Archive: Neighborhoods

UPDATE 6/18 Trooper Testifies in Koger Shooting Charges

Updated 6/18 The latest on this story was detailed in this morning's Metro section: a state trooper testified in court yesterday that police later identified as Jeffrey Koger pointed a shotgun at him during the the February incident. Updated 2/5 The Post's reporting on the charges against Koger is here. Updated 2/4 Fairfax County police have released information that the suspect in the shootings near the Springfield Mall on Saturday was Jeffrey Koger of Koger Management. Koger has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. More updates to follow. Updated 11/29 According to a lawsuit filed last month, some of it may have gone to a hip steak and sushi place in the District. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section. Updated 7/20 The latest news comes from a report from a forensic accountant to state regulators. The story is here. Updated 3/23 According...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Updated 5/5: Belvoir Blasting on Tap for This Week

Updated 5/5 From Saturday's Metro section: Army officials said yesterday that subterranean blasting will be conducted Tuesday at the Engineer Proving Ground at Fort Belvoir. Previously scheduled blasting operations were canceled because of rain. The blasting is planned between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to dislodge rocks so construction crews can excavate the site. The excavation is connected with the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the Engineer Proving Ground. Originally posted 4/28 Neighbors of Fort Belvoir should prepare for some possible noise this week as early stages of construction get started for an expansion of the army base. Blasting is scheduled for tomorrow and Friday. Read this story for more information....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/25: Huntington Still Ineligible for Flood Dollars, Other Areas Qualify

Updated 3/25 Under the Army Corps of Engineers calculus, Huntington remains ineligible for aid, but other nearby neighborhoods qualify leading some Huntington residents to ponder the rationale for determining which neighborhoods are worth protecting. The news is here. Updated 11/20 According to a story in today's Metro section, the county will have to look elsewhere than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for money for measures to prevent a recurrence of the Huntington flooding; the project won't qualify for federal funding. Originally posted 6/25 As the victims of the damaging flood waters that hit Huntington one year ago today celebrate their neighborhood's comeback, some wonder when the disaster may repeat itself, even as local leaders ponder how to prevent such an occurrence. A flood wall along Cameron Run may help, but is expensive. Dredging the stream is another potential solution and less expensive, but needs to be repeated periodically. And...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 25, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Culmore Center Expands Programs

The Culmore Family Resource Center near Seven Corners and Bailey's Crossroads, long a place were members of the area's immigrant community have sought information and support, is expanding its services by opening a health center and offering literacy classes for Spanish speakers. Read more in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Reston on the Decline?

According to Tom Grubisich, the author of an opinion column from yesterday's Washington Post, the best days of Fairfax County's first planned community may be behind it. What do you think?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 7, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fort Hunt Group Works to Help Seniors at Home

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story highlights the work of Mount Vernon at Home, a neighborhood group of volunteers that works to provide senior citizens with the resources the need to keep living independently....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 29, 2007; 11:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

GMU Center for Peace Raises Concerns Among Mason Neck Neighbors

George Mason University officials are planning to create conference center on the county's Mason Neck peninsula that they hope will become a magnet for world leaders looking for a place to gather to resolve their conflicts. But neighbors of the proposed peace center are wondering if their own sense of tranquility will be disrupted by the changes the center's construction will bring to the idyllic riverside setting of the neighborhood. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 15, 2007; 10:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

'Silver Tsunami' Hits Fort Hunt

According to this article from Sunday's front page, 22 percent of the the population of the Fort Hunt neighborhood in the southeastern part of the county are age 62 or older, making the community a focus for those looking at how the large aging population of baby boomers are likely to affect the way local governments set their priorities. The second part of the two part story was published today....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 17, 2007; 11:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sewage Dilemma in Harbor View?

