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Final Twilight Movie Scheduled for October 7th
The scary movie selection for Carlyle’s October 7th Saturday Cinema is The Birds.  Grab your lawn chairs, bring your own picnic or pick up carry out from a Carlyle restaurant and spend a thrilling evening watching this classic film by Alfred Hitchcock.  This is the final film in Carlyle’s outdoor movie festival under the stars at John Carlyle Square Park.  Start time:  twilight 
 
Carlyle Canteen Set for October 11th
Wednesday, October 11th, is the fourth and final Happy Hour event at Courthouse Square Park as part of the City’s Carlyle Vitality Initiative. The series, called Carlyle Canteen, runs from 5-8 pm and features local breweries and food trucks. For the final Canteen next week, Evolution Brewery will be serving their popular brews and the food truck is Borinquen Lunch Box (Puerto Rican cuisine). 
 
Painting in the Park on October 14th – SOLD OUT
Stop by John Carlyle Square Park and see budding artists showing off their freestyle painting skills with ArtJamz on Saturday, October 14th from noon – 4 pm. All sessions are currently sold out but, there will be Music - Food – Games -- Sips -  including Rocklands Food Truck, a Beer/Wine Garden, Live DJ and Cornhole & Connect Four Giant Games. Rain Date: October 15th
 
Carlyle Purge Two is Set for November 11th
Residents are invited to dump their junk for free! Purge partners College Hunks Hauling Junk and Shred It will be on site to securely shred and destroy old documents, collect household goods, electronics, and more.  From 9 am. – 12 noon at John Carlyle Square Park.

Dogtoberfest Yappy Hour!

The Eisenhower Partnership is sponsoring a Yappy Hour on Thursday, October 26th from 5 -7:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Alexandria Carlyle, located at 2460 Eisenhower Avenue.  This event will benefit the Dog and Cat Foundation part of Dogtoberfest.  Friendly dogs are welcome on the patio. All dogs must be on leash.  There will be a silent auction, raffle and cash bar.

To register, click here Yappy Hour

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Pedestrian Tunnel Closed and No Shuttle Service for Columbus Day Holiday
The Columbus Day Federal holiday is scheduled for Monday, October 10th.  As such, the pedestrian tunnel will be closed and no shuttle service will be offered. 
 
Carlyle Shuttle Route Survey Underway
Due to upcoming construction at the King St. Metro parking area, the City will be ceasing shuttle stops there until the project ends in mid-2019.  Starting in early 2018, CCC will be required to change its shuttle route that currently stops there every ten minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour period. A questionnaire is being circulated to current shuttle riders to gather input for a new route and we will keep you apprised of shuttle route changes starting early next year.

Other News

Tunnel Art Installation Expected Soon
The City of Alexandria, has commissioned new public art for the Duke Street Tunnel as part of the City’s Carlyle Vitality Initiative. Two separate public art projects have been commissioned - ZeroZero Collective has designed a project that will be installed in Fall, 2017. Mike McConnell will design a project that will be installed in Spring, 2018. ZeroZero Collective proposes to transform the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel with a durable, sustainable, colorful, motion-activated installation they are calling Breezeway. The installation includes motion activated fans installed at the center to blow at windchimes when a pedestrian walks through tunnel. The ceiling will be painted in a gradient of blues from slightly darker at the entrances and lighter at the center.

New Boutique Tailoring Shop Joins Carlyle Community
 Carlyle’s newest addition, BeFitted Tailoring Co. opened this summer at 408 John Carlyle Street as a bridal and special occasions wear tailoring company specialized in private, one-on-one fittings. BeFitted was founded and is operated by a mother-daughter team who live in Alexandria and have established roots in the community. Diane and Michelle are excited to join the neighborhood and look forward to maintaining BeFitted’s reputation as the top-rated Bridal alterations firm in the Northern Virginia and D.C. area! Look for the red awning and drop by to say hello. By appointment only. More information at www.getbefitted.com or (202)780-7619.
 
National Science Foundation Welcome Event Well Attended
Visit Alexandria, AEDP, Carlyle Council, Eisenhower Partnership, Alexandria CofC and the Small Business Development Center hosted a special "Welcoming NSF to the Neighborhood" meeting in September to make sure local businesses are ready to welcome NSF and to capitalize on the opportunity that it presents. Attendees received updates on new web and print tools to support NSF employees and visiting scientists, tips on doing business with NSF, neighborhood activation and upcoming development projects in Carlyle that will support the continued growth of the neighborhood.
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New Stormwater Fee on Properties for 2018
The City is implementing a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide a stable, source of funding for the City's Stormwater Management Program.  The new Stormwater Utility Fee fund was created to meet new unfunded State and Federal stormwater mandates, and provide dedicated funding for Alexandria's Stormwater Management Program.

Fee Structure
The fee structure for residential properties, will be billed using a tiered method.  For all non-residential properties, such as commercial, industrial, apartments, non-profits, and religious properties, the fee structure will be billed using a variable method. This means that the fee will be individually calculated for each non-residential property. (about 5,000 properties in the City) The variable fee is based on a billing unit of 2,062 square feet.  The total impervious area on a property, such as a building footprint and parking lot, are calculated using GIS analysis. 

Credit Program
The City's credit program allows ways for property owners to reduce their Stormwater Utility Fee.  Phase 1 of the Credit Policy includes potential fee reductions on non-residential properties for:  1) stormwater facility Best Management Practices (BMPs) and detention practices installed during development and redevelopment, and 2) volunteer activities.  There is a Credit Cap of 50% for all practices combined:  In no case shall the maximum dollar credit amount exceed 50% of the stormwater utility fee for the property. Click here for more details Stormwater fee credit program
 
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You’re Invited to a “Welcoming NSF to the Neighborhood” meeting on September 12
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has started moving into its new headquarters building at 2415 Eisenhower Ave.  Please join Visit Alexandria, AEDP, Carlyle Council, Eisenhower Partnership, Alexandria CofC and the Small Business Development Center for a special meeting on Tuesday, September 12th from 9 am. to 10 am. at Ted’s Montana Grill (2451 Eisenhower Ave.) to discuss how to capitalize on the opportunity that it presents. You will learn about:

  • Joint efforts with NSF preparing for the move
  • New web and print tools to support NSF employees and visiting scientists
  • Tips on doing business with NSF
  • Neighborhood activation
  • Upcoming development projects in Carlyle that will support the continued growth of the neighborhood

There is no cost to attend, however please RSVP to Trisha Meisner at  TMeisner@VisitAlexVA.com by 1 pm. on Monday, September 11 so they can get an accurate head count.
 
September Saturday Cinema Rescheduled to September 16th
Grab your lawn chairs, bring your own picnic or pick up carry out from a Carlyle restaurant and spend an enjoyable evening watching When Harry Met Sally on September 16th.  This is the third film in Carlyle’s outdoor movie festival under the stars at John Carlyle Square Park. 
 
Wake Up Wednesdays through September
As summer winds down, you can still stop by Wake Up Wednesdays at the Duke St tunnel. Take a moment to pick up a Sugar Shack hand-crafted donut and fresh cup of coffee from 7 – 9:30 am. to start your day the Wake Up way  Wednesdays in September.
 
“So Long Summer” Ice Cream Social on September 21
Grab your co-workers and join us at Courthouse Square Park for a free ice cream treat as we say good-bye to the official last day of the summer season and welcome the Fall Equinox.  Ice cream treats are free while supplies last between 12 pm – 2 pm at Courthouse Park directly across from The Westin Alexandria.
 
