Welcome to Fall!  I hope this message finds you enjoying the cooler weather.  This has been a busy time of year for the City and SHA. Here are a few things I want to bring to your attention.

Our SHA Board meeting will be Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.  It will be a virtual meeting, as will our meetings through 2020 at least. Here is the information to get into the meeting if you wish to listen in or participate.

Topic: SHA Board Meeting Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 8, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 841 3222 9688
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Our agenda is as follows:


Police Report

Sheriff’s Report

Presentation on the proposed redevelopment of 3120 Colvin Street

Program: Voting in Alexandria, Presented by Angie Maniglia Turner, Director of Elections and General Registrar, City of Alexandria 

Minutes from September 2020

Treasurer’s Report

Area Reports

Old Business

SHA goals

Joint Civic Association Letter regarding applicants to city boards

Trinity Drive Speed Bumps

New Business

SHA Election Committee/Annual Meeting

Minnie Howard High School project – housing colocation

Seminary Road Affordable Housing Proposal

Seminary Ridge Letter re: Bradford Pear Trees

Alexandria Mobility Plan (AMP)

Housing Initiative (GARE)

Duke Street Transitway Funding – interview with the consultant

Taylor Run Stream Restoration


Upcoming Meetings

October 6th - City Council Virtual Legislative Meeting 7:00 p.m. Staff recommendations for ADUs will be presented to Council at this meeting.

October 11th – Deadline for completing the survey on Joint ACPS-City Facilities Master Plan. This includes questions about the colocation of housing on school properties. To take the survey go to https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-AlexandriaJFMP

October 15th – Town Hall Presentation and Q&A on Alexandria Mobility Plan 6:00 p.m. Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DUSxbXzOQPOoak6-zfV5xw

October 22nd – Virtual Webinar on ADUs. Registration information not yet posted.

October 27th –City Council Meeting (currently not listed as virtual) 7:00 p.m City Hall.

October 31st – City Council Public Hearing 9:30 a.m. City Hall

Please take note of the above meetings and the important survey for the Joint ACPS-City Facilities Master Plan. This document will guide the planning of future school projects and the use of school land for other municipal functions. As Mayor Wilson stated in his October Council Connection, the goal of such a master plan is "to work together (ACPS and the City) at each municipal site and determine the right mix of uses agnostic of whether these services are seen as traditionally 'school' or 'city' uses." This obviously means that school land would be used for non-educational functions, such as housing. The survey questions are, not surprisingly, phrased in such a way to make views that might not support this concept very difficult to register, but you can use the comment boxes to express your thoughts more fully if you wish.

Episcopal High School would like to let neighbors know that their students have returned to campus. Strict safety protocols will be followed for students and faculty with reimagined use of their facilities and frequent Covid testing. The school will drastically limit the movements on and off the campus. The school wants to reopen as safely as possible for their students, the EHS community, and their neighbors  The school recognizes that their campus has been a wonderful area for neighbors to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and dog walks. They look forward to the time when these activities can resume again. However, for the foreseeable future in order to protect their students, no walkers or visitors will be allowed on the campus grounds. Signs are now posted at the gates regarding these restrictions.

As you will see from the meeting agenda, updates will be given on the process for voting in the November election, the Taylor Run Stream Restoration project, the proposal for multifamily buildings on the 4500 block of Seminary Road, and other issues of concern to our area. So please join us for our meeting if you can this Thursday night at 7:00.

Carter Flemming, President, Seminary Hill Association