The Rosemont Citizens Association (RCA) represents the interests of the residents and property owners in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Major Rosemont-related updates follow below; for a complete set of updates, please visit our News page or our Facebook page.  The community email list can be accessed at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rosemontva/.

 


Maury Playground Update (August 2016)

Work has started on the Matthew Maury Schoolyard Project that aims to create a state-of-the art playground at the school.  From the zebra.org:

Maury Playground Update


RCA Updates (June 2016)

  • Unfortunately we have to suspend our traditional Fourth of July Picnic this year. Construction should begin on Maury’s schoolyard this July and therefore we have no permit to hold the event there.
  • It is the time for the election of RCA’s officers for the coming year. We would like to ask your indulgence to postpone the election until the fall. During the summer the Board would like to work on a new way of getting news to you, gettting your feedback, and having discussions. Having general meetings at Maury has not been engaging enough of the community. Suggestions are welcome.

Capital Bikeshare Station (May 2016)

The Traffic and Parking Board meeting on May 23 (at City Hall, 7:30pm) will have on the agenda a new Capital Bikeshare station at Commonwealth Avenue and East Oak Street (specifically, the southeast corner of the intersection).  One on-street parking spot would be affected.  For details of the proposal, see https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/tes/info/2016%20May%20Docket%20Final.pdf.


School Redistricting (February 2016)

ACPS has announced that its timetable for redistricting the city’s elementary schools has been extended into the fall (with a School Board vote in December 2016 or January 2017), with changes to take effect in the 2017-18 school year. See http://www.acps.k12.va.us/redistricting/ and http://www.acps.k12.va.us/redistricting/faq.pdf for more information.

School Redistricitng Timeline


Pedestrian/Traffic Safety Update (November 2015)

At its meeting on October 26, the Traffic and Parking Board approved the installation of “No Right Turn on Red” at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road, which will be installed in the next few weeks.  Improvements also recently installed in the neighborhood include a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road to provide pedestrians with more conflict free time to cross the street; curb extensions and new crosswalks to provide shorter and safer crossings on Monroe Avenue; and pedestrian countdown signals at Commonwealth Avenue and Monroe Avenue.  The city also has posted a list of the comments regarding pedestrian safety in Rosemont and Del Ray that it has received and is reviewing at http://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/localmotion/info/gettingaround/2015-10-26%20Ped%20Safety%20Comments.pdf.

Hooff’s Run Park and Greenway Update (October 2015)

The City has published a set of proposals for improvements to neighborhood parks, including Hooff’s Run Park and Greenway as well as Beach Park. The full report can be accessed at http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/recreation/parks/Neighborhood%20Park%20Plan_AllParks_smallest.pdf.

Hooffs Run Plan - October 2015Beach Park Plan - October 2015


Pedestrian/Traffic Safety Meeting (September 2015)

In response to the fatal accident earlier this month, the city held a meeting on pedestrian/traffic safety at the Maury Elementary School on Monday, September 14 at 6:30pm.  Subsequent to the meeting, the City has alerted us that two actions already are in progress:

  • Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) have been installed at the intersection of Braddock Road and Commonwealth Avenue. LPIs provide a WALK signal for pedestrians prior to vehicles receiving a green light. This configuration allows pedestrians to establish their presence in the crosswalk and be more visible to a driver.
  • City staff also plans to request approval from the Alexandria Traffic and Parking Board that No Right on Red signs be installed at the intersection. This request will be presented to the Board at its October 26 meeting.

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Tap Targets Fall Opening Date (August 2015)

Construction continues on the restaurant at Yates Corner; Lena’s has established a presence on both Facebook and Twitter, with periodic updates, and aims to be open in October.

Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza


School Facilities Plan and Maury (July 2015)

The City Council has approved a long-range facilities plan for the City’s schools, which includes plans for Maury Elementary.  For the complete plan, please visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/planning/info/FINALLongRangeEducationalFacilitiesPlanJune232015v3reduced.pdf.

Maury Plan


Rosemont Celebrates the Fourth (July 2015)

Many thanks to our chair – Cathy Puskar, our volunteers, and our sponsors – Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota/Scion, Yates Corner, Christine Garner Realty, Graham Setliff Mortgage, Simpson Real Estate Services, the Grape + Bean, and Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh PC.

RosemonRosemont Fourth of July 2015t_4th_FINAL


Beach Park/Hooff’s Run Park and Greenway Update (June 2015)

The City has proposed plans for both parks – some elements of which may not necessarily be what the community expected/wants.  For more information or to provide feedback, visit http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=65170#neighborhood.

Hoofs Run - City Proposal - Spring 2015 Beach Park - City Proposal - Spring 2015


Braddock Cannon Centenary (May 2015)

On Tuesday, May 26 at 3 pm, exactly one hundred years to the minute, the City of Alexandria and the Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia re-dedicated the cannon monument at the intersection of Braddock and Russell Roads.  The 1915 monument was first installed at the rural intersection of two dirt roads in what was then the West End of Alexandria, using one of the original cannons believed to have been abandoned at the waterfront by British General Edward Braddock in 1755.

Braddock Road Cannon Plaque - 05 26 15

 

Cannon at Braddock Road and Russell Road, c. 1916

 


City Council Approves Woodbine Memory Care Center Application (February 2015)

The City Council on February 21 by a 6-1 vote approved the application for the rezoning of 2805 – 2809 King Street and other authority necessary to allow a memory care facility to be constructed adjacent to the existing Woodbine nursing home. The opposing vote was from Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg. A video of the meeting is available on the City website (http://media-03.granicus.com:443/ondemand/alexandria/alexandria_7d8b592e-91ce-413f-b0f8-0eaa342f6882.mp4); the discussion begins at approximately 2:40.

Woodbine Memory Care Proposal - 02 21 15


City Approves Yates Restaurant Plan (December 2014)

On December 13 the City Council gave final approval to the applications necessary for a pizzeria at Yates Corner (515 Mount Vernon), with some minor changes from the conditions initially recommended by city staff (including a reallocation of the seats allowed indoors and outdoors).  A copy of the application/staff report can be found at https://alexandria.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1912485&GUID=DE3AD7F3-246E-4788-8C7C-0BCEC3ACCC87; an excerpt from the application (showing the main level of the restaurant, as originally proposed) appears below.

Yates Restaurant Plan


Rosemont Historic Plaque Installed (October 2014)

This picture is of our new plaque commemorating the Rosemont Historic District.  If you have not seen it, it is in the garden space on the northwest corner of Rosemont  Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue. Standing next to the stone are Ann and Greg Taylor.  Ann is the godmother of our historic district.  She is the one responsible for its creation.  She and Greg used to live in Rosemont but are now living in Charlottesville.  Anne Shine, a neighbor, is the one responsible for getting the ball rolling on having the monument.  Pamela Underhill, a former neighbor designed the stone and Mr. Rugo of Rugo Stone, also a former neighbor, donated the stone.  RCA was one of the contributors for the fabrication and installation.

Many members have indicated on your membership applications that you have an interest in finding out more about our Rosemont history.  If you are interested in organizing a committee to help with research (e.g., how the streets in Rosemont got their names and why some streets’ names have changed; early development in Rosemont; interviewing neighbors who have lived here since they were children), please contact marguerite@turcopolier.com.

Rosemont Plaque - October 2014