With concerns about rising costs and safety, Harbor View, the county's only neighborhood with a privately operated sewage treatment plant, are asking the county to take over the processing of their sewage. But none of the options before the county are cheap. Read about it in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 10, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Questions About Revitalization in Seven Corners

Critics are questioning the commitment of county officials who say they want to revitalize commercial districts like Seven Corners, pointing to the piecemeal approach in that neighborhood and the lack of planning as examples of that the efforts are half-hearted. The story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 6, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Kings Park: Keeping a Maturing Neighborhood Vibrant

Kings Park residents are searching for ways to keep spirit alive as the community matures. Read here about what community leaders are doing to prevent the neighborhood's decline and what they have done to raise membership in their civic association by more than 30% in just a year....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 19, 2007; 11:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Unassuming Neighborhood Gains Historical Recognition

The unassuming neighborhood of Tauxemont, just off Fort Hunt Road in the Alexandria section of the county has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. Find out why in the cover story from today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 21, 2007; 11:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Move of Korean Mega Church Concerns Centreville Res.

Some people in Centreville say they fear the traffic and environmental impacts that Korean Central Presbyterian Church's move from Vienna will bring. But some residents say they are uncomfortable with the growing immigrant population in the area. The story was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 12, 2007; 09:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Jet Noise Riles McLean Residents

Members of the McLean Citizen's Association say that noise from planes flying in and out of Reagan National Airport is getting worse and are seeking help from Rep. Frank Wolf (R) and the FAA. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 2, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

For Tysons Corner, A Zip Code of Its Own?

Tysons Corner is neither a part of McLean nor Vienna, though addresses in the area are listed as one or the other. Alan Fogg, the communications director for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, writes in this column from yesterday's editions of The Post that, with redevelopment beginning, the time has come to give Tysons its own zip code....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 26, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

North Hill Compromise to Offer Housing, Trails?

Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) said the compromise proposal to redevelop land in the North Hill section of the Route 1 corridor, as a mix of walking trails and affordable housing, would leave no one "completely happy" but would at last solve the dilemma of what to do with the 33 acre parcel which has been vacant since 1981. Read about the history of the land and the feud about what to do with it here, in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 22, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Neighbors Fight Gas Pipeline Changes

A news story in this week's Fairfax Extra highlights a problem that is occurring with increasing frequency in built-out Fairfax. What happens when neighbors of an underground gas pipeline discover that the utility company that owns it wants to add major above ground components just feet from their property lines? Read here to find out....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2007; 03:18 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: 1/16 More Information on Causes of Huntington Flood

Updated 1/16 This article from yesterday's Metro section provides some more information on what led to the flooding. Originally posted 1/12 Sediment produced by construction projects and deposited in Cameron Run by decades of storm runoff was the primary culprit in the flooding that caused an estimated $10 million dollars in damage to homes in the Huntington neighborhood last June. Today's Metro section has the news on a study of the disaster by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 12, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 1/10: Fairfax Abandons Plan to Relocate Shelter

Updated 1/10 The latest news is here. Updated 1/9 The plan to move the Lamb Center to a planned Merrifield location was dealt a serious blow yesterday when Fairfax County officials said that they are unlikely to grant the necessary zoning exception. The news is in this article from today's Metro section. The Fairfax City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to spend $2.6 million dollars to purchase an office building in Merrifield to be used as daytime shelter for the homeless. Some neighbors of the planned location say they will continue to stand in opposition to moving the shelter from its current site near Fairfax Circle. Here is the news story....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 9, 2007; 08:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Area Development Leads To Flooding of McLean House

At Carolyn Arafat's house on Meadowbrook Ave. in McLean, intensive "infill" development in the neighborhood is being blamed as the primary culprit for the regular flooding the family has experienced inside their house recently. Today's Fairfax Extra tells the tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 14, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Parking at Accessible Playground in Short Supply

At Clemynjontri Park, Fairfax County Park Authority's wildly successful playground for both disabled and able-bodied children, the lines are long and the parking is in short supply. The park authority has been asking visitors to come at off-peak hours. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 4, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

