The Alexandria City Council approved a controversial redevelopment plan for the city's Arlandria neighborhood by a vote of 6-1 Saturday evening.
The plan calls for the redevelopment of the neighborhood's Mount Vernon Village Center into a mixed-use development consisting of 450 multifamily residential units and 53,000 square feet of retail space that would face Mount Vernon Avenue and replace the existing strip mall.
The plan would also call for improvements to the surrounding area of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bruce Street, including the planting of new trees, the construction of new bus shelters, and the widening of the sidewalk.
Supporters claim that the redevelopment will revitalize a blighted area of the city. Opponents, including the advocacy group Tenants and Workers United, claim that the new construction will push up rents for local residents and small business owners.
Opponents of the plan staged a protest at Alexandria City Hall while deliberations were in progress.