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Boat club parking lot dispute goes public

City officials in Alexandria, Va., declared an end Tuesday to the long-running talks with the Old Dominion Boat Club over their 0.6-acre parking lot, announcing a public hearing to determine whether to take the lot by eminent domain for a public park.

The 53-space parking lot adjacent to the boat club is in the way of the city’s grand plan for a revitalized Old Town waterfront, which officials describe as “the crown jewel" of the historic city’s front door.

“The single most important goal of the [waterfront] plan has been for decades the continuous public access to the waterfront from Daingerfield Island to Jones Point Park,” Mayor William D. Euille told the Washington Post. “The only remaining barrier is the parking lot of the Old Dominion Boat Club. It is the missing link.”

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