Welcome to Old Town Civic Association

Serving Historic Alexandria, Virginia




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Next Meeting: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street.


Special Historic Alleys Presentation

Planned Topics for Future Meetings

Formation of Advocacy Committee and Preservation Volunteers Group


Why join?

Whether you are new to Alexandria, Virginia or have been in the community for several years, we would like to introduce you to the Old Town Civic Association. OTCA has a special status in a city without ward politics; we are a collective voice for citizens of Old Town on important local issues, and one respected by city government. The OTCA’s mission since our founding in 1951 has been to preserve the historic and residential character of Old Town, something we can only accomplish with the informed and active participation and support of citizen members.

Our objectives are:

  • To offer citizens an effective way to channel problems to the proper city authorities and staff.
  • To advocate for citizens on key local issues.
  • To provide an open forum to explore and resolve community issues.
  • To achieve understanding between the commercial and residential interests in the area.
  • To work cooperatively with other groups seeking the betterment of Old Town and Alexandria.

How we work:

OTCA is governed by Officers and a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The board and committees stay abreast of City issues that directly and indirectly affect Old Town and its neighbors, and communicate through our website, monthly newsletter, and emails to keep members informed of up-coming events.  Board members represent Old Town citizen’s interests before City Council, the Planning Commission, the Board of Architectural Review, and other policy-making bodies.  OTCA Representatives also sit on City commissions, committees and boards.

Our meetings:

OTCA membership meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. A half hour of socializing with neighbors starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by the evening program and discussion at 7:30 p.m. Programs cover a wide variety topics including, for example, presentations by City officials and other professionals on development and land use issues in Old Town, traffic and parking, City policy, historic preservation, and garden design and maintenance.

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