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Monday, October 21, 2013

Business breakfasts, community cleanup planned for Seven Corners



Patrick Henry Drive in Seven Corners.
UPDATE: The Seven Corners Cleanup has been rescheduled for Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Bailey’s Crossroads Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC) is planning several activities aimed at cleaning up Seven Corners, attracting new investments to the area, and promoting community engagement.

BC7RC, formerly known as the Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation, is using a $2,765 Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program (NEPP) grant from Fairfax County to fund a Seven Corners Cleanup on Nov. 9 and related activities.

The yearlong project, titled Creating a Cohesive Community, will be kicked off this Thursday with the first of a planned series of business breakfasts.

The first breakfast meeting, Oct. 24, 7:30-9:30 a.m., will be at Public House No.7, 6315 Leesburg Pike. Mason Supervisor Penny Gross will present a “A Seven Corners Progress Report,” and Tom Besiadney, director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, will report on the results of the county’s transportation engineering study of Seven Corners and the county’s plans for using state transportation funds.

Representatives of Seven Corners businesses have been invited, and residents who live in the area are welcome to come, too. Contact BC7RC board member Nancy Vorona, nvorona@hotmail.com, 703-887-9866, if you would like to come or get more information.

Everyone who lives, works, or shops in Seven Corners is invited to take part in the community cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date Nov. 16). The staging area will be the Willston Multicultural Center, 6131 Willston Drive.

Volunteers will collect litter from the playing field at the Willston Center and along Patrick Henry Drive and Route 7 between Patrick Henry and Row Street. The annual fall Culmore Cleanup Day is also Nov. 9.

The Willston Center is helping to organize the Seven Corners Cleanup, and several organizations based at the center have agreed to participate, including an after-school program, a Korean Girl Scout troop, and a Sudanese school that meets on Saturdays.

The Clean Fairfax Council will provide gloves and trash bags, and the group’s executive director, Jen Cole, will talk to the volunteers about the importance of environmental stewardship.

BC7RC is also planning several activities for next spring, Vorona said, including a cleanup near the Seven Corners Shopping Center, landscaping enhancements in the commercial area near the Seven Corners intersection, and a recognition program for business and residential communities that maintain particularly attractive properties. Additional plans under consideration include a Neighborhood Watch program and local art for the pedestrian bridge over Route 50.

NEPP-funded projects require a one-to-match of funds, materials, and/or volunteer time. BC7RC appreciates the support already committed by Public House No. 7, the Home Depot in the Seven Corners Shopping Center, and the Sears on Route 7, Vorona said. Additional donations are needed, however, including bottled water, breakfast snacks, and a sandwich lunch for the cleanup volunteers. If you or your organization would like to contribute or join the cleanup, contact Nancy Vorona

The BC7RC is a nonprofit corporation established to advocate for the comprehensive revitalization of the Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners areas. The group works in close partnership with Fairfax County and business and property owners.

The BC7RC board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Mason District Government Center. The meetings are open to the public. Membership in the BC7RC is $25 a year for businesses and $10 a year for individuals and neighborhood associations. For more information, or to be included on the group’s mailing list, contact BCRCMembership@BaileysCrossroads.org.

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