Morning Notes

An empty parking lot at Fair City Mall in Fairfax (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

GW Parkway Will Be Closed on Sunday — “The northbound lanes of the GW Parkway will be closed this Sunday between Spout Run in Arlington and Chain Bridge Road in McLean. The closure, from about 6 a.m.-4 p.m., is for the removal of ‘an abandoned vehicle that is below the road near the Potomac River.'” [ARLnow]

Alexandria Man Found Guilty in Springfield Killing — “A 28-year-old man who fled to Ethiopia after the killing of a young couple in Virginia was convicted for a second time in connection with the December 2016 deaths, authorities announced Thursday. Yohannes Nessibu was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the shooting of 22-year-old Henok Yohannes.” [The Washington Post]

Reston Station Signs New Commercial Tenants — “Comstock Holding Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) has signed both government contractor CACI International Inc. (NYSE: CACI) and The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State for its Commerce District of Reston Station development at 11400 Commerce Park Drive.” The 10-year leases are for 41,000 square feet for CACI and 34,560 square feet for Penn State. [Washington Business Journal]

Proposed Emissions Waiver for Data Centers Criticized — “Dozens of residents and nonprofit environmental representatives from across the region descended upon the [Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s]…office in Woodbridge to oppose the temporary variance.” The proposal would suspend air emissions rules from mid-March to July 31 so data centers in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax counties can “run approximately 4,000 diesel generators to power its facilities in the event of a power grid failure.” [Inside NoVA]

County’s School Age Child Care and Teen Centers Add 3D Printers — “Makerbot Sketch 3D printers were installed at 144 SACC centers in February 2023. In addition, all 13 NCS Technology Centers now offer Makerbot 3D printers, providing expanded access to the same technology for students, families and other community members.” [NCS]

Metrorail Ridership Hits High for Pandemic — “Transit officials announced on Twitter that about 318,000 trips were taken Wednesday on Metrorail, which is 5,500 more than Metro’s previous pandemic-era high on Oct. 12. Metro also recorded at least three days last month that were among the 10 highest ridership days since the start of the pandemic.” [The Washington Post]

Economic Development Leader Honored by White House — “Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, was honored to receive a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from The White House because of his lifelong commitment to building a strong nation through volunteering…He was presented with the recognition by Elisha Pulivarti, CEO, U.S. India SME Council, on Feb 28, 2023, at University of North America in Fairfax.” [FCEDA]

Annandale Private School Nears Finish on Expansion — “After undergoing a major renovation and expansion, the Oakwood School in Annandale will be able to serve more students. The private school…focuses on specialized instructional methods for students with learning disabilities who struggled in their previous school. The expansion project is about 95 percent complete, says Head of School Lane McIntyre.” [Annandale Today]

Walkinshaw Launches Reelection Campaign — “James Walkinshaw officially announced that he is running for re-election as the Braddock District’s representative on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors…Walkinshaw, who launched his re-election campaign in Annandale on Sunday, was joined by more than 100 supporters and constituents.” [Patch]

It’s Friday — Rain throughout the day. High of 61 and low of 38. Sunrise at 6:39 am and sunset at 6:04 pm. [Weather.gov]

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