Painting in the Park on October 14th
Carlyle Canvas is a fun filled and freestyle painting in the park event slated for Saturday, October 14th from noon – 4 pm at John Carlyle Square Park in Carlyle.  Well-known regional art studio ArtJamz will provide each budding artist a 12x16 canvas, art materials, and creative encouragement throughout the day. The free event will also feature a live DJ, wine/beer garden, food trucks, adult games and other activities. Registration is required to reserve canvas spots with 100 timed slots available on a first come first serve basis (1 Hour Blocks). For registration and event details visit, http://www.alexandriava.gov/CarlyleFun

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MEET MOXIE! Alexandria’s water-cleaning hero at the MOXIE STORY HOUR
Moxie is Alexandria’s water-cleaning, nitrogen eating hero, and she will be reading children’s stories in AlexRenew’s educational lobby at 1800 Limerick St. from 10 am – 11 am every 4th Thursday. Moxie has a passion for protecting clean water, and she loves STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For more information: alexrenew.com/moxiestory

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

CCC Office to Relocate in October
Carlyle Council will be moving its office from 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building to 1855 Emerson Avenue, adjacent to the Hallmark/Post Office store in early October. The CCC office provides free information for commuters, including bike maps, shuttle information, transit schedules and more.

Other News

Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Project Update
The project to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the A.V. Bryan Federal Courthouse is well underway.  It is anticipated that Jamieson Avenue will be opened to traffic in both directions by the end of September.  Once that occurs, Elizabeth Lane will be closed to traffic heading south to Eisenhower Avenue.  Project completion is expected by November 17th
 
New to Greater Carlyle
Bright red awnings labeled Xfinity portend a Comcast store is coming to 2371 Eisenhower Avenue in the Meridian at Eisenhower Station building. Further down Eisenhower Avenue, Floor & Décor is making good progress on renovating a former warehouse at 4607 Eisenhower Avenue; an opening is planned late fall of 2017.  The company provides flooring materials displayed in a showroom format.  It also has a store at Potomac Mills.
 
Former Federal Office Building Slated for Major ReDo
Perseus Realty is proposing a bold reuse of the 610,000 sf former Hoffman 2 building at 200 Stovall; this is one of the buildings whose workforce has moved out as a result of the BRAC changes adopted in the mid-2000s.  Plans call for converting the building from office to primarily residential uses, including 512 apartments on 12 stories, three levels of above-grade parking, and 26,000 sf of retail on the ground level.  The proposal will get its public hearing at the City’s Planning Commission Meeting on September 7.

This application will be preceded by consideration of amendments to the adopted Eisenhower East Small Area Plan dealing with Blocks 4, 5, 6A, and 20.
Current Building
Photo by Cooper Carry Architects
Proposed Building
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August Saturday Cinema at Carlyle Set for August 5th
Grab your lawn chairs, bring your own picnic or pick up carry out from a Carlyle restaurant and spend an enjoyable evening watching Caddyshack on August 5th.  This is the second film in Carlyle’s outdoor movie festival under the stars at John Carlyle Square Park.  Popped!Republic will be on-site with their gourmet popcorn. The first Saturday of the month from July through October will be movie night in Carlyle.  Next in the lineup is When Harry Met Sally on September 2nd.
 
Sunset Concert on August 8th
For summer 2017, the City is holding one sunset concert in Carlyle, coming up on August 8th at 7 pm. The featured entertainment is by Capital Sound, a pop/dance band of the 257th Army Band. Feel free to bring a picnic supper and folding chairs or a blanket and enjoy some great entertainment at John Carlyle Square Park. 
 
Wake Up Wednesdays through September
Stay woke with Wake Up Wednesdays at the Duke St tunnel.  As you prepare for your workday, take a moment to pick up a Sugar Shack hand-crafted donut and fresh cup of coffee from 7 – 9:30 am.  There will be music too to start your day the Wake Up way every Wednesday through September. (Download Flyer)
 
Outdoor Fitness Classes Fridays and Sundays through September
Fast Fridays and Slowdown Sundays free fitness classes have gotten off to an energetic start in Carlyle.  Stop by John Carlyle Park Fridays at noon for a fast 30-40 minute full body workout during your lunch break.  Slowdown Sunday classes that will slow your mind and body with tranquil, restorative workouts are held from 9:30 am – 10:30 am through September.  Guest instructors from Pure Barre, USPTO Fitness Center, Pilates Pro Works, Xtend Barre and more will lead the classes.

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Carlyle’s TMP Wins Regional Award
The Carlyle Community Council received the annual Employer Services Organization Achievement Award from Commuter Connections.  Presented to CCC President Phil Weber at a ceremony on June 22nd, the award recognizes organizations or jurisdictions that have built programs that make it easier for employers to introduce or expand commuting benefits in the workplace.

Carlyle’s Transportation Management Plan (TMP) offers a variety of commuting benefits and incentives for Carlyle employees and residents, including Zimride Ridesharing (an online ride-matching service connecting riders and passengers), free shuttle service to King Street Metro Station and the Virginia Railway Express at Union Station, and discounted SmarTrip cards and Capital Bikeshare memberships.  CCC’s TMP also maintains and oversees security at the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel, which connects the neighborhood to the King Street Metro Station, and hosts its popular Bike to Work Day pit stop each May. Since 1998, Commuter Connections, a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), has awarded employers and employer service providers in the Washington area for promoting innovative and sustainable commute alternatives.


Need an Easy Way to Get to Work?  Online Ridesharing Just 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 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 www.Zimride.com/carlylecouncil.com  to see if you are eligible to sign up. 
 
More Capital Bikeshare Stations Approved
Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) users will soon have more options for CaBi stations in Alexandria. The City just approved adding eight new station locations:
•Braddock Road Metro Station – South
•Duke Street & Holmes Run Trail
•Eisenhower Avenue & Holmes Trail Run
•Potomac Avenue & Reed Avenue
•Holmes Run Parkway & N Pickett Street
•Barrett Library
•Reed Avenue & Edison Street
•Glebe Road & Main Line Boulevard
 
Carlyle Council offers discounted CaBi annual memberships available to Carlyle residents and employees. 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

Other News

New Tunnel to Connect VRE and King St Metro Stations Approved
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) received $18.4 million for the design and construction of a pedestrian tunnel that will connect Alexandria Union Station to the King St. Metro Station to help improve safety and access between the two stations.  Currently, passengers can't walk directly between the Metro station and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)/Amtrak station. In addition, there are three tracks for VRE/Amtrak trains, but passengers can only reach two of them.  A new pedestrian tunnel that connects both stations and all the tracks will make it easier for passengers to transfer trains, and increase station capacity. 
 
City Applies for Grant to Rehab Carlyle Dog Park
In August, awardees for the “Bark for Your Park” grant applicants will be announced. The City applied for a grant to improve the Carlyle Dog Park. The 2017 PetSafe® Bark For Your Park™ Program is committed to creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and their owners. This PetSafe grant program will award 25 communities: five $25,000 prizes to help build new dog parks, ten $10,000 prizes to enhance existing dog parks and ten $5,000 prizes to upgrade parks with new equipment. 
 
