Shiloh Family,
Please join us this Sunday, October 30th for a brief informational meeting with our lawyers from McGuire Woods regarding 1400 Duke Street. Additionally, we will have a letter writing campaign after each worship service to express your disapproval of a restaurant at 1400 Duke Street.  We are asking everyone, especially residents of the City of Alexandria, to write letters to the City Council and to the Planning Commission. You may address your letters to following persons:

Letters to City Council
Honorable Allison Silberberg and Members of Council
City of Alexandria
City Hall Room 2300
301 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Letters to Planning Commission
Mary Lyman, Chair and
Members of Planning Commission
301 King Street, Suite 2100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Please consider the flowing points as you craft your letter:
Areas of Concern
Use for a restaurant at 1400 Duke Street is incompatible with the surround properties given that:
Parking lot congestion  
Will create congestion and confusion in an already busy parking lot.

  • Parking lot is contiguous and shared among many property owners.
  • Restaurant and Church’s peak hours are similar.  Therefore, parking will become further congested and the ingress and egress of parking area could become difficult.
  • A restaurant is a business that will attract a denser ratio of people / square foot of space.  This translates into more cars coming to the site. 
    • As opposed to an institutional or business use.
  • Difficulty finding a parking space could decrease attendance at the Church.
Alcohol consumption  
  • Serious safety concerns about restaurant patrons consuming alcohol because the parking area, drive aisles and ingress / egress are shared with a Church and daycare centers.
  • Children and families are often walking in the parking lot.
Inconsistent Use
  • This is not the restaurant / retail area of Old Town.
  • Area mostly consists of office, institutional and some residential.
Remember to join us November 1st at City Hall located 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 at 7:00p.m. for the Planning Commission Hearing expressing your disapproval of the Special Use Permit (SUP) for the proposed restaurant at 1400 Duke Street.

At the hearing you may do the following.
  • We can speak at this hearing
  • Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes
  • Please click here to access the guide for speaking at the Planning Commission.  This information is applicable to the City Council as well

If the Planning Commission approves the SUP, a Public Hearing will be held with the City Council on November 12th at 9:30 am at the same location.
We believe our Lord and his word that says, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. Let us do our part to partner with our Lord to ensure our success and tenure as a stakeholder in the Alexandria Community.
Blessings and Love,

Pastor Heatley

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