Several readers have asked for an update on this.
As we told you first, the old Royal Street Bus Barn (Garage) in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, was selected for bidding by developers. The first round of bidding was due by 3:00 PM on Friday, July 17. WMATA received a high bid but, then WMATA amended the bidding process and asked developers to bid again.
Thanks to a reader tip, we can confirm that no one bid by the new September deadline.
Now, WMATA is looking to revamp and re-issue the bids once more. As soon as we know when, we’ll let you know.
The Property is currently zoned CM, which allows townhouses at 30 dwelling units per acre. A Royal Street Bus Garage Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, appointed by the City Manager of Alexandria, has concluded that a potential rezoning to a higher density CRMU-zone and a maximum floor area ratio of 2.5 should be considered in the reuse of the site, as well as heights up to seventy feet in selected portions of the site. The Committee was appointed to recommend design principles for the future redevelopment of the Property.