Morning Notes

The Walney Visitor Center at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Third Week of Traffic Safety Campaign Underway — “Road Shark is a high-visibility and coordinated enforcement and education effort to deter aggressive driving, reduce crashes, and change driving behavior…Last campaign, officers along with our Virginia State Police partners issued over 5,000 citations and warnings.” [FCPD]

Old Commanders Facility in Herndon Sold — “The Washington Commanders’ former Herndon practice facility, which the team left 31 years ago for Ashburn, has sold to the owner of a planned data center campus across the street.” The property at 13832 Redskin Drive was purchased for $25 million by “an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, which in 2021 earned Fairfax County’s OK to develop a 2.2 million-square-foot, four-building data center campus on adjacent…land.” [Washington Business Journal]

Truck Hits Reston Parkway Ramp to Toll Road — “A truck traveling southbound on Reston Parkway to the eastbound entrance ramp to the Dulles Toll Road in Reston struck the bridge on Monday morning.” Reston Parkway’s left, southbound lane was closed while crews inspected the damage. [Patch]

Change to Spring Hill Development Gets McLean Group’s Support — “The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) board of directors passed a resolution July 5 supporting a proposed office-to-residential conversion in Tysons, but reiterated its concern that such projects adversely could impact school enrollment and demand for public services.” [Gazette Leader]

New Left Turn Lane Added at Fairfax Intersection — “The City of Fairfax announced Saturday that the second left turn lane at the Chain Bridge Road and Eaton Place intersection is now accessible.” The new lane is part of a larger overhaul of the congested intersection that the city anticipates “will be finished within the next 18 to 24 months.” [WTOP]

Latino Grocery Store Coming to Annandale — “Construction is underway on a Megamart Supermarket at 4415 John Marr Drive in Annandale. It’s going into a storefront that’s been vacant since Party Co. closed in March 2020. Megamart is a regional grocery chain specializing in Hispanic items with 11 stores in Virginia and Maryland.” [Annandale Today]

Great Falls Restaurant Recognized for Outdoor Dining — L’Auberge Chez Francois, a family-owned French restaurant at 3211 Springvale Road, was among three Northern Virginia restaurants to make the reservation system OpenTable’s 2023 list of the “100 Most Popular Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in America.” The list was determined by the site’s reviewers. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Metro Considers Blue Line Loop — “Late this year, Metro’s board will decide whether to embark on its biggest rail expansion since the Silver Line. Metro has long been studying solutions to capacity issues in the Rosslyn Tunnel under the Potomac River, and they include everything from just adding more buses to creating a dozen or more new stations and a new rail line in the next 20-plus years.” [DCist]

It’s Tuesday — Sunny, with a high near 90. Northwest wind around 6 mph. At night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind 3 to 5 mph. [Weather.gov]

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