You can now vote to name the I-66 bike path

Michael Dranove Transportation, Tysons Update

The Virginia Department of Transportation has just posted an online survey to help Fairfax County choose the name of the forthcoming I-66 trail.  The 11 mile trail would connect Merrifield, the Fairfax County Government Center, Fair Lakes, Centreville, and Cub Run.  Parts of the trail would run adjacent to 66, behind a noise barrier, while other parts would run along …

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Opinion: Reston, we have a problem

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Reposted with the permission of Greater Greater Washington Reston — the nationally-renowned Fairfax County New Town founded in 1964 — is at a crossroads. While the physical fabric outside the Reston Town Center has changed little over the last two decades, the community’s founding vision of inclusion has begun to slip into the background. In its first 30 years, Reston …

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Fairfax County receives formal proposal for indoor ski resort

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

Defunct portions of the I-95 landfill in Fairfax County may soon be home to one of the longest indoor ski slopes in the world.  Alpine-X, a development partner of Netherlands based SnowWorld International, has formally submitted a proposal to construct a 500,000 sq. ft. ski complex on non-operating portions of the Lorton Landfill.  The complex would include a 1500 ft …

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Planning Commission approves Reston Crossing proposal

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve the “Reston Crossing” development, a 14 acre park-centered development located just south of the future Reston Town Center Metro station. Created by New York based developers Tishman Speyer, the 2 million square foot development would be comprised of 7 new high rise buildings along with 7 acres of open space. Of …

Decision on 380 Maple Avenue delayed again as developers and critics struggle to see eye to eye

Michael Dranove Politics, Tysons Update

May 13th’s Vienna Town Council meeting produced no major breakthroughs in the debate over the fate of 380 Maple Avenue, as the Council moved to defer action and to continue public hearing at its next meeting, June 3rd. The move is just the latest delay for the proposal, as residents and developers have been unable to find an acceptable compromise …

Falls Church moving forward with massive development project at site of George Mason High campus

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

The Falls Church City Council and Falls Church School Board voted unanimously to approve a 1.3 million square foot development at the site of the soon to be demolished George Mason High School (GMHS) campus earlier this week. With construction of a new GMHS campus set to begin on land directly adjacent to its current location, the City of Falls …

Letter to the Editor: Why the One University plan should not be approved

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By: Neil Gallagher At its inception, it may seem like a reasonable perhaps even a good idea. Let’s take a plot of land owned by Fairfax County Housing authority, lease it to a developer who in turn will build some affordable low income housing as part of a larger project. What could be wrong with this? Who would oppose increasing …

Town of Vienna to host community conversation on potential parking remedies

Town of Vienna to host community conversation on potential parking remedies

Tysons Today Transportation

By: The Town of Vienna Vienna’s Town Business Liaison Committee is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Town Hall to address concerns and potential solutions related to parking in the commercial district. This meeting is a follow-up to a March 14 meeting attended by business owners and others, at which several suggestions were put forward …

Debate over One University development goes until 2:35AM at Planning Commission meeting

Michael Dranove Politics, Tysons Update

Wednesday’s Fairfax County Planning Commission meeting was a bruiser. The night started off around 7:40pm with a one hour debate on noise regulations near Dulles Airport, and ended at 2:35am after lengthy discussion on 4 other major agenda points, including some 20 speakers who voiced their passionate opinions on a controversial development near George Mason University (GMU). Undoubtedly, the night’s …

WhyHotel to set up “pop-up hotel” at The Boro

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

On April 24th, the Fairfax County Planning Commission approved a temporary hotel permit for 150 units at the luxury apartment building, The Rise. Located on the corner of Greensboro Avenue and Westpark Drive, the building is just one part of the massive development, The Boro, pictured above. Working with the startup WhyHotel, the plan is to turn finished apartments into …