CANDIDATE NAME:  Timothy Lovain                                              PARTY: Democrat

QUESTION

ANSWER

Re West End

Re Eisenhower Valley

1.    Modes of transportation: Which modes of  public transportation and ease-of-use  solutions for private transportation do you  support which will encourage local residents and visitors to increase their purchases from businesses in –

I support implementation

of High Capacity Transit Corridors B and C,

enhanced DASH service

and circulator buses

operating from the Van

Dorn Metro station. L wish the City had chosen the option of extending the Pike Transit streetcar

south from Skyline

through the NOVA

campus and Mark Center to the new Beauregard Town Center, instead of

leaving a 1/2 mile gap

between the two systems-

--we need to think more

like a region!

I support implementation

of High Capacity Transit Corridor B, but I thought the process was too

dismissive of high-capacity transit on

Eisenhower Avenue.

Done right, rail transit

especially can induce

economic development

and generate ridership.

Streetcars can be

especially useful to local businesses because riders can "hop on and hop off'when they see

interesting businesses.

Long term, we should

consider a new Metro

station in the central

portion of Eisenhower

Vallev.

a.    By when?

as soon as possible

as soon as possible

2.    Attracting new businesses: Which  mechanisms do you support which will attract new businesses to and encourage them to locate in -

We should re-examine our BPOL categories to make sure we are encouraging

the right kind of

businesses. Building on one-stop permitting, we

need to accelerate efforts to make City processes

business-friendly, e.g. tax forms and procedures.

ln addition to the

mechanisms discussed

re: the West End: The

Eisenhower Valley is

ideally suited for large scale mostly-commercial

development.

Alexandria already has

the lowest commercial

tax rate in the region, so

tax incentives might

have limited utility. But

perhaps we should

consider "reverse

proffers", where the City

promises to dedicate a

certain portion of tax

revenues from a new

large employer for

infrastructure

improvements,

especially transportation,

that would benefit them

(and the rest of the City),

e.g. expanded DASH

service, subsidized

shuttles to and from

Metro. turn lanes. etc.

a.    By when?

as soon as possible

as soon as possible

3.    Master Plan: What timeframe do you support for the completion of a submarket Master Plan for -

I would be pleased to

learn more about this proposal and support it if it's worthwhile.

I would be pleased to

learn more about this

proposal and support it if it's worthwhile.

4.    Small Area Plans:  What initiatives and  timeframes do you support for the completion of development for the:

a.    Beauregard Small Area Development Plan.

This small-area plan is quite detailed. I

support

implementation of its

plans as soon as

possible

n/a

b.    Landmark Shopping Mall

Now that the Howard

Hughes Corporation has

purchased most of the

Mall area from General

Growth and has

expressed an interest in

redevelopment, the City

should work closely with

them, Sears and Macy's to implement the Landmark Small Area Plan as soon as possible. The Mall is clearly in a bad condition.

n/a

c.    Eisenhower West End Development Plan: What is your commitment to maintaining the schedule of the City’s Eisenhower West End Development Plan and, specifically, economic development in the Eisenhower Valley?

n/a

This is the last City small

area plan and needs to

be developed and

approved as soon as

possible. We need to

focus on mostly

commercial

development, especially

near the Van Dorn Metro-station. We should

pursue all opportunities

for increased mixed-use,

but commercial-heavy

development throughout

the Valley, but especially

near our Metro stations.

5.    Help for existing businesses: Which specific measures will you promote which will increase the growth, customer base, revenue, and expense minimization of  businesses currently located in –

I think the City does a

good job of helping

Alexandria businesses

through the Small

Business Development

I think the City does a

good job of helping

Alexandria businesses

through the Small

Business Development

Center, AEDP and ACVA, but we could always do more, especially by learning from other jurisdictions. We need to make sure our City processes are business friendly, especially for small businesses. We

need to keep City taxes under control and pursue more economic development, especially near our Metro stations.

I think the City does a

good job of helping

Alexandria businesses

through the Small

Business Development

Center, AEDP and

ACVA, but we could

always do more,

especially by learning

from other jurisdictions

We need to make sure

our City processes are

business-friendly,

especially for small businesses. We need to

keep City taxes under

control and pursue more

economic development,

especially near our

Metro stations.

a.    By when?

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

6.    Developer Taxes: Will you encourage that taxes which are raised from developers be spent on (1) matters pertaining specifically to the developer’s project or (2) City-wide infrastructure services?

Both. As noted earlier,

Infrastructure improvements, especially for transportation, that benefit a particular development usually also benefit other residents of the City.

Both. As noted earlier,

Infrastructure improvements, especially for transportation, that benefit a particular development usually also benefit other residents of the City.

7.    National Science Foundation: How do you plan to encourage the NSF’s coming to Eisenhower Valley and selecting one of the three sites it is considering there?

Same answer as for

Eisenhower Valley.

See my discussion

above about "reverse proffers." That could be

one way we could

reduce the gap between

Alexandria's and

Arlington's transportation infrastructure.

8.    Victory Center: What are the tangible solutions you will implement to promote Victory Center for immediate tenancy and development?

Same answer as for

Eisenhower Valley.

One course we should

consider would be to

convince the owner to

lease a portion of Victory

Center to the City. The

City could use some of

that space for City

business, but also sublease other space to other tenants. Some

experts believe that

bringing some life to an

empty building can have

positive repercussions

for economic development throughout the area.

a.    By what date do you expect first tenant to assume occupancy in Victory Center because of those solutions?

Same answer as for

Eisenhower Valley.

lf the owner is agreeable

to this idea, perhaps

May 15,2013?

9.    Campaign Signs: What is your plan to remove all of your political campaign signs following the election?

As usual, our campaign volunteers will remove all signs.

As usual, our campaign volunteers will remove all signs.

a.    By when?

As soon as possible after the election, but certainly within the deadline set by

Alexandria ordinance.

As soon as possible after the election, but certainly within the deadline set by

Alexandria ordinance.

10. In 30 words or fewer, why should Alexandria business-owner voters vote for you?

I am a transportation

expert and a great

believer in smart growth--mixed-use, transit-oriented

development--- with a

track record of fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes under control.

I am a transportation

expert and a great

believer in smart growth--mixed-use, transit-oriented

development--- with a

track record of fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes under control.

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