Under the other option, the club would have been able to keep its current clubhouse, and would have received $2.5 million to give up its parking lot.
“There were some good parts to both; there were some parts that … didn’t make everybody happy in both. But at the end of the day, the membership decided that the move option made the most sense for the club,” says Richard Banchoff, club president.
He says about half of the boat club’s membership voted, and 66 percent of the voters favored moving.
“It’s not a deal we would have done if we didn’t have to,” Banchoff says.
The city wants to turn the prime waterfront location into a public plaza it hopes will become a new center of excitement.
“There still has to be a formal, legally enforceable contract that has to be developed, and that will take place over the next few weeks probably. But the first step would be the city approving it at their meeting [Tuesday] evening,” Banchoff says.
As of Monday night, the issue was not listed on the meeting’s agenda.
Banchoff thinks the club, Virginia’s oldest boating club, could be ready to move in three years.
“It’s 134 years that we’ve been around, so we’re an integral part of the history of Alexandria, and we hope to be still part of it 134 years from now,” Banchoff says.
Below is a map with the location of the boat club: