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Saturday, March 23, 2019

County to invest more in revitalization districts

John Marr Drive in Annandale.
Fairfax County has increased its investment in maintaining publicly owned properties in five Commercial Revitalization Districts (CRDs): Annandale, Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners, McLean, the Richmond Highway Corridor, and Springfield.

Two new full-time positions were created in the Department of Public Works and Environmental Service’s CRD maintenance program to focus on the infrastructure in CRDs, including such elements as landscaping and brick pavers, with the goal of improving appearance, functionality, and public safety.

Mosaic District is losing its farmers market

The market at Mosaic. 
The Mosaic Central Farm Market, after six years at the Mosaic District in Merrifield, is moving to George Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, in two weeks.

The new market, to be known as NOVA Central Farm Market, will operate on Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be giveaways and freebies at the Grand Opening on April 7. Meanwhile, the Mosaic farmers market will be open for two more Sundays.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Oil spill affects Holmes Run

Updated, 5:35 p.m.: An oil spill on the Inova property on the 3200 block of Gallows Road on March 21 has contaminated Holmes Run.

The Fairfax County Fire Department found approximately 3,700 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled out of some tanks, Battalion Chief Marty Ranck, with the department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team, reported in a video on Twitter. A warning notice was also sent to Raymondale residents.

Community offers input on Halifax proposal

The Halifax office buildings. 
Lincolnia residents who came to a community meeting March 20 about a project to transform the aging Halifax office buildings into apartments came away with a clearer understanding of what the project is all about – and the lengthy process ahead before it can be approved.

Like all suburban office buildings in Fairfax County that aren’t near transit, those buildings, at 5250 and 5252 Cherokee Ave., are experiencing rising vacancy rates.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Annandale man charged with scamming the elderly

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Fairfax County Police arrested Michael Johnson, 49, of Annandale in a home improvement scam that targeted the elderly.

An investigation by detectives from the Criminal Intelligence Division found Johnson offered to perform driveway paving services and other household repairs for mentally incapacitated persons. He then took payments that far exceeded the scope of the work performed.

Johnson was charged with one count of financial exploitation of an elderly woman. He is being held on a secured bond at the Adult Detention Center. 

County may need to use eminent domain for Annandale sidewalk project

The dotted lines show where the sidewalks will be constructed. The affected properties are outlined in blue.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on March 19 agreed to hold a public hearing April 9 on the acquisition of land rights necessary for the construction of a sidewalk along Little River Turnpike between Columbia Road and Mayhunt Court in Annandale.

The project consists of installing approximately 2,580 linear feet of sidewalk to fill in missing links, including crosswalks and curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Man tries to lure child into his car

There is increased police presence in the Pinecrest neighborhood after a stranger tried to get a boy into his car on March 19 at Pinecrest Vista Drive and Sand Wedge Court.

The Columbia Elementary School student was walking home from his bus stop at about 4:20 p.m. on March 19 when he noticed a red four-door sedan with dark tinted windows slowly driving behind him, states an email from Principal Michael Cunningham.