So, This Right? For Biz, Reston is Hot, Tysons is Not

In his Business section column today, Steven Pearlstein reports that Reston Town Center has overtaken Tysons Corner as the choice place for businesses to make their homes. A view of the Reston Town Center. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post) But Pearlstein says he is putting his money on Tysons as the place with the most potential as a true urban center. So what do Focus on Fairfax readers think? Between Tysons and Reston where do you prefer to work, and why?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 1, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 12/1: In Reston, Don't Ask. The Bell Doesn't Toll

Updated 12/1 The church has been denied a waiver of the county's noise restriction that would have allowed the bells to ring out once again. Read about it here. Originally posted 4/6 Leaders at Saint John Neumann church in Reston are awaiting a decision from county officials on when, if ever, they can resume ringing the church bells. The county ordered the bells silenced in December 2004 after neighbors' complaints; the bells violated the county's noise ordinance. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 1, 2006; 08:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fort Belvoir Commander on BRAC challenges

Col. Brian W. Lauritzen, the installation commander at Fort Belvoir takes charge of this week's Voices of Fairfax guest column and, using another challenge, offers his thoughts on the ones presented by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations for the post....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 01:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Military Main Street

This article from yesterday's Metro section about Fort Belvoir's new town center, shows us just how ubiquitous the urban planning concept has become....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 23, 2006; 09:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/22: Huntington Flood Prevention 5-7 Years Away?

Updated 9/22 From today's Metro section: Flood-Control Timetable Rejected The Fairfax County Supervisor who represents the Huntington community stricken by flooding last June said yesterday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' estimate of five to seven years to build a protective wall or other measures to keep out high water was "not acceptable." "They don't know what they're talking about," said Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon). Hyland said it made no sense for the Corps to set a timetable until it knew exactly what kind of flood control was needed. The Corps' report on the cause of the June 25-26 flooding, which damaged more than 300 homes and caused losses estimated at $10 million, is due in December. The estimate was mentioned in a July e-mail from the Corps to the county's public works department. Hyland said that neither he, the board nor County Executive Anthony H. Griffin...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 09:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Sign at GMU Lights Up Neighbors' Complaints

Is this the Las Vegas Strip or Braddock Road? That's the question some disgruntled neighbors of George Mason University's new two-story electronic animated sign are asking. A photo of the George Mason University sign as it flashes a promotional message for an upcoming boxing match at the Patriot Center. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post) The news about the controversy is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fort Hunt: A Long Kept Secret about WWII POWs.

More than 3,400 prisoners of war spent time incarcerated at Fort Hunt in southeastern Fairfax County during World War II. Details about the military base's secret, and not entirely legal, mission are just know beginning to be known. Read the article here....

 

By | August 21, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bigger Questions on Tysons Redevelopment/Rail

With all of the the discussion about the specifics of extending Metrorail through Tysons Corner and redeveloping the area into a walkable downtown for Fairfax County, are some bigger questions getting overlooked? Is the plan to remake Tysons feasible? Is it even desirable? This article from yesterday's Metro section takes a closer look at the big questions local officials face as decision time on what to do draws near....

 

By | August 21, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

GMU Growth Worries Some Neighbors

According to this article, George Mason University's plans for $400 million in construction and renovation over the next five years worries some of the school's neighbors about the impact on the area....

 

By | August 9, 2006; 09:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

TRAFFIC ALERT: Fairfax City Goes Two-Way

Here is what to expect courtesy of yesterday's Fairfax Extra. The change was subject of the July 20 Fairfax Extra cover story....

