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Alexandria Planning Document Sparks Controversy

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The Beauregard small area plan includes 430 acres.
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The Beauregard small area plan includes 430 acres.

The Alexandria City Council is preparing to vote on what may be the most controversial planning documents since the waterfront plan.

Like the street that bears his name, Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was difficult to manage. The hothead rebel couldn't get along with superiors, and now the small-area plan named in his honor is starting its own Civil War in Alexandria.

At issue is 430 acres on the West End that city leaders want to up-zone, allowing five developers to demolish the sprawling series of low-end garden apartments to make way for high-end housing, offices and hotels. Critics say the plan would displace hundreds of poor and Latino residents.

The City Council is expected to vote tomorrow.

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