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by Fatimah Waseem November 30, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Public Hearing on Assisted Living Facility on Sunrise Valley Drive Today —  The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hear public testimony on the Kensington Senior Development project on 11501 Sunrise Valley Drive. The plan calls for a 91-unit assisted living facility in a space currently occupied by a child care center. To sign up to testify at the hearing, visit the commission’s website.   [Fairfax County Government]

‘Monster Drawing Rally’ and Fundraiser Begins Saturday — More than 50 artists will transform the Greater Reston Arts Center into a working art station at the center’s “Monster Drawing Rally” on Saturday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. udience members can purchase artwork for $75 per piece as it is created. If there are multiple bids for the same piece, a drawing will be used to select the winner of the piece. [Greater Reston Arts Center]

Reston-based Contractor Faces More Board Departures — According to the Washington Business Journal, four members of STG Group Inc.’s board of directors have resigned. The departures come as creditors took over the subsidiary of the contractor because the company defaulted on a previous credit agreement. [Washington Business Journal]

Herndon Family Medicine Celebrates Larger Facility —  The practice held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this week to celebrate the opening of a new, larger facility on 381 Elden Street in Herndon. Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Town Council were also present at the ceremony. [Herndon Family Medicine]

Photo courtesy of Herndon Family Medicine

by Fatimah Waseem October 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

The redevelopment of Herndon’s historic center moved forward Tuesday as local lawmakers passed an agreement that would transform nearly 4.7 acres of town-owned land into a mixed use development.

The seven-member Herndon Town Council unanimously approved a comprehensive agreement with Comstock Partners that lays out responsibilities of both parties. Comstock plans to bring 281 residential apartments, 17,600 square feet of retail space, an arts plaza and walkways, an 18,000-square-foot arts center and a 761-space parking garage to the center.

The public-private redevelopment deal states the town will pitch in $3.6 million to help with the redevelopment effort, including $500,000 for environmental remediation, $500,000 for transitional public parking, $250,000 for the relocation of the arts center, $100,000 for culvert repairs and up to $100,000 for any off-site easements. The town will also contribute land purchased for $5.8 million

In return, the developer will provide 339 public parking spaces in the garage, the arts center, an arts work and recreation proffer and $505,000 in proffer funds for town recreational services. The total value of the contributions is roughly $12 million, according to the town.

Construction, which is set to begin in early 2019, is expected to be complete by early 2021. With the green light from the council, the developer must begin designing the project. Once the design is complete, Comstock will submit a site plan to the town for approval and seek design approval from the town’s Heritage Preservation Committee — a process that could take one year.

The site on which the development would take place is north of Elden Street, east of Center Street, west of Station Street and south of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. The space in question includes municipal parking lots and the home of ArtSpace, as well as the former Stohlman Subaru building on Elden Street.

As the development moves forward, the town plans to work with Comstock on a transitional parking plan. ArtSpace will be relocated off-site during construction of the project. The future of the Herndon Festival is unclear as the festival’s committee will evaluate options for relocation. During construction, parking will either continue to be located on-site or be transitioned to other locations in downtown Herndon. The town will work with Comstock on the transitional parking plan.

In a release, Mayor Lisa Merkel applauded the council’s decision as a major step forward in the redevelopment effort.

“After decades of discussion, vision and planning, the town is thrilled to be moving forward on a project that will revitalize our downtown and solidify Herndon’s position as a 21st century town where history and heritage are integrated into a thoroughly contemporary setting. We are grateful to the citizens, business owners and others with a stake in Herndon’s future who have dedicated so much time and energy to get us to this point, and we look forward to working with Comstock in bringing the town’s vision to reality.”

County officials project the purchase of the property will bring in roughly $300,000 per year from taxes and fees for licenses. The site is currently exempt from property taxes.

For more information about the plans, visit the town’s website.