 

By | August 4, 2006; 09:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Vienna Buildings Sometimes Dwarf Ramblers

Many people agree that the scores of new houses being built in the southern part of Vienna are more attractive than many of brick behemoths derisively labeled as McMansions that constitute much of the newer and larger houses being built in Northern Virginia. But some people are wondering if the new homes are driving up neighborhood property values and forcing out established residents with higher taxes. The story is in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | August 4, 2006; 09:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

8/3 UPDATE: Army Ft. Belvoir Plan Draws Critics

Updated 8/3 From today's Metro section: Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) will hold a hearing this month to question the Army about its plans for transferring 22,000 employees to Fort Belvoir, a member of his staff told Army leaders yesterday. "He has a lot of concerns," Davis aide Bill Womack said. "There are too many moving parts to not take a closer look at this." Womack's comments came at a meeting at the post of an advisory board formed by the post commander to gather comments on the Army's plans. The Army announced last week that it is planning to cluster most of the relocated employees at the Engineer Proving Ground, a mostly vacant site a couple of miles northwest of the main post. The plans have come under criticism from state and local officials who were hoping the Army would disperse the new workers more, on the main...

 

By | July 28, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Studies Warned of Huntington Floods; Urged Protection

Cranes and garbage trucks pick up trash taken from a house as residents and volunteers work to clean in Huntington after flood waters ravaged the neighborhood in June. (Mark Gong) Studies conducted in 1977 and 1982 both concluded that flood protection measures were appropriate for the Huntington neighborhood that suffered $10 million in damages during the heavy rains last month. But studies were ignored and no action was taken. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | July 24, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

McLean Bible Church Sues County

Updated 7/18 A story in today's Metro section reports that the church is suing the county to continue the classes. Originally posted 4/18 At issue is whether the 10,000 member church allows a Maryland seminary to conduct divinity classes. Zoning laws do not permit the church to be used as a college. The Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By | July 18, 2006; 01:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Relief Fund for Flood Victims

Want to help flood victims? Today's Fairfax Extra reports that a relief fund has been established for residents of the Arlington Terrace neighborhood of Alexandria that was hit hard. Make checks payable to United Community Ministries and send to 7511 Fordson Rd., Alexandria, Va. 22036. "Huntington Disaster Relief Fund" should appear on the check's memo line. For information, call 703-817-7771 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov....

 

By | July 6, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Activist and Neighbors Feud Over Land

Updated 6/6 From today's Metro section: Land Application Withdrawn A politically prominent southern Fairfax County firefighter who sought to take over a small strip of county-owned land for his driveway has withdrawn his application, the Board of Supervisors was told yesterday. John Fedorshik, a member of the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee and the board of the South County Federation, an umbrella group of civic and neighborhood organizations, wanted the county to give up an undeveloped portion of Talbert Road that crossed the driveway of his Lorton home. His proposal drew sharp opposition from neighbors in Lorfax Heights, who said the right of way was needed for a potential new road to improve access to their subdivision. Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who supported Fedorshik's application, reported his withdrawal yesterday. The board passed a resolution, sponsored by Hyland, asking that the Virginia Department of Transportation assess whether Talbert Road...

 

By | May 22, 2006; 11:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Mixed-Income Senior Housing in Falls Church

The project, the first in its kind in Fairfax County, had drawn criticism from some people who objected to subsidized housing in their neighborhood. According to this Fairfax Extra article, the controversy illustrates the difficulty in meeting the increasing demand for affordable housing for our aging citizens....

 

By | May 11, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Approves Revised Charter

Officials with the Reston Association announced yesterday that its members have voted to approve the first revisions to the community's charter in 22 years. The changes include an increase to the cap on the assessment that Reston residents pay annually and a on-time $250 fee for people buy property or move within Reston. Washington Post coverage of the results of the referendum is here....

 

By | April 17, 2006; 01:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

The Sidewalk and the National Security Adviser

Some Fairfax officials want a sidewalk along a stretch of Spring Hill Road near Old Dominion Drive in McLean. But it needs an easement from former Carter heavyweight Zbigniew Brzezinski who, ever the negotiator, wants to know exactly what is in it for him. Read about it here....

