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About the RCA. The Rosemont Citizens Association is a  100% volunteer-run organization working to promote the interests and welfare of its members. Everyone who resides and owns in Rosemont is automatically a member; we rely on contributions from citizens like you to sustain our operations. Contributions to RCA, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, are not tax deductible. Give to RCA!

Volunteer Opportunities. Help pass out RCA Door Hangers this Spring, and/or volunteer at the famous Rosemont July 4th Celebration. Contact: deringer3@gmail.com.

Meeting Report. Thanks to all who attended our March 21 meeting, which included:

* The introduction of Sgt. Michele Garcia, our new police liaison.

* A presentation about trees in the City by Phil Hubert, the City’s new Urban Forestry manager.

* A presentation by Sylvia Alimena about the challenge to the revised City zoning rules that has been filed by the Coalition for a Livable Alexandria (https://livablealexandria.org/).

* A PELT report about infrastructure issues (https://rosemontcitizensassoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/RCA-Meeting-March-2024.pptx).  In regard to infrastructure, one notable update is that micro-trenching by Ting has been suspended until at least late summer.

Arena Update. Since the RCA meeting, the City has announced that the arena project will not proceed.  See https://www.alexandriava.gov/news-citywide/2024-03-27/city-of-alexandria-releases-statement-on-potomac-yard-entertainment.

At the meeting, the following resolution was adopted about the sense of those in attendance (with the plan to convene a further meeting to discuss the issues in greater detail – which is now unnecessary):

Resolved:

That those in attendance at the March 21, 2024 meeting of the Rosemont Citizens Association oppose the creation of the proposed Monumental professional sports and entertainment complex in Potomac Yard for the following reasons, among others:

* Alexandria should not incur the financial risk of this project.

* Alexandria should not incur the direct expense to support this project.

* Alexandria should not risk the potential traffic problems this project would create.

* Alexandria should not risk the environmental damage this project may cause.

* Alexandria should not risk the significant additional long-term costs for public services such as policing, fire protection, and parking regulation.

Also, for the results of a Rosemont-specific survey about the arena (part of larger survey organized by the Del Ray Citizens Association in February), please visit https://rosemontcitizensassoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/PY-Proposal-Final-Report-Rosemont.pdf.

Historic Markers. The City, in consultation with the RCA, has installed historic markers to recognize the Rosemont Historic District – generally, the southwest side of the neighborhood. For more information about the historic district, please see the original 1991 application at https://www.rosemontcitizensassoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/100-0137_Rosemont_HD_1992_Final_Nomination.pdf. A plaque recognizing the district was installed at the intersection of Rosemont Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue in 2014.

Friends of Guest House. A nonprofit here in Rosemont has been quietly and effectively delivering on its mission to help women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. In fact, Friends of Guest House was founded in 1974 and has helped more than 5,000 women break the cycle of incarceration, reunite with their families, and reintegrate into their communities.

This month Friends of Guest House was generously rewarded for its work in being awarded a $2 million transformational grant from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott’s Yield Giving Fund as one of the awardees working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States. To learn more, visit https://friendsofguesthouse.org/guest-house-receives-2-million-from-mackenzie-scott-yield-giving-open-call/.

Keeping Informed. We try to provide regular updates on local news, Rosemont history, and general happenings in the neighborhood and Alexandria via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RosemontCitizensAssociation), Threads (https://www.threads.net/@rosemontcitizens), and Twitter/X (https://twitter.com/RosemontCitizen). General resources also can be found on our web page (http://rosemontcitizensassoc.org). The independent community email list can be accessed at https://groups.io/g/rosemontva.

Jol Silversmith
President, RCA

© 2024 Rosemont Citizens Association.

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