Friday, May 17, 2013
The developer recently received a few suggestions for the project from Fairfax County staff.
A&R Development is currently making changes to its original plan for the mixed-use building project that will be located at the corner of Huntington Avenue and Biscayne Drive. Mark Looney, of Cooley, LLP and the legal representative for the developer, said A&R still has a rezoning application with the county, but they will not speak further about the comments made by the county or the changes until they are confirmed. According to the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation's (SFDC) website, the application was submitted earlier this year and is still under review. A phone call to JP2 Architects earlier this week confirmed that the company is no longer assigned to the project as they referred to the project as "no longer active," …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The project is expected to be completed in 2016.
Discussion surrounding the widening of Richmond Highway has been