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Police at shooting scene near 5563 Holmes Run Parkway (staff photo by James Cullum)

It’s been another week bookended with violence in Alexandria’s West End.

On Saturday, a man was shot in the Landmark area during a suspected carjacking. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Friday morning, there were multiple shots fired incidents across the West End. There were no injuries after the shooting reported at the 4300 block of King Street early this morning, but one victim was left in “serious but stable” condition after an armed robbery around 9:30 a.m.

No arrests have been reported in any of the incidents, nor have updates been provided on any of the investigations.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Parker-Gray homeowner draws ire of BAR with new vinyl windows (12155 views)
  2. Man dies in crash near Eisenhower Avenue exit on I-495 (6765 views)
  3. Alexandria likely to throw its weight behind Arlington transit project (5783 views)
  4. ‘Nightmare on the Avenue’ pop-up bar opening next week in Del Ray (5341 views)
  5. Notes: Smashburger opening near Alexandria this weekend (4788 views)
  6. Old Town hair salon appealing after-the-fact exterior paint job to City Council (4565 views)
  7. Court rules against APD veteran who sued Alexandria to become assistant police chief (2471 views)
  8. BREAKING: Man shot in Landmark area parking lot (1874 views)
  9. Alexandria City Public Schools report shows progress in standardized testing (1428 views)
  10. Notes: Alexandria Gazette headquarters could see conversion into condo development (1415 views)

In other news, ALXnow and our sister site ARLnow have launched podcasts recently.

On the ALXnow podcast this week, Jo DeVoe, James Cullum and Vernon Miles discussed some of the stories above. Subscribe on Apple, Amazon, Spotify or iHeart.

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(Updated 6:50 p.m.) One male victim, age 21, was seriously injured in an armed robbery just before 9:30 this morning, and as of 10 a.m. the suspects are still at large.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the 5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway. There is a heavy police presence in the area and no suspects have been arrested yet.

Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said one man was seriously injured but in stable condition after being shot in an armed robbery. Scanner traffic indicated the man was shot in the shoulder and the back of the neck and his phone was stolen. Two suspects were seen in the area on foot running toward Van Dorn Street, according to scanner traffic.

Further details are awaited as APD continues its investigation.

The nearby Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School and William Ramsay Elementary School were both put in “secure the building” mode around 10 a.m. in response to the nearby police activity.

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story

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Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

🌤️ Today’s weather: The weather will be partly sunny with a high of 74°F and a 6-14 mph northeast wind, gusting up to 18 mph. On Friday night, expect rain, mainly after 3am, and cloudy conditions with a low of 60°F. The wind will blow northeast at 11-15 mph, with gusts up to 22 mph. There’s a 70% chance of precipitation, with new amounts ranging from a tenth to a quarter of an inch.

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Residents and staff at Goodwin House in Alexandria gather in a vigil for George Floyd (photo courtesy Goodwin House)

Alexandria senior care facilities are helping to fund a new program at Northern Virginia Community College to help alleviate the nursing shortage, Alexandria Times reported.

Facilities, including Goodwin Living and Woodbine Rehabilitation, are contributing $420,000 to a 13-month program training students to become licensed practical nurses.

The Alexandria Times reported that the facilities face a severe shortage in the industry, with causes including an aging workforce, poor working conditions, and burnout from the pandemic. In all, there’s a projected 10-20% shortage of manpower in patient care by 2030.

📈 Thursday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 21, 2023.

  1. Notes: Smashburger opening near Alexandria this weekend
  2. Report: Alexandria City Public Schools sees jump in student arrests and violent incidents
  3. What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: September 22 – 24

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Here is what’s going on today and this weekend in Alexandria, from our event calendar.

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Here in Alexandria, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive townhouses sold last month (August 2023).

