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Construction of Monroe Avenue Development to Begin in November

New 276-unit luxury apartment building with some retail space expected to be completed in late 2014.

Construction of a five-story, 276-unit luxury apartment building near the corner of Monroe Avenue and Main Line Boulevard will begin in November.

The complex, which is referred to as Monroe Square at Del Ray East by developer Woodfield Investments, will include a six-level (one level below grade), 368-space parking garage and 3,500 square feet of retail space. Seventy percent of the units will be one-bedroom apartments.

The retail space is not expected to house a restaurant.

“We’ll take all-comers, but we want an amenity [for our residents],” Todd Jacobus of Woodfield Investments said at a meeting with neighbors on Monday at the Reingold office on Monroe Avenue.

Jacobus said there is the potential to split the retail space into two storefronts.

The parking garage will be built first and is expected to take six to seven months to complete. The apartments will be constructed around the garage, shielding it from view from the street.

Construction work will be performed between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and holidays. Work is not permitted on Sundays.  

The construction process will include some drilling work and the use of a tower crane.

Construction workers will park on the unfinished portion of S. Main Line Boulevard to the south of the site. Workers are not permitted to park on Monroe or Leslie avenues.

Jacobus anticipated that construction would be completed in about 22 months.

The building will have some art-deco design elements similar to George Washington Middle School and the former Gold Crust building that will soon house Swing’s Coffee.

The complex received approval from Alexandria City Council in January.

Woodfield Investments completed the Siena Park apartment complex on Columbia Pike in Arlington County in 2009.

Drew Hansen October 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
There was a lot of discussion between council members and city staff of the parking issues in this area when Swing's received approval. Here's my story from that: http://delray.patch.com/articles/swing-s-coffee-set-to-make-move-to-del-ray Traffic calming funds were just placed back into the city's budget after a several year absence. There's a backlog of projects across the city. I'll see if I can find a prioritized list. That will probably have to wait until after the election.
Brett G. October 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I must have missed the cars driving over the sidewalk. My favorite so far has been cars parked on the North side of Monroe Ave., just south of the actual soccer fields and East of Leslie. There are no spots on the North side of the street--people were just creating them. This created enough room for only 1 lane of traffic for a while on Monroe. That was a mess. A few weeks ago, walking to the YMCA, I saw a Parking Officer out and was overjoyed. Unfortunately, she was not ticketing anybody (?!?!). She said b/c the City has failed to put up "No Parking" signs or otherwise make clear where people can/cannot park, that she was unable to ticket people, even those parked on a crosswalk. Complete insanity. I have also questioned why the Police have set speed traps on Potomac Avenue, where almost no one lives yet, but they do not enforce speeding on Monroe Avenue (people speed down the Hill from the bridge quite often), where there are actual people and businesses and unregulated crosswalks. I wrote the City regarding these types of concerns back in 2009, when the Monroe Ave. development was just a twinkle in the eye, and I'm sure you and I are not the only ones to do so. I can't believe nothing has been done. As I said previously, the development is here, it's the lack of preparation/planning that astounds me. We have a toddler and often walk to the Y/Park, and I completely share your concerns about the dangers this all poses to kids.
Joseph M. October 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Cars parked on the street actually paradoxically increase safety by narrowing the line of sight and slowing down cars. "Last weekend I counted three cars parked in the grass by the new development- just east of Swings". Could they have been construction worker cars that entered through the under-construction portion of Main Line Blvd? Even if not construction workers but soccer parents, is it possible that they entered off of Main Line? As someone that also lives in the immediate vicinity, I'm just not seeing the capacity issues, even on Saturday mornings. I see vibrancy, not congestion. For example, you can street park on the portion underneath the bridge but I've never seen anyone park there (sidewalk being temporarily closed obviously doesn't help). And it's worth repeating, once Main Line Blvd opens, there will be hundreds of new street parking spaces stretching all the way down to near Braddock Road.
Brett G. October 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thanks for the link to the parking article, Drew. I'd missed that one. Though the City didn't provide much in the way of solutions in there either.
amy lu October 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
fyi, the YMCA parking lot is on private property but - in 1994 the Y verbally agreed to share their lot with City sponsored athletic uses in exchange for creating consolidated driveway, receiving a parking reduction, and allowing Y users to park in the Simpson Field parking lot. So feel free to park in the Y's underutilized lot. (I get a kick out of watching folks going to the Y to work out, as they park as close to the Y's front door as possible. Somewhat counterproductive.)


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