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Carlyle Council September 2018 Newsletter
Free succulents, Parkmobile launched, Car Free Day and more in Carlyle this September!
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September 2018
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  • Carlyle Vitality Events
  • Carlyle Survey Results
  • Car Free Days 2018

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Carlyle Vitality Revs Up in September

After the successful ice cream giveaway Pop-Up and outdoor movie showing of the RBG documentary in late August, watch for news about September & October events coming up to include more Sweet Treat Pop-Ups, Outdoor Movies, Mini-concerts and Happy Hours on Carlyle Council’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@Carlyle Council) and on the Carlyle Vitality website.
 

Upcoming Events

September 12: Wake Up Wednesdays RETURNS, 7-9:00 AM, Carlyle Pedestrian Tunnel
September 18: Mini-Concert featuring Alan MacEwan, 6:00 PM, John Carlyle Square Park
September 20: FREE Outdoor movie, sundown (approx. 7:10 PM), John Carlyle Square Park

Two City Meetings on New Stormwater Utility Fees

Stormwater

This month, the City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) will host public meetings to get feedback on the Phase 2 recommended Credit Policy; answer questions about the Stormwater Utility Fee and the Phase 1 Credit Policy.

  • September 6, 7 - 8:30 PM: City Hall, 301 King Street,Sister Cities Room 1101.
  • September 13, 7 - 8:30 PM: Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library meeting room, 4701 Seminary Road

The City adopted a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide a dedicated funding source to pay for the increasing costs of state and federal Chesapeake Bay protection mandates. The fee is linked to a property’s impervious areas, such as rooftops, parking areas and sidewalks.  Starting this year, all property owners are billed the new Stormwater Utility Fee as a line item on the Real Estate Bills.  The Fee for residential property owners is based on the type of property they own. The fee for non-residential properties, varies based on the amount of impervious area. A credit program will be in place, so property owners can reduce the fee for practices that reduce stormwater flow and pollutant loads. For more information, contact stormwater@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.6499.

Sucker for Succulents?

Succulents

AlexRenew is sponsoring a free succulent giveaway on Saturday, September 8th from 9 – 11:00 AM in their lobby at 1800 Limerick Street. Supplies are limited, so stop by early!

Fusion Alexandria Coffee Chat

Fusion Alexandria

Visit the Fusion Alexandria campus for complimentary coffee, a chance to learn more about Fusion, and the opportunity to get a feel for the vibe there. Stop by the Coffee Chat on Thursday, September 13th from 9 – 10:00 AM at the Fusion Alexandria Campus, 333 John Carlyle St, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please RSVP if you plan on attending on the Fusion Alexandria website.

AlexRenew Listening Sessions

RiverRenew Listening Sessions

RiverRenew is hosting four events in September to discuss the RiverRenew program and receive feedback on the routes and locations of the proposed tunnel system to remediate Alexandria’s combined sewer system.

The session closest to Carlyle is on September 25, 6 – 8:00 pm at Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Environmental Center, 1800 Limerick Street. RiverRenew will prevent millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater from being discharged into Alexandria’s waterways. The approved program features a new tunnel system coupled with upgrades to AlexRenew’s Water Resource Recovery Facility.

To learn more about the program, please visit the RiverRenew website.

Neighborhood News

Tequila & Taco Adds Online Ordering

Tequila and Taco
You can now order online from Carlyle’s hottest Mexican restaurant, Tequila & Taco, at Tequila & Taco online. Just set up an online account and your order will be ready for pick-up pronto!

Update on Parking Kiosks and Parkmobile App

Parkmobile
New meters are coming to Carlyle and Eisenhower East in September. Starting September 3rd, the install crew will be doing prep work and installing the first phase of meters. This phase includes the core Carlyle area where multi-space meters currently exist. The second phase of meters will be installed towards the end of the month in the outlying Carlyle/Eisenhower East areas and at any location that currently has single space meters, which will be replaced with the multi-space meter (for example John Carlyle Square and Jamieson Avenue by the cemetery). 
 
The new meters are programed for “pay by plate” enforcement, which means customers will enter their vehicle license plate numbers at the pay station.  This eliminates the need to obtain a printed receipt and return to the vehicle to display the receipt on the dashboard, although there will be an option to print a receipt if someone wants one. 
 
In related news, Parkmobile, the mobile parking payment app, is now live in the City and the City’s sign crew is in the process of switching out the signs. All of the signs should be switched over to Parkmobile by September 1 when Parkmobile will be the sole provider in the City. 

To learn more, please visit the Alexandria Parking Information website.

Transportation Management Plan

Carlyle Tops Commuting Goals

Carlyle Zimride
The annual Carlyle Commuter Survey results are in and results show that 43% of Carlyle residents and workers use forms of transportation other than single occupancy vehicles to get to work. Also of note is the strong interest expressed in rideshare programs.

Carlyle offers Zimride, a free online ridesharing service, to Carlyle employees.  Learn more on the Zimride website.

Carlyle Council runs a Transportation Management Program (TMP) coordinated with the City to encourage workers and residents to take transit and use other commuting options to reduce the number of car trips that contribute to road congestion.

Drop Your Car Keys for a Day in September

Car Free Day 2018
Car Free Day is traditionally held on September 22.  In the DC metro area, Car Free Day 2018 will be observed on Friday, September 21stand/or Saturday, September 22nd. Participate on either day or both, it’s up to you! 

Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel; meaning ways to get around other than driving alone by car. Commuter Connections hosts Car Free Day in the DC region to bring awareness to the benefits of travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and teleworking for people who can work from home. Carpooling and vanpooling count too - “car-lite” -- since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.

To learn more, please visit the Metro DC Car Free Day website.

Carlyle Shuttle Detour Route Started Due to King Street Metro Construction

Carlyle Shuttle
Starting August, the Carlyle shuttle began a new route in response to the closure of the parking lot area at the King Street Metro Station. The project to reconfigure the King Street metro station bus bays and parking will last 20 months.

During this time, the Carlyle shuttle will pick up and drop off metro riders at the bottom of the VRE driveway by King Street right before the VRE drive enters King Street.
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Carlyle Council August 2018 Newsletter
Sno Cones, Twilight Concert, Vitality Events Return and more in Carlyle this August!
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  • Twilight Concert
  • Pedestrian Access to Duke St. Tunnel to Change
  • Carlyle Shuttle Detour Route

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'Sno Cones' and Surveys on August 2nd

Tiki Treats

Stop by the Duke St. Pedestrian tunnel from 3 – 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 2nd and take the Carlyle Commuter survey and get a free Hawaiian Shave Ice from Tiki Treats -- A Vacation in a Cup!  Hawaiian shave ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice that resembles a sno cone but made with shaved ice instead of crushed.

