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Virtue Feed & Grain, which opened last year in Old Town Alexandria, borders Wales Alley, but there's an ongoing fight over whether they can place tables and chairs for service in that alley.
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Virtue Feed & Grain, which opened last year in Old Town Alexandria, borders Wales Alley, but there's an ongoing fight over whether they can place tables and chairs for service in that alley.

City leaders in Alexandria are back at the Virginia Supreme Court again, this time in a case against the Old Dominion Boat Club.

At the heart of the case is a 1789 deed that establishes a private right to a 30-foot easement — a right that lawyers for the Boat Club say applies to members, who use the alley to move their boats to a launch.

City attorney James Banks is arguing that the city has extinguished that right by making the alley a public right-of-way, plowing snow, filling potholes and issuing parking tickets.

The club filed the original suit when the city blocked the alley by leasing part of it to the restaurant Virtue Feed & Grain in 2010. The state Supreme Court remanded the case back to circuit court last year.

None of the lawyers in the case were willing to make a statement after oral arguments.

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