Google offices, Renaissance hotel coming to Reston Station

Mike Dranove Real Estate, Tysons Update

The Washington Business Journal reports that Google will be occupying 90,000 square feet in the uniquely shaped 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, located at the Wiehle-Reston Metro stop.  The move will double Google’s square footage in Reston, as the company undertakes a nationwide $13 billion expansion.    The announcement represents a major coup for Comstock Holding Cos. Inc, the owners of …

All Virginia schools can now start two weeks before Labor Day

Tysons Today Education

Governor Ralph Northam signed a law today permitting all Virginia schools to open two weeks before Labor Day on the condition that the schools give students a four day weekend over Labor Day.  The signing puts an end to years of debate over the “Kings Dominion Law,” which was put in place in the 1980s to allow tourist-related businesses like …

Gridlock alert: Fairfax County announces summer Metro station closures

Mike Dranove Metro, Tysons Update

According to a March 15th press release from Fairfax County, six blue and yellow line Metro stations will be closed between May 25th (Memorial Day), and September 2nd (Labor Day).  Metro says the station closures are a part of its three year Platform Improvement project, and the round the clock work will, “completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail …

Wolf Trap adds seven new shows to summer lineup

Mike Dranove Around Town, Arts, Music Scene

Wolf Trap has announced that seven new world class acts will join the already packed Wolf Trap summer lineup.  New acts are: Alternative rock groups Big Head Todd and the Monsters plus Toad the Wet Sprocket (6/30), Lionel Richie (7/15), former Grateful Dead pianist Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers plus Amos Lee (7/24), The State Singers (7/26), Herbie Hancock with Kamasi …

Lime scooters hit Fairfax streets tomorrow

Mike Dranove Tysons Update

The dockless app-based shared scooter company Lime has announced that it will begin placing scooters onto Vienna, Falls Church, Merrifield, and George Mason streets tomorrow, March 22nd.  The scooters, which see use throughout Alexandria, Arlington, and the District, are known as a handy alternative to walking, but have also generated controversy from those who find them little more than a …

Silver Line sees increased ridership despite regional declines

Mike Dranove Metro, Tysons Update

The McLean, Greensboro, Tysons Corner, and Wiehle-Reston Silver Line stops all saw ridership increases for the first quarter of 2019.  According to the latest report from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Mclean led the pack with a 10.4% ridership increase from the 4th quarter of 2018, with Greensboro, Tysons Corner, and Wiehle-Reston showing 7, 4.3, and 1.6 percent increases respectively.  …

First tenants move in to 15-acre Boro development

Mike Dranove Real Estate, Tysons Update

Boro Tower, the LEED gold certified office high rise at 1750 Tysons Blvd, has its first tenant.  Media conglomerate TEGNA Inc., which owns 47 television stations in 39 markets, will move into the tower’s top two floors.  TEGNA now occupies 46,000 square feet, including a private market, and a private rooftop lounge with views of everywhere from the Blue Ridge …

Renowned American Shakespeare Center to perform weekend at McLean’s Alden Theatre

Mike Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture, NOVA Arts, Theatre & Dance

Staunton, Virginia’s nationally recognized American Shakespeare Center will come to McLean, March 30th and 31st, with productions of “Antigone,” “The Winter’s Tale,” and “The Comedy of Errors.”  With an esteemed track record dating back to 1988, American Shakespeare Center continues to bring skilled, fresh interpretations, of Shakespeare’s classic material.  The theatre company’s recent productions have received glowing feedback, and they …

Driverless shuttle program proposed to connect Mosaic District and Dunn Loring Metro

Mike Dranove Metro

The Fairfax Department of Transportation, working in cooperation with Dominion Energy, has proposed a driverless shuttle program to connect the Dunn Loring metro to Merrifield’s Mosaic District.  According to a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors report, the initial route would be the first of many, as the County hopes the self-driving vehicles will promote metro use and will allow for …