You can also learn more about the upcoming King Street Metro Station Construction Project, which starts August 6th. 

Twilight Concert on August 7th in Carlyle

Twilight Concert

Carlyle will again welcome the 257th Army Band, also known as "The Band of the Nation's Capital", for an outdoor concert at John CarlyleSquare Park on Tuesday, August 7th from 7-8 pm. Feel free to bring a picnic supper and folding chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great entertainment at John Carlyle Square Park.  

If you stop by pre-concert, you can pick up a FREE Bike to Work Day (BTWD) tee shirt even if you didn't ride your bike to the office on that rainy day in May!

Neighborhood News

Carlyle Vitality Initiative Re-Activated

The City’s Carlyle Vitality Initiative (CVI) is being re-activated. Look for news about events starting soon on Carlyle’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram postings!

High Profile Trial to Continue Through Mid-August

AV Bryan Federal Courthouse
The Paul Manafort trial that began on July 31st is expected to last for 2-3 weeks at the A.V. Bryan Federal Courthouse located in Carlyle.

The U.S. Marshall’s office has said they expect a 24-hour press presence as well as protesters by Courthouse Square Park. They've requested that if anyone notices any suspicious activity to please notify the Alexandria Police Department, as well as their U. S. Marshals Command Center at (703) 837-5555. We will keep you posted on any significant developments.

Pump It Up to Open early August

Pump it Up
Pump it Up, a pioneer in birthday entertainment is opening soon at Carlyle Corner, 2000 Eisenhower Avenue. Pump it Up Features an indoor inflatable playground, while providing a fun and healthy family activity. Once open, their events calendar will list all the ways your kids can come by and unleash the fun! 

Transportation Management Plan

Carlyle Shuttle Detour Route Starts August 6th due to King Street Metro Construction

Carlyle Shuttle
Effective August 6th, the Carlyle shuttle begins a new route in response to the closure of the parking lot area at the King Street Metro Station. The project to reconfigure the King Street metro station bus bays and parking lot has been moved up to begin August 6th. The Carlyle shuttle will not be allowed to stop at the King Street Metro Station. Instead, the shuttle will pick up and drop off metro riders at the bottom of the VRE driveway by King Street right before the VRE drive enters King Street. This project is expected to last until mid-2020 .

For more information visit, King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.

Pedestrian Access to Duke Street Tunnel Will Change

We've been advised that access to the north side of the Duke Street pedestrian tunnel will be impacted by the King Street Metro Station construction project:
  • Pedestrians will still be able to use the sidewalk that goes along the fence next to the rail line to access the station entrance until September 9th.
  • Starting on September 9th, pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk along the south side of Diagonal Road and then cross back to access the walkway for the tunnel.

ParkMobile Replacing Pango Parking App for Alexandria

Parkmobile
According to a recent release, ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the US, announced its new partnership with the City of Alexandria. This partnership will enable people to pay for parking on their mobile device. ParkMobile already has a strong presence in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Prince George's County and Montgomery County. Adding Alexandria to the ParkMobile network makes it easier to pay for parking across the DC metro area.
 
The ParkMobile app will be available at approximately 1,200 parking spaces in Alexandria starting at the end of August. The previous mobile parking app, Pango, will stop accepting payments in Alexandria on September 1st. There will be new stickers and signage posted in the city to provide information on how to pay for parking using the new app. People can also use the ParkMobile app to make parking reservations in select garages around the city. ParkMobile is a free app available for iPhone and Android devices.

Say Good-bye to Coin Operated Parking Meters

Carlyle’s vintage coin-operated parking meters and outdated parking kiosks will be replaced with new, state-of-the-art kiosks in late August. The new system will allow drivers to enter their license plate number instead of having to put a paper receipt on the dash, making it more convenient and more green since it will use less paper.

In Search of Carlyle Commuters - Survey Deadline Soon

Carlyle Commuter Survey
Carlyle Council is sponsoring outreach events in August to conduct its annual survey (see events sections). Survey takers will receive free treats for completing the survey! Or you can visit Carlyle Commuter Survey to complete this brief survey and a chance to enter a raffle in appreciation for your input.

Last year, $50 gift cards from local eateries were given to randomly selected participants. Your input is essential to making Carlyle a commuter friendly place to work, live and thrive.
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Carlyle Council July 2018 Newsletter
Rooftop Networking, Twilight Concert, USPTO 10 Millionth and more in Carlyle this July!
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Barbecue and Hops Independence Day Cookout on July 7th

Sweet Fire Cookout

Join Sweet Fire Donna's and Tequila and Taco for a Uinta Brewing Independence Day cookout! Stop by for delicious barbecue, tacos and hops on Saturday, July 7th at 3pm!

Sweet Fire Donna's is located at 
510 John Carlyle St, their newest sister restaurant, Tequila and Taco is just around the corner at 540 John Carlyle Street.

For more information visit
http://www.sweetfiredonnas.com/.

Patent Walk to Debut Week of July 9th

The USPTO issued its 10 millionth U.S. utility patent in June. This is a tremendous milestone for both the USPTO and the history of American innovation. To commemorate, they're coordinating “10 Million Patents,” a multi-faceted media campaign to demon­strate the ubiquity of patents and the extraordinary value of American intellectual property (IP).

As part of the celebration, during the week of July 9th, large decals will be installed on the sidewalks from the pedestrian tunnel plaza, down Dulany St to the Madison building to pay tribute to significant patents over the decades. Please take the time to walk the walk and learn more about U.S. patent innovators. They'll be on display for two months.

T-Shirts, Surveys and Scoops, Oh My

Carlyle Pop-Up

Stop by John Carlyle Square Park for a late afternoon break on July 17th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Carlyle Council will be hosting a Pop-Up event. There will be FREE ice cream treats or Bike to Work Day t-shirts for those who take the commuter survey or sign up for Zimride, Carlyle’s ride sharing service exclusively for Carlyle employees.
 

"Top of the Town" rooftop Happy Hour on July 19th

Eisenhower Rooftop Happy Hour
The Eisenhower Partnership’s upcoming rooftop networking event will be on July 19, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the sky high ParcMeridian near the Eisenhower Metro station at 750 Port Street. This is an invitation only event. Attendees will experience the spectacular views from their roof deck and learn more about the Eisenhower Partnership’s work on behalf of interests in Carlyle and along the Eisenhower Avenue corridor. Find out how to register at www.Eisenhowerpartnership.org
 

Twilight Concert on August 7th in Carlyle

Twilight Concert

Carlyle will again welcome the 257th Army Band for an outdoor concert at John Carlyle Square Park on Tuesday, August 7th.   Also know as “The Band of the Nation’s Capital”, they'll will perform from 7 – 8pm. Bring a picnic supper, folding chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great entertainment at John Carlyle Square Park. The concert is free.

