Discussion about new housing at Ft Belvoir that has been under construction for years
Ft Belvoir housing is not just for army or people who work on Ft Belvoir; can house people who work at different locations and in all branches of service; intent is to try to pull them out of the housing market to free up housing for others
Historic boundary/berm from George WashingtonÕs Mt Vernon estate discovered during construction
Huntington Levee Update Ð Alan Ruof
Fairfax County will provide an update on the levee at a public meeting onÊThursday, March 9, 2017, atÊ6:30 p.m.,Êat theÊMartha Washington Library, located at 6614 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria.ÊÊAs the project begins construction, the project manager will provide an overview, discuss the projectÕs status, and share upcoming construction steps.
A public groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled forÊThursday, March 23, 2017, atÊ10 a.m.ÊThe ceremony will be held at Huntington Park, at the end of Liberty Drive.
As of my January 26 call with Aaron Koch, the construction management plan had not yet received final approvalÑthe deadline was February 5, so I believe approval has now been granted.
Fencing has been placed around the site.
Fairfax County had already approved delivering trailers, which have been elevated out of the flood plain, and utilities were being connected.Ê Archer Western, County and Arcadis staff will use the trailers.
Formal progress meetings have begun and will be held every two weeks onsite.
Urban Forestry identified trees to be saved or removed.
The County will regularly update the Huntington Levee website with construction photos to show progress.
The Farrington Park permit is taking a little longer than expected but there are no real issues.Ê The park will likely be open by the beginning of April at the latest.
Community members at the HCA meeting discussed the destruction of Huntington Park playground, basketball courts, and baseball diamond; our area is underserved by public recreational facilities
The levee area will be accessible with trails, but there will be no baseball diamond, basketball court, or playground
Community could push for linking up bike trail at eastern end of levee with other trails to make recreation more pleasant and avoid having to use Huntington Ave.
Some community members have registered complaints about levee-related big black containers in cul-de-sac on Metro View; cones or other reflective objects need to ensure people do not hit them