National Science Foundation Move-in Has Started
The IT staff for the National Science Foundation (NSF) started moving over the July 4th holiday into their new headquarters at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue while the official move-in begins August 24th to be completed by early October.  The NSF will occupy a new 667,759 SF LEED Silver-certified, built-to-suit office building directly across from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station in the greater Carlyle area.  NSF is an independent federal agency with the mission to promote the progress of science.  Each year, NSF supports an average of 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students from U.S. institutions that work at universities, laboratories, and field sites all over the world. Their grants program produces 30,000 site visits per year.  NSF employs approximately 2,100 professionals at their headquarters.
 
AlexRenew Project will Impact Holland Lane
Alexandria Renew Enterprises is cleaning and inspecting the Commonwealth Interceptor, the underground pipe that conveys wastewater flow from the City’s sewer lines to AlexRenew. Periodic cleaning and inspection of this line is an important maintenance project that helps reduce the likelihood of pipe failure or related problems. They’ll be in our neighborhood soon. (Download Flyer)
WHEN:  The project starts along Commonwealth Avenue in late summer, moves down Holland Lane and terminates at the Alexandria Renew facility south of Eisenhower Ave by the end of the year. Work will be done weekdays during the day. There may be night work, which will be coordinated with the City and compliant with City Code.
HOW:  This work involves using high-pressure water jets and a vacuum truck to remove debris and sediment from the trunk sewer. A robotic camera will inspect the line to assess its condition. You may hear high pressure water jets or see trucks from Video Pipe Services, AlexRenew’s vendor for this project.

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Summer Open House at Fusion Academy
Fusion Academy is inviting the Carlyle Community to its summer open house on Friday, June 16th from 2 – 4 pm. Enjoy food and drinks from Don Taco while you peek at their student photography exhibit.   Fusion is the new, private middle and high school located at 333 John Carlyle St. Please rsvp to 703.535.3130 or visit FusionAlexandria.com.

Wake Up Wednesdays June 21st through September
As part of Carlyle Vitality efforts, the Wake Up Wednesdays pop-up cafe has returned to Carlyle.  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.  There will be music too to start your day the Wake Up way.  The next one is on June 21st and every Wednesday morning through September.
 
Outdoor Fitness Classes Start June 23rd
Fast Fridays and Slowdown Sundays free fitness classes are coming to Carlyle starting Friday, June 23rd.  Stop by John Carlyle Park at noon for a fast 30-40 minute full body workout during your lunch break.  Slowdown Sunday classes to slow your mind and body with tranquil, restorative workouts will be held from 9:30 am – 10:30 am starting on Sunday, June 25th.  This will be a 10-week series of classes from June 23rd – August 27th.  Guest instructors from Pure Barre, USPTO Fitness Center, Pilates Pro Works, Xtend Barre and more will lead the classes.
 
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle Starts July 1st
Grab your lawn chairs, bring your own picnic or pick up carry out from a Carlyle restaurant and spend an enjoyable evening watching Top Gun on July 1st.  This is the first film to launch Carlyle’s outdoor movie festival under the stars at John Carlyle Square Park.  The first Saturday of the month from July through October will be movie night in Carlyle.  The event is free.
 
Carlyle Club May Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their June line-up includes:
June 9th:  Soul Crackers, 8 pm, $15
June 11th:  Jocelyn Oldham, 7 pm, $10
June 16th:  Tribute to Stevie Wonder's Number One Hits Featuring Snúhgie, 8 pm, $30
June 18th: Father's Day Tribute to Motown, 5 pm, $30
June 23rd:  A Tribute to the Music of Stephanie Mills. Chaka Khan, and Anita Baker, 8 pm. $30
June 25th:  Joe Coleman, formerly of the Platters with Special Guest Albertis McCray, 7 pm, $30
June 30th:  Freedom Friday Start your Independence Day Celebrations at the Carlyle Club, 7:30 pm, $25

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Your Input is Needed in Carlyle
Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work is live online. The survey is part of Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP).  Survey respondents can choose to enter the raffle after completing the survey for gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods given to randomly selected participants. Many Carlyle residents and workers take the time to complete the survey that helps Carlyle Council design its transit services to better meet the commuting needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  Carlyle Commuter Survey
 
Carlyle’s Bike to Work Day Pit Stop Ever Popular
The weather was sunny and dry for the 6th annual Bike to Work Day Pit Stop in Carlyle.  We had double digit increases in registrations and a record turnout.  Cyclists were treated to Potbelly’s popular oatmeal bar, bagels from Panera, Starbucks coffee and treats from Whole Foods along with many giveaways from our generous exhibitors and sponsors.  WheelNuts Bike Shop provided free bike maintenance and Massages by Marc gave free chair massages.  For the third year in a row, Alan MacEwen with the Grandsons played guitar and trumpet and sang to an appreciative audience.   
 
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 www.Zimride.com/carlylecouncil.com  to see if you are eligible to sign up. 
 
Metro announces June 25 effective date for new hours, fares, schedules
Metro will change fares, schedules and rail system hours effective on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The changes are part of an effort to rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance.  Most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; some low-ridership bus routes will be discontinued; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; and Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access weekly to improve safety and service reliability.
More information can also be found at wmata.com/changes.
New Metrorail Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Friday 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
 

Metro Declares its Emergency SafeTrack Program a Success
The year-long SafeTrack maintenance project is coming to a close, but WMATA is warning that the system-wide renewal will continue for years, requiring many more hours of maintenance time at the expense of regular rail service. Metro documents detail that one-third of the system’s track infrastructure was replaced over 386 days — primarily in the “maintenance surges” that disrupted travel from morning to midnight.
 
The reconstruction work included replacement of 45,000 wooden railroad ties, many dating backing to the mid-1970s so only two percent are now defective. SafeTrack delivered on general manager Paul Wiedefeld’s promise to squeeze three years of track work into one.  The 15th surge, on the eastern end of the Orange Line —will end on June 15, and the final surge on the western end of the Red Line will end June 25.  That said, mark your calendars, for the Eisenhower Metro Station is set to close for two weeks in May of 2018.
 
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 website
Carlyle has two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street, the SHRM building -- and the other at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger

Other News

Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Construction Update
The project to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the A.V. Bryan Federal Courthouse is well underway.  With all the unforeseen site conditions that have been encountered the new completion date has been extended to November 12, 2017.  The City recently issued a permit for Elizabeth Street to remove the bricks/pavers on the sidewalk and for test pits to be done at every bollard location in order to find any unforeseen conditions that may be encountered on the Elizabeth side of the project. There will be 19 bollards installed.
 
Produce Market Open at USPTO Campus Every Wednesday
Visit the USPTO's onsite produce market Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the patio area adjacent to the cafeteria in the Madison buildingThe market will be open every Wednesday through October 25. The market sells fresh vegetables and fruits, including some grown locally and some organic items. Selections vary depending on the vendors’ availability and seasonal influences. Wholesale case prices are available.

New Restaurant Coming to Carlyle Late Summer
Whiskey and Oyster is the new full-service restaurant coming to 333 John Carlyle Street in the heart of the Carlyle Community.  This will be the first seafood place in Carlyle offering a variety of raw oysters and other seafood choices in a 4,400 square foot restaurant.  Owned by Mike and Donna Anderson and business partner Bill Blackburn, this will be their second Carlyle eatery.  They also own the very popular Sweetfire Donna’s at 510 John Carlyle Street.  They anticipate opening in the 3rd quarter 2017. 
 
