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Decision on ‘Midline’ Delayed to November Again

The Fairfax County Planning Commission delayed a decision on the Midline, a 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use project, for the second time.

The project by JBG Smith, EYA and Chevy Chase Land Co. aims to create a 17.5-acre development east of Wiehle-Avenue and south of Sunset Hills Road with four blocks of development.

Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner John Carter said the county is still working with the development team to ensure the development has a sufficient number of workforce and affordable dwelling units, as well as a suitable mix of assisted living and multi-family units.

“The applicant is making progress on this,” Carter said at an Oct. 11 Planning Commission meeting. The development team is meeting the county “halfway” on its requirements for a balanced mix of affordable housing and appropriate services for residents of assisted-living units and multi-family units.

Block A would include one building with 127 independent units and a 33-bed assisted living facility. The second building would include a 225-unit multi-family building and around 103,870 square feet of other uses. Block B would include a 225-unit multi-family building and around 260,000 square feet of office space. The 14-story office building is the tallest in the development.  The plan for blocks C and D is more flexible, with a mix of multi-family units and townhouses proposed. Overall, the residential portion of the development would serve up to 1,500 residents.

A decision was deferred to Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The case, which was previously deferred in late September to Oct. 11, has not yet been docketed for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Photo via handout/Fairfax County Government

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Crime Roundup: Indecent Exposure Incident Reported on Sunrise Valley Drive

The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating an indecent exposure incident that took place on Wednesday (Oct. 10) on the 11700 block of Sunrise Valley Drive.

A woman went out to take the trash when she saw a man expose himself to her. The victim called her boyfriend, who attempted to find the man. Police described the man as a white man with a medium build, between 30 and 40 years of age, and between 5’7” and 5’8”. He has curly, reddish-brown hair, and was wearing glasses. The investigation is ongoing.

Two home burglaries were reported on Thursday (Oct. 11). Local police responded to an alarm on the 1100 block of Mountain Hope Court at around 1:32 p.m. to discover that someone broke into the home. Property was stolen.

Another burglary on the 9700 block of Lindsay Blake Lane was reported the same day at around 6:20 p.m. The victim came home to find that several items had been taken. Both incidents are under investigation.

FCPD also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

2100 block of Astoria Circle, phone from residence

2200 block of Castle Rock Square, airbag from vehicle

2400 block of Clover Field Circle, airbag from vehicle

11400 block of Commerce Park Drive, camera from business

2300 block of Field Point Road, hat from park

12200 block of Leesburg Pike, license plate from vehicle

11000 block of Market Street, wallet from business

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, bottle of wine from business

1900 block of Sagewood Lane, ladder from business

11000 block of Spectrum Center, merchandise from business

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

12000 block of Sunset Hills Road, merchandise from business

11800 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, cell phone from business

11120 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, wine from business

11000 block of Ring Road, package from residence

13100 block of Plotner Farm Road, airbag from vehicle

2300 block of Soapstone Drive, airbag from vehicle

10800 block of Patowmack Drive, money from residence

2700 block of Viking Drive, stroller from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

File photo

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Antsy about antennas — T-Mobile is trying once again to put cell phone equipment on top of the Waterford Square condominium building. Plans were rejected earlier this year, but a second shot is planned will be proposed to Reston Association’s Design Review Board tonight. [Reston Association]

Meet MeSpoke — This company based in Reston offers a digital community for retail shopping. Users download the app and create a billboard, which curates photos of clothing ensembles from the user’s favorite brands. [WTOP]

Meeting on transit station guidelines tonight — A meeting about draft guidelines for Reston’s Transit Station Areas is set for today at 6 p.m. in Reston Association headquarters. Guidelines are intended to implement Reston’s comprehensive plan, which was amended in 2014. [Reston Association]

Woodfield to replace office building — The company wants to tear down the small office building at 1941 Roland Clarke Place in order to build a larger, 308-unit apartment building. [Washington Business Journal]

Farmers Market returns to Reston Town Center — The market will be on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the pavilion. [Reston Town Center]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Shatterproof Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run

Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the stigma of addiction will host the National Capital Area 5K Walk/Run at Reston Town in Reston, VA on October 20, 2018. This event will bring together the community to rise up against addiction and support family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers impacted by the disease of addiction.

You are invited to show support for anyone who has been touched by addiction and bring the disease of addiction into the light. Guests will have the opportunity to engage in activities geared towards uniting the community and promoting positive change. Event highlights include: The Shatterproof Community Village, which will showcase substance use disorder resources from local organizations; The Memorial Gallery, featuring photos and stories of lost loved ones; a Celebrate Recovery area, a space to unite with hundreds of others in recovery; and more.

Register today at: https://www.shatterproof5k.org/nationalcapitalarea

For mor information on Shatterproof, please visit https://www.shatterproof.org/

Questions about the 5K? Contact Jasmine Bass at [email protected] or (203) 247-9581

Free Seminar Offers Safe Driving Tips for Older Adults

Driving skills change as you age — prompting Reston Community Center to hold a free session on safe driving for older adults.

The program is set for Oct.23 (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods. The event is free and registration is not required.

Participants will learn how to stay safe on the road and assess when to stop driving altogether. Workshops will include information about equipment, using technology to find rides, helping neighbors who do not drive and other ways of finding safe and reliable transportation.

More information is available on RCC’s website.