Neighborhood News

Carlyle Council Launches New Logo

Carlyle Council Logo
Carlyle Council has launched a new logo design to reaffirm its brand in the community.  It features a lion image, evoking the iconic lion monument statues that welcome visitors to Carlyle at the intersection of Duke St and Dulany.

Pump It Up to Open August 1st

Pump it Up
Pump it Up, a pioneer in birthday entertainment is opening soon at Carlyle Corner, 2000 Eisenhower Avenue. Pump it Up Features an indoor inflatable playground, while providing a fun and healthy family activity. Once open, their events calendar will list all the ways your kids can come by and unleash the fun! 

Transportation Management Plan

In Search of Carlyle Commuters

Carlyle Commuter Survey
Carlyle Council will be sponsoring outreach events in July and August to conduct its annual survey (see events sections). Survey takers will receive free treats for completing the survey!

Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work is live online. Visit Carlyle Commuter Survey to complete this brief survey and a chance to enter a raffle in appreciation for your input. Last year, $50 gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods Market were given to randomly selected participants. Many Carlyle residents and workers take the time to complete the survey, so we can tailor commuting programs to better meet the needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors. Your input is essential to making Carlyle a commuter friendly place to work, live and thrive.

King Street Metro Parking Lot Construction May Start Late Summer

King Street Metro
The project to reconfigure the King Street Metro station bus bays and parking lot has been further delayed until late summer. This is the project that will require a detour route for the Carlyle shuttle bus during construction that is expected to last for 18-24 months. That will overlap with the closing of the King Street metro station for the entire summer in 2019, along with the other Alexandria metro stations. Stay tuned as plans firm up for these projects that will have a direct impact on metro riders in Carlyle. For more information visit, King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.

Capital Bikeshare Discounted Memberships Available

Carlyle Council offers discounted CaBi annual memberships available to Carlyle residents and employees. An annual membership will cost only $25. Visit Carlyle Council’s website: http://thecarlylecommunity.com
  • Under the “TMP” program link click on Capital Bikeshare to learn more and submit request for a discount code
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare website
Carlyle has two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street by the SHRM building -- one at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger.
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Carlyle Council June 2018 Newsletter
Free Smoothies, Architecture Symposium, Rooftop Networking and more in Carlyle this June!
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Beat the heat with a smoothie treat at Alex Renew!

Alex Renew Smoothie Event
On Saturday, June 2nd from 9 to 11 am, stop by Alexandria Renew Enterprises to experience the exhibits in the AlexRenew Lobby and receive a FREE Smoothie!* Their offices are located at 1800 Limerick, south of Eisenhower Avenue.

*While supplies last, one smoothie per person

2018 Architecture Symposium, June 8-9th

The City of Alexandria will host its third community Contemporary Architecture Symposium on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9th, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (600 Dulany Street).

The event includes a reception and panel discussion on Friday, moderated by Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, and will feature a tour of Dulany Gardens and a display of projects that have won Northern Virginia architectural design awards. On Saturday, the community is invited to a light breakfast, followed by guided bus tours of case study sites.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Bus transportation to the Saturday tour sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit the 2018 Architecture Symposium webpage.

 

Save the date: Rooftop Networking on July 19th!

The Eisenhower Partnership’s next rooftop networking event will be on July 19th, at the sky high Parc Meridian at 750 Port Street near the Eisenhower Metro station. More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars for July 19th from 5 to 7pm.

Neighborhood News

Tequila and Taco Now Open for Lunch too!

Dynamic restaurateurs Mike and Donna Anderson have opened another restaurant in Carlyle to supplement the ever-popular Sweet Fire Donna’s. Tequila and Taco has taken over an existing restaurant space at the corner of Emerson and John Carlyle Street.

Try their lunch special deal that includes a drink,
entrée, chips and salsa for only $11.95! Their regular menu features their signature guacamole, tacos and three special margaritas. For more information visit Tequila & Taco.

Reminder: First Billing of New Stormwater Utility Fee

This month, City of Alexandria property owners will see the new Stormwater Utility Fee included as a line item on their real estate bills for the first time. The annual fee will be distributed equally among the bi-annual bill, with the average homeowner billed $140 per year. Properties who do not pay real estate tax will receive a bill for only the stormwater utility fee.

The City’s credit policy allows property owners to reduce their annual fee by earning “credits”. The credit policy is in two phases. The Phase 1 credit policy provides credits for non-residential properties for eligible structural stormwater management practices and litter cleanup program participation. The City is developing the Phase 2 credit policy that will include a menu of stormwater management practices for residential property owners to earn credits.  For more information or to provide your input on the Phase 2 credit policy, email the Stormwater Management Division at stormwater@alexandriava.gov, call 703.746.6499 or visit Stormwater Utility Fee Information.

Transportation Demand Management

Calling All Carlyle Commuters

Carlyle Commuter Survey
Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work is live online.  Visit Carlyle Commuter Survey to complete this brief survey.  Respondents can choose to enter a raffle in appreciation for your input. Last year, $50 gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods were given to randomly selected participants. Many Carlyle residents and workers take the time to complete the survey, so we can tailor commuting programs to better meet the needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors. Your input is essential to making Carlyle a commuter friendly place to work, live and thrive.

King Street Metro Station Construction Delayed

King Street Metro
The project to reconfigure the King Street Metro station bus bays and parking lot has been delayed until late July. This is the project that will require a detour route for the Carlyle shuttle bus during construction that is expected to last for 18-24 months. That will overlap with the closing of the King Street metro station for the entire summer in 2019, along with the other Alexandria metro stations. Stay tuned as plans firm up for these projects that will have a direct impact on metro riders in Carlyle. For more information visit, King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.

Bicyclists Pour In Despite Drizzle

Bike to Word Day’s drizzly morning topped off a week of nonstop rain but committed bicyclists persevered to ride over to the Carlyle Pit Stop. We had a very respectable turnout and were fortunate to have had little to no rain during the event. For those who pre-registered and chose not to bike in because of weather conditions, we may still have a t-shirt for you. To arrange pick up (while supplies last), please send an email to info@thecarlylecommunity.com.

For more photos from our Pit Stop, visit our Facebook page (and make sure to give us a 'Like'!)

Capital Bikeshare Discounted Memberships Available

Capital Bikeshare Carlyle
Carlyle Council offers discounted CaBi annual memberships available to Carlyle residents and employees. An annual membership will cost only $25. Visit Carlyle Council’s website: www.thecarlylecommunity.com
  • Under the “TMP” program link click on Capital Bikeshare to learn more and submit request for a discount code
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare website
Carlyle has two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street by the SHRM building -- one at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger.
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Carlyle Council May 2018 NewsletterRegister for Bike to Work Day, Tequila & Taco Opens, Kids meet Moxie in May!
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Kids can meet Moxie at Alex Renew on May 5th

Meet Moxie (AlexRenew’s superhero mascot) on Saturday, May 5th.  This event is for kids who are being supervised by their parents. Stop by from 9 to 11 am. at Limerick Street Field and in the AlexRenew Lobby.

