Cromley's Plan Will Help

Parker-Gray District

The City of Alexandria's "Design Guidelines," the document that guides the Boards of Architectural Review in their decisions, states that the City Council established the Parker-Gray area as a preservation district "primarily as a means of ensuring the maintenance of the residential character of the district."

What better way to live up to that vision than to turn a beautiful but decaying commercial structure into a low-density residential building.

William Cromley's adaptive reuse project at 1210 Queen St., as submitted to the Parker-Gray board for concept approval, would result in a highly respectful restoration of a neighborhood landmark ["Controversial Condo Plan Is Approved," Extra, June 30]. If Cromley's opponents truly care about preservation and quality-of-life issues, surely they should realize that this project embraces those ideals.

As to the allegations that he has been able to obtain special permission from the city because of a close relationship with city officials, I don't believe that for a minute.

Cromley's projects have passed muster for one reason: excellence. And if he ever strays from his ideals, he will have to answer not only to the city, but also to citizen boards, councils and commissions that take seriously their roles in looking out for the common good of the residents of this city -- something that Cromley has always believed in.

Christina Kelley


Editor's Note: The writer is a member of the Board of Architectural Review for the Parker-Gray District, but the letter was submitted on her own behalf.