 

By | April 10, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Reston Referendum May Miss Quorum

The outlook for Reston Association's four-year effort to revise the community's governing documents for the first time in 22 years is increasingly dim, say association officials. The 60-day voting period on the revisions was scheduled to end today and the number of ballots turned in is still short of the 40% of Reston homeowners required to make it valid....

 

By | March 31, 2006; 11:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

In Praise of Density

Post editorial writer Lee Hockstader wrote this op-ed Monday: Say the word "density" to a local homeowners association and brace yourself for brickbats. Say it to a group of Washington area business, development and political leaders, as economist Richard Florida did at a conference the other day, and you get a spontaneous burst of applause....

 

By Steve Fehr | March 7, 2006; 04:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Tale of Two Properties

   Fairfax County officials have been inconsistent in their approach to development around the Vienna Metro station, as the people of the Poplar Terrace neighborhood will tell you....

 

By Steve Fehr | March 5, 2006; 02:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

Texas Chili Gives Way To Virginia Development Pressures

A Fairfax Extra news story today shows how development pressures are forcing the closure of a Falls Church blue-collar landmark, the P&P Restaurant, recalled as "a community center with beer."...

 

By | February 23, 2006; 02:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

Firms Named to Plan Fort Belvoir Growth

The Army has announced that it has selected two firms to oversee the complex task of preparing Fort Belvoir for the arrival of 21,000 military and civilian personnel and contractors under the Base Realignment and Closure recommendations made last year....

 

By | February 21, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Walking May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the perils of being a pedestrian in Fairfax County and what the government, planners and neighborhood leaders would like to do about them....

 

By | February 16, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Changes To Reston's Charter Outlined

An article in this week's Fairfax Extra highlights the major changes that Reston officials are proposing as property owners there prepare to vote on the first major changes to the community's governing documents since 1984....

 

By | January 26, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

MetroWest Meeting Set for Feb. 1

The Providence District Council will hold a meeting on the MetroWest project, south of the Vienna Metro station, from 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 1 at Mosby Woods Elementary School. The meeting, which is open to the public, comes in advance of the rezoning hearing before the county Planning Commission on Feb. 8. Both the project in general and the large county staff report will be discussed. The school is at 9816 Five Oaks Road, Fairfax....

 

By Steve Fehr | January 21, 2006; 07:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Community Dialogues Set on Future of Tysons Corner

From the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs: Tysons Corner Community Invited to Dialogue Sessions Residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in a series of initial community dialogues in January and February to identify important issues regarding the future of Tysons Corner and how the introduction of rail stations will affect growth. The schedule of dialogue sessions, hosted by the Tysons Land Use Task Force, and more information on the Tysons planning study can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/.    To reserve a space in one of the dialogues, call the Tysons Community Dialogue Hotline at 703-324-1344, TTY 711, or e-mail tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov. Since dialogue locations have different capacities, please sign up in advance so accommodations can be made for as many people as possible. Community members unable to attend a dialogue may provide comments online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/surveyform.htm. The results of the dialogues and comments submitted online will be...

 

By | January 19, 2006; 03:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Laborer Center Is Former Site of Segregated School

A school for black students was built in the 1950s on land currently occupied by the new Herndon day laborer center. Read about the school and its place in local history here....

 

By | January 17, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Discovery of 25-Year-Old Error Reveals Family's Home is Illegal

Updated 1/12:The county has approved a variance for the LoGrande home. The details are here. Originally posted 12/22:The LoGrande family home in the Mount Vernon district is the subject of this week's Fairfax Extra cover story. A recent discovery of a 25-year old mistake has revealed that the house is seven inches below what the county requires for a building in the flood plain of the Potomac River and that the house as it stands is an illegal structure....