Moxie will be handing out water-themed giveaways to children and teaching the importance of water!

USPTO Community Day is May 10th

The USPTO is holding its annual Community Day on Thursday, May 10th from 11 am. to 2 pm., in front of the USPTO buildings on Dulany Street in Carlyle. This year, the theme for the Day is: Diversity Thru the Decades

Carlyle Council will have an exhibit table so please stop by, take the commuter survey and get free stuff!


The Carlyle shuttle will be running a detour route that day since Ballinger Avenue from Elizabeth Lane to John Carlyle Street will be closed for the event. 
Participating Food Trucks at Community Day:
A&B Soft Serve Ice Cream
Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels
Big Cheese Gourmet
Borinquen Lunch Box
Capitol Kettle Corn
Carol Concessions
Christian Brothers for Life Group (RITA’s)
Goodies Frozen Custards & Treats
Honey Bun Cake Factory
Jamaican Me Crazy
Loopy’s Eatery
Nader’s Bistro & Grills
Quattro Formaggi
Red Hook Lobster Pound DC
Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company
Sweet Tooth Cakes & Pastries
The Tender Ribs
Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke
Wilhoits Roasted Nuts

Carlyle's Biggest Biking Event is May 18th



Carlyle's biggest and best bike commuting event is set for Friday morning, May 18th at John Carlyle Square Park. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of the Carlyle Pit Stop for this popular regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in support of cycling as a healthy and green commuting option. 

Registration for the 2018 Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is free. Early registrants will receive a free event t-shirt. Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages, be entered in Carlyle’s raffle with prizes given out continuously, enjoy musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more.

MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Washington on May 19th

For the first time, the VA/DC Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Walk is being held in Carlyle on Saturday, May 19th.  This is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities and includes a 1- to 3.1-mile lap designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment friendly course.

It is being held at John Carlyle Square Park with registration at 9 am. and the event start at 10 am.  MDA supports research, care and support for kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
Learn more and sign up today at musclewalkmda.org/greaterwashington

 

7th Annual PTOS Innovation 5k set for June 2nd

The Patent and Trademark Office Society will be holding its seventh annual PTOS Innovation 5k run/walk during the evening of Saturday June 2nd. This evening race will kick off at the PTO campus and the course is along Eisenhower Avenue from Hooffs Run Drive to Bluestone Road. 

Starting at 7pm, roads will be closed for the race duration. The event includes a 1k fun run too.  For more information on the PTOS Innovation 5k, please visit: www.ptos.org/5k

 

Neighborhood News

Tequila & Taco Opening Full-Time in May

Carlyle’s first Mexican restaurant is set to open full-time on May 3rd. The owners of Sweetfire Donna’s and Whiskey and Oyster are opening this new Mexican eatery in the space formerly occupied by Pho 33 at 540 John Carlyle Street.

They'll be hosting pop-ups from Wednesday to Saturday, 4:30 to 10pm. Stop by to try a limited food menu and a margarita menu to get a taste of what they have to offer before they open full time on May 3rd!

 

HSBC Bank Branch in Carlyle Moving to New Location

Carlyle’s HSBC bank branch located at 415 John Carlyle Street will close on June 15th.  This branch office is moving across Duke Street and will be open in its new location starting June 18th.

Transportation Management Program

Calling all Carlyle Commuters

Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work is live online.  Visit  
Carlyle Commuter Survey to complete this brief survey.  Respondents can choose to enter a raffle in appreciation for your input.  Last year, $50 gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods were given to randomly selected participants. Many Carlyle residents and workers take the time to complete the survey, so we can tailor commuting programs to better meet the needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors.  Your input is essential to making Carlyle a commuter friendly place to work, live and thrive.

Look For Carlyle Shuttle Route Changes Soon

Carlyle’s weekday shuttle service will be changing its route over the summer in response to two upcoming changes.  The Federal Courthouse construction project is close to completion which will open the street in front of the Courthouse that has been closed for over a decade.  In addition, once the King St. Metro Station parking lot is closed for construction, the Carlyle shuttle will no longer be allowed to pick up or drop off passengers at the Metro entrance.  Stay tuned for more details about route changes.

Discounted Bikeshare Memberships Available


Discounted annual memberships for the Capital Bikeshare program (CaBi) are a popular benefit of Carlyle’s TMP Program   This promotion is available to Carlyle residents and employees where annual memberships can be purchased for just $25 instead of the regular rate of $85.  This is how it works:
  • Visit Carlyle Council’s website:   www.thecarlylecommunity.com
  • Under the “TMP” program link click on Capital Bikeshare to learn more and submit request for a discount code 
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare websit


Thinking of Changing Up Your Same Old Commute? 
Try Online Ridesharing, Exclusively for Carlyle


Zimride by Enterprise offers employees of Carlyle Council commercial properties a free and easy commuting option - an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to the same area. Through a private network, Zimride matches commuters in search of a hassle-free way to get to work in Carlyle.  In return, Carlyle employees save on parking and gasoline expenses all while reducing their carbon footprint.  Online profiles are part of the private Carlyle network and can be set up in a snap. Already, many employees have signed up for rides or to be drivers.  Especially now, when more people are exploring alternatives, this free and flexible option saves time and money commuting. Visit Zimride for Carlyle to see if you're eligible to sign up. 

The Latest on Pango App & New Parking Kiosks

As a follow up to an April report, it turns out that the City still intends to offer a mobile parking app and that Pango, the current provider, may continue providing this service.  In regard to new parking kiosks for Carlyle, the City has issued an RFP for this project. Their goal is to install the new meters this summer.
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Carlyle Commuter Survey Launching April 1st

The Carlyle Community wants to hear from you! Let us know how you get to work in our annual commuter survey, launching April 1st. The survey is part of Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP) and conducted online. Visit Carlyle Commuter Survey to take your survey today.

Enter to win several prizes, just by completing the survey. Last year, $50 gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods Market were given to randomly selected participants. 
This survey helps Carlyle tailor commuter programs to better meet the needs of our residents, worker and visitors. Your input is essential to making Carlyle a commuter friendly place to work, live and thrive.

Carlyle's Rideshare Fair is set for April 26th

Stop by John Carlyle Square Park to learn more about Zimride, Carlyle’s online ridesharing program, and  more about new and improved car and vanpooling options. Enterprise Rideshare will be there to showcase the latest in fully equipped vanpool vehicles.