Most expensive townhouses sold

  1. 525 N Saint Asaph St — Old Town — $2,850,000 (3 beds | 4 baths | 3,339 sq. ft.)
  2. 100 1/2 Duke St — Old Town — $2,009,000 (4 beds | 4 baths | 2,750 sq. ft.)
  3. 524 N Pitt St — Old Town — $2,000,000 (4 beds | 4.5 baths | 3,040 sq. ft.)

Least expensive townhouses sold*

  1. 1747 Preston Rd — North Ridge — $289,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 760 sq. ft.)
  2. 5940 Mayflower Ct — Lincolnia Hills — $290,000 (2 beds | 1.5 baths | 1,055 sq. ft.)
  3. 3524 Martha Custis Dr — North Ridge — $319,000 (1 beds | 1 baths | 805 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

🌤️ Today’s weather: The weather forecast for Thursday predicts a mostly sunny day with a high temperature near 80°F, accompanied by a gentle northeast wind around 6 mph. However, the night will become mostly cloudy, with lows around 60°F and a steady northeast breeze at 6 mph.

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Classic Double Smashburger with fries (image courtesy Smashburger)

Alexandrians looking for a new burger fix have a new option opening in Kingstowne this weekend.

Smashburger is opening a new location at 5920 Kingstowne Center with a full bar, featuring beer and cocktails.

“Patties and patrons alike can get smashed at the new Smashburger in Kingstowne,” FFXnow wrote.

The grand opening is on Saturday, Sept. 23. The restaurant will offer classic single burgers for $5 or chicken wings and beer for $10.

📈 Wednesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 20, 2023.

  1. Alexandria likely to throw its weight behind Arlington transit project
  2. Notes: Alexandria Gazette headquarters could see conversion into condo development
  3. Here are the finalists for Alexandria’s ‘Best in Business Awards’

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.

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Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: The weather forecast predicts a sunny day with a high temperature near 79°F, accompanied by calm winds that will shift to a northwest direction at around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night will be mostly clear with a low temperature of around 60°F and light, variable winds.

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1604-1614 King Street (image via City of Alexandria)

In the upstairs corridors at 1604 King Street there’s a conference room where editors at the Alexandria Gazette Packet meet. The wall opposite King Street is lined, end to end, with copies of the Gazette going back to the late 18th and early 19th century.

The Gazette Packett archives detail everything from rumors at the docks of revolution in Haiti to extensive coverage of pivotal changes in the 20th century, from some of the finest writers in the city.

Now, the worn-down building could be part of a restoration and conversion into 52 condo units, according to Alexandria Living Magazine.

The King Street-facing side of the building would undergo restoration work, while the rear of the building would be demolished and rebuilt.

According to the application:

The proposed development is designed to provide for residential development of the site that meets the site conditions, planning and zoning requirements, especially parking, the flood plain development requirements, and, to the extent possible, meet the Secretary of the Interior’s criterion for restoration of the “Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties” providing for the restoration suitable for residential use of the five original townhouses on the site

There’s been talk of redevelopment for years, but concepts reviewed in 2017 were put on hold due to the Covid pandemic. The project goes to the Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

📈 Tuesday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 19, 2023.

  1. Old Town hair salon appealing after-the-fact exterior paint job to City Council
  2. Alexandria police investigating multiple weapons violations over the weekend
  3. First-ever Eisenhower Corridor block party is this Saturday

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.

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Address: 411 Prince Street
Neighborhood: Old Town
Type: 4 BR, 3 (+1 half) BA single-family detached
Listed: $2,950,000

Noteworthy: Magnificent Victorian built in 1870

Nestled in the heart of Old Town, this magnificent Victorian residence exudes elegance and offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of history. Built in 1870, this freestanding brick home sits on a beautiful tree-lined block and its picturesque façade with decorative window pediments and cornice add to the inviting curb appeal.

High ceilings, tall windows, original heart pine floors, 2 wood burning fireplaces, handsome millwork, and other fine details showcase the perfect blend of old-world craftsmanship with modern conveniences. The multi-story interior is gracious and enchanting, introduced by a welcoming double door vestibule with marble flooring, spacious front hall with an original staircase. Gorgeous original 9’ double doors open to the generously proportioned living room with 10’5” and a wood burning fireplace with an ornate mantle. A wonderful formal dining room is a lovely setting for gatherings.

