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


RCA Meeting (November 2016)

A summary of the Rosemont Citizens Association meeting held on November 10 at the Commonwealth Baptist Church:
By acclamation, the new officers were elected: Jol Silversmith, President; Karla Springer, First Vice-President; Garrett Erdle, Second Vice-President; John Leary, Secretary; Tom Holland, Treasurer; and Marguerite Lang, President Emeritus.
Captain Shelbert Williams provided an update from the Sheriff’s Office; the office will be sponsoring winter toy and coat drives, and he also discussed Project Lifesaver ( which assists in tracking children and adults with special needs.
Lieutenant Bartholomew Bailey provided an update from the Police Department (which, as part of its community outreach program, will be sponsoring winter toy and turkey events). Since the start of the year, 45 serious crimes have been reported in Rosemont, mostly larcenies from automobiles. In October, two individuals were arrested with stolen bikes, who are being investigated for possible links to other recent crimes in the area. Especially as the holiday season approaches, it is important to secure property (and report suspicious activity) to prevent crimes of opportunity.
Robert Garbacz, Division Chief of the Transportation and Environmental Services Department, took questions and provided feedback about traffic concerns in Rosemont. He noted that in December, the City Council is expected to approve signage prohibiting through trucks on the unit block of West Linden Street, as well as an overall traffic study for Rosemont, but congestion is a growing problem throughout the City with no easy solutions. Community members raised issues such as evening traffic back-ups heading south on Russell Road, and the possibility of “don’t block the box” signage or street markings. They also asked that King Street be included in the study, to the extent it is part of Rosemont. Generally, Garbacz encouraged feedback to TES, since enforcement activities tend to be based on the volume of complaints received. Garbacz can be contacted at
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Trucks on West Linden (October 2016)

At its October 24 meeting, the Traffic and Parking Board will consider a request to prohibit thru trucks on West Linden Street between Russell Road and Commonwealth Avenue.  For more information, please view the docket and supporting documents at  The RCA Executive Board supports the posting  of “no through truck” signs – like the ones already on West Rosemont Avenue – but also recommends that a comprehensive study be done on the effects of through-truck traffic on Rosemont neighborhood streets.

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

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

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 and 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

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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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 (; the discussion begins at approximately 2:40.

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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; 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

Rosemont Plaque - October 2014