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Bumpy Road to Straighter Route 1

Monroe Ave. Bridge Plan Includes Long Disruption

Along Route 1, a coronet of construction booms reaches high into the sky as developers begin work in earnest on several large-scale projects and a major expansion of the Potomac Yard area of Arlington and Alexandria.

Beginning this spring, commuters and residents will feel the first major impact of the Potomac Yard building boom when work begins on a long-awaited new bridge for Route 1. The $50 million project -- which will straighten the roadway where it now curves just south of the shopping center -- will mean traffic tie-ups and headaches on one of the region's most heavily traveled corridors for the next 30 months

This is a big project, and it is happening right in people's back yards," said Alexandria City Council member Rob Krupicka (D), who lives a few blocks from the site. "We are entering a phase of development in Potomac Yard that will really change travel and commuting patterns. Our goal is that this change is positive, but there are a lot of details to work out."

The straighter Route 1 will be the road to a much busier Potomac Yard, which eventually will include millions of square feet of office buildings and shops and more than 3,000 new homes.

The Arlington portion of Potomac Yard also will be radically transformed, officials said. Just north of the existing mall, the National Gateway project would ultimately have six office buildings and 2.85 million square feet of office space. Two 11-story condominium buildings are already rising there, and a third building, with condominiums and retail, is planned.


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Here is the Arlington side. This thread is a work in progress.



Block A


One and Two Potomac Yard are currently

under construction by Crescent Resources for delivery in 2006.

The 654,000 square foot Class A office complex is

65% pre-leased to the EPA for 10 years. The remaining

209,000 square feet is available through Millenium Realty Advisors. www.milrealty.com




Block B


Block B is planned for 423,000

square feet of hotel and multi-family development. Please check

back with us for further details in the months ahead.




Block C


Block C is programmed for National

Gateway III-VI, consisting of 1,200,000 square feet of Class A

office space and 14,000 square feet of street retail.




Block D


Block D is being planned for

765,351 square feet of multi-family square feet of street retail

around a portion of Center Park. Delivery is planned for 2008.

Please check back with us for further details in the months ahead.




Block E


Block E West is programmed

for National Gateway I and II, totaling 418,000 square feet of

Class A office space and 24,000 square feet of street retail space.

Block E East is currently under construction by Camden Realty Trust

for 386 luxury apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail space.



Block F


The Eclipse at Potomac Yard

is 481-unit condominium complex under construction for 2006

delivery by Comstock Homes. Featuring 80,000 square feet of

restaurants and shops, including a Harris Teeter grocery store,

The Eclipse is 75% pre-sold as of May 2005. For further information,

please visit www.eclipsecondo.com.


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Council Approves Bus Rapid Transit Lanes for Route 1

Officials Say Plan Will Relieve Congestion In Potomac Yard Area


The Alexandria City Council has decided to locate bus rapid transit lanes on Jefferson Davis Highway, paving the way for a bus service connecting the Braddock Road Metro station with Crystal City and similar services being developed in Arlington.

Under the plan, which was approved by unanimous vote on May 20 and designates the roadway as a transit corridor, city planners have effectively shifted the transportation focus along Route 1 in Alexandria from suburban road projects and automobile travel to a more diverse multi-model approach designed to get people out of their cars.



City Aims to Add Flair to Function

Stretch of Rte. 1 in Alexandria Poised for a Makeover


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National Gateway Project Moves Forward

Potomac Yard development, containing 2.8 million feet of office, residential, commercial and hotel space,will continue unchanged.


Development of the National Gateway site at Potomac Yard will continue unchanged, as planned revisions to the project have been withdrawn, officials from Bethesda-based Meridian Group said.

The original plan called for more than 2.8 million square feet of office, residential, commercial, and hotel buildings on the property, which sits south of Crystal City near the Potomac River.

The county is currently looking into new transit options for the new residents of Potomac Yard, which would carry them to Alexandria and the Crystal City Metro stop, said Terry Holzheimer, director of Arlington Economic Development.


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I think this is seperate from National Gateway but since it appears to be apart of the same development I am posting here.

Work set to start in Dec. on $500M Potomac Yard

It has long been a big empty space on Alexandria's busy Route 1 corridor, but the $500 million Potomac Yard development is about to spring to life.

Infrastructure work will begin in December on the project's first phase, which will include 216 condominiums, 50,000 square feet of office space and 4,800 square feet of retail space. It took more than two years of planning and earning approvals from officials, but the start of the 167-acre community is at hand.

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Glad to see something worthwhile being done with this very valuable piece of land.

Heard anything about plans to redevelop the Potomac Yard Center strip mall complex?

Also, has there been any recent discussion of an infill station on the blue/yellow line?

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