GoAlex will also be present to promote the City’s commuting programs. This will be a fun outdoor event with food giveaways for those who either join Zimride or complete Carlyle’s Commuter Survey, as well as live music and more.  

The event runs from 11 am – 1 pm at John Carlyle Square Park. More details coming soon!

Two USPTO Community Events in April

USPTO Green Fair
April 5th:  USPTO Green Fair
The annual Green Fair is set for Thursday, April 5th from 10 – 2 pm in the Madison Building, lower level. Learn practical information and tips to achieve a greener lifestyle at work and at home. A not-to-be-missed event!

April 26th:  USPTO Wellness Fair
The annual Wellness Festival is set for Thursday, April 27th from 10 – 2 pm, in the Madison building, lower level.  Walk away wth practical information and tips to achieve at healthier lifestyle at work and at home. Vendors, demonstrations and more!

Neighborhood News

JM Zell/Hines Carlyle Two Development Moves Forward

The first phase of the Carlyle Two development planned for 340 & 350 Hooff’s Run Drive, south of Eisenhower Ave, may start as soon as late summer.

Topping off at 386 feet, it would be the tallest building in Alexandria. Known as Carlyle Plaza South, the project will have 368 units, in an innovative, ultra-modern design of three blocks divided to appear as six pieces sitting atop a podium.  Construction is expected to take 28 months.

 

Mexican Restaurant Headed to Carlyle

A new Mexican eatery will soon add to the mix of restaurants in Carlyle. The Home Grown Restaurant Group is taking over the space formerly occupied by Pho 33 at 540 John Carlyle St.  Home Grown owns Sweetfire Donna’s in Carlyle and three restaurants in the Del Ray neighborhood. Rumored to be called, Taco and Tequila, it could open as early as May. Stay tuned for more details!

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Moving Office to Carlyle

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization is relocating its headquarters office to 333 John Carlyle St. Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. They anticipate occupying their space by the end of the year.

New Parking Kiosks Coming and Pango Parking Going Later this Year

We’ve learned from City officials that the long-awaited new parking kiosks will be installed this year.  Carlyle has the distinction of being the site of first generation parking kiosks installed by the City that have proved to be increasingly unreliable.  Reportedly, the new ones should be a significant improvement.  In a related development, the City also plans to cancel its parking mobile app service currently provided by Pango, sometime later this year.

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Bike to Work Day

Registration is OPEN: Bike to Work Day is May 18th

Carlyle's biggest and best bike commuting event is set for Friday morning, May 18th at John Carlyle Square Park. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of the Carlyle Pit Stop for this popular regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in support of cycling as a healthy and green commuting option. 

Registration for the 2018 Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is free. Early registrants will receive a free event t-shirt. Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages, be entered in Carlyle’s raffle with prizes given out continuously, enjoy musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more.

Join a Bike Train for Alexandria Earth Day 2018!

Alexandria Earth Day
This year's celebration will be held at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., on Saturday, April 28, from 10 am - 2 pm.  Join your fellow Carlyle residents for a special group bicycle ride to Earth Day.

The Bike Train will congregate at John Carlyle Square Park at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by two experienced group cyclists.  All participants will be required to sign a registration and waiver form. 

The Bike Train will depart at 10:45 am, arriving around 11 to 11:45 am.  and leaving the event at 12:30 pm.  This year's theme is Local Action, Global Impact. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. For more information visit, Alexandria Earth Day.

King Street Metro Station Construction to Start in May

Due to upcoming construction at the King St. Metro parking area, Carlyle’s shuttle will no longer be allowed to stop there until the project ends in mid-2020. Carlyle Council will have to change its shuttle route that currently stops at the King St. Metro station. We’ll keep you apprised of the new shuttle route changes as they become available.
 
The City of Alexandria and Metro have been working for many years to improve access to the King Street Metrorail Station. The project is being designed to accommodate future access and expansion needs, including specific areas for bikes, shuttles, Kiss & Ride, taxis and carshare. During construction, the station will remain open with no impact to train service, but there will be significant changes outside the station, including bus bays relocation. There will be no Kiss & Ride area, metered parking, or shuttle bus access during construction. Customers should plan for additional time getting to and from Metro, and drivers should be aware of increased congestion and limited on-street parking during project construction. For more information visit, King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.
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Breakfast with Alexandria’s City Manager at Helicopter Association Building on March 28th

Carlyle Council is a sponsor of the annual breakfast briefing from Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks.  The event will be held on Wednesday, March 28th from 8 – 10 am at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) building located at 1920 Ballenger Avenue.  The Eisenhower Partnership is hosting the event, breakfast will be served and registration is required. For registration and more information visit The Eisenhower Partnership.
Fusion Academy

Fusion Academy Open House

Join Fusion Academy on Thursday, March 8th & 22nd at 12:00 for a campus tour! Check out their unique one to one learning model, view the artwork by our students, and hang out in the homework cafe. Families and prospective students are welcome! Make sure to RSVP if you plan on joining by visiting Fusion Academy.

Part-time Assistant Job Opening

Carlyle Council

Carlyle Council is looking for a part-time office manager/property manager. 

For more information and full job description, please email Janet Gregor at jgregor@carlylecouncil.com

Neighborhood News

Pump It Up

Pump it Up to Open Soon

Pump It Up is the pioneer in birthday party entertainment and will be opening soon in Carlyle Corner, at 2000 Eisenhower Avenue. Pump It Up features an indoor inflatable playground, while providing a fun and healthy family activity. Once open, their events calendar will list all the ways your kids can come unleash the fun at Pump It Up.

New Wine Bar Approved for Duke Street

Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the request for Sancerre, a French & American cuisine restaurant with outdoor dining, live entertainment, and off-premises alcohol sales. Sancerre will be be located in the former Stella’s at King Street Station. The restaurant will host events such as weddings, graduation parties and baby showers in the courtyard space as well as the indoor portion of the restaurant and will pursue valet parking approval at a later date.
Clean Waterways

Clean Waterways Sewer Remediation Program Conducts Field Surveying in Carlyle

Alexandria Renew Enterprises will conduct surveying in Carlyle in the coming weeks. The survey is part of the Clean Waterways Sewer Remediation Project to better manage wet weather flow to its water resource recovery facility.

WHEN: Survey work in your neighborhood will begin in February and is scheduled to be completed by April 2018.

WHAT: You may see survey teams of two to three people studying the area during the day between 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You may also see trucks marked “Dewberry” parked in your neighborhood. The trucks and teams will be moving from site to site. Site stops will last about 30 minutes. Disruption to traffic and pedestrians is not anticipated, and there will be no street or sidewalk closures.

