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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mason land use committee endorses Markham Street apartments

An illustration showing the new site design for the Markham project.

The Mason District Land Use Committee unanimously endorsed a rezoning application July 22 for a 12-story, 308 unit apartment building on the site of the AMF Annandale Lanes bowling alley on Markham Street in Annandale. The project is a joint venture of Southern Management, which owns The Parliaments, and the Webb Cos.

The L-shaped building would have one and two-bedroom apartments and about 36 efficiency units. There would be space for a 6,000-square foot restaurant on the first floor and a plaza with a swimming pool for residents on the fourth floor.

Land use committee calls for changes in Bailey's Crossroads retail center plan

The site of a proposed shopping center on Route 7.
The Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) July 22 called for Fairfax County planning staff to revise the proposal for a shopping center on Leesburg Pike between Charles Street and Washington Drive to prohibit drive-through fast food restaurants.

Angela Valis, a Courtland Park resident who spoke at the MDLUC meeting, called that “a huge victory for our community.” Valis and her neighbors are concerned that the shopping center proposed by Spectrum Development would bring more traffic to already-congested roads. The center, however, would have a CVS with a drive-through pharmacy.

Concerts in the park: comedy to country

The Capitol Steps drew a large crowd to a free Spotlight by Starlight show at Mason District Park July 20. The video above, shot by Bob Kovacs and posted on AnnandaleArts, is “I Don’t Know How to Log In,” about the Obamacare problems, to the tune of  “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seven Corners bank robbed

The Capital One Bank in the Seven Corners Shopping Center was robbed on July 21, Fairfax County Police reports. A man entered the bank at 5:20 p.m., handed a teller a note announcing a robbery, and implied he had a weapon. The suspect took cash and fled. There were no injuries.

The suspect was described as black, in his 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a mustache. Contact the police, 703-691-2131, or Crime Solvers, 866-411-8477, if you have information. A man was arrested in June 2012 for an attempted robbery at that bank.

Annandale Blog readers select Silverado as best local restaurant

This is the fifth piece in a series of profiles of the winners of the Annandale Blogs 2014 Annie Awards, presented to local businesses at Blogapalooza on June 28. The winners were selected by Annandale Blog readers in an open-ended survey.

Silverado, the popular Southwestern-theme restaurant at 7052 Columbia Pike, was selected by Annandale Blog readers as the best restaurant in Annandale/Mason District.  

When asked to name customers’ favorite menu items, manager Dustin Ranney listed the salmon salad, prime rib, crab cakes, fresh fish, firecracker shrimp, and “our world’s greatest fajitas,” along with the chocolate waffle for desert and huevos rancheros served at brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and summertime dessert special, mixed-berry shortcake. New happy hour items will debut soon, he says.

Monday, July 21, 2014

After 66 years, JVs is expanding

Sign over JV's bar.

JV Restaurant, the small bar and live music venue that’s been at 6666 Arlington Blvd., in Falls Church for the past 66 years, is going to double in size. The small pharmacy that’s been next door for some 28 years moved to Annandale, so JV is expanding into that space. 

School board split on accelerating Falls Church HS renovations

A sink in a FCHS science lab.
The Fairfax County School Board spent an hour at a work session last week talking about the possibility of renovating Falls Church High School sooner than scheduled. But there wasn’t enough support to do that, so the school is still slated for the 2019 school bond, which means renovations won’t be completed before 2024.

FCHS is the only “legacy high school,” which refers to schools built in the 1960s, that has never been fully renovated. Among other problems, its science labs are woefully outdated and have sinks with non-working faucets, its music rooms are inadequate, and while it has a large special education program, it doesn’t meet federal accessibility standards for people with disabilities.   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blog readers select Collector's World as one of area's best gift shops

The Annandale Blog presented 2014 Annie Awards to six local businesses during our fifth-year anniversary party, Blogapalooza, on June 28. The winners were chosen by Annandale Blog readers in an open-ended online survey. Collector’s World and AnnSandra, which was profiled July 10, got the same number of votes in the best gift shop category, so they both got an Annie Award.

Former Washington Senator Frank Howard signs a photo for a fan.
Collector’s World, 7030 Columbia Pike, Annandale, is the best place to find the perfect vintage sports card or comic book to add to your collection, a one-of-a-kind item to display in a man cave, or the latest installment of a comics series.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Planning Commission defers vote on Bailey's Crossroads shopping center

Washington Drive, looking toward Leesburg Pike. The shopping center would be at the left.  [Google Maps]
The Fairfax County Planning Commission deferred a decision on a shopping center proposal for Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads until July 30, primarily because commissioners felt there was not enough information on a plan to align Charles Street with Glen Forest Drive.

Annandale real estate market in the doldrums

This house in the Brook Hill Estates community is on the market for $1.475 million.
The housing market in Annandale was pretty flat in June, reports real estate contributor Vivianne Couts of Coldwell Banker.

The average price of a home sold in Annandale (zip code 22003) last month was $508,564, down 4 percent from June 2013. The median price, $552,460, is up 0.63 percent. Sixty-two units sold last month, compared to 63 in June 2013.