Photo via RCC

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Announcing The Whittle School & Studios/Northern Virginia Tysons Open House Nov. 18

Northern Virginia and DMV-Area Families: An innovative and global preschool-Grade 12 school is coming to DC next year – The Whittle School & Studios! Aimed at educating and nurturing curious, compassionate global citizens, The Whittle School is the brainchild of entrepreneur Chris Whittle, American media and education leader, former chairman of Esquire Magazine and founder of Whittle Communications and Avenues: The World School as well as Edison Learning.

The School’s philosophy and curriculum are based upon best practices from countries around the world, with an emphasis on personalized education, experiential learning, and immersive language and cultural knowledge acquisition. From the start, The Whittle School will open a second campus in Shenzhen, China, and over the next 10 years will open campuses in leading cities around the globe. As one school with many campuses, Whittle is a modern, innovative concept that will develop smart, engaged, well-rounded and globally-minded students sought after by top universities and colleges.

Amongst the different Whittle educational offerings, there will be a strong boarding component for Upper School with both full boarding and 5-day boarding options. This allows families to make the best choices for them and their students, balancing school and family life. The campus, a collaborative learning hub, will open in September 2019 at the former Intelsat building in Washington, DC, offering students access to the City as a valued educational tool. For 5-day boarding students, transportation will be offered to and from the School on a weekly basis.

To learn more about The Whittle School, please visit our website at https://www.whittleschool.org.
You may also contact Matthew Pohl, Director of Enrollment Strategy, [email protected], 646-851-5260.

*** No. VIRGINIA OPEN HOUSE: Sunday November 18, 4pm, Ritz Carlton, Tysons
Come meet members of our leadership team and learn about our vision for a modern, global preschool-Grade 12 school with campuses around the world, launching in Fall 2019 in Washington, D.C. and Shenzhen, China. ***
RSVP: nova.whittleschool.org

Bestselling Author Armistead Maupin Coming to CenterStage

Armistead Maupin, an LGBTQ artist and a bestselling author best known for his six-volume Tales of the City series, is coming to Reston Community Center on Sunday (Oct. 21). Maupin is scheduled to speak at CenterStage on at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $20 for Reston residents and $30 for all others, can be purchased online.

Maupin, who was born in the District in 1944, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and served with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

He worked as a newspaper reporter in Charleston, South Carolina, after which he was assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. He has written nine novels. One of his novels, The Night Listener, became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette, according to his website.

RCC issued the following information about Maupin and his work:

Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed its own trail through popular culture – from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. His new book is a memoir titled Logical Family, which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name and can be purchased prior to and after the performance.

Maupin now lives in San Francisco with his husband.

Photo via Reston Community Center

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Renovations Proposed for Sheraton Reston Hotel

The new owners of Sheraton Reston Hotel (11810 Sunrise Valley Drive) in Reston Town Center have proposed a series of renovations to the 298-room hotel.

Wurzak Hotel Group, a Philadelphia-based company and DoveHill Capital Management acquired the property in March. Reston Association’s Design Review Board will consider the owners’ proposal to renovate the building’s exterior at the board’s meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 16).

Proposed renovations include repairs and repainting of the building’s facade. New louvers will be installed and wood-printed aluminum screens would be added to bring a “natural element” to the property, according to the owners’ proposal. Nature-inspired wood-printed metal will be repeated throughout the building and a clearer entry to the new Gastropub location will be added.

The DRB meets at 7 p.m. in Reston Association headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The board will also hear a case that was previously rejected in April.

T-Mobile has filed another application to install antennas on the roof of the Waterford Square Condominiums — a proposal that was flatly rejected after opposition from residents. Opposition to the proposal remains.

Photos via handout/Reston Association

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Here Comes South Lakes High School’s Homecoming Parade

The South Lakes High School homecoming parade is scheduled for Oct.26 (Friday), and students are taking advantage of the opportunity to fundraise for a good cause.

The school’s leadership class will fundraiser for Hungry for Music, an organization that buys instruments for children who cannot afford their own. The class aims to raise $1,000 to purchase 20 instruments for an after-school program. Collection baskets and tables at homecoming activities will be open for donation throughout the week of the parade.

The parade, which is set for 5-6 p.m., will feature student organizations, class councils, clubs, team, community groups, elementary schools, and the school’s marching band, The Spirit of Reston. Student-built boats will reflect the theme of “Tune in to South Lakes.” Each grade will select a music genre and the grand marshall this year is SLHS teacher Chris Moorhead, according to information provided by the school.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. from Hunters Woods Shopping Center. It will continue north on Colts Neck Drive, turn east onto South Lakes Drive and finish at SLHS. A small food court will be set-up in the stadium-side parking lot with food trucks from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The football game against Yorktown High School begins at 7 p.m. shortly after the parade. Admission is $5 and the Class of 1998 will also be on-site to celebrate their 20th reunion.

Photo via Lyn Fiscus

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Monday Morning Notes

Where’d the money go — A report by the Office of Inspector General has found that Metro failed to properly track millions of dollars in spending. [WTOP]

Reston resident, others challenge local Airbnb regulations — “One month into Fairfax County’s new regulations on short-term lodging, a group of local citizens are suing to have the regulations voided. On July 31, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Short-Term Lodging (STL) Zoning Ordinance Amendment aimed at regulating home-sharing inside Fairfax, most commonly carried out through the websites Airbnb and VRBO.” [Tysons Reporter]

Make the call — County officials urge residents to make the call by stopping domestic violence. The event was in recognition of domestic violence awareness month. [The Connection]

Photo by Chip McCrea

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