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ARHA and EYA Dedicate New City Park in Alexandria

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ARHA and EYA Dedicate New City Park in Alexandria Blog Feature

By: EYA Homes on October 3rd, 2012

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Alexandria, VA – On Wednesday, October 10th at 10:00 AM, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) Executive Director Roy Priest and EYA will gather to dedicate a new park in the City of Alexandra as part of the James Bland Housing Redevelopment at Old Town Commons.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
898 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia

The new park, at the corner of Alfred and Montgomery Streets, is just over a quarter-acre and includes:

  • Music-inspired design with a “banjo” architectural feature in honor of Virginia’s musical legend James Bland
  • High quality decorative pavings, benches, ornamental fencing, lighting and brick columns
  • Landscaped lawn overlooking a raised stage area for outdoor events and neighborhood gatherings
  • Child-friendly sand box, musical play equipment and climbing mound
  • Environmentally friendly native plantings, bike racks and a large amount of pervious area (congruent with the development’s LEED certified design)

The park, which is one of two pocket parks in the Old Town Commons James Bland Redevelopment, is an important open space which will bridge the Braddock neighborhood to the parks along Potomac River.


Old Town Commons is a redevelopment of the five-city-block ARHA housing community known as James Bland. What was once a concentration of aging public housing units is now a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood featuring 134 LEED certified affordable rental homes alongside 159 LEED certified market-rate townhomes and condominiums. Three of the five city blocks are at or near completion.

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) is a public agency that preserves affordable housing opportunities for Alexandria’s low-income residents by providing safe and sanitary living conditions. The agency also provides educational and career advancement opportunities to residents through social service programs. For more information, visit http://www.ARHA.us.

EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments. Since its founding in 1992, the company has built over 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.