Wednesday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff December 23, 2015 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Reston Town Center Christmas lights

Local Company Gives Back — Reston-based SOSi gathered thousands of coffee K-Cups to send to overseas troops this holiday season. [Reston Connection]

Inmates Graduate — The Fairfax County Jail recently honored 11 inmates — two who earned their high school diplomas and nine who earned a GED diploma while behind bars. [Fairfax County]

What To Do With All The Offices? — There is millions of square feet of vacant office space in Fairfax County. The county will be forming a committee to look at the issue and figure out ways to make up the millions in lost tax revenue. [Washington Business Journal]

Kudos for Herndon High Athlete — Hornet field hockey player Sammy Stone was selected as a first-team All Met selection. The junior had 14 goals and 8 assists in 2015. [Washington Post]

Lots of Star Wars at ArtInsights — Modern Reston takes a trip to Reston Town Center’s ArtInsights Gallery, which has a large collection of Star Wars art on display and for sale to coincide with the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. [Modern Reston]

  • Mike M

    Vacant office space in FFX has been a growing problem since long before the new office buildings stopped going up. I’ve been challenged on this site whenever I noted that plain fact. I cite specifically just the Sunrise Valley strip from Reston to The Dulles Hyatt. Lots and lots of empty space. At the east Reston end vacancy rates have been very high since before 2000 and they have gotten worse steadily. There are reasons. Telework and office hoteling is one. There also was a recession, albeit mild here. The increased density of new and popular space at Tysons and Reston Town Center don’t help matters. Federal budgets are flattening year over year. But there are other reasons pertaining to tax laws and other things that only some of the savvier commercial real estate people understand, and they won’t speak up about it. In fact, they will lie about vacancy rates. It won’t get better any time soon. Heads up. The County Board Democrats will turn it all into low income housing if they can.

    • Brooks Davis

      Low income housing would be a great idea, thanks!

      • Mike M

        Let’s start next door to you.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Q:What To Do With All The Offices?

    A: Turn it into Group Homes. There’s a real shortage of Group Homes for the Special Needs community.

  • concordpoint

    I hope the committee has at least some members that actually represent owners of the vacant offices? County staff does not have the profit experience/perspective needed, and nothing will happen if it does not make economic sense (i.e. Lake Anne)


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