Friday, February 1, 2013
Are the founders of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture planning a 100-seat restaurant at Woodlawn?
The founders of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture reportedly have plans to expand their agricultural services at Woodlawn Plantation with proposals for a restaurant that would eventually take over space now occupied by Woodlawn Stables. Among those plans, Arcadia could be planning to create a restaurant at Woodlawn to make the National Trust for Historic Preservation property more financially feasible for the struggling property. Woodlawn has laid off a number of employees due to budget constraints. Although the people behind Arcadia would not comment about any possible restaurant plans, Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland told Patch he thought Arcadia wanted to partner with Woodlawn in order to help Woodlawn's …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Capital Improvement Plan proposes two new elementary schools in Route 1 corridor.
Elementary schools serving the northern portion of Route 1 and Fort Belvoir are expected to see significant overcrowding in the next five years. A potential solution, according to the recently released draft of the Fairfax County Capital Improvement Plan: two new elementary schools for the Route 1 corridor. The five-year CIP budget will total $871.2 million or roughly $174.2 million per year. Funds approved in the 2011 School Bond Referendum and previous referenda will address approximately $190.8 million of the five-year requirement, leaving a balance of $680.3 million unfunded. Officials expect another referendum in fall 2013. Along with two possible elementary schools in the Richmond Highway Corridor and the eastern area of Fairfax …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Many hotels in D.C. are booked for the inauguration. Hotels along Richmond Highway have been fielding calls since July.
Hotels along Richmond Highway are preparing for a possible "trickle down effect" for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Many hotels already are completely booked in D.C., so customers are setting their sights on hotels in the greater Alexandria area for the Jan. 21 event. Carmen Fierro, general manager of The Quality Inn-Mount Vernon, said calls about room availability started back in July. "We started receiving calls, I would say around July of this year, with inquiries for the time frame," Fierro said. "Then I think they just sat back until the president-elect was in office and once that was done, that's when it really started." Fierro said The Quality Inn doesn't usually see a full house in January unless the weather is bad, but …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Route 1 corridor experienced some traffic light outages, business closures during Hurricane Sandy.
The Route 1 corridor experienced a few broken tree limbs and some traffic light outages after heavy winds and rains from Hurricane Sandy. The Huntington community didn't experience flooding and Fairfax County has lifted the flood warning from Huntington as of Tuesday morning. However, the Belle View and New Alexandria areas are still being monitored for possible flooding Tuesday afternoon or evening. Residents will be called and public safety will go door-to-door if flooding is imminent. Steven Larsen of Larsen Design/Build Associates, LLC said they are keeping in contact with the county engineers at the flood gate and pumping station although the gates are currently closed. "The pumping station is pumping interior drainage for the folks …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Traffic will be impacted through evening rush hour.
Authorities have reported a water main break at the intersection of Route 1 and Groveton Street. Southbound Route 1 traffic will be impacted through the evening rush hour, according to a Fairfax County emergency alert.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Department of Defense released $180 million to the Federal Highway Administration to start construction on Route 1.
The Department of Defense released $180 million on Monday to fund the widening of Route 1 in Mount Vernon through Fort Belvoir. These funds will go to the Federal Highway Administration to start construction on the widening of Route 1, which will accommodate increased traffic at Fort Belvoir due to the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 (BRAC). These funds, awarded in November, are part of a $300 million appropriation secured by the Maryland and Virginia delegations for BRAC-related transportation improvements across the country. BRAC and the recent opening of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are expected to bring more than 11,000 new DoD employees and 574,000 annual hospital patients onto Route 1, according to a statement issued by …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Baywood Hotels, Belle Haven Towers will deliver presentations on zoning plans.
Representatives from Belle Haven Towers and Baywood Hotels will deliever presentations at the MVCCA Planning and Zoning Committee meeting Monday night. Belle Haven Towers The owner of Belle Haven Towers, located at 6043 Richmond Highway, is seeking the committee’s comments and concerns on a preliminary plan to construct a fourth building where a parking lot currently stands. The project proposes a five-story building containing 145 multi-family units that will be located southeast of the buildings on the property. Baywood Hotel Keith Martin will give a presentation on the proposed rezoning from C-6 to C-8 with a special exception to build a hotel at 8668 Richmond Highway. The 92-room, four-story hotel will be LEED Silver certified and …
Friday, June 22, 2012
What would you like to see on the Route 1 corridor?
Route 1 development has made headway over the last decade. The majority of local residents believe that the Route 1 corridor is improving, according to a SFDC survey conducted earlier this year. A slew of new businesses have opened on Route 1 this year so far, including Jersey Mike’s Subs and Candlewood Suites. The Beacon of Groveton apartment complex will open this summer and reflects a new trend of green development: energy efficiency, walkability and on-site stormwater facilities. The Kings Crossing shopping center will also open later this year. New businesses slated for Kings Crossing include Panda Express, Sarku Japan, and Jimmy John’s. Patch wants to know: what type of development would you like to see on Route 1? Would you like to…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Local church wants to preserve its cemetery, but current plans to widen Route 1 threaten its plans.
One hundred burials could be exhumed from the Woodlawn Baptist Church cemetery if current plans to widen Route 1 come to fruition. There are 177 graves in the church's cemetery, some dating back to the 19th century. For four years, the church has been battling the Federal Highway Administration to preserve the cemetery — and its land. Pastor Travis Hilton says the church received its first proposition for Route 1 widening from the Federal Highway Administration during the fall of 2008. Church leaders started dealing with the possibility of road widening and how it would affect the cemetery. Hilton said the church did not sign the proposal. “That’s when things really started to accelerate, realizing that we were going to be dealing with it…
Friday, June 8, 2012
How would you alleviate traffic on Route 1?
Route 1 handles about 60,000 vehicles daily, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, and that number is expected increase as more traffic comes to the area due to BRAC. The Pentagon has provided $180 million towards Route 1 improvements near Fort Belvoir to accommodate the wave of traffic caused by BRAC. Current road widening plans call for six lanes on Route 1 near Fort Belvoir. These plans are being met with opposition by community members because the proposed plans would cut through historic land and jeopardize the future of Woodlawn Stables. Road improvements will soon begin at the intersection of Ladson Lane and Route 1, where the new Costco will be located. Costco is paying for these road improvements, which are …