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by Dave Emke — August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Several hundred people enjoyed lunch on the house Tuesday afternoon as Cava Mezze Grill celebrated the opening of its new Reston location at 1815 Fountain Drive.

“We’ve always known Reston is a place we’ve wanted to come,” said Meg Schiffman, Cava’s director of marketing, amid the crowd during the free community-lunch event, which lasted from noon to 2 p.m. “It has been the most-requested location in the history of Cava, and we’re just so thrilled to be part of the community now.”

As of about 1:15 p.m., Schiffman said about 250 people had already made their way through the line, which still extended all the way down The Spectrum shopping center’s sidewalk. Schiffman said it was one of the longest lines she had ever seen during such an opening event, which Cava hosts at each of its new locations.

“Sharing a meal is part of our culture — it’s really kind of where we came from,” Schiffman said. “It’s been something we really feel is important to introduce ourselves, but at the same time to open our doors and really have a shared experience with everybody in the community.”

The Greek and Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant is an offshoot of Rockville-based Cava Mezze restaurant, which has five locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The Reston location is the 34th Cava Mezze Grill nationwide, with plans to add several more by the end of 2017.

The restaurant will open for regular business hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., beginning Wednesday.

by Dave Emke — August 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

Crime reports provided by Fairfax County Police Department in the month of July, plotted in the interactive map above, show a wide variety of incidents through the Reston District Station. Use the icon in the top left corner of the map to toggle the types of crimes displayed.

In total, FCPD’s July reports included the following breakdown of criminal incidents in the area:

The 61 larcenies represent an increase from May and June (49 and 46, respectively).

Fairfax County Police in July also arrested the ex-treasurer of the South Lakes High School athletics booster club, charging him with embezzling at least $60,000 while he was in his role.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

The Reston District Station of FCPD covers Reston, Great Falls and portions of Herndon and Vienna.

Fairfax County’s police reports are not comprehensive lists of every police event in the stated time frame. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations, unless otherwise noted. This data was compiled using the reports released by police between July 1 and July 31, meaning some of the incidents occurred in late June.

by Eve Thompson — August 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

2350 Antiqua Court, 3 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $329,000

1493 Autumn Ridge Circle, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $415,000

2237 Cedar Cove Court, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $525,000

2024 Chadds Ford Drive, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $547,500

12303 Fan Shell Court, 4 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $362,000

11695 Gilman Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $730,000

2305 Glade Bank Way, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $400,000

11955 Heathcote Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $420,900

11211 Longwood Grove Drive, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $754,900

12000 Market St., 1 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $320,000

12000 Market St., 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $410,000

2318 Millennium Lane, 4 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $440,000

1333 Northgate Square, 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $250,000

1525 Northgate Square, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $199,900

1102 Northwind Drive, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $830,000

1350 Park Garden Lane, 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Sale Price: $580,000

1933 Red Lion Court, 3 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $442,000

11566 Rolling Green Court, 2 BR, 2 BA. Sale Price: $249,000

1474 Roundleaf Court, 5 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $490,000

2063 Royal Fern Court, 2 BR, 1 BA. Sale Price: $185,000

11950 Sentinel Point Court, 3 BR, 3 BA. Sale Price: $462,500

2433 Southgate Square, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $338,500

2124 Whisperwood Glen Lane, 3 BR, 2.5 BA. Sale Price: $380,500

2278 White Cornus Lane, 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Sale Price: $295,000

11530 Wild Hawthorn Court, 3 BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $540,000

by Dave Emke — August 1, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Before its meeting tonight, Reston’s Design Review Board will have another one-hour work session with the developers of the proposed Kensington Senior Living at 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive.

Following a work session with the DRB in May, Kensington has made the following changes to its plan to reduce the project’s size:

  • Eliminated an entire floor of the building, resulting in a 2-story building
  • Reduced the overall mass of the project by about 30 percent, from 91,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet, resulting in an approximate FAR of 0.83
  • Narrowed the width of the building toward the south of the site, resulting in an additional setback to the nearest townhomes of 20 feet
  • Reduced the unit count by 23 percent from 91 to 70, and the bed count by 26 percent from 130 to 96

Previous designs for the proposal featured as many as five stories.

The facility would be at the site of the current Good Beginnings School. The property has not yet been sold, with the deal contingent upon the plan’s approval.

At the May work session, residents of the Wethersfield Cluster expressed their concerns about lowered property values, privacy and architectural compatibility. Kensington says it “has considered and is working through different architectural styles, and it “plans to present more detailed building elevations” during tonight’s session.

The documents that have been provided prior to tonight’s session are available here.

The discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). The DRB’s regular meeting will begin at 7.

Image via Moseley Architects

by RestonNow.com — August 1, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

A Reston resident was awakened early Monday morning by a surprise banging on her front door.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports that a resident in the 10900 block of Wilder Point Lane heard the noise at about 4 a.m. Monday. She went to the front door and while no one was there, the door was discovered to have been damaged.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in recent days:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Cameron Glen Drive, wallet from residence

2200 block of Centreville Road, money from business

10100 block of Cottesmore Court, bracelet from residence

3100 block of Fox Hunt Lane, bicycles from parking garage

2500 block of James Madison Circle, computer from vehicle

12000 block of Market Street, property from vehicle

1400 block of North Point Village Center, merchandise from business

11100 block of South Lakes Drive, merchandise from business

1600 block of Wainwright Drive, electronic from vehicle

1400 block of Waterview Cluster, purse from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Anyone with information about any of these crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

In the Town of Herndon, police say a garage in the 300 block of Marjorie Lane was broken into July 23. According to the report, the thief entered through a secured door and stole a mountain bike valued at $240 along with $500 worth of additional property. The case is under investigation.

by Dave Emke — August 1, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

Live Music for National Night Out — Tonight’s National Night Out activities at Lake Anne Plaza will include an acoustic performance by Alex Perez at 5:30 p.m., a DJ and the Emotion Dance and Fitness Studio from 6-8 p.m., and an 8 p.m. show from Cinema Hearts. There will also be kids’ activities and BOGO Krazy Kustard Shakes at Kustard & Co. (1631 Washington Plaza N.). [Press Release]

State of Environment Report OK’d by RA Board — The summary, produced by Reston Association’s Environmental Advisory Committee, is part of a new effort to publish an annual report on the state and management of the environment in Reston. The working group, which is comprised of nine members, spent over 1,000 combined volunteer hours compiling data. [Reston Association]

Best Ice Cream Sandwiches in DC Area — In its list of the top gooey goodies in the region, Washingtonian magazine has a recommendation for those going to Ted’s Bulletin (11948 Market St.): ask for an ice cream sandwich made with their housemade pop-tarts. [Washingtonian]

Registration Begins Today for Fall Parks Programs — Classes at Fairfax County parks, available in numerous recreational categories, begin Sept. 5. [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Is Your Pet Prepared? — Fairfax County officials want to make sure residents are not only thinking about emergency preparedness plans for the family, but for pets as well. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

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