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Alexandria Waterfront Hearing Saturday

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An artist's rendering of Fitzgerald Square, which would be at the foot of King Street.
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An artist's rendering of Fitzgerald Square, which would be at the foot of King Street.

With three sites expected to be redeveloped in the near future, the stakes are high. At issue is a proposal to overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront, increase density and raising height limits.

"We think the plan doesn't go far enough,” says Chamber of Commerce President Tina Leone.

But many people are planning to speak out against the proposal, which they say will create too much density and destroy a valued public asset.

"I think the buildings they are proposing have all the charm of a Wal-Mart, says Rosemont resident Katy Cannady.

Council members could defer, but they are expected to make a final decision by June.

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