TOGETHER WE STAND A CHANCE OF CONVINCING OUR CITY LEADERS THAT THERE ARE MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEVELOPER’S CURRENT PLANS.
Time is quickly running out until the City's Planning Commission holds a hearing on the developer's Heritage redevelopment project on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Below are options on how you can help fight the City's egregious actions to build three, seven-story buildings in our corner of Old Town:
Use or share your personal contacts at newspapers, news outlets or media to get the message out that the current Heritage plans are poorly conceived and unacceptable. If you have names or suggestions, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write a Letter to the Editor of any of the local publications. If you need talking points or help with drafting the letter just go on our website or contact email@example.com.
Write Letters to members of the Planning Commission, the Mayor and the entire City Council. For information, addresses, formatting, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (NOTE: Letters and cards to council members and the mayor are the most effective forms of communication, so please draft a message and send it before February 2. We have samples on our website if you need help.)
Remind the Mayor and the City Council that you will be voting in the City Council primaries on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, and again on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. (NOTE: If you are not registered to vote, please follow this link to the Virginia Department of Elections.)
Involve your neighbors and friends in Old Town and across all of Alexandria, who share your concerns for schools, tree canopy, stormwater, parking and traffic, or who fought the Seminary Road project, destruction of the Witness Tree, Taylor Run Rehabilitation, the slaughterhouse off Duke St….the list goes on and on. Ask them to write letters.
In addition, forward them the 3-D images found on our website of what the neighborhood will look like if the City is allowed to go ahead with their plans. The images tell a quick and to-scale picture of what the developers plan to do.
Voice your concerns on any social media platform you know how to use (if you don't know, ask your children or grandchildren). We have Twitter (@CitizensAssoci2) and Instagram (@citizens_assoc_sw_quadrant) accounts. Please follow them both! Also follow City Council leaders who may also have social media accounts.
Buy a yard sign and display it in your yard or window. Invite others to do the same. Contact us at email@example.com, and we’ll make sure you get what you need.
Donate if you can! We have been underwriting the costs so far, but efforts to gain our elected City leaders’ attention are expensive, and there are more expenses coming. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to donate $25 or more.
Circle your calendar and save the dates for the Planning Commission's Zoom session on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. and the City Council meeting currently scheduled for February 20 at 9:30 a.m. Members of the community can register to speak at the Planning Commission hearing at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U4kqIfxzSHK8lUAJUiE7jw.