 

By | January 12, 2006; 03:48 PM ET | Email a Comment

Part Of Wilson Boulevard Could Get a New Name

From today's Fairfax Extra: A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The supervisors voted Monday to ask VDOT to designate the stretch of Wilson between Route 7 and Roosevelt Boulevard as Saigon Boulevard, with signs to mark the change. The stretch is in front of the Eden Center. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011100867.html','A portion of Wilson Boulevard in the Falls Church area would be named Saigon Boulevard under a proposal made by the county Board of Supervisors to the Virginia Department of Transportation.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); Representatives of the Vietnamese American community requested the change to reflect the area's retail and cultural activity. The name change would be ceremonial; Wilson Boulevard would keep its name and addresses...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Pulte Faces Possible Fines If It Can't Cut Car Use at MetroWest

Under the proposed plan, Pulte Homes the project developer would have to prove a reduction of  47 percent of residential car trips and 25 percent of business car trips or face the penalties. Today's Metro section has the story. ...

 

By | January 11, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Have You Ever Considered Adding Onto Your House?

Meet Reston homeowner Eric Young, who with no previous experience, has begun to build a $150,000 addition to his house. The Post's Home section is covering Young's ongoing progress in a series of semi-regular essays, beginning today....

 

By | January 5, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lake Accotink About To Get A Little Deeper

A dredging project which will remove about 161,000 cubic yards of silt from the Springfield lake's bottom will be getting underway soon. Read about the project in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | December 29, 2005; 09:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

"I look like Christmas Regurgitated All Over My Balcony"

Llori Stein of Falls Church revels in her tacky holiday display. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 23, 2005; 09:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lessons Learned in Hunter Mill

So what is the lesson that county residents can learn from the death of the planned development in the Hunter Mill Road area? Did Hunter Mill residents 'fight city hall' and win? Did the developer blow it by publishing that full page ad? Should the supervisors be praised for listening to the people? What are the implications of this on the future development along the Dulles Toll Road corridor? Let's start a discussion on this important subject....

 

By Steve Fehr | December 15, 2005; 12:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

Proposed Hunter Mill Development Could Be Dead

According to Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) the proposed revisions to the county's master plan to allow high density development near Hunter Mill Road in Vienna are so unpopular that the county board will almost certainly reject the changes....

 

By | December 15, 2005; 10:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Minuteman To Continue Shadowing Herndon Laborers at New Site

With Herndon's day-laborer center opening tomorrow, the president of the local chapter of the Minuteman Project said his group will continue to photograph and investigate the workers and those that hire them. The story was in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 13, 2005; 09:57 AM ET | Email a Comment

Why Lorton Residents Oppose Prison's Historic Status

Update 12/8: Steven P. Adragna, president of the Crosspointe homeowners association added his explanation in this week's Voices of Fairfax column Originally posted 10/27:The president of the Laurel Hill Civic Association explained in a guest opinion column in this week's Fairfax Extra why  his group opposed the nomination of the former Lorton prison property to the National Register of Historic Places....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 01:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

Plans For Route 7 Makeover To Be Revealed Tonight

A new vision for Route 7 through Tysons Corner will be revealed tonight when project managers hold a public hearing on extending Metro through the area. An article with details of the plans was in today's Metro section....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 10:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

Your Feedback Needed: What is 'Transit Oriented Development'?

At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) and Linda Smyth (D-Providence) asked the county staff to give the board a definition of transit oriented development....

 

By Steve Fehr | December 5, 2005; 06:41 PM ET | Email a Comment

Belle View Homeowners Off the Hook for FEMA Paybacks

From Saturday's Washington Post: Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said Friday that the agency would no longer try to recover flood damage assistance given out to some Fairfax County homeowners whose residences were damaged during Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) said in a statement that FEMA had agreed to cease efforts to recoup money from Belle View condominium residents who were not insured beyond what was provided under the condo association's policy. For those who had already complied with FEMA's earlier order to return the assistance, a process is being formulated to give the money back, according to the statement. The 900-unit condominium complex, just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway south of Alexandria, sustained nearly $6 million in damages from the hurricane. FEMA paid about $140,000 to 147 homeowners....

