Old Blight, New Progress: Transformational Change in Old Town North

Agenda Alexandria will hold its monthly online program discussing Old Town North on Monday, March 22, at 6:30 pm. Be sure to join in!

A rendering of the Gables Old Town North project, which is set to open in 2019. (Courtesy EDENS)

By Pat Miller

Alexandria, VA – Agenda Alexandria will hold its monthly online program discussing Old Town North on Monday, March 22, at 6:30 pm.

According to Val Hawkins, Agenda Alexandria chair, “Old Town North has been witnessing metamorphic change, evolving before our eyes over the last two decades. Residential and mixed-use developments including rental apartments, townhouses, condos, and retail uses scattered throughout.” Notable additions are the Harris Teeter at The Kingsley; the Gables Old Town North with apartments, restaurants, and retail built on the old Giant/ABC Store site; and the abandoned Bus Barn site redevelopment now underway.

Hawkins further stated, “Developers are beginning to utilize the Arts District Designation of the Old Town North Small Area Plan. They are accommodating MetroStage with the Carr Company condo conversion of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and constructing The Muse at 1201 North Royal Street, which will have an Art League component.”

Hilco Redevelopment Partners, the new owners of the shuttered GenOn power plant site, have submitted to the Planning Commission a proposal to subdivide the 25-acre parcel.

According to Hawkins, “all of this will be discussed in-depth on this program. Join Agenda Alexandria’s panel of experts in a discussion of this extraordinary transformational change.”

Nate Macek, Alexandria Planning Commissioner
Mary C Harris, President, NOTICe, North Old Town Independent Citizens Association
Christina Mindrup, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate – Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Inc.
Austin Flaiser, President & CEO – Carr Companies
Agnes Artemel, President, Old Town North Alliance

For more information and to register, go to www.eventbrite.com and search for Agenda Alexandria.

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