(a) In addition to the standards set forth in section 10-105(A)(2), the following standards shall apply to the construction of new buildings and structures and to the construction of additions to buildings or structures on lots fronting on both sides of Washington Street from the southern city limit line north to the northern city limit line:
(1) Construction shall be compatible with and similar to the traditional building character, particularly including mass, scale, design and style, found on Washington Street on commercial or residential buildings of historic architectural merit.
(i) Elements of design consistent with historic buildings which are found on the street shall be emphasized.
(ii) New buildings and additions to existing buildings shall not, by their style, size, location or other characteristics, detract from, overwhelm, or otherwise intrude upon historic buildings which are found on the street.
(iii) The design of new buildings and additions to existing buildings shall be complementary to historic buildings which are found on the street.
(iv) The massing of new buildings or additions to existing buildings adjacent to historic buildings which are found on the street shall closely reflect and be proportional to the massing of the adjacent historic buildings.
(v) New buildings and additions to existing buildings which are larger than historic buildings which are found on the street shall be designed to look separate and shall not give the impression of collectively being more massive than such historic buildings. This design shall be accomplished through differing historic architectural designs, facades, setbacks, roof lines and styles. Buildings should appear from the public right-of-way to have a footprint no larger than 100 feet by 80 feet. For larger projects, it is desirable that the historic pattern of mid-block alleys be preserved or replicated.
(vi) Applications for projects over 3,000 square feet, or for projects located within 66 feet of land used or zoned for residential uses, shall include a building massing study. Such study shall include all existing and proposed buildings and building additions in the six block area as follows: the block face containing the project, the block face opposite, the two adjacent block faces to the north and the two adjacent block faces to the south.
(vii) The massing and proportions of new buildings or additions to existing buildings designed in an historic style found elsewhere in along Washington Street shall be consistent with the massing and proportions of that style.
(viii) New or untried approaches to design which result in new buildings or additions to existing buildings that have no historical basis in Alexandria or that are not consistent with an historic style in scale, massing and detailing, are not appropriate.
(2) Facades of a building generally shall express the 20- to 40-foot bay width typically found on early 19th century commercial buildings characteristic of the Old and Historic Alexandria District, or the 15- to 20-foot bay width typically found on townhouses characteristic of the Old and Historic Alexandria District. Techniques to express such typical bay width shall include changes in material, articulation of the wall surfaces, changes in fenestration patterns, varying roof heights, and physical breaks, vertical as well as horizontal, within the massing.
(3) Building materials characteristic of buildings having historic architectural merit within the district shall be utilized. The texture, tone and color of such materials shall display a level of variety, quality and richness at least equal to that found abundantly in the historic setting.
(4) Construction shall reflect the traditional fenestration patterns found within the Old and Historic Alexandria District. Traditional solid-void relationships exhibited within the district's streetscapes (i.e., ratio of window and door openings to solid wall) shall be used in building facades, including first floor facades.
(5) Construction shall display a level of ornamentation, detail and use of quality materials consistent with buildings having historic architectural merit found within the district. In replicative building construction (i.e., masonry bearing wall by a veneer system), the proper thicknesses of materials shall be expressed particularly through the use of sufficient reveals around wall openings.
(b) No fewer than 45 days prior to filing an application for a certificate of appropriateness, an applicant who proposes construction which is subject to this section 10-105(A)(3), shall meet with the director to discuss the application of these standards to the proposed development; provided, that this requirement for a preapplication conference shall apply only to the construction of 10,000 or more square feet of gross building area, including but not limited to the area in any above-ground parking structure.
(c) No application for a certificate of appropriateness which is subject to this section 10-105(A)(3) shall be approved by the Old and Historic Alexandria District board of architectural review, unless it makes a written finding that the proposed construction complies with the standards in section 10-105(A)(3)(a).
(d) The director may appeal to city council a decision of the Old and Historic Alexandria District board of architectural review granting or denying an application for a certificate of appropriateness subject to this section 10-105(A)(3), which right of appeal shall be in addition to any other appeal provided by law.
(e) The standards set out in section 10-105(A)(3)(a) shall also apply in any proceedings before any other governmental or advisory board, commission or agency of the city relating to the use, development or redevelopment of land, buildings or structures within the area subject to this section 10-105(A)(3).
(f) To the extent that any other provisions of this ordinance are inconsistent with the provisions of this section 10-105(A)(3), the provisions of this section shall be controlling.
(g) The director shall adopt regulations and guidelines pertaining to the submission, review and approval or disapproval of applications subject to this section 10-105(A)(3).
(h) Any building or addition to an existing building which fails to comply with the provisions of this paragraph shall be presumed to be incompatible with the historic district and Washington Street standards, and the applicant shall have the burden of overcoming such presumption by clear and convincing evidence.
