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Alexandria delays vote of waterfront plan

Sunday - 5/15/2011, 8:08am  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The City of Alexandria has delayed voting on a plan on the future of Old Town's waterfront.

The latest version of Alexandria's Waterfront plan would allow up to three so-called boutique hotels, and new restaurants, and presumably increase traffic.

Parking and congestion are two of the key problems some Alexandria residents have with the new waterfront plan

"This is a good consensus plan," said Tina Leone, CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. "I mean, we're over here on the business side saying 'we don't have enough business,' and the residents, or this particular group are saying 'we're too far that way,'"

Karl Moritz, the Deputy Director of Long Range and Strategic Planning for the City of Alexandria, was met with boos when he presented information from a study of available parking in Old Town Alexandria.

"[There are] 700 spaces that go empty on Friday evening or Friday afternoon," said Moritz at the public hearing.

Council member Rob Krupicka suggested that Old Town residents should get special parking privileges.

"People go home at night and they can't find a place to park anywhere near their homes, and I think that's a legitimate source of angst," he said.

The council hopes for a final vote by the end of June.

WTOP's Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow Max and WTOP on Twitter.

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