National Science Foundation (NSF) Move-in Starts August 24th
The long-anticipated move to the NSF’s new headquarters at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue will be phased over a six-week period, beginning Thursday, August 24th.  The NSF will occupy a new 667,759 SF LEED Silver-certified, built-to-suit office building directly across from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station in the greater Carlyle area.  National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency with the mission to promote the progress of science.  Each year, NSF supports an average of 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students from U.S. institutions that work at universities, laboratories, and field sites all over the world. Their grants program produces 30,000 site visits per year.  NSF employs approximately 2,100 professionals at their headquarters.

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Upcomming Carlyle Events

May 18th:  PTO Community Day (open to the Community)
The annual USPTO Community Day event is set for Thursday, May 18th from 11 – 2 pm, outside along Dulany Gardens.  The theme this year is: “Thank You:  Celebrating 20 Years of Diversity.” This event offers musical entertainment, talent show, motorcycle and car show, 20 food vendors and more. The 1900 and 2000 blocks of Ballenger and the 400 and 500 blocks of Dulany Street will be closed to traffic. 

There’s Still Time to Register:  Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19th
Bike over to the popular Carlyle Pit Stop for Bike to Work Day (BTWD) set for Friday morning, May 19th 6:30 – 8:30 am at John Carlyle Square Park.  Registration is free, so even if you are not sure you can bike that day, go ahead and register.  Early registrants will receive the 2017 event t-shirt and be entered in a regional raffle of new bicycles.  Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods, be entered in Carlyle’s nonstop raffle of prizes, musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of this local pit stop that is co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to encourage cycling as a healthy, green commuting option. To register:  BiketoWork 

Access National Bank Business Reception on May 17th in Carlyle
The Eisenhower Partnership and Access National Bank are co-hosting a business reception at their new bank branch in Carlyle at 2050 A Ballenger Avenue on the first level of the Catholic Charities USA building.  Please welcome Access National Bank from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. as they celebrate the opening of their newest banking center location at this evening business reception. Registration is required.  Access National Bank Reception 

Wake UP Wednesdays
As part of Carlyle Vitality efforts, the Wake Up Wednesdays pop-up cafe has returned to Carlyle.  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.The next one is scheduled for May 10th.
 
Two Running Races along Eisenhower Avenue on May 20th
On May 20th, you have the chance to run a 5k road race in the morning and again at twilight along Eisenhower Avenue starting at the USPTO campus.  Details include:
8 am – 5k race sponsored by the Iraqi Children Foundation, RUNSIGNUP.COM/ICF_IN_THEIR_SHOES_5K
8 pm and 8:15 pm –  .1k Space Fun Run and 5k Run/walk Race sponsored by the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS), www.ptos.org/5k

Carlyle Club May Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their May line-up includes:
May 11th:   A Celebration of Women: A Pre-Mother's Day Event, 7:30 pm, $25
May 19th:  A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra featuring Vocalist Rob Zappulla 8 pm, $28
May 21st:  A Night of Jazz and R&B featuring "ON KEE Jazz Band, 7:30 pm, $25
May 26th: Comedy Night, 8 pm, $25

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Carlyle Commuter Survey Has Launched
Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work has launched online. The survey is part of Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP).  Survey respondents can choose to enter the raffle after completing the survey. Gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods will be given to randomly selected participants as well as annual Capital Bikeshare memberships. Many Carlyle commuters take the time to complete the survey that helps Carlyle Council design its transit services to better meet the commuting needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  Carlyle Commuter Survey
 
May is Bike Month:  Time to Hop on with Capital Bikeshare Discounted Memberships
A popular benefit of Carlyle Council’s TMP program are its discounted annual memberships for the Capital Bikeshare program (CaBi).   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 website

Carlyle is home to two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street, the SHRM building -- and the other at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger Avenue.  The first 30 minutes of each trip are free.

Other News

Federal Courthouse Security Perimeter Construction Update
In late March, the long-awaited project to remove the jersey barriers and improve the security perimeter at the A.V. Bryan Federal Courthouse began construction.  For the first two months of the project, Jamieson Avenue has been partially closed allowing only one-way traffic heading westbound on Jamieson by the construction site.  A portion of the southbound lane of Elizabeth Lane will be closed to traffic for Phases 2 & 3. A noise variance was approved to help expedite the project. During the work week, construction activity will run from 6 am - 7 pm and on Saturday's from 8 am - 6 pm. For Memorial Day weekend, the construction activity will be from 8 am - 6 pm for that Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  No jack hammering will be allowed before 7 am on weekdays and not before 9 am Saturdays and the Memorial day weekend. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-August.
 
Alexandria City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2018 Budget – Carlyle Spending Highlights
By a 6-1 vote on May 4, the Alexandria City Council adopted a $728.1 million Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which represents an increase over the current year of 5.8%. FY 2018 begins on July 1, 2017. Several specific spending items will impact the Carlyle Community.  Of note:
Carlyle Parking Meters:  The multi-space meters in the Carlyle/Eisenhower East are to be replaced at a budgeted cost of $600,000.  These first generation multi-space meters are at the end of their design life.
Carlyle Vitality Initiative:  Trellis Funds totaling $248,000 have been designated for Carlyle Vitality Initiatives for FY2018.
African American Heritage Park:  $240,000 has been budgeted for permanent repairs at the park including the gazebo, brick walk, steps and handrails, retaining walls and soft trail resurfacing. 
The overall City budget includes an increase in the real estate tax rate of 5.7 cents, from $1.073 to $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. In regard to fees, a new stormwater utility fee will be applied to all property owners to pay for new federal and state mandates.  Efforts to reduce sewage overflows from its four combined sewer outfalls will be accelerated to comply with a new deadline of 2025 recently enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor.  Revenue for these projects will come from a 30% increase in the sanitary sewer fee in FY 2018, with significant increases in sewer-related fees over the next decade. To learn more about the entire budget process and view all budget documents, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Budget.
 
Whole Foods Improvements
The Whole Foods Market in Carlyle received approval for its request to add restaurant space, including extended hours and liquor by the glass. The expansion of the store’s café area will add a 151-seat restaurant, with 55 bar seats, 76 café seats and 20 patio seats.  Whole Foods plans to keep its restaurant open until 11 p.m. during the week and until midnight on Saturday.
 
Cameron Run Regional Park Survey
Many of you have visited Cameron Run Regional Park to play mini-golf, visit the wave pool or hit a few in the batting cages. As input to refining options for recreational uses of Cameron Run Regional Park, the City's consultant team has prepared a survey to be filled out by stakeholders.  It asks you to select from among six conceptual designs, and also to prioritize the uses you feel are most needed in the park.  The park is located in the western portion of Eisenhower Avenue, and is currently operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority under a long-term lease with the City of Alexandria. You can access the survey here:  Cameron Run Regional Park Survey
 

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Upcomming Carlyle Events

Two Community Events at USPTO in April 
April 20th:  PTO Green Fair (open to the Community)
The annual Green Fair is set for Thursday, April 20th from 10 – 2 pm in the Madison Building, lower lever

April 27th:  PTO Wellness Fair (open to the Community)
The annual Wellness Festival is set for Thursday, April 27th from 10 – 2 pm, in the Madison building, lower level

Open House Art Showcase on April 27th by Fusion Academy
Fusion Academy opened last fall and is inviting the Carlyle Community to visit their school campus for their first annual art showcase. You are invited to be part of this special event by exploring the incredible art work of students and local artists in painting, drawing, photography, animation, and sculpture.  This will be an excellent opportunity to gather with your community and enjoy all types of art! Pop in from 4:00-7:00 to sample local art and food truck fare.  Fusion Academy Alexandria is located at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 100.  Please rsvp to Mark Cleland, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at 703.535.3130 or at mcleland@fusionacademy.com.