WHY: The team will be collecting field data and measurements that will be used to map the area for work related to the Clean Waterways Sewer Remediation Project. The project supports a 2017 legislative mandate requiring the City to remediate all of its combined sewer outfalls by July 1, 2025.

Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Project Close to Completion

The construction project around the exterior of the U.S. Federal Courthouse since last spring is estimated to be substantially completed by mid-March.  Here are the latest project updates:
  • Landscaping work in progress, apart from planting of plants to be done in middle to late March.
  • Concrete work & Precast work on Elizabeth Lane completed.
  • Final paving is scheduled for March 5th- 6th.
  • Substantial completion walk-through scheduled March 14th.
This purpose of this project is to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the Federal Courthouse.

Transportation Demand Management

Rideshare Fair Coming to John Carlyle Square Park on April 26th

Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP) is hosting a rideshare fair for Carlyle workers to learn the latest about ridesharing programs with a focus on Zimride, Carlyle’s online ridesharing service, van pooling and Capital Bikeshare. This will be a fun outdoor event with food giveaways for those who join Zimride and complete a commuter survey.

The event runs from 11 am – 1 pm at John Carlyle Square Park. More details coming soon!

Try Online Ridesharing Exclusively for Carlyle

Zimride & Carlyle Council
Zimride by Enterprise offers employees of Carlyle Council commercial properties a free and easy commuting option - an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to the same area.  We're sponsoring two webinars on Zimride and vanpooling in March, one for HR staff and one for Carlyle employees:
  • Tuesday March 20th, 10-11am:  How Zimride and vanpooling can Benefit your Company; an informational webinar for HR representatives. Learn how Zimride and vanpooling can benefit your company with alternative transportation options for your employees.
  • Thursday March 22nd, 2 - 3pm: Zimride, Carpooling and vanpooling 101; an informational webinar for employees.
To participate, email support@zimride.com with your contact information, including company name and and we'll provide a link to join the webinar.

King St. Metro Station Construction to Start in May

Due to upcoming construction at the King St. Metro parking area, the City will prohibit shuttle buses from stopping there until the project ends in late-2019.

Once construction starts in May, Carlyle’s shuttle buses will no longer be able to pick up or drop off passengers in the metro parking lot. The shuttle route that currently stops there every ten minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour period will change. We'll keep you apprised of the new shuttle route changes soon.
Bike to Work Day

Save the Date: Bike to Work Day is May 18th

The biggest and best bike commuting event is set for Friday morning, May 18th at John Carlyle Square Park. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of the Carlyle Pit Stop for this popular regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in support of cycling as a healthy and green commuting option. 

Registration for the 2018 Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is free. Stay tuned for an announcement soon when registration opens. Early registrants will receive a free event t-shirt.  Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages, be entered in Carlyle’s raffle with prizes given out continuously, enjoy musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more.
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Alexandria Bridal Showcase

The 2nd Annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase is February 18th, at The Westin Alexandria from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. This year’s event features more than 50 vendors, a grand prize wedding giveaway, weekend getaway in Alexandria giveaway, live music, demonstrations, fashion show and destination experts ready to lend their expertise. The event benefits Brides Across America, a national nonprofit that provides wedding gowns and entire weddings to military and first responder couples.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Alexandria Wedding Showcase.
 
Alexandria Bridal Showcase

Fusion Academy Open House

Join Fusion Academy on Thursday, February 8th & 22nd at 12:00 for a campus tour! Check out their unique one to one learning model, view the artwork by our students, and hang out in the homework cafe. Families and prospective students are welcome! Make sure to RSVP if you plan on joining by visiting Fusion Academy.
 

Neighborhood News

New Mexican Restaurant Coming to Carlyle!

The owners of Sweetfire Donna’s will be opening a new Mexican restaurant in the location formerly occupied by Pho 33 at 540 John Carlyle Street. The restaurant will be down the block from Sweetfire Donna’s, a very popular BBQ spot. They anticipate opening in late Spring, stay tuned for more details.

New Wine Bar Coming to Duke St Late Summer!

The owners of the popular Grand Cru in Ballston are set to open a similar place in the old Stella’s location across Duke Street from Whole Foods Market. The new space, Sancerre, will have in indoor seating, event space and seating for about 100 outside in its courtyard. It will also offer a large selection of affordable wines and a reasonable corkage fee.

The menu is expected to be more upscale than Grand Cru and will include appetizers and entrees, as well as a menu options for private dining and banquets. Their restaurant application will be considered by Planning Commission in February. With City approval, the owners, Troy and Lena Thorpe anticipate opening their new restaurant in late summer.

CVS Opens at National Science Foundation Building

A CVS Pharmacy on the first floor of the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue is now open. This store location is close to Eisenhower Metro station as well as the Hoffman AMC theater. With this addition, Carlyle residents and workers now have two CVS locations close by, the other one is at 1680 Duke Street, across from Whole Foods Market. There is talk of adding a Dunkin Donuts to the 1st floor retail mix at the NSF building as well.

Non-Residential Property Owners ALERT:

Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Applications Due by February 15th
The City has launched its new credits program to recognize stormwater mitigation efforts by non-residential property owners. The website provides an application to receive credits that can lower the fees billed. Carlyle property owners can find out the amount they owe for the City of Alexandria's new Stormwater Utility Fee by going online and entering your property’s address on the Stormwater Utility Viewer

The purpose of the Stormwater Utility Fee, is to provide a dedicated funding source to cover the costs of state and federal Chesapeake Bay protection mandates. For more information, visit Clean Waterways.

Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Project Update

The construction project at the Federal Courthouse that had closed off one lane of Jamieson Avenue since last spring is estimated to be completed by February 16th, 2018, except for landscaping and final paving.  Jamieson Avenue just reopened to two way traffic.  Landscaping will be done in the spring. Paving scheduled for late January, was only for the base coat inside the construction area. Per the City, the contractor cannot do the final paving until they have final City approval for the project.  This purpose of this project is to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the Federal Courthouse.
 

Transportation Demand Management

Pedestrian Tunnel and Carlyle Shuttle Holiday Schedule

For the President’s Day holiday on February 19th, the Duke St. pedestrian tunnel will be closed and there will be no Carlyle shuttle bus service. In regard to other closures, if the federal government closes due to inclement weather, the tunnel will be closed, and the shuttle will not run.

King Street Metro Station Construction to Start Early Spring

Due to upcoming construction at the King St. Metro parking area, the City will prohibit shuttle buses from stopping there until the project ends in late 2019.  Once construction starts, Carlyle’s shuttle buses will no longer be able to pick up or drop off passengers in the metro parking lot. Carlyle Council will be required to change its shuttle route that currently stops there every ten minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour period. Stay tuned for new shuttle route changes soon.
Bike to Work Day

Save the Date: Bike to Work Day is May 18th

The biggest and best bike commuting event is set for Friday morning, May 18th at John Carlyle Square Park. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of the Carlyle Pit Stop for this popular regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in support of cycling as a healthy and green commuting option. 

