The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting Tuesday night on a plan to prevent flooding in parts of northern Virginia.
Part of the plan includes building a flood wall along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the Belle View Condominium complex south of Alexandria, a city all too familiar with flooded streets and homes.
The resort is located on land south of Old Town Alexandria, within sight of the Potomac River.
In 2003, a storm surge sent flood waters through many condos along GW Drive. The Army Corps of Engineers says its plan would prevent such flooding from happening again.
But with the potential change comes controversy.
The Belle View Condominium Unit Owners Association says it is not in favor of the plan.
“Well, a six to eight foot brick wall in front of your window and the closing of one of your streets and the accesses that people have on the side of the promenade, and the closing of one of our parking lots and taking it really, you know, diminishes the value,” said Ellen Young, president of the association.
A rendering of the plan shows the length of the wall, which would close off 10th Street.
Young said the condominium association was in favor of installing the wall across GW Parkway.
“Well, one of the proposals they had was that you had to have a wall for a flood wall to be effective, but they were going to cover it with a big berm and put the bike path on top and so it would look good,” Young said.
But not all Belle View residents are opposed to the corps’ plan for a flood wall.
“It’s a small price to pay. You know, we have close to 2,000 people living in this community or more and they would be affected by anything that happens and this wall would be a good thing,” Belle View resident Matt Allen told News4.
The cost of the flood wall is unclear at this time.
Young thinks that if the plan goes ahead, property values will plummet.
The public meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at Belle View Elementary School on Fort Hunt Road. A virtual meeting is also scheduled for June 16. Public comments on the project plan will be open until the end of June.