Barley and Music Spring Festival on April 22 & 23 
A new hops, beats and bites themed event debuted last fall in Carlyle and is returning this spring for a two-day event Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd from noon to 6 pm at John Carlyle Square Park with craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, vendors and restaurants. This outdoor festival is hosted by SB Productions, a Virginia non-profit corporation, that is committed to giving back to the local community by offering grants to local non-profit organizations.  To learn more, visit barleymusicfest.com/

Register Now:  Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19th
Bike over to the Carlyle Pit Stop for Bike to Work Day (BTWD) set for Friday morning, May 19th 6:30 – 8:30 am at John Carlyle Square Park.  Carlyle Council is the sponsor of this popular community event.  Bike to Work Day is a regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to encourage cycling as a healthy, green commuting option that reduces car emissions, and has a positive impact on the environment.  Registration for the 2017 event is free and  early registrants will receive the 2017 event t-shirt and be entered in a regional raffle of new bicycles.  Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods, be entered in Carlyle’s nonstop raffle of prizes, musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more. To register:  BiketoWork

6th Annual PTOS Innovation 5k - Twilight Run!
The Patent and Trademark Society (PTOS) is sponsoring its 6th Annual PTOS Innovation 5k on May 20th.  For the first time, the race will be run at twilight. The Space Race starts at 8:00 pm and the Innovation 5k starts at 8:15 pm. The race course starts on Eisenhower Avenue behind the USPTO Madison Building and finishes in Dulany Gardens on the USPTO Campus. To find out more about the .1k Space Race or the Innovation 5k, visit the registration page at www.ptos.org/5k

Water Discovery Day is May 6th in Carlyle South
Join Alexandria Renew for a day of family-focused community fun! Drop by to get to know your H2O and meet Alexandria’s water transformers. Go behind the water cycle scene at their block party as you explore, learn and create! Close to Carlyle, the AlexRenew Environmental Center is located at 1800 Limerick St., just south of Eisenhower Avenue off of Hooffs Run.  The festival runs from 1- am – 2 pm and includes:       
+ Pop Up Cafe and DJ
+ Water Workshops and Discovery Lab
+ Interact with Screen Print, Watercolor Activities, Movement Classes
+ Facility Tour - See firsthand how we help keep our water clean
+ Meet Moxie, Alexandria’s Water Cleaning Superhero

Eisenhower Partnership Happy Hour at Access Bank on April 27th
Access Bank, located at 2050-B Ballenger Avenue is hosting a Happy Hour from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 27th.  Eisenhower Partnership members and prospective members are invited to attend. 
 
Carlyle Club April Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their April line-up includes:
April 21st:   The 70s Show, 8pm, $30
April 23rd:  JAZZ NIGHT at The Carlyle Club featuring Jazz Pianist Ronald Ward Jr, 6 pm, $25
April 28th:  A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass,, 8 pm, $30

Transportation Management Program (TMP)

Carlyle’s Zimride Service Partners with the National Parks in April
Blaze new trails with Zimride: For every new user or new ride posted in April, Zimride and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation's Active Trails program that promotes community engagement and preserves national park trails and resources. Make sure to sign-up here, Zimride Carlyle Council. It’s free to join.  Zimride by Enterprise offers employees of Carlyle Council commercial properties a new transportation option - an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to the same area.  Online profiles are part of the private Carlyle network and can be set up in a snap.

Spring is Here:  Time to Hop on with Capital Bikeshare Discounts
A popular benefit of Carlyle Council’s TMP program is its discounted annual memberships for the Capital Bikeshare program (CaBi).   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.  How it works:

  • Visit Carlyle Council’s website:   www.thecarlylecommunity.com
  • Under the “Capital Bikeshare Has Arrived” section click on the membership registration form
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare website

Carlyle is home to two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street, the SHRM building -- and the other at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger Avenue.  The first 30 minutes of each trip are free.
 
Carlyle Commuter Survey Launching Soon
Carlyle’s annual commuter survey to let us know how you get to work is launching late April. The survey is part of Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP) and is conducted online.  Survey respondents can choose to enter the raffle.  Last year, gift cards from Panera, Potbelly and Whole Foods were given to randomly selected participants as well as annual Capital Bikeshare memberships. Many Carlyle residents and workers take the time to complete the survey.  The survey results help Carlyle Council design its transit services to better meet the commuting needs of Carlyle residents, workers and visitors.  Your input will be greatly appreciated. 

Greater Carlyle Development News

April 24 Agenda Alexandria Program on the Impact of the National Science Foundation Relocation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is coming to greater Carlyle.  Agenda Alexandria will explore its potential impact on the greater Carlyle area and the City overall. Speakers are: Brian Stone, Chief of Staff, National Science Foundation (NSF); Frank Cole, President of the Eisenhower Partnership; and Stephanie Landrum, President & CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP).  The dinner program begins at 6:30 pm at The Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave.  There is a fee to attend. AgendaAlexandria NSF Relocation Impact
 
NAIOP May 4th Bus Tour Will Rumble Through Carlyle
The annual NAIOP Northern Virginia Bus Tour, considered to be one of the premier commercial real estate Bus Tours in the U.S. is coming to greater Carlyle on May 4th. Ten buses loaded with commercial real estate brokers and other members of the real estate community will tour the area beginning and ending at the new National Science Foundation (NSF) building at 2415 Eisenhower Avenue.  In the morning, over 50 exhibitors will promote their projects, products or services. The Bus Tour is full of information and news about the NoVA market. It starts with Breakfast and a Trade Show.  Fees and registration required. NAIOP Bus Tour
 
Special Use Permit Amendment Requests
Whole FoodsAt their April meeting, Alexandria’s Planning Commission approved Whole Foods request for the expansion of the existing café spaces in the grocery store.
Panera:  At the May 4th Planning Commission meeting, a request by Panera Bread to add seven delivery vehicles will be considered.
 

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Upcoming Events

City Manager Breakfast at USPTO on March 30th

Carlyle Council is a sponsor of the annual breakfast briefing from Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks. The event will be held on Thursday, March 30th from 8 – 10 am in the south auditorium of the USPTO Madison building located at 600 Dulany Street in Carlyle. The Eisenhower Partnership is hosting the event. This is the best opportunity to hear first-hand about the City’s proposed budget for the FY18 fiscal year and his remarks about issues impacting the Greater Carlyle Community including tax and fee proposals and development updates. Breakfast will be served. Registration is required: www.eisenhowerpartnership.org/event-2478208/Registration

Carlyle Club March Entertainment Schedule

Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building. Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com. Their March line-up includes:

March 10th: Comedy Night at the Carlyle Club, 8 pm, $25

March 12th : Rack Pack, Together Again, 7 pm, $28

March 17th : St. Patrick's Day with Big Bad Juju, 8 pm, $15

March 19th: An evening with Halima Peru, 6:30 pm, $25

March 24th: A Tribute to the Music of Teena Marie and Rick James, 8 pm, $30

March 26th: Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, 7 pm, $35

March 29th: The Vocal Workshop Showcase, 7 & 9 pm, $10

Barley and Music Spring Festival Set for April 22 & 23

A new hops, beats and bites themed event debuted last fall in Carlyle and is returning this spring for a two-day event Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd from noon to 6 pm at John Carlyle Square Park with craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, vendors and restaurants. This outdoor festival is hosted by SB Productions, a Virginia non-profit corporation, that is committed to giving back to the local community by offering grants to local non-profit organizations. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities email to barleymusicfest@gmail.com.

