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A number of suspected MS-13 gang members have been arrested the last several months for allegedly selling crack/cocaine, marijuana and firing gunshots in the Arlandria area.

The suspects allegedly sold the drugs throughout the Arlandria area — and ran the operation from apartments in the 3800 block of Milan Drive and the 3800 block of Executive Avenue, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The investigation started in February, when police were notified by confidential sources of the “ongoing sale of crack cocaine and marijuana in the City of Alexandria” by “mid-to-high” ranked MS-13 gang members, according to a search warrant affidavit. Police determined that numerous suspects allegedly sold drugs in Four Mile Run Park behind the Arlandria Shopping Center and in a parking lot of a convenience store in the 3900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.

On February 19, police discovered a suspected crack pipe and push rod on a man shortly after he entered the apartment building on Milan Drive. The man sad that “he goes (there) to buy $20 of crack cocaine at a time,” police said in the search warrant. “He advised the people inside (the apartment) would not sell to him that day because they were aware the police were outside the building.”

At around 4 p.m. on March 3, police observed a male on a bike ride up to the apartment building and go inside. He left two minutes later, and once outside, “manipulated the handlebars on his bike and pulled off the end cap and placed a small object, that appeared to be plastic, into the handlebars of his bike and replaced the end cap,” according to the search warrant affidavit.

On March 8, two juvenile suspects were arrested after allegedly firing gunshots in the air. The juveniles, who were seen regularly with a half dozen other suspects, were apprehended at the apartment in the 3800 block of Executive Avenue. One of the juvenile suspects is a person of interest in a Herndon Police Department homicide investigation, and had an active juvenile detention orders for malicious wounding and assault by mob, according to the search warrant affidavit.

In the apartment on Executive Avenue, police recovered a stolen Ruger, a .45 caliber handgun, a stolen 9 mm Glock handgun, six cell phones and a gun holster.

On April 13, police arrested another suspect — a 33-year-old man who was deported in 2019 for multiple violent crimes, according to the search warrant affidavit. The suspect was arrested after allegedly selling drugs in the outdoor basketball court behind the Arlandria Shopping Center.

On July 14, a 22-year-old suspect was arrested and released that same day on a $3,500 unsecured bond. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I/II drugs.

The 19-year-old suspected ringleader was arrested on September 7, and is being held without bond. He has been charged with possession to distribute marijuana, selling Schedule I/II drugs and possession of a firearm with Schedule I/II drugs. He goes to court on October 11.

APD would not comment on the ongoing investigation.

Earlier this week, Police Chief Don Hayes said that the city is contending with gangs and crews of individuals committing violent acts throughout the city. The city’s Gang Prevention Community Task Force is also starting to develop an action plan to combat gang violence.

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A man was shot in Arlandria on Sunday night, according to Alexandria Police.

The incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in front of an apartment building in the 3800 block of Old Dominion Boulevard. A 50-year-old man was shot and transported to George Washington University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The male suspect fled on foot and has not been arrested. Witnesses said that they heard two shots fired in rapid succession, and shell casings were found on the ground in front of the property.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Detective Robert Hill via [email protected] or 703-746-6712. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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Four Mile Road in Arlandria (image via Google Maps)

After work on city sidewalks and alleyways, Alexandria is headed back to Seminary Road for more neighborhood street resurfacing over the next week.

Between yesterday (Sept. 6) and next Friday (Sept. 16), the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services will be hitting up several neighborhood streets around Seminary Hill and Arlandria.

“Residents whose streets are scheduled for resurfacing receive advance notice of paving work — typically by displayed project signs and/or letters,” the city said in a release. “Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs will also be posted before work begins. Please be sure to observe signs to avoid tickets and towing of vehicles.”

The full list of streets being resurfaced over the next week:

  • Bennett Street (from Saylor Place to end)
  • Saylor Place (entire length)
  • Sterling Avenue (from North Quaker Lane to end)
  • Coventry Lane (from North Quaker Lane to end)
  • South Floyd Street (from Duke Street to Wheeler Avenue)
  • Notabene Drive (from Old Dominion Boulevard to Four Mile Road)
  • Four Mile Road (from Mount Vernon Avenue to Florence Drive)
  • Aspen Street (from Landover Road to Russell Road)

Image via Google Maps

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After years of stalls and starts with various redevelopment plans, another developer has scrapped its vision for the Del Ray North Shopping Center.

Last month, Alexandria Planning and Zoming staff got an email from MRP Realty‘s attorney indicating that that the company would not move forward with its plan to redevelop the shopping center.

“The email cited ‘worsening economic conditions’ making the project infeasible for MRP at this time,” Alexandrias Planning Director Karl Moritz told ALXnow.

MRP Realty, which did not return calls for comment, is one of several developers to abandon the shopping center in recent years. Their Mount Vernon Village project was envisioned as a mixed-use development with 593 apartments above 23,000 square feet of retail.

Actively leasing

Finmarc Management, Inc. is now actively leasing the property, which has more than 23,000 square feet of empty retail space, including a former CVS store that did not renew its lease due to redevelopment plans nearly a decade ago.

The property manager told ALXnow that the company has no plans for redevelopment and that the property is actively being marketed for leasing.

When the CVS and its pharmacy left the shopping center, it left a community need, said Alexandria City Councilman Canek Aguirre.