Registration for the 2018 Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is free. Stay tuned for an announcement soon when registration opens. Early registrants will receive a free event t-shirt.  Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages, be entered in Carlyle’s raffle with prizes given out continuously, enjoy musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more.
 

Share Your Ride to Work

Zimride Carlyle
Zimride by Enterprise is Carlyle Council’s online ride-matching service that easily connects drivers and passengers from our Carlyle Council member commercial properties heading to the same area, making it a great solution for employees to connect, form carpools and share travel costs to and from work.
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Winter Bridal Showcase at The Carlyle Club on January 28th
Future brides will find the finest wedding professionals serving the greater metropolitan area in the art deco ambiance of the Carlyle Club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue.  Stop by from 11 am – 3 pm to help plan the day of your dreams. Experience live music, talk with award winning professionals in the areas of floral design, cake design travel, event planning, and more. Gather ideas, taste free samples, fill your gift bag and enter to win many exciting prizesREGISTER FOR TICKETS
 
Stormwater Utility Fee Open House Set for January 29th
Date & Time: Monday Jan. 29, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Conference Room
Event Details: The City adopted a Stormwater Utility Fee in 2017 to provide a new funding source to cover costs of recent state and federal Chesapeake Bay protection mandates. The fee is linked to a property’s impervious areas, which are hard surfaces such as rooftops, parking areas, and sidewalks. Starting May 2018, all property owners – commercial and residential -- will see the new Stormwater Utility Fee included as a line item on their real estate bill. Visit StormwaterFee for more information. 
 
Old Town Boutique District Sale Returns to Carlyle February 3rd
The Westin Alexandria will host the Old Town Boutique District annual warehouse sale. This once-a-year shopping extravaganza features high-end boutique merchandise sold for bargain prices.  The events runs from 9 am –  4 pm at 400 Courthouse Square.  This much-anticipated sale attracts a devoted audience of shoppers from across the region. Deal seekers will find the very best from retailers in various brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings and more up to 70 or 80 percent off retail. Parking is available for a flat $5 rate at the USPTO garages located at 500 Elizabeth Lane and 551 John Carlyle St.  For event details, check out ALXWarehouseSale/
 
Alexandria Bridal Showcase at The Westin on February 18th
Couples can enter to win an unforgettable Alexandria wedding at the 2nd Annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase happening Sunday, February 18th, at The Westin Alexandria from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 50 vendors, a grand prize wedding giveaway, weekend getaway in Alexandria giveaway, live music, demonstrations, fashion show and destination experts ready to lend their expertise, all at an event benefiting Brides Across America, a national nonprofit that provides wedding gowns and entire weddings to both military and first responder couples.
 
Couples planning to tie the knot in the D.C. region are invited to take the hassle out of wedding planning as they discover Alexandria’s historic charm, stunning waterside views and wide selection of world-class vendors, all in one place. The first 500 attendees will receive a large Scout bag. Tickets are $20 for one or $15 each for two or more if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alxweddingshowcase.com.
 

Other News

Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Applications Due by February 15th
Carlyle property owners can find out the amount they owe for the City of Alexandria's new Stormwater Utility Fee by going online and entering your property’s address on a map viewer available at alexandriava.gov/Stormwater.  The City has launched its new credits program to recognize stormwater mitigation efforts by nonresidential property owners.  The website provides an application to receive credits that can lower the fees billed. Credits may be available based on elements such as catch basins or green infrastructure, or voluntary activities such as litter cleanup.  Applications are due by February 15 for credits in 2018.The City will host an open house on January 29th (see above) to provide more information about the fee and nonresidential credits. The purpose of the Stormwater Utility Fee, adopted by City Council in 2017, is to provide a dedicated funding source to cover the costs of state and federal Chesapeake Bay protection mandates. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/CleanWaterways.
 
Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Project Update
The project to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the Federal Courthouse is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018, weather permitting.  Here is the status:
  • Cable Stay Bollard installation continues on Elizabeth Lane
  • Landscaping work in progress
  • Bollard Installation complete on Jamieson Avenue
  • Concrete slab work 99% complete in front of Courthouse Square 
  • Concrete work on Elizabeth Lane in progress
  • Brick work continues by Courthouse Square. 

Carlyle Council News

Crescent Park Benches
Once the cold blast is over, check out the new benches and game top tables at the East and West Crescent Parks located in front of 1940 and 2000 Duke Street.  The tables can be used for coffee or lunch gatherings or to play chess or checkers. Game pieces will be available when weather becomes more temperate.
 
Carlyle Lamppost Banners Installed
The City’s Carlyle Vitality Initiative is installing new lamppost banners in Carlyle. Check them out the next time you traverse through Carlyle.

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

New PTO Vanpool is Adding Riders
A new van pool has started running from Woodbridge to the PTO campus weekdays and is looking for additional riders.  The schedule is Mon-Fri, 8.45 am to 6.30 pm.  For more information, contact Md.Rahman@USPTO.GOV.
 
Pedestrian Tunnel and Carlyle Shuttle Holiday Schedule
For the January and February holidays, the schedule for the Duke St. pedestrian tunnel and the Carlyle shuttle bus service will be:
Tunnel Closed and no Carlyle Shuttle Service on:
  • MLK Day holiday, Monday, January 15th
  • President’s Day holiday, Monday, February 19th
In regard to other closures, if the federal government closes offices due to inclement weather, the tunnel will be closed and the shuttle will not run.
 
Metro SmarTrip® Card Changes Begin January 8
Stay positive! Starting January 8th your SmarTrip® card must have a positive balance to ride Metro.  Be sure to top off your card before then and keep it positive. Staying positive is easy with Auto Reload that automatically adds value to your card if your balance drops below $10. Learn more at wmata.com/autoreload
RAIL PASS USERS (including “Kids Ride Free” students)
  • If you have a negative balance on your card, the entry faregate will not open even if you have an active rail pass.
  • Solution: Note your balance when you tap your card to a faregate or farebox -or- tap your card to a fare vending machine -or- log in to your SmarTrip® account to check your balance. Add value if you’re negative.
 
SMARTBENEFITS® PARTICIPANTS
  • You may have a negative personal stored value balance without realizing it.
  • When you tap your card to a rail faregate or bus farebox, the balance you see is typically your SmartBenefits® balance, not your personal stored value.
  • Starting January 8th, rail entry and exit faregates will not open if your personal stored value balance is negative even if you have plenty of SmartBenefits®.
  • Solution: Tap your card to a fare vending machine or log in to your SmarTrip® account to check your personal stored value balance. Add value if you’re negative.