Save the Date: Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19th

Bike over to the Carlyle Pit Stop for Bike to Work Day (BTWD) set for Friday morning, May 19th at John Carlyle Square Park. Carlyle Council is the sponsor of this popular community event. Bike to Work Day is a regional event co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) in support of cycling as a healthy, green commuting option that reduces car emissions, and has a positive impact on the environment. Registration for the 2017 event is free and easy. Stay tuned for an announcement soon when registration opens. Early registrants will receive a free event t-shirt and be entered in a regional raffle to win one of many donated bicycles. Registered cyclists at Carlyle’s Pit Stop will receive free snacks and beverages, be entered in Carlyle’s raffle with prizes given out continuously, musical entertainment, free bike maintenance advice, giveaways and much, much more.

Transportation Management Program (TMP) News

Carlyle’s Zimride Ridesharing Service Takes Off
Zimride by Enterprise offers employees of Carlyle Council commercial properties a new transportation option - an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to the same area. The platform’s unique approach is a great solution for employees encountering Metro SafeTrack delays. Through a private network, Zimride matches riders and drivers 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 Metro track work is causing train delays and more people are looking for alternatives, this free and flexible option saves time and money commuting. Visit www.Zimride.com/carlylecouncil.com  to see if you are eligible to sign up.  It’s free to join.

City Nominates Carlyle’s TMP Program for Regional Award
The City of Alexandria has nominated Carlyle’s Transportation Management Program (TMP) for the Commuter Connections Annual Employer Recognition Awards Program. This award program recognizes employers in the region for their exceptional commitment to advancing alternative commute options to help mitigate traffic congestion and contribute to cleaner air through reduced auto emissions.Commuter Connections is part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).
Eligible employer programs include those that marketed alternative commuting options, initiated a successful telework program, or provided incentives that make using alternative transportation modes easier and more attractive than driving alone.  Winners will be announced at a ceremony in June.  Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg serves on the MWCOG Board of Directors.

Spring is Near: Hop on with Capital Bikeshare Discounted Memberships
A popular benefit of Carlyle Council’s TMP program are its discounted annual memberships for the Capital Bikeshare program (CaBi).   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 “Capital Bikeshare Has Arrived” section click on the membership registration form
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare website

Carlyle is home to two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street, the SHRM building -- and the other at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger Avenue.  The first 30 minutes of each trip are free.

METRO SafeTrack Surge 13 to Impact Blue and Yellow Lines Starting March 4
SafeTrack Surge #13 will run from March 4 through April 9. During this time, Blue and Yellow line trains will run less frequently due to a 24/7 work zone between Braddock Rd and Huntington/Van Dorn St stations. All Blue and Yellow line trains will share a single track through the work zone.
Highlights:

  • No Yellow Rush+ trains will operate during Surge #13.
  • Additional Yellow Line trains will operate between National Airport and Mt Vernon Square only.
  • Blue Line service will return to normal on April 2.
Phase 1: March 4-April 1
  • Continuous single tracking on Blue & Yellow lines between Braddock Rd & Huntington/Van Dorn St
  • Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes. Blue Line riders should consider alternate travel options.
  • No Yellow Rush+ service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square, even during rush hour. All Yellow Line riders south of National Airport should consider alternate travel.
  • Additional Yellow Line trains will operate between National Airport and Mt Vernon Square. Customers traveling south of National Airport should consider transferring at Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City to continue their trip and avoid crowding.
  • After 10 p.m. all Yellow Line trains will run every 24 minutes between Huntington & Mt Vernon Sq.
Phase 2:  April 2 - April 9
  • Continuous single tracking on the Yellow Line only between King St-Old Town and Huntington.
  • Yellow Line trains between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square/Fort Totten will operate every 24 minutes always. All Yellow Line riders should consider alternate travel options during this time.
  • Additional Yellow Line trains will operate between Reagan National Airport and Mt Vernon Square. Customers traveling south of Reagan National Airport should consider transferring at Pentagon, Pentagon City or Crystal City to continue their trip and avoid crowding.
  • No Yellow Rush+ service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt
  • Blue Line service will operate normally (every 12 minutes during rush hour).
  • After 10 p.m. all Yellow Line trains will run every 24 minutes between Huntington & Mt Vernon Sq.

Weekend train frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system. Weekend service information is posted in the Alerts & Advisories section.

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Upcoming Events

Old Town Boutique District Sale Returns to Carlyle February 4th
The Westin Alexandria will once again 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 –  4pm.  The address is 400 Courthouse Square.  This much-anticipated sale attracts a devoted audience of shoppers from across the region, averaging approximately 1,000 shoppers throughout the day. 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.
 
Alexandria Wedding Expo Comes to Carlyle in February
The Westin Alexandria is hosting the first annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase on February 19th. Exclusively featuring over 40 Alexandria wedding specialists, the event runs from 11 am – 3 pm.  Visit their website to purchase tickets and learn more:  http://alxweddingshowcase.com/
 
Carlyle Club February Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their February line-up includes:
February 3rd:   Robert T and Sonja Featuring Omar, 7pm, $25
February 11th :  Pre Valentine’s Day Celebration with Jeff Majors, 8pm, $40
February 12th:  Valentine's with the Doc Scantlin Orchestra, 7pm, $35
February 14th:  Jocelyn Oldham, 7pm, free
 February 18th :  African American Hall of Fame Presents Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, 7pm, $35
February 19th :  A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner, 6:30pm, $30
February 24th:   A Tribute to the Music of Gerald Levert, Donny Hathaway and More, 8 pm, $30
 
Restaurant Week
From February 17-26, seventy Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week.  In Carlyle, Trademark Eat and Drink at The Westin Hotel will be participating in the three-course dinner offering.   Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city.  At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria's distinctive collection of eateries.  For information about other participating restaurants, go online to visitalexandriava.com.
 
Save the Date:  Barley and Music Festival Set for April 22 & 23
Barley & Music Fest is a two-day community-based event focused on showcasing the numerous diverse breweries in our region. The Festival launched last September at John Carlyle Square Park and was a huge success.  This outdoor festival is hosted by SB Productions, a Virginia non-profit corporation, that is committed to giving back to the local community by offering grants to local non-profit organizations including those involved with protecting the environment, women’s rights and children, fighting poverty and promoting healthy living.  The upcoming springtime Festival will be over two days from 12 noon – 6 pm.  If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities email to barleymusicfest@gmail.com

City of Alexandria Meetings

Commercial Parking meeting
AlexandriaVA.gov is holding a kick-off event for the City’s review and update of its commercial parking standards on February 6th from 7-9 pm at City Hall. Todd Litman of Victoria Transit Parking Institute (VTPI) will be there to discuss commercial parking trends and management strategies. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend this event in the City Council Chambers, so please share with anyone you think might be interested!
 