 

By | December 5, 2005; 11:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Culmore Garage Fire Kills One, Injures Two; Officials Say Victims Possibly Homeless

None of the people (believed by neighbors to be Latino laborers) injured in the blaze have been identified. Yesterday's Metro section had the full story....

 

By | November 28, 2005; 02:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisors Eye Limits On Nutley Street Parking

The county Board of Supervisors is asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to help Fairfax establish parking restrictions on Nutley Street between Arlington Boulevard and Lee Highway. Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) asked the board to consider the restrictions in response to complaints from residents about commercial vehicles, such as trash and construction trucks, that have been parking along the east side of Nutley near the Pan Am Shopping Center. Smyth said the trucks were obstructing visibility. Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said he has observed trash trucks parked along that stretch with trash in the truck, which he said is illegal....

 

By | November 25, 2005; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Announces Next Hunter Mill Task Force Meetings

The Fairfax County Office Of Public Affairs has released a statement with the schedule for the next round of meetings for the Hunter Mill Road Area Special Study Task Force. A 7 p.m., Nov. 30 meeting will be held at Lake Anne Elementary School, 11510 North Shore Drive, Reston.     Another meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lake Anne Elementary and a third at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at  South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston....

 

By | November 25, 2005; 09:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Metro Approves MetroWest Land Sale To Pulte

Metro's board of directors has approved a sale of a parcel of land near the Vienna Metro station to Pulte Homes. The land lies between the station and land Pulte owns for its planned MetroWest mini-city development. Pulte officials described the land as an essential additional parcel if MetroWest is to be a true transit-oriented development. The full story was in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | November 18, 2005; 09:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Mourning the Loss of an Indian Restaurant in Fairfax City

A reader writes in today's Fairfax Extra about the demise of downtown Fairfax's Connaught Place Indian restaurant. The building which houses the eatery is being razed to make room, first for parking during the downtown redevelopment project, and eventually for an expansion of the Kitty Pozer Garden....

 

By | November 17, 2005; 12:29 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meeting On Field Lighting Nov. 17

The county Park Authority is planning to hold a public meeting Nov. 17 at W.T. Woodson High School to present the results of a consultant's report on athletic-field lighting in Fairfax County. var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201167.html','The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services has launched a matching funds program to encourage county sports organizations to develop synthetic-turf athletic fields in the county.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() ); The report, and public reaction to it, will be used to develop specifications and guidelines for athletic-field lighting. It will also be used to address concerns of park neighbors, create cheaper lighting systems and identify the latest technology to reduce glare and spill from lighting systems....

 

By | November 13, 2005; 05:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Day Laborers Under Scrutiny

This morning's Metro section has a report about representatives of the Minuteman Project who have been following and monitoring the activities of day laborers and those that hire them at a Herndon gathering spot. ...

 

By | November 8, 2005; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Calling All Restonians

For months now, there has been an ongoing debate in Reston about something called "the governing documents." Presumably these documents are the equivalent of the Constitution for one of the nation's largest planned communities. For the life of me, I live in Reston and I can't figure out what the heck they're talking about. What are leaders of the Reston Association proposing to change? What difference does it make to Reston residents? And most important, what impact does it have on homeowner fees (aka assessments)? Will the proposed changes mean higher or lower fees?...

 

By Steve Fehr | November 7, 2005; 05:51 PM ET | Email a Comment

Panel to Focus on Lewinsville Park Case

The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow night at 8:15 p.m. on proposed changes to the county's definition of what constitutes a public use of county-owned facilities....

 

By | October 26, 2005; 03:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

Bus Rapid Transit Meeting Monday

The McLean Citizens Assn. is sponsoring a forum on bus rapid transit at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the new lecture hall at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 22, 2005; 06:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Organized Opposition To Development In Fairfax

A front page article from this morning's Washington Post gives prominent play to the recent efforts of citizens to organize themselves to oppose what they view as unfair development practices in Fairfax County. See it here....

