Alexandria Riverfront revamp plans announced
Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall announced the city's plans to revamp the Downtown Amphitheater.
It's a $5.2 million project that is funded by the Red River Waterway Commission and the City of Alexandria in a cooperative endeavor agreement. Mayor Hall and the RRWC signed the CEA overlooking the Amphitheater on Monday. The first phase will add a "stage bandshell" or cover to the stage area. The money will also go to increased parking, adding an access drive and other ease of access enhancements as well as replacing the plaza deck brickwork.
"This is a really exciting time for the downtown Alexandria area," said Mayor Hall. "With the opening of the CLTCC campuses and the arrival of hundreds of students every day, our downtown area is really coming alive. Our convention and tourism business is growing with the riverfront center and two downtown hotels with meeting and convention facilities. We look forward to new great things happening as we develop the old Weiss and Goldring building and other downtown sites."
The RRWC will kick in $3,249,120 and the city will match $1,918,280. The city said they expect construction to start on November 2020 and be completed in November of 2021.
The city said there will also be a phase two of the overall project. That will include a riverfront walk, a pedestrian boulevard for walking, jogging and cycling and a shaded playground area, according to a City of Alexandria news releases.