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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Transforming Stuart HS to Justice HS will cost much less than previously estimated

FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand (left) talks to the public at a "community conversation" at Luther Jackson Middle School.
The cost of changing the name of JEB Stuart High School to Justice High School would cost $428,418, according to a plan to implement the name change submitted by Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand to the school board Dec. 11. 

That is far less than the $800,000 figure in earlier FCPS estimates – and way below the $1 million figure claimed by those who fought to keep the Stuart name. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Armed carjacking and robbery in Mason District

The Fairfax County Police Department’s weekend crime report includes a robbery and an armed carjacking in Mason District.

A man who had advertised a game console for sale was robbed on Dec. 8. He had agreed to meet a potential buyer at about 6:15 p.m. in the 6500 block of Little River Turnpike.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New 'micro-school' coming to Mason District

An Acton Academy. 
A small private school, associated with the Acton Academy network, is expected to open in Mason District next fall. 

A location hasn’t been nailed down yet, but there are two possibilities, both churches. One is in the West Falls Church area near Route 50, and the other is in Seven Corners, says Village School founder,  Lauren Quinn, an advanced academic resource teacher at Parklawn Elementary School who has taught at several public and private schools, including Congressional School.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Public invited to learn about redistricting

The Springfield-Annandale branch of the American Association University Women invites the public to learn about efforts to end gerrymandering and promote fair redistricting in Virginia.

This is the topic of the group’s next meeting, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., in the Braddock District supervisor’s office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021, will talk about how that organization is campaigning for fair, nonpartisan redistricting and will present an update on recent court cases that have an impact on redistricting.

Friday, December 8, 2017

'The Phantom Tollbooth' will delight the whole family

Amanda Ranowsky as Tock and Susan Kaplan as the Spelling Bee in “The Phantom Tollbooth.” [Chip Gertzog/Providence Players]
By David Siegel

“For our 20th anniversary season, we wanted to do something non-traditional in the holiday time slot. We have always liked the idea of presenting a fantasy rather than a traditional holiday show,” says Chip Gertzog, director of Providence Players’ production of “The Phantom Tollbooth.”

The play, adapted by Susan Nanus from the classic young adult novel by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, opens tonight at the James Lee Community Center Theater and runs through Dec. 16.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Supervisors streamline process for repurposing office buildings

An apartment in a former office building in Alexandria's West End that has been transformed into a flexible E-loft concept, allowing tenants use their units for living or working.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has made it easier for developers to convert obsolete office buildings and stores to other uses, such as housing, schools, or “urban farms.”

On Dec. 5, the BoS approved an amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan recommended by a working group on the repurposing of vacant, mostly vacant, or underutilized office buildings.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Driver charged with hit-and-run in Annandale

Jackie White II, a 44-year-old resident of Fairfax Station was arrested by the Fairfax County Police Department after leaving the scene of an accident on Gallows Road near Annandale Road at about 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 5.

After a driver left the scene of a two-vehicle crash, a police officer spotted a car that fit the description and activated his lights. The car eventually stopped but then sped off again as the officer was walking up to speak with the driver.

Officers pursued the vehicle and brought it to a stop a second time. White was arrested and taken to the adult detention center where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run, and disregarding a police signal to stop.

Supervisors approve Annandale pilot projects

Columbia Pike, Annandale.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 5 authorized $125,000 from the Economic Development Support Fund to begin planning for the implementation of two “Annandale pilot projects.”

These projects consist of a pop-up civic plaza and an “open streets event” to be implemented in spring 2018. These are two of the recommendations by an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel, which was convened in July 2016 to develop short-term and medium-term strategies for revitalizing Annandale.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oakwood School plans an expansion

Oakwood School is housed in a former church. 
Oakwood School, a private school in Annandale focused on students in grades 1-8 with learning disabilities, is planning an expansion.

The school, located in a former church building at 7201 Braddock Road, has applied for a rezoning and special exception. A couple of years ago, Oakwook acquired an adjacent property with a single-family house, which it wants to have rezoned from R-1 to R-3; the rest of its property is already R-3.

Vinyl record-pressing factory to open in January

One of Furnace's record-pressing machines.
The growing success of Furnace Record Pressing, a company based in Merrifield, has led to its decision to build a 50,000-square foot vinyl record-manufacturing plant in Mason District.

The new plant is expected to open in January at 6315 Bren Mar Drive at  in a building that used to house a Velocity sports training facility close to Interstate 395 and the beltway. The company has 28 full-time employees and plans to hire over 40 more.