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September 22, 2020

Making Way for Healthier Waterways

AlexRenew will pave the way for the RiverRenew Tunnel Project with the demolition of the Robinson Terminal North warehouse. 

The Robinson Terminal North (RTN) warehouse is a familiar structure to many Alexandrians. Located east of Union Street between Oronoco and Pendleton Streets, the large, steel-framed structure dates back to 1969, serving as a newsprint and storage facility for the Washington Post until 2013.  

AlexRenew plans to demolish the steel structure to grade this fall as one of the first activities to pave the way for healthier waterways in Alexandria. Demolition of the RTN warehouse is necessary to address combined sewer discharges at nearby Outfall 001 but is not associated with the RiverRenew Tunnel Project. It will make room for AlexRenew to construct a  diversion facility at the end of Pendleton Street, which is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021. 

Demolition activities are anticipated to occur later this fall. In the meantime, AlexRenew is conducting extensive outreach to ensure the community is aware of the upcoming work.

We’re also giving the community an exciting inside look at the RTN site and a preview of the construction activity to come! Check out this video tour, led by two RiverRenew team members.  

Kids' Corner

Learn more about the RTN demo from Cloe the TBM and her friend, Edie the Excavator!

Download Cloe's "Spot the Difference" learning activity (right) and see if you can help her find the differences between her pictures of the RTN site.

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