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Pilot Program to Bring Free WiFi, LED Lights to Downtown Herndon

The Town of Herndon will take part in a pilot program that will bring LED lights and free WiFi in downtown Herndon. The agreement, approved in late June by the Town of Herndon Council, is with Vivacity, Inc.

A public WiFi network will be established for the downtown area. The D.C.-based company will design and manage the wireless network necessary to make the project possible. Town officials will grant access to infrastructure and have authorized Vivacity to sell its services to third parties.

“We are excited to pilot this program with Vivacity and to explore how these cutting-edge technologies may benefit citizens, businesses and visitors to our downtown,” said Mayor Lisa C. Merkel. “The metrics developed through this program will provide a baseline upon which we build, as we work toward our vision for Herndon’s downtown.”

The town and Vivacity will determine whether or not they will continue the partnership based on the following considerations, as indicated in a June 20 press release:

  • Cost savings of LED lights and centrally-controlled management system;

  • Potential reduction in carbon emissions;

  • Impact of improved mobile coverage in the downtown;

  • Public safety impacts from the lighting and blue button emergency calling feature;

  • Data on bicycle and pedestrian flow on the W&OD Trail; and

  • Cost and usage of the electric vehicle charging station.

The pilot program will run from Dec. 31 through the end of 2020.

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Funding for New Equestrian Jumps Approved for Frying Pan Farm Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved funding to boost Frying Pan Farm Park‘s equestrian program.

A matching grant of $4,500 was given in response to a request from the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park. New jumps and poles will replace existing equipment that is old and heavy.

In a statement, park officials indicated the new jumps will “address concerns about the difficulty of moving the existing jumps.” The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park will contribute matching funds to complete the project, which is expected to cost around $9,000.

Since 1999, more than 170 Mastenbrook Grant projects have been approved. The Fairfax County Park Authority’s program provides limited matching funds for projects in local parks.

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Reno of the Month: Who is in Your Home?

Written by Mina Fies, Synergy Design & Construction

Many homeowners make assumptions about the general contractor or remodeling firm they pick for their remodel. You get a great first impression from the initial sales meeting, but, odds are those aren’t the same people who’ll actually be in your home doing the work every day.

Carpenters and construction crews will be in your life, around your kids and overseeing your investment each day of the project, so don’t forget to ask questions during the selection of a remodeling partner about the people actually doing the work:

  • Are your carpenters in-house employees or subcontractors?
  • Do I have a dedicated lead for my project?
  • What training or certifications do workers have?
  • What standards will the staff follow while they’re in my home?
  • Who will have access to keys while work is being completed?

So much of a home remodel depends on labor, so it’s important you’re comfortable with the field expertise of your team.

While all of our carpenters are in-house team members, and one will be assigned a specifically oversee your project’s quality, safety and security protocols, not every company operates that way.

It takes a lot of trust to invite people into your home and we don’t take that lightly. Although many of our clients live in the home while we’re remodeling, others schedule their remodel while they’re out-of-town, or even relocating from outside of the area!

Regardless of who you choose to remodel your home, the point is to go beyond the initial sales call and find out who will actually be doing the work and overseeing your project.

Our Reno of the Month features a client who was living in Massachusetts during both the design and construction phases of their project.

We took all the necessary measures to ensure we delivered a perfect renovation while respecting safety and cleanliness, leaving nothing behind but a gorgeous, transformed home. Their neighbor even commented, “Thanks again for the neighborly way the crew handled everything. It’s really like we never knew you were there!”

Want to learn more about our team? Find out Who We Are!

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Pedestrian Bridge Project at Wiehle Avenue and W&OD Trail Moves Forward

A grade-separated crossing and bridge at the Washington & Old Dominion Trail at Wiehle Avenue could be coming closer to reality.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion tomorrow (July 10) to allow the county officials to move forward with land acquisition and final design plans.

The project, which is expected to cost $10 million, aims to address safety concern at the intersection. Changes include a new bridge, retaining walls and directional access to Wiehle Avenue for trail users.

Wiehle Avenue would be widened from Sunset Hills Road to the properties near the Reston Fire Station. The pavement would be widened for on-road bike lanes in the future.

Improvements were contemplated in Reston’s Metrorail Access Group’s plan to improve access near the new Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. The new fire station planned in the area would be built before the pedestrian bridge.

An exact timeline for the project has not been set.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

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This Week’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Monday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the work week ahead in Reston. On Friday, we’ll catch up with Tim again with the upcoming weekend’s deals and events.

Highlights for the upcoming work week include:

Deal of the Week: Tuesday is Cow Appreciation Day @ Chick-Fil-A in North Point & Village Commons. Receive a free entrée when you show up in any sort of cow apparel before 7 p.m.

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

All Week:

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

Photo via Tim’s Reston

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Monday Morning Notes

Water, water everywhere — During a concert on Saturday in Reston Town Center, the fountains turned on and soaked the performing band, Rocknoceros. Thankfully, the equipment survived. [Rocknoceros]

Updating design guidelines — In this Reston Today video, get a glimpse of proposed changes to Reston’s design and maintenance guidelines for that next fixer-upper project. [Reston Association]

Nearby: Selling out — A 280-acre piece of land near the future Loudoun Gateway Silver Station was sold to a data center developer. The site was previously planned to be a 14 million square foot development. [Bisnow]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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