(i) The applicant for a special use permit for an increase in density above that permitted by right shall have the burden of proving that the proposed building or addition to an existing building provides clearly demonstrable benefits to the historic character of Washington Street, and, by virtue of the project = s uses, architecture and site layout and design, materially advances the pedestrian-friendly environment along Washington Street.
Section 2. That Section 10-105 of the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance, as amended by this ordinance, be, and the same hereby is, reordained as part of the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance.
Section 3. That this ordinance shall become effective upon the date and at the time of its final passage, and shall apply to all applications for land use, land development or subdivision approval provided for under the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance which are on such date pending before any city department, agency or board, or before city council, or on judicial review; shall apply to all such applications which may be filed after such date, and shall apply to all other facts and circumstances subject to the provisions of the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance, except as may be provided in Section 2 of this Ordinance and Article XII of the Zoning Ordinance.
KERRY J. DONLEY
First Reading: 11/12/00
Public Hearing: 11/18/00
Second Reading: 11/28/00
Final Passage: 11/28/00
WHEREAS, the City of Alexandria is empowered by section 13.01 of its charter to acquire private property for the purpose of carrying out its powers and duties; and
WHEREAS, the City Council is of the opinion that a public necessity exists for the acquisition by the City of Alexandria of the Property for transportation, tourism and historic preservation purposes, and so finds; and
WHEREAS, the land records of the City of Alexandria indicate that the owner of the Property is Commonwealth Atlantic Land Company, a Virginia corporation; and
WHEREAS, the city attorney has negotiated a Contribution Contract, for the acquisition of the Property by the City of Alexandria (the "Contract");
2. That the Contract is approved, in substantially the form presented to the Council, with such changes as may later be approved by the city manager and the city attorney.
3. That the city manager is authorized to execute, on behalf of the city, and to deliver the Contract, in substantially the form presented to the Council, with such changes as may later be approved by the city manager and the city attorney. The execution of the Contract by the city manager shall constitute conclusive evidence of his approval, and that of the city attorney, of any and all changes from the document presented to the Council. If required, the city clerk is authorized and directed to affix or to cause to be affixed the seal of the city to the Contract executed by the city manager and to attest such seal.
4. That the city manager is authorized to execute on behalf of the city such other requisite documents in connection with the settlement of the transaction contemplated by the Contract, and, if required, the city clerk is authorized and directed to affix or to cause to be affixed the seal of the city to such documents executed by the city manager and to attest such seal. Such officers or their designees are authorized to execute and deliver on behalf of the city such instruments, documents or certificates, and to do and perform such things and acts, as they shall deem necessary or appropriate to carry out the transaction authorized by this Resolution or contemplated by the Contract; and all of the foregoing, previously done or performed by such officers or agents of the city are in all respects approved, ratified and confirmed.
5. That the city is authorized to perform as required in connection with the Contract and such other requisite documents.
WHEREAS, the Project will be occupied by persons of low- and moderate-income, and will be owned and operated by the Borrower, and constitutes a project for residential rental property meeting the requirements of Section 142 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Internal Revenue Code"), and of the Virginia Housing Authorities Law; and
WHEREAS, the Authority has held a public hearing on the issuance of the Bonds on November 27, 2000, in accordance with Section 15.2-4906 of the Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended (the "Virginia Code"), and in accordance with Section 147(f) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
WHEREAS, the Authority has requested the City Council of the City of Alexandria, Virginia (the "City Council"), to approve the issuance of the Bonds to comply with Section 15.2-4906 of the Virginia Code and Section 147(f) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
WHEREAS, a copy of the Authority's November 27, 2000, resolution approving the issuance of the Bonds, a fiscal impact statement and a reasonably detailed summary of the comments made at the November 27, 2000, public hearing have been presented to the City Council;
2. Approval of the issuance of the Bonds, as required by Section 15.2-4906 of the Act and Section 147(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, does not constitute an endorsement of the Bonds or the creditworthiness of the Borrower. Pursuant to the Act, the Bonds shall provide that neither the City of Alexandria, Virginia, nor the Authority shall be obligated to pay the principal and the premium, if any, of the Bonds or the interest thereon or other costs incident thereto except from the revenues and moneys pledged therefor, and that neither the faith or credit nor the taxing power of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Alexandria, Virginia, or the Authority shall be pledged thereto.
3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
WHEREAS, Section 2.1-344.1 of the Code of Virginia requires a certification by City Council that such executive session was conducted in accordance with Virginia law;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that city council does hereby certify that, to the best of each member's knowledge, only public business matters that were identified in the motion by which the executive session was convened, and that are lawfully exempted by the Freedom of Information Act from the Act's open meeting requirements, were heard, discussed or considered by council during the executive session.