Delight the chef in the sunny kitchen equipped with new stainless appliances, a period fireplace, abundant cabinetry, and access to the covered veranda. The second level presents a generous family room with built-in bookshelves. A delightful guest suite provides a comfortable setting with a door to the fabulous sunroom. The light-filled primary suite is a private respite featuring a dressing room with large closets, custom built-ins, access to the bright sunroom, and an updated bath. The third level offers two additional bedrooms, full bath, and a cedar closet.

Savor the outdoors on the deep covered porch or on the expansive patio garden retreat surrounded by mature trees and specimen plantings.

Listed by:
Babs Beckwith — McEnearney Associates
[email protected]
(703) 627-5421

This senior pup needs a home!

Meet the adorable Cooper!

This white and tan senior pup is looking for a forever home and is currently up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Searching for a loving place to live out his golden years, Cooper is super sweet with unconditional love to give. He is still very much active and loves going on walks, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Cooper is very social and loves to give lots (and lots) of kisses,” said Shackelford. “Cooper has never met a stranger — he makes extremely fast friends!”

With a few years under his belt, Cooper knows a few tricks. He of course knows to not use the bathroom indoors and knows to sit and shake — or “paw”. This lovable guy is ready to chill in his forever home with his forever family!

If you’re interested in meeting Cooper, email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774, option 2. And be sure to check out his entire profile!

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Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: The weather forecast predicts sunny conditions with a high temperature of around 76°F and a northwest wind ranging from 6 to 11 mph. On Tuesday night, it will be mostly clear with a low temperature of about 56°F. The northwest wind will slow down to 5 to 8 mph before becoming calm in the evening.

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If all goes well, a new development in Old Town should be a pleasure to burn.

The Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) is holding a public meeting to discuss plans for a new burn building, a building designed for supervised training for firefighters.

A community meeting to discuss the new building is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept.  27, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Lee Center Community Room (1108 Jefferson Street).

AFD is hoping to replace a 42-year-old building at 801 S. Payne Street in Old Town, near the Alexandria National Cemetery.

“The aging, 40-year-old building is no longer adequate for modern firefighter training,” AFD said in a release. “The new and improved structure will be specifically tailored for local incident response and enable a safe, up-to-date training environment for new AFD recruits and veterans alike.”

The project is currently working through the application process and, if approved, will start construction in spring 2024 and finish in fall 2025.

📈 Monday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 18, 2023.

  1. Parker-Gray homeowner draws ire of BAR with new vinyl windows
  2. Man dies in crash near Eisenhower Avenue exit on I-495
  3. Court rules against APD veteran who sued Alexandria to become assistant police chief

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Good Monday morning, Alexandria!

⛅️ Today’s weather: Today, expect scattered showers in the morning before 9am and isolated showers after 3pm, with cloudy skies turning mostly sunny and a high near 77°F. Northwest winds will be at 6-9 mph, and there is a 30% chance of precipitation. Tonight, isolated showers may occur before 9pm, followed by mostly cloudy skies becoming clear, a low around 58°F, and a northwest wind around 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

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School of Rock Alexandria students play at an event in D.C. with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) (image via School of Rock Alexandria/Facebook)

Students in School of Rock Alexandria, a music school just off Duke Street, had some unusual bandmates at an event last week: members of Congress.

The students played with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Rep. Max Frost (D-FL) at an event in D.C. last week, Zebra reported.

The Alexandria students were joined by students from Haymarket and D.C. School of Rock franchises.

The Hill-Apalooza event welcomed new members of Congress to D.C.

📈 Saturday’s most read

The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Sep 16, 2023.

  1. Alexandria police arrest missing fugitive 900 miles from Wisconsin jail
  2. BREAKING: Man shot in Landmark area parking lot

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.

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