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What Do You Think of the Revitalization on Route 1?

New businesses, apartments and the widening of Richmond Highway are all a part of the revitalization of Richmond Highway.

Construction on Insight Huntington Metro luxury apartments. (Photo by Raytevia Evans)
Construction on Insight Huntington Metro luxury apartments. (Photo by Raytevia Evans)
The revitalization of Route 1 is slowly taking shape as multiple construction projects continue to crop up on the main highway in Alexandria.

Some businesses that are now calling Alexandria home include yogurt shops Sweet Frog and Zinga and next year, the community will have a new restaurant in City View Brewhouse.

Other additions include Fordson Place, Beacon of Groveton, Costco and the Insight Huntington Metro apartments across from Penn Daw shopping center.

More businesses are expected in the future and most importantly, the widening if Richmond Highway will begin soon.

And even more is going on along the Route 1 corridor with VDRPT and AECOM conducting a multimodal transportation alternatives analysis for the busy highway.

With everything happening along Route 1 to build up the area, what do you think of the revitalization and construction projects? Tell us in the comment section below.
Scott Surovell September 06, 2013 at 07:47 AM
I posted about that here yesterday: http://scottsurovell.blogspot.com/2013/09/status-of-mulligan-road-and-us-1.html
DOUG BIELAN September 06, 2013 at 09:10 AM
While I support new business along Route One, I have doubts about over 1,000 new housing units that have been built or are building or planned to be built along route one. Traffic is horrible on weekends to the point I and many others avoid the Route One Corridor on Saturday and Sunday. The New Wall Mart and new Costco are examples of building first and looking for solutions later. In talking with people in the area, most agree traffic is a mess, lights not properly set for heavy traffic flow, and the general lack of roads to get off of route one. Fort Hunt Road has seen a traffic increase and during rush hour is terrible. Now that the damage is done we are spending money to widen the route. Their is talk of light rail. This will only urbanize and further add to the congestion. Where will the "stops" be? Will we need parking so that we can drive home from the station stop? What is the point of driving a fuel efficient car and then sitting in traffic and burning gas just to sit at every other light? Careful planning is necessary and has been absent, with a rush to build.
Kisha September 06, 2013 at 09:12 AM
While, I am happy to see many improvements along the corridor, each of these new improvements bring more traffic to an already congested area. I also believe the 'luxury apartments' are a way to price out low income families but that would put us right there with what everyone else is doing (i.e. City of Alexandria, Washington DC). I also agree that the influx of title loan stores dampen the look of the corridor. Overall, I don't think the county puts the Rt. 1 corridor or much of South County high on its priority list and that is something we have to change.
T Ailshire September 06, 2013 at 02:08 PM
What I see is someone (or several someones) deciding what *should* be rather than celebrating what is. Do we really want to be another Reston Town Center, or Rosslyn, Clarendon, or Tysons? I know I don't want to live there. Look at The Beacon at Groveton. Maybe apartments are rented, but retail space sits empty. Nearly every shopping center on the road has a vacancy, so until you can lure the retail that people actually want to patronize, revitalization remains the dream of those who want it to look upscale. Traffic is atrocious; I make every effort to use 235 and the GW Parkway when possible. Widening/"improving" will only add to the congestion for years. The frontage/service roads could be put to great use, but instead are beckoners to those who think they can gain 3 car lengths in traffic, and magnets for those who are in the farthest lane away.
T Ailshire September 07, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Patch comments function NEEDS PARAGRAPH CAPABILITY. Your commenters with more than one-line responses appear as uneducated dolts when their paragraphs are wiped out.

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