ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The proposed apartment building at 901 N. Pitt Street in Old Town (via City of Alexandria)

It was another busy week in Alexandria.

This week’s top stories focused on development projects all over the city, from Old Town North to Carlyle and in the West End. News of the mixed-use projects comes as affordable housing advocates are protesting against being priced out and are asking for greater assistance from the city.

Politics-wise, City Council Member Alyia Gaskins celebrated two recent victories in her Democratic primary race for mayor. Gaskins is leading with fundraising, having raised $149,107 with $69,425 on-hand, according to quarterly campaign finance reports released Monday. Her opponent Vice Mayor Amy Jackson has raised $59,984 and has $22,682 on-hand, while former real estate developer Steven Peterson has raised $44,700 with $14,019 on-hand.

Gaskins also handily won the recent Alexandria Democratic Committee’s Straw Poll by 81%, followed by 16% for Jackson and 3% for Peterson. The primary is on June 18.

On Tuesday, we reported on a new movement to return Alexandria’s City Council to ward/district representation. While the nine-member Alexandria School Board is divided into three districts, the seven members of City Council are at-large, representing the entire city. The Communities for Accountable City Council is a self-described non-partisan group of city residents “exasperated with the intransigent Alexandria City Council that is unaccountable to communities and neighborhoods because of Alexandria’s At-Large election system.”

In our poll this week we asked whether City Council should return to a ward system. Out of the more than 500 votes, 57% voted yes and 43% voted no.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Notes: Old Town North building sold for $15.4 million to be turned into mixed-use apartment building (8413 views)
  2. Alexandria considering big plans for properties next to Eisenhower Avenue Metro station (4987 views)
  3. Alexandria City Council approves new ‘neighborhood’ at former Vulcan Materials site (4603 views)
  4. CVS set to close in Taylor Run neighborhood on Duke Street (3611 views)
  5. Affordable housing advocates rally outside Alexandria City Hall (3559 views)
  6. No arrest after fistfight leads to gunfire in Lincolnia (3351 views)
  7. Notes: Fundraiser for motorcyclist killed on Duke Street raises thousands (2390 views)
  8. Local organization forms to push Alexandria back to district/ward elections (2303 views)
  9. Mystic BBQ & Grill opens on Lee Street in Old Town (2235 views)

Have a safe weekend!