Image courtesy of Anne Curtis

by Fatimah Waseem October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Herndon Center Pitched for Amazon’s Second Headquarters — As other jurisdictions make similar bids, local officials will make a combined offer for Amazon’s headquarters to be located on the 26-acre Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon. [Washington Business Journal]

Reston Man Killed in Plane Crash Remembered by Industry — Steven B. Zaboji, who died Saturday in a plane crash near Front Royal, is being remembered as “one of the most iconic manufacturer sales representatives in the consumer electronics industry.” He was the owner of Balaton Marketing, which represented the Yamaha line of electronics and other well-known brands. [Strata-Gee.com]

RA Seeks Volunteers for Halloween Event — Reston Association is looking for volunteers to help with the “Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail,” the Walker Nature Center’s annual Halloween event. The program runs on Oct. 27-28 from 5-9:30 p.m. [Reston Association]

Public Art Reston to Celebrate 10th Anniversary — The nonprofit organization, which formed in 2007, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Nov. 9 with a fundraising event, which will include live music, refreshments, a live auction and a raffle. Public Art Reston’s mission is to inspire a new commitment to public art in order to support community arts and culture in Reston. [Public Art Reston/Facebook]

Registration for Free Disaster-Preparedness Training Open — The Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department is providing free Community Emergency Response Team training, a program that trains residents on disaster response skills like fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations. The program takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from Nov. 6 through Dec. 6, from 7-11 p.m. each night. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]

by Dave Emke July 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

Tremendous growth threatened Aslin Beer Company‘s future in Herndon, but it has found a new home that will allow it to stay.

The two-year-old brewery will open a new tasting room and bar at 771 Elden St., the former home of Napa Auto Parts, later this year. The new location will feature about 2,500 square feet of interior tasting room space and another 2,500 square feet of outdoor space — including a rooftop deck and bar, bocce ball court, and covered deck.

Kai Leszkowicz, one of Aslin’s co-founders, said they hope to get the new space opened by December, and plan to be open seven days a week.

“It’s basically a project that we started two years ago and have been following through, and now it’s coming to fruition,” Leszkowicz said.

In December 2016, Aslin said that it would be forced to leave the Town of Herndon due to the limitations of its current space at 257 Sunset Park Drive. That location now only offers beer in a “to-go” format, with a handful of new releases dropping each Thursday and sold by the four-pack. For example, today at 3 p.m. it will be offering sales of its Cortes & His Men IPA, Laser Raptors double IPA, How Now Brown Cow milk stout and There Gose The Diet gose.

Mayor Lisa Merkel said that the need to limit operations at the Sunset Park Drive location was due to a ruling by the county’s fire marshal, which occurred because of Aslin’s “incredible success that has resulted in … outgrowing their current location much more quickly than anticipated.”

“Aslin Beer Company is exactly the kind of business Herndon would like to continue to attract,” Merkel said at the time.

Anne Papa Curtis, communications officer for the Town of Herndon, said Thursday that the Town “is excited to welcome Aslin Beer Company into the downtown, and we are working with them to complete town zoning approval processes.”

In a Facebook post earlier this week, the brewery said the new space on Elden Street will “provide a unique environment that encompasses our brand and represents our team.”

Good afternoon everyone! Aslin Beer Co. and its team has been through a lot through the first half of 2017. We have…

Posted by Aslin Beer Company on Monday, July 24, 2017

Aslin will be holding its second anniversary party Saturday, Sept. 16 in the parking lot of the future tasting room, according to the Facebook post. It plans to keep its current space for production only, it says, while also looking for a new production facility.

by Karen Goff August 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

Jimmy's Old Town TavernJimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon will be showing its patriotism — and throwing a big party — Labor Day weekend.

Jimmy’s 9/11 Memorial Ride and Party in the Alley  on Saturday, Sept. 4 is an all-day event at Jimmy’s, 697 Spring St., but patrons are invited to take part in all or just some of it.

Here’s what’s happening:

Jimmy’s Opens at 8 a.m.