Training Series for Condominium and Community Associations Starts February 4th
The City of Alexandria and the law firm of Mercer Trigiani are sponsoring a series of workshops related to condominium and other community associations. The classes will educate first-time homebuyers about the structure and governance of condominium communities; help communities understand fair housing law related to community association management; and strengthen the knowledge of community board members in understanding, managing and amending governing documents.
  • Session 1: Community Association Basics is intended for those who may be considering purchasing a condominium. The session is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 9 - 11 am, at the Pavilion at Mark Center, 5708 Merton Court. Registration begins at 8:30 am.
Two additional sessions will be held in April and June. The workshops are offered at no cost to participants, but pre-registration is requested. Free parking and refreshments will be available at the training sites. For more information or to register, contact Shane Cochran at shane.cochran@alexandriava.gov or at 703.746.4990.
 

Transportation Management Program (TMP) News

Carlyle’s Zimride Ridesharing Service is Live Online
The Carlyle Community Council has teamed up with Zimride by Enterprise to offer employees of its member commercial properties a new transportation option - an online ride-matching service that connects drivers and passengers commuting to same area. The platform’s unique approach is a great solution for employees encountering Metro SafeTrack delays. Through a private network, Zimride matches riders and drivers 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.Carlyle Council is always on the lookout for new options to assist commuters coming in and out of Carlyle.  Online profiles are part of the private Carlyle network and can be set up in a snap.  Especially during times when Metro track work may cause train delays and more people taking to the roads, this free and flexible option saves time and money commuting. Visit www.Zimride.com/carlylecouncil.com  to see if you are eligible to sign up.  It’s free to join.
 

Carlyle/Eisenhower East News

Federal Courthouse Perimeter Barrier Removal Moving Forward
This project is the long-term effort to remove the jersey barriers at the A.V. Bryan Federal Courthouse in Carlyle and reconfigure street parking and landscaping. The Government Services Administration (GSA) has awarded the contract and begun the preliminary coordination meetings with the general contractor. Early indications are to have this project substantially complete by fall of 2017.  The purpose is to remedy perimeter security measures implemented during terrorism trials conducted at the Courthouse following the events of September 11, 2001.  The approved project aims to balance building security and public realm impacts.  The street in front of the Courthouse entrance will be re-opened allowing for improved traffic flow in this part of Carlyle and the jersey barriers will be removed. The proposed design will be a significant improvement to the aesthetic of the Courthouse perimeter area. 
 
Eisenhower Avenue Widening Project Start Pushed Back
Eisenhower Avenue is slated to be widened between Eisenhower Circle and Mill Road.  The project’s design is being finalized, right of way acquisition is ongoing and impacted utilities relocation underway. Construction bidding is likely in early 2018, while the construction period is estimated at 18 months.  This road project scope includes:
  • Dual left turns at the Eisenhower/Mill Road intersection on westbound Eisenhower Ave. 
  • Upgrading the receiving lanes on Mill Road to accept the dual left turns from Eisenhower Ave. 
  • Eliminating the traffic circle at Eisenhower and Holland and replacing it with a "T" intersection. 
  • Upgrading the street lighting and sidewalks in front of the Simpson property. 
  • Full width resurfacing of Eisenhower Avenue between Holland Lane and Mill Road. 
Carlyle Council owns the Eisenhower Circle that is to be removed and replaced with a t-intersection.  The statue of President Eisenhower would be moved to a new location, yet to be determined. 
 
Stonebridge Carras Proposes New Development Near Eisenhower Metro
A development proposal by Stonebridge Carras for Hoffman Town Center Blocks 4 and 5 at 2410 and 2460 Mill Road was reviewed by the Carlyle Design Review Board at its January meeting.  The site, located between Mandeville Lane and Mill Road, north of the AMC 22 theaters, consists of two parcels with slightly more than 5 acres, and is proposed for residential use with ground floor retail.  The project includes 730 dwelling units in three towers: a rental building with 410 units, a 120-unit condominium, and a 200-unit senior living facility.  An 80,000 sf grocery store is included in the proposed 220,000 gross square feet of retail.  The project will have more than 1,600 parking spaces. 
 
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Upcoming Events

Fusion Academy Open House on January 12
Fusion is the new school open in Carlyle at 333 John Carlyle Street.  They have a unique educational model for grades 6 through 12, featuring a 1:1 student/teacher ratio, and offer full and part-time programs.  To learn more, you are invited to their open house, set for Thursday, January 12th from 6 – 8 pm to get a feel for the Fusion vibe and how they are thinking "outside the traditional school box."  Reserve a spot or find out more athttp://www.fusionacademy.com/fusion-campus-location/alexandria/upcoming-events/.
 
Old Town Boutique District Sale Returns to Carlyle February 4th
The Westin Alexandria will once again 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 –  4pm.  The address is 400 Courthouse Square.  This much-anticipated sale attracts a devoted audience of shoppers from across the region, averaging approximately 1,000 shoppers throughout the day. Deal seekers will find the very best from retailers in various brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings and more. 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 www.visitalexandriava.com/event/12th-annual-boutique-warehouse-sale/10154/
 
Alexandria Wedding Expo Comes to Carlyle in February
The Westin Alexandria is hosting the first annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase on February 19th. Exclusively featuring over 40 Alexandria wedding specialists, the event runs from 11 am – 3 pm.  Visit their website to purchase tickets and learn more:  http://alxweddingshowcase.com/

Potbelly Live Music Schedule
The Potbelly Shop located in Carlyle at 401 John Carlyle St. offers live music over lunchtime Mondays through Fridays.
Their performance schedule is as follows:
Caleb Hacker
Tuesdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Daniel Barry
Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jon Rooks
Mondays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fridays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Stephen Kenley
Thursdays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
 
Carlyle Club January Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their January line-up includes:
January 15th:  Comedy Night, 7pm, $25
January 27th :  A Tribute to the Music of Earth Wind and Fire and the Isley Brothers, 8pm, $3
January 28th:  BroadSound, 8 pm, $25
January 29th:  Alexandria's Destination Bridal Showcase, 11am – 3pm, free
 January 29th :  DC Fusion Dance Night, 7pm, $15

Transportation Management Program (TMP) News

Holiday Schedule for the Carlyle Shuttle and Pedestrian Tunnel
There are two federal holidays coming up in mid-January, the Martin Luther King (MLK) Day holiday on Monday, January 16th and the Presidential Inauguration Day holiday on Friday, January 20th.  For those holidays, the Carlyle shuttle service will not operate and the pedestrian tunnel connecting Carlyle to the King St. Metro Station will be closed.
 
Carlyle Council Launches Zimride Ridesharing Service late January
Carlyle Council’s TMP program is partnering with Zimride by Enterprise to launch a new transportation option – an online ridematching service that easily connect drivers and passengers heading to the same area.  The private network, available only to employees in the Carlyle Community, enables drivers and passengers to create a free profile using their work email address.  Then, Carlyle Zimride members can compare the options available for their commute whether offering or requesting rides. There is no cost to employees or their employer to join the network.
 
