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File #: 14-2602    Name: Ordinance to amend performance standards of the Eisenhower Science redevelopment district
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/25/2014 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 4/8/2014 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Amend the Performance Standards of the Eisenhower Science Redevelopment District.
Attachments: 1. 14-2602_Information Sheet, 2. 14-2602_Ordinance
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: APRIL 2, 2014

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: RASHAD M. YOUNG, CITY MANAGER/s/

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Amend the Performance Standards of the Eisenhower Science Redevelopment District.
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ISSUE: Amendment facilitating the implementation of the National Science Foundation headquarters project.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council approve on first reading, and set for second reading, public hearing and adoption on April 12 an ordinance (attached) to amend the performance standards of the Eisenhower Avenue Science Redevelopment District.

BACKGROUND: In June of 2013 the federal General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the Hoffman Town Center site at 2401 Eisenhower Avenue in the City of Alexandria was selected in a Northern Virginia regional GSA-run competition to be the site of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) new headquarters. City Council, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP), and a number of developers in the City had worked on entering three sites in Alexandria into this important, highly competitive NSF site selection process. The resulting GSA awarded NSF lease of 680,848 rentable square feet of office space at 2401 Eisenhower Avenue was the largest executed private or public sector office space lease award in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 2013.

NSF is an independent federal agency, and is the leading funder of basic science and engineering research in the United States. NSF funds approximately $7 billion in science grants annually which represents about 20% of all basic science research funding at colleges and universities in the United States. NSF employs about 2,100 persons at its headquarters operations and has indicated that it ...

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