The Outdoor Party in the Alley begins at noon with a All-U-Can-Eat Pig Roast Buffet, a special a la carte menu and live music indoors outdoors. There is no cover charge.

The pig roast buffet includes Slow-Cooked Pig, Beef Brisket, Grilled Chicken, Burgers, Dogs, Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Salad, Corn-on-the-Cob, Jimmy’s BBQ Sauce and more. It’s all-you-can-eat. Adults, $20; kids, $8.

The tavern is also sponsoring a motorcycle ride to Quantico National Cemetery. That begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast. The bikes will depart at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the group will place American Flags on veterans’ graves.

The cemetery visit will be followed by a visit to the U.S. Marine Crops Museum and Murlarkey Distillery, Bristow.

Cost: $30 per rider, which includes full breakfast buffet, an awesome ride, the pig roast and more.

Here is the schedule for musical entertainment:

Outdoors:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Open Jam with Brian Symmes
  • 2:00 p.m. – Dedline
  • 4:00 p.m. – Poker Run Awards with Jimmy!
  • 4:20 p.m. – Performance of the National Anthem featuring Kimmy Holland
  • 4:30 p.m. – JOTT-O Blues Band
  • 6:00 p.m. – Theycallmepiano
  • 7:00 p.m. – Unsullied
  • 8:30 p.m. – The Roadducks

Indoors:

  • 12:00 p.m. – The “Best Of” Open Mic Hosted by Andrew Lee!
  • 8:30 p.m. – Nigel Brewer’s Tribute to the Fallen
  • 9:00 p.m. – Soul Craft
  • 10:30 p.m. – Johnny Rushmore Band

(Band lineups and times subject to change without notice)

Proceeds from the day benefit the Firefighters Fund of Fairfax County & the Herndon Fraternal Order of Police. For more details contact Jimmy at 703-470-4014 or [email protected].

by Karen Goff June 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm 3 Comments

ESCAPE ROOM 1

The area’s first escape room is now open on Elden Street.

What is an escape room, you ask? Escape rooms are interactive, team-building activities where groups of people are locked in a room with others and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

So now that you know, here is what to know. Ravenchase Adventures’ Escape Room Herndon is located at the K-Mart Shopping Center (404-406 Elden Street).

Co-owner Omer Aru previously told Reston Now that the facility is 4,000 square feet with three different rooms. The rooms have themes, such as science lab, a pirate ship, a tomb, “The Matrix,” and more. Each room holds its own clues and adventures, Aru said.

Ravenchase has been operating an Escape Room in Richmond for several years.

Players have 60 minutes to escape. The game is ideally for 4 to 10 players per room (up to 28 players at one time). Aru says it is best to gather your team before making reservations.

Escape Room Herndon’s hours are Thursday and Friday, 6:30 to 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $28.00 per person (corporate packages available)

For more information or reservations visit Escape Room Herndon online.

by Karen Goff March 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

The Wiener's Circle/Credit: YelpThe Wiener’s Circle, a quirky and popular lunch spot in Herndon, has closed.

Wednesday was the last day for the eatery at 348 Victory Dr. It was also the last day for Jenni’s Authentic Tacos and Papusas, a nearby restaurant operated by the same owners, Greg and Diane Hill.

The owners left a message on the restaurant’s voice mail that they are sorry to say The Wiener’s Circle and Jenni’s are closed for good. They did not say why. The Hills also own Great Falls Gourmet, a catering company.

The Wiener’s Circle billed itself as a “hot dog joint” on its Facebook page. It was only open a couple of hours a day, but had a loyal following among office workers nearby.

“So sorry to see this,” one patron wrote on The Winer’s Circle’s Facebook page. “Greg and Diane have always been great hosts. Really enjoyed the sausage making classes, always a blast and a great time for all. You guys will be greatly missed.”

Photo: The Wiener’s Circle/Credit: Yelp

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