Monday, May 9, 2016
Arlandria Smart Growth Redevelopment Abandoned in Favor of Neighborhood Modernization
Latest that's happening in Alexandria since Allison Silberberg became Mayor is City Government has taken a hard look at New Urbanism aka Smart Growth. Consequently, plans for massive Smart Growth redevelopment of the area of Arlandria around My Organic Market (MOM) will be shelved indefinitely and the current shopping plaza will be modernized instead. My Organic Market will be renovated and expanded.
The original Mount Vernon Village Smart Growth mixed-use redevelopment called for replacing the current shopping plaza with two massive six-story buildings with 480 apartments (28 to be "affordable"), 53,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and on-site parking for 940 vehicles. However, given the proximity of redeveloped Potomac Yards the mixed-use redevelopment of Arlandria would not, apparently, be economically viable for a developer.
This is another indication that allowing neighborhoods to deteriorate is a deliberate strategy and is an essential element of New Urbanism "revitalization".
You can read all about it in the Alexandria Times on-line edition, at alextimes.com.