 

By | October 14, 2005; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Building Backyard Nature Preserves

The cover story in today's Fairfax Extra takes a look at how, in the face of increasing development, some residents and businesses are using environmentally friendly landscaping in an effort to preserve native plants and animals....

 

By | October 13, 2005; 12:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

Dominion Power Planting Trees on Tuesday Along W&OD Trail in Vienna

Dominion, which was criticized earlier this year by residents near the trail who complained the giant power company was cutting down too many mature trees, is trying to make amends Tues. Oct. 11 by planting over 100 trees....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 10, 2005; 05:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Just In: Route 28/Westfields Blvd. Interchange Opening Delayed

Due to heavy rain today and this weekend, VDOT is postponing the opening of Route 28 Interchange and Westfields Boulevard until next Friday, Oct. 14.  ...

 

By Steve Fehr | October 7, 2005; 11:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Boys & Girls Club in Herndon Aims To Prevent Gang Involvement

That the new extension of the Boys & Girls Club at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon will help discourage young people from joining gangs is the hope of town officials, according to a Fairfax Extra article published today....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 02:52 PM ET | Email a Comment

Hunter Mill Road Task Force Meets Tomorrow

The Hunter Mill Road area special task force will hold a public visioning workshop from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison High School in Vienna.Attendees will work in small groups led by volunteer facilitators. The workshop will result in a written document that will be submitted to the task force in November. The panel is trying to decide the future look and density of the area between Reston and Tysons Corner....

 

By | September 30, 2005; 04:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisors Approve Controversial Wedderburn Development in Vienna

After a contentious three-hour hearing last night, the board unanimously approved a development of 24 homes on 13 acres abutting the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail in Vienna....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 27, 2005; 11:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Development Web Site Launched

Just released today: Citizens groups concerned with Fairfax County development policies announced a new Web site that allows residents in all parts of the county to discuss their concerns about the direction and effects of growth. The address is  www.Fairgrowthnetwork.org     More of the statement released:...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 22, 2005; 03:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Park Authority On Supreme Court Decision

The Fairfax County Park Authority today released the following statement with regard to Friday's Supreme Court of Virginia decision on Lewinsville Park: The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is disappointed with the ruling of the Supreme Court of Virginia in the Lewinsville Park case. It should be noted that the Supreme Court ruled against the Park Authority on technical grounds, and did not rule on the underlying merits of the case related to whether Lewinsville Park is a public use.Under the rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Park Authority has the right to request a rehearing from the Supreme Court. We intend to request a rehearing from the Supreme Court in order to rectify this matter. Therefore, the appeal process is still underway and there has not yet been a final ruling of the Supreme Court....

 

By | September 20, 2005; 01:49 PM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Controversial Lewinsville Park Decision

The Supreme Court of Virginia today reversed a lower court decision that has allowed Fairfax County, through an arrangement with McLean Youth Soccer, to host Marymount University soccer and lacrosse games at  Lewinsville Park in McLean....

 

By | September 16, 2005; 04:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meet MetroWest's Main Man

Today's Metro section has a profile of Stan Settle Jr., the Pulte Homes executive who is leading the company's effort to develop the high-density, mixed use MetroWest community next to the Vienna Metro station....

 

By | September 12, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Group Files Lawsuit To Block Herndon Day Laborer Site

A conservative legal group, Judicial Watch, filed a suit on behalf of a group of Herndon residents to stop the town's plan to create an official site where day laborers can gather to wait for work, The Post reported today....

 

By | September 2, 2005; 10:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Here's A Good Read to Brighten Your Day

A group of Fairfax County expatriates so missed their old neighborhood that they organized a reunion over the weekend that brought together more than 150 people who had moved away over the last couple of decades. The story was on the front page of this morning's Post....

 

By | August 29, 2005; 10:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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