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Old 08-01-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Taxmanistan
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Default Question for Mark Center Employees

I know there is a waiting list to get a parking spot at Mark Center. Does anyone know how long it takes to get to the top of this list?

Also, is it possible to park in the Clyde's lot across the street, or that of the dermatology office on Beuaregard? Or one of the other businesses on Beauregard with huge parking lots? (I'm guessing they tow--but you never know.)

I know there is a neighborhood behind Mark Center, with free street parking, but the residents-only zoned parking goes a ways back--so that parking in the non-zoned area would mean about a mile walk to MC. I could park on the other side of Seminary, say on Echols of Fairbanks--but I'm reluctant to cross Seminary on foot.

(You may wonder: Why don't I just take the bus? Neither of the two bus lines goes anywhere near my house.)

Thanks for any info.

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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I feel for anyone who's been assigned to work there. Mostly for the contractors, as I'm sure the guvvies were all taken care of with spots. As someone who has worked as a contractor for years, it's been interesting to see how the two groups are treated, almost in a caste system. Hope you find a solution, it's a travesty that such a huge complex was located so far away from public transit in an already screwed up area..
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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I feel for anyone who's been assigned to work there. Mostly for the contractors, as I'm sure the guvvies were all taken care of with spots.
Actually, I'm a guvvie. No spot for me.

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As someone who has worked as a contractor for years, it's been interesting to see how the two groups are treated, almost in a caste system.
Sorry to hear that.

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Hope you find a solution, it's a travesty that such a huge complex was located so far away from public transit in an already screwed up area..
Thanks. Yeah, BRAC was a super-dumb idea. I'm sure I'll figure something out.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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My husband was active duty there and didn't get a parking space when they first moved and it was pretty empty then. His office didn't have any contractors, just AD and gov and out of 25 or so people only 2 got parking. They recieved more and he got one, but gave it up since he was retiring.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Not sure if your car qualifies, but they have parking spots for vehicles with a high green score. Not sure what score you need, but you can see the list at http://www.greenercars.org/LEED2012.xls . Just make sure you don't have a 2011 Toyota Prius. That's what I have and on the spreadsheet it says it has a 2.0 L. It really has a 1.8 L and when they looked at my registration they said, oh the 1.8 L Prius isn't on the list (even though there is no such thing as a 2.0L prius) so you can't get a green spot. I got a regular space anyways, so I didn't fight it.

If you have a space, the Mark Center isn't bad. You can find neighborhood parking restrictions here: BRAC-133 Neighborhood Protection Plans | Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) | City of Alexandria, VA . I don't know anyone who's tried parking over at clyde's, but I'd assume they would be looking out for that. Although I do see people walking along Mark Center Dr every morning and I'm not sure where they are coming from.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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SPLeuchan, thanks. Alas, my car runs on old chicken bones and lead scraps. So it probably would not qualify. (Although it should, because getting a lot of miles out of an old car I think is a super green thing to do.)

I just looked at that parking map you provided; it seems to include streets that, on a little "parking recon" trip I made, I noticed don't have zoned-parking signs. Do you know if those streets ended up adopting these regulations? I would think that if there's no sign, I'm good to park there. E.g., Fillmore Ave. (south of Seminary) had signs along most of it, but Gary Avenue and the adjoining streets (Stevens, Forrestal, etc.) did not.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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I don't have a parking spot but I park at the Hilton across the street. It's about 18 dollars a day. There's also another parking lot across the street from the Hilton but that's $25 a day.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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I don't have a parking spot but I park at the Hilton across the street. It's about 18 dollars a day. There's also another parking lot across the street from the Hilton but that's $25 a day.
Yeah, that ain't gonna be happening for me. I'll sooner walk 3 miles than pay some shysters $18 to park my car.

This whole thing is Jim Moran's fault. I voted for him, but he's the one who made them cap the number of spots at 2,000--despite having a workforce of over 6,000. He thought everyone would just ride the Metro. Think again.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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Yeah, that ain't gonna be happening for me. I'll sooner walk 3 miles than pay some shysters $18 to park my car.

This whole thing is Jim Moran's fault. I voted for him, but he's the one who made them cap the number of spots at 2,000--despite having a workforce of over 6,000. He thought everyone would just ride the Metro. Think again.
As much as I believe Moran is a hypocrite and bigot based on personal experience and would never vote for him, I don't think it's fair to pin this problem on him alone. Unless behind the scenes he pushed for this site and then railed against it publicly - which now that I think about it is possible. Whoever in BRAC or GSA who decided the Mark Center site was better than the Eisenhour Ave., Springfield or other prospective sites had a screw loose or was on the take or something. Other sites had Metro access and developed interstate access. Mark Center? Not so much. Having family just down Seminary Rd. I know that traffic would be a nightmare if you let all those cars through there every rush hour so I respect the need to cap the vehicles in an area that isn't designed to handle them. With that many people in there I bet most employees have other employees living not far from them and could carpool, possibly getting a parking spot. But who wants to carpool anymore right?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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But who wants to carpool anymore right?
I would carpool if I could find someone willing and reliable. Also, they have to tolerate my simultaneous smoking of a cigar and a pipe, as well as my musical selection, which vacillates between Tiny Tim and Black Sabbath. In addition, my standard breakfast is a bean-and-onion salad.

BRAC was just DoD being cheap and lazy. It's far better to have multiple, small, work sites, which bring less traffic to the immediate area while allowing easier parking (and commuting) for the employees. I think having small, innocuous sites is safer than presenting one large, tempting target to would-be terrorists.
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