Greater Carlyle News

Hoffman Town Center Project Approved by Planning Commission
The December newsletter reported on the proposal by Stonebridge/Carras for a multi-tower multi residential use project above retail that includes a Wegmans   This project was approved by Planning Commission on January 4th.   The details are:
Item:     Hoffman Town Center - Blocks 4 & 5 (Wegmans)
Action:  6-0 vote to initiate and recommend approval of the Master Plan amendment, and recommend approval of the Coordinated Development District (CDD) amendment and related approvals
Next Steps:         City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on these items at their Saturday, January 20, 2018 public hearing
Description:        A collection of changes to the Eisenhower East Master Plan and the zoning on vacant parcels at the Eisenhower Metro station to allow for development of a mixed-use project by StoneBridge Carras. The 1.7M square foot project includes several residential buildings atop a retail podium and will include a Wegmans grocery story.
Details & Issues of Interest:        
•             1st of two stages for this project- these are focused just on the approval of uses, density, and massing while Stage 2 (expected in March) will tackle the details and design of the project
 •            Master Plan Amendment allows for a change in uses from commercial to residential, increasing the density and number of building stories allowed on the site, and allowing more parking for a regional grocery store
 •            CDD amendment and Stage 1 Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) allows for a combined development option for Blocks 4&5, permits 834,554 SF of residential, 252,421 SF of retail & 622,006 SF of parking floor area for a maximum number of parking spaces of 1,546
•             Issues to be resolved before Stage 2 is approved:
o             affordable housing (on site or contribution)
o             connection of open space areas on top of the retail podium
o             allowable uses on second floor of 'retail' space
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Wake Up Wednesdays Back for the Holidays
As part of Carlyle Vitality Initiative, the Wake-Up Wednesdays pop-up cafe has returned to Carlyle for the holiday season through December 20th.  As you make your way through the Duke Street pedestrian tunnel, take a moment to pick up a Sugar Shack hand-crafted donut and fresh cup of coffee from 7 – 9:30 am. 
 
Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour December 15th at The Westin
Carlyle is celebrating National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day with a Happy Hour at Trademark, located in The Westin.  Stop by from 5 – 7 pm for free appetizers and a cash bar.  Also, if you need help finding that awesome ugly sweater, visit Old Town's Pop Up Shop Scrooge's Sweater Emporium for a wide selection of Christmas Sweaters from vintage to tacky. The pop-up is located at 115 South Union Street where you can find Tacky Sweaters, Pretty Sweaters, Kiddie Sweaters and More!
 
Holiday Market Returns to Carlyle
The 4th annual Alexandria Holiday Market has returned to John Carlyle Square Park.  This signature event transforms John Carlyle Square Park into a lively open-air festival, perfect for children young and old. Shoppers will find unique arts and craft items, enjoy sweets and mulled wine, be treated to live entertainment from local musicians and free karaoke has been added this year.  Visit Alexandria’s Holiday Market or email alexandriaholidaymarket@gmail.com.  Holiday Market hours are:
11am to 7pm on the following days:

  • December 1, 2, 3  
  • December 8, 9, 10 
  • December 15 - 23  

Other News

Pedestrian Tunnel and Carlyle Shuttle Holiday Schedule
For the upcoming December holidays, the schedule for the Duke St. pedestrian tunnel and the Carlyle shuttle bus service will be:
Tunnel Closed and no Carlyle Shuttle Service on:

  • Christmas holiday, Monday, December 25th  
  • New Year’s holiday, Monday, January 1st

 
City Stormwater Utility Fee Phase-in with Map Viewer and Credits Program
Carlyle property owners can find out the amount they owe for the City of Alexandria's new Stormwater Utility Fee by going online and entering your property’s address on a map viewer available at alexandriava.gov/Stormwater. These fees will be listed on the real estate tax bills mailed to residential and nonresidential property owners in May 2018 for payment by June 15.  In addition, the City has launched its new credits program to recognize stormwater mitigation efforts by nonresidential property owners.  The website provides an application to receive credits that can lower the fees billed. Credits may be available based on elements such as catch basins or green infrastructure, or voluntary activities such as litter cleanup.  Applications are due by February 15 for credits in 2018.The City will host an open house on January 29th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Beatley Library to provide more information about the fee and nonresidential credits. The purpose of the Stormwater Utility Fee, adopted by City Council in 2017, is to provide an equitable, dedicated source to fund the increasing costs of state and federal Chesapeake Bay protection mandates. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/CleanWaterways.
 
Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Project Update
The project to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the Federal Courthouse is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018.   The Jamieson Avenue paving schedule is as follows:  put on a base coat prior to Dec. 25th, 2017 inside the work area; Jan 5, 2018 the road will be milled pending city approval; and, final paving by Jan. 19th, 2018 pending city approval. 

Carlyle Council News

Carlyle Council 2018 Board of Directors Elected
At its annual meeting on November 8th, Carlyle Council members held an election for two Board seats. Margo Vickers, with SHRM and Lee Hernly, representing Carlyle Towers Condominiums, were re-elected.  At the organizational meeting following the annual meeting, officers were elected for 2018.  The 2018 Board of Directors is as follows: 
President:           Phil Weber, LCOR
Vice President:   Margo Vickers, SHRM
Secretary:           Lee Hernly, CTC
Treasurer:           Greg Moore, LCOR
Directors:           Carol Goodart, JLL; Bob Neuman, JM Zell Partners
                          and one vacant seat
 
Carlyle Council New Office Location
This month, Carlyle Council offices moved to a new location at 1855 Emerson Avenue.  The first-floor space is leased from MAA (formerly Post Properties).  The new office phone number is 703.566.6450. 
 
Update on Development in Greater Carlyle/Eisenhower East
Perseus Realty Received Approval for Adaptive Reuse of Hoffman 2
The Hoffman Office Building on Stovall Street, known as Block 6A of the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan, will be “adaptively reused”, and converted from office to residential use.  City Council approved the project in October.  


Wegmans Confirmed for Stonebridge Project
The Stonebridge/Carras proposal for multi-tower residential uses above retail is now confirmed to have a lead retail tenant that everyone is excited about: Wegmans will occupy the 80,000 sf two-level space in the building.  The residential uses include rental apartments, condominiums, senior living, and affordable housing.  The project is still working through approval steps, currently at the Carlyle Design Review Board.  This project is known as Block 4 and 5 of the Eisenhower East Plan.
 
Hotel and Residential Building Approved by Planning Commission in December
Block 20 of the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan, formerly the site of the American Trucking Association’s office building was approved by the Planning Commission on December 5.  Paradigm Cos., builder of the recently-completed ParcMeridian and the Meridian Eisenhower apartments, is proposing a 420-unit residential tower and potentially a hotel on the site.
 

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