When the better half and I arrived here in Alexandria in 1995, the closest movie theater to our house was the Mount Vernon Multiplex Cinemas on Route 1 (where Costco sits now). Then we started going to the Hoffman 22 when its screens rose up on Eisenhower Avenue. In the parking lot next door, the city did not allow parking. They put up a sign that said “Coming Soon.” Believe it or not, soon didn’t come until something like ten years later. All that time the lot could have been used for parking.
Well, all is forgiven now, as the National Science Foundation has landed there, a beauty that has been fun to watch go up.
Here’s some photos and thoughts, hopefully helpful to those of you who will be employed here.
Served by the Yellow Line. Or you could take blue and walk from King Street.
This photo gives a great view of the building’s dual nature.
Parc Meridian is quite a place.
Block 20 (nee National Trucking Association), seen in the foreground, is slated for residential and possibly a Harris Teeter.
View from the Eisenhower Metro station. Will be interesting to see what retail goes in the first floor.
I put together this map showing three areas that were investigated by archaeologists, as well as the shoreline from 1945, and current places.
There's certainly more to come in this part of Alexandria. Basically, every parking lot is marked for development. This is an exciting time for history buffs, as archaeology could find the long lost village of Cameron.