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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lakeside Plaza condo owners oppose expansion of townhouse community

The layout of the Ambrose Hills community. Lakeside Plaza is at the end of the cul de sac on Powell Lane. [Stanley Martin]
The development of the Ambrose Hills townhouse community on Columbia Pike is causing some headaches for residents of the high-rise Lakeside Plaza Condominium.

Marty Bernstein and Janice Siegel of the Lakeside Plaza HOA urged the Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) March 28 to reject a proposal by Stanley Martin Cos., the developer of Ambrose Hills, to add five additional homes on a property in the middle of the site.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Prepare for construction delays due to work on Gallows Road bridge over Route 50

The overpass as seen from Route 50.  [VDOT]
Expect some intermittent delays and nighttime closures at the Route 50/Gallows Road intersection over the next year as the Virginia Department of Transportation begins phase 2 of its project to “rehabilitate” the overpass.

The project will include concrete and steel beam repairs, bearing replacement, joint closures, and deck resurfacing. The total cost of the project is $5.1 million.

Burglary, unlawful entry arrests this weekend

Martinez [FCPD]
The Fairfax County Police Department’s weekend crime report includes several incidents in the Mason District/Annandale area.

Two men were charged with burglarizing an apartment in the 6100 block of Greenwood Drive in Seven Corners at about 10:30 p.m. on March 24.

Officers were called for a report of a fight. Two men had broken into an apartment and were threatening someone inside, throwing things around, and causing damage. The suspects fled as officers arrived but were apprehended nearby.

Monday, March 27, 2017

New church planned for Rt. 50

An illustration of the new sanctuary.
The Falls Church Anglican is planning to build a new sanctuary next to the office building it purchased in 2015 at 6565 Arlington Blvd. in Mason District. Work on a new parking garage is already under way.

The church’s administrative staff moved into offices on the third floor of the building, says David Andrukonis, chair of the Falls Church Anglican’s building committee. Youth ministries are occupying the basement level. Most of the other existing tenants – generally medical offices – will remain.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Neighborhood History Project seeks photos and stories from the past

The organizers of Fairfax County’s commemoration of its 275th anniversary this year have launched the Neighborhood History Project to collect information about the founding of local communities, civic associations, and neighborhoods.

When Fairfax County was created in 1742, the mostly rural population was about 4,125. Today, more than 1.1 million people live in this urban area. The population exploded after World War II as the federal government expanded and new suburban communities, schools, and shopping centers were built.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lincolnia Task Force considers how area can be improved

Linconia residents and business owners look at a map of Lincolnia.
Members of the Lincolnia Planning District Study Task Force spent most of their third meeting on March 22 talking about what they like about Lincolnia and how it can be improved.

The task force was convened to provide input to Fairfax County planners as they update the Lincolnia section of the Comprehensive Plan. A key decision for the group is to determine whether the area around the Little River Turnpike/Beauregard Street intersection should be designated a community business center (CBC).

Friday, March 24, 2017

Providence Players present "To Kill a Mockingbird"

From the left: Robert Heinly (as Atticus Finch), Caden Mitchell (Dill), Sophia Manicone (Scout), and Brendan Dure (Jem). [Chip Gertzog/Providence Players]
By David Siegel

A revered classic for five decades, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will come to full life on stage in a presentation by the Providence Players. The show runs through April 8 at the James Lee Community Center.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” takes place in Alabama during the Great Depression, which director Beth Whitehead describes as “a hungry, hurting time in America.”