“I got my fingers crossed for this shopping center, because this community needs more positivity and more freshness,” Aguirre said. “When CVS went it left a big hole within the community for folks who could not just get pharmacy prescriptions, but also day-to-day items.”

Aguirre continued, “I guess at this point I’m somewhat encouraged that some of these empty retail storefronts will be filled, and hopefully soon.”

Anchored by a MOM’s Organic Market (3831 Mount Vernon Avenue), the shopping center is also home to a Subway, a Topper’s Pizza, the La Bona Nail Bar & Spa salon and a Virginia ABC store.

There are also several vacant storefronts, including:

  • 3809 Mount Vernon Avenue — The former McCormick Paints, 3,900 square feet
  • 3811 Mount Vernon Avenue — The former CVS, 11,342 square feet
  • 3813 Mount Vernon Avenue — 3,035  square feet
  • 3819 Mount Vernon Avenue — The former Neighborhood Health vaccination clinic, 3,359 square feet
  • 3823 Mount Vernon Avenue — The former Soigne Salon, 1,807 square feet

The shopping center is also near the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation‘s (AHDC) Mount Vernon and Glebe project, which promises to bring hundreds of affordable housing units in two new apartment buildings by late 2025 or early 2026.

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No one was injured after a man used a gun to rob the McDonald’s (121 W. Glebe Road) in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria on Tuesday night (Aug 30).

The Alexandria Police Department was called at around 10:30 p.m. The suspect took money from the business and fled the scene on foot.

APD did not release a description of the suspect, who remains at-large.

The restaurant is located near the busy intersection of W. Glebe Road and Mount Vernon Avenue.

Anyone with information in connection to this incident can call the APD non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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A 29-year-old woman was robbed of personal items by an acquaintance in Arlandria last Wednesday (August 17).

The incident occurred in the 100 block of W. Reed Avenue oat around 10 p.m. The area is near the busy intersection of Glebe Road an Mount Vernon Avenue.

The victim was not injured and there have been no arrests, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The incident is still under investigation, and police did not provide a suspect description. Anyone with information in connection with this incident is urged to call the APD non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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There was a robbery in the 3800 block of Russell Road in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria on Sunday, August 21, 2022. (Via Google Maps)

An 18-year-old woman was robbed of cash and personal items on Sunday afternoon (August 21) in Arlandria.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of Russell Road. The victim was not injured and the male suspect did not use a weapon, according to police.

Police said that the incident is still under investigation and did not release a suspect description.

Anyone with information in connection to this incident is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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West Glebe Road bridge demolition (image via Arlington County Department of Environmental Services/Facebook)

After months of being closed, much of West Glebe Road Bridge has finally been torn down ahead of eventual reconstruction.

Demolition started earlier this week and is expected to finish by the week of Sept. 5. Demolition work is expected to continue Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The bridge was deemed “structurally deficient” in 2018 and continued degradation forced Arlington and Alexandria to reconsider earlier bridge repair plans.

Detours were put in place earlier this year that diverted vehicular traffic either over the Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge to the east or Shirlington Circle bridge to the west. Both of those bridges, coincidentally, are also aging and set for repairs over the next couple of years. The Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge received funding from the federal infrastructure bill early this year.

Alexandrians will only have until early next year to celebrate being a little less connected to neighboring localities though: Arlington County said two vehicle lanes on West Glebe Road Bridge are expected to reopen in early 2023. Bridge work will continue through summer 2023.

Photo via Arlington County Department of Environmental Services/Facebook

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Morning Notes

Boats at the Old Town Waterfront (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Alexandria Man Killed in D.C. — “A 22-year-old man from Alexandria was shot and killed over the weekend in Washington DC, authorities said. Keonte Broadus-Gallman was found around 9 p.m. in the 1900 block of Anacostia Drive after authorities received a report of an unconscious person, the Metropolitan Police Department reported.” [Daily Voice]

Alexandria Recognized by State Planning Association — “The City of Alexandria is the winner of two prestigious awards. Today the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA Virginia) recognized the Department of Planning and Zoning with the Commonwealth Plan of the Year Award for its Arlandria-Chirilagua Small Area Plan and the Red Clay Development of the Year Award for its Landmark Mall Redevelopment Plan.” [Zebra]

Carpenter’s Shelter Finalist for Award — “AHDC is honored to share that The Bloom and Carpenter’s Shelter has been selected as a Terwilliger Center finalist for Innovation in Attainable Housing:” [Twitter, ULI]

It’s Tuesday — Humid and mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 87 and low of 75. Sunrise at 6:00 am and sunset at 8:32 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A 23-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond for statutory burglary after being turned in to police by his mother.

The suspect was arrested on July 5 — two weeks after the incident.

Police initially responded to the 300 block of Manor Road for a report of a burglary at around 10 p.m. on June 19. Police found the suspect pushing a cart with stolen property, and the suspect “immediately ran” from police and left the property behind, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The suspect successfully eluded police.

The next day, June 20, the person who called 911 and told police that the suspect just walked out of the same apartment complex and got into a car, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police interviewed the suspect’s mother, who was shown surveillance video and positively identified her son as the suspect fleeing from police. She then gave police her son’s phone number, and said that he’d called her with that number within a day of the incident.

The suspect goes to court on July 29.

Via Google Maps

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