The Potomac River Generating Station, which the MVT runs right along - and gets pushed out over the Potomac by, will be retired by Oct 1, 2012. It appears a "a group funded by the natural gas industry has come forward with a proposal to divert the $32 million from cleaning up the existing plant to shutting it down, and preparing the site for potential development."
This should create an opportunity to create a better MVT in this area, as well as other trails through the site, though there is no word on what is planned for the site or the facility beyond closure. Previously I wrote
A while ago I wrote about what would happen to the Potomac River Generating Station site, and the Mount Vernon Trail that runs through it, if it closed. Well, the American Clean Skies Foundation put together a proposal. It's obviously not official, but their plan involves an improved MVT (moved out of the cage along the river and onto a greenway along Slater's Lane), a second trail on Dangerfield Island, connections along the extended street grid, and a bike station near a new water taxi pier.
From the press release:
“Both the Alexandria City Council and community have worked extremely hard toward this goal, and we are very proud of the final result. This news strengthens Alexandria’s future and opens the door to an enhanced quality of life for our residents.”
Under the terms of the agreement, GenOn has agreed to retire the generating station by October 1, 2012, or, if the plant is needed beyond that date for reliability purposes, as soon as it is no longer needed. GenOn will coordinate with PJM Interconnection L.L.C., Pepco, and government regulators for the necessary notifications and approvals to close the plant.