcible sodomy and attempted rape in Old Town (3519 views)
  9. Del Ray bar Hops N Shine wants live outdoor music 10+ hours a day (3201 views)
  10. Alexandria’s Planet Fitness evacuated after emailed bomb threat (2930 views)

Have a safe weekend!