Saturday, September 09, 2006

Braddock Metro Boom


On September 7th, the Alexandria, VA Planning Commission held a working-session to share its ideas for the development of the area around the Braddock Metro Station. The vast development area includes parts of Fayette, Queen and Paine Streets, a 7-acre parcel directly behind the Braddock Metro station, as well as the historic Parker Gray neighborhood. The proposed project would develop up to 2.4 million square feet of residential space and 1 million square feet of retail. The city is considering numerous options, including multiple condominium developments with street level retail, 3000 square feet of retail space along Fayette St., and construction of a Harris Teeter supermarket at 621 N. Paine Street to replace existing warehouses. The commission emphasized the need to preserve what it called a "habitable scale" in terms of the size of the new buildings and the need for open spaces adjacent to the proposed new construction. The Commission expects the total number of housing units built to range between 1500 to 2000, and that development could take 3 to 4 years. The commission also expects an undetermined number of the units to be sold at "affordable," below-market rates.

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