Stepped over to the southeast corner of Carlyle yesterday to take a peek at the active construction zone there. While the two big digs by the Eisenhower Avenue Metro take place (National Science Foundation and the Park Meridian, a high rise residential tower), this part is flying under the radar.
First off is 800 Carlyle, a uniquely shaped set of apartments and condos. Behind it and almost rubbing shoulders with the Beltway, we noticed a raised surface being built at the corner of Hooff’s Run Drive and Limerick Street. This will be a new Nutrient Management Facility, which will include a unique sporting field - a synthetic playing surface to accommodate regulation soccer and lacrosse fields.
Out front of 800 Carlyle is one of the more impressive historical markers I have even seen. Three-sided, made of shiny granite (always hell on photography), and topped with a large globe, it pays tribute to Cameron, the long lost village that preceded Alexandria, as well as the international flavor of Alexandria as a seaport. What a wonderful surprise.
Soon to come is Carlyle Plaza Two, which will front Eisenhower as it ends at the circle with Holland Avenue. This photo looks across its footprint to the PTO. The city approved an amendment earlier this year allowing residential and/or hotel to replace office space.