A sustainable alternative to driving individually, Zimride helps reduce vehicle emissions, traffic congestion and fuel consumption while splitting transportation costs.  It is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America.  Starting January 24th, Carlyle Community employees will have access to the network to set up their Zimride profiles at  https://zimride.com/carlylecouncil/
 
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Upcoming Events

10th Annual Alexandria Film Festival Coming to Greater Carlyle
For 10 years, the Alexandria Film Festival has showcased some of the best documentaries, shorts and feature films from the D.C.-metro area, nationally, and around the world. From November 10th to 13th, the festival returns with more than 40 films, free screenings, discussions, special events, live musical performances, and the Alexandria premiere of season two of the PBS series, Mercy Street. Films will be screened at AMC Hoffman Center 22, Market Square and Beatley Central Library.  For more information, visit:  http://alexfilmfest.com/ The four-day event kicks off on November 10th at 7:00 pm at Market Square in Old Town with a free screening of the documentary, Nighthawks on the Blue Highway, profiling local blues band, The Nighthawks.   The schedule for the Hoffman AMC showings in Greater Carlyle are as follows:
Foodie Showcase: November 12th, 11 a.m-1 p.m., AMC Hoffman Center 22
Local Showcase: November 12th, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., AMC Hoffman Center 22
Sports Showcase: November 12th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., AMC Hoffman Center 22
Late Night Showcases: November 12th, 9 p.m.+, AMC Hoffman Center 22
 
Partnership on the Potomac at PTO on November 14th
Humble Venture's Startup Showcase – REGISTER NOW
The Partnership on the Potomac is humble ventures' bi-annual event and is being hosted by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP).  This year’s Startup Showcase will be held at the Remsen Building on the USPTO campus in Carlyle where they will present the 12 companies they've been working with over the last 90 days, and host a panel discussion on Inclusive Economies and Innovation. Humble ventures is a co-operative that believes the best way to realize opportunity is through collaboration & partnerships between startups, established organizations, investors, non-profits, and academic institutions.  This event will showcase the BOOST Alexandria startups they’re working with to an audience of investors, supporters, government officials, and potential clients. The event runs from 12:30 – 4:30 pm and is free, but you must rsvp. For more details and to rsvp visit:  Partnership on the Potomac / #growhumble

Eisenhower Partnership Meeting Features Expert on Latest Trends in Economic Development
You are invited to the Eisenhower Partnership Annual meeting on November 17th in Carlyle at SHRM, 1800 Duke St. from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  The keynote speaker is Alex Hutchinson with Smart Growth America, and a principal author of the newly released report titled: Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development to discuss how these new findings may apply to Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley.  This is a free event. Click here (http://eisenhowerpartnership.wildapricot.org/event  to rsvp and for more details. 
 
Carlyle Club November Entertainment Schedule
Carlyle is home to the Carlyle Club, the unique 1930s style supper club located at 2050 Ballenger Avenue in the Catholic Charities USA building.  Visit their website for updates on their entertainment schedule and to buy tickets: thecarlyleclub.com.  Their November line-up includes:
November 4th:  Chaise Lounge, 8pm
November 11th:  Comedy Night, 8pm (dinner at 6:30 pm)
November 18th: Tribute to Music of Gerald Levert, Donny Hathaway & More, 8pm (dinner at 6:30 pm)
November 25th:  Doc Scanlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra, 8pm (dinner at 6:30 pm)
November 26th:  A Motown Christmas, two shows, 5pm & 8pm
 
Save the Date(s):  Alexandria Holiday Market Comes Back to Carlyle this December
The third annual Alexandria’s Holiday Market kicks off on Saturday December 3rd.  This is an annual signature event that transforms John Carlyle Square Park into a lively Holiday Festival. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your friends and family, enjoy live entertainment, food and sweets, hot Gluhwein wine, and hot cocoa.  The array of vendors changes daily selling traditional food, sweets and drinks combined with unique art and crafts.  After the first weekend in December, the market will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 18th and the week days of December 19 - 22 leading up to Christmas. From 11 am – 7 pm.

Carlyle Development News

Access National Bank Opening Mid-November
Access National Bank will become the newest financial services entity in Carlyle when it opens its new location in the Catholic Charities USA building at 2050 Ballenger Avenue expected in mid-November.
 
Access National Bank has extensive experience serving several key industries including CPA Firms, Legal Services, Medical Practices, National Trade Associations, Nonprofits and Government Contractors. As one of the most active SBA lenders in the region historically, the Bank has already established significant Alexandria clientele. This track record, coupled with a reputation for business banking excellence, serves as a catalyst for continued growth.  Access National Bank is a business bank organized in December 1999 by professional bankers and business people. Their mission is to provide credit, treasury management and private banking services to emerging businesses with revenues of up to $100 million.
 
Fusion Academy Moving to Permanent Carlyle Location in Mid-November
Fusion Academy’s permanent classroom space at 333 John Carlyle Street will be ready for move in mid-November.  The Academy has been housed in temporary space next door at 1900 Duke Street. Fusion is an accredited private school for middle and high school for grades 6-12 that started in California in 1989 and has expanded to 39 campuses across the country, including the DMV region.     
 
Fusion specializes in one-to-one classrooms where the educational experience is customized, classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths and challenges. Fusion offers over 250 middle and high school courses, all of which meet state standards.  Students complete all schoolwork on-site, instead of at home.    
 
Zell Building in Carlyle featured in "Top 10" List of DC Non-stodgy Architecture  
The Washington Business Journal recently showcased DC building projects that have non-traditional architectural design including the JM Zell project (slide #6).  Hines and JM Zell retained Miami’s Arquitectonica International to design Carlyle Plaza Two to be built in south Carlyle. The 382-unit apartment project will rise to 34 stories and 354 feet, becoming the tallest building in Alexandria and offering spectacular views of the Potomac River and Washington, DC. http://www.bizjournals.com/…/who-says-were-stodgy-here-are-…
 

Transportation Management Program (TMP) News

Carlyle Council to Offer Zimride Ridesharing Service
Carlyle Council’s TMP program will be offering a new and innovative ridesharing service called Zimride.  CCC is partnering with Enterprise to offer this online ridematching service to Carlyle businesses – at no-cost to Carlyle employers or to their employees. Carlyle employees can find and share rides with one another through a private network available only to Carlyle Council member organizations. Each participating company has their organization’s email domain cleared for this network. Then employees visit the website created just for Carlyle organizations: 
There, employees can sign up using their work email address and compare the options available for their specific commute:
  • Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes to and from your work site. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don’t have a car, find rides where you need to go.
  • Five or more people sharing the same route could create a vanpool through Enterprise Rideshare and be eligible for subsidies from local government agencies.
 
Zimride is the largest ride-matching program in the U.S. with more than 380,000 users within more than 140 private networks including universities, corporations, hospitals and municipalities (such as Verizon, NBCUniversal, Harvard and UVA).  The official launch begins in January 2017.  More details are coming soon.
 
Hop On:  Discounted Capital Bikeshare Memberships Available
A popular benefit of Carlyle Council’s TMP program are its discounted annual memberships for the Capital Bikeshare program (CaBi).    This promotion is available to Carlyle residents and employees.  Annual Capital Bikeshare membership cost is $85.  However, with the Carlyle Council discounted offer, you can purchase an annual membership for just $25.  This is how it works:
  • Visit Carlyle Council’s website:   www.thecarlylecommunity.com
  • Under the “Capital Bikeshare Has Arrived” section click on the membership registration form
  • You will receive an email with your membership code and instructions on how to complete your membership registration on the Capital Bikeshare website
Carlyle is home to two Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) docking stations -- one at 1800 Duke Street, the SHRM building -- and the other at the USPTO campus in Dulany Gardens by Dulany Street and Ballenger Avenue.  The first 30 minutes of each trip are free.  
 
Pedestrian Tunnel and Carlyle Shuttle Holiday Schedule
For the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas 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:
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th
  • Christmas holiday, Monday, December 26th  
  • New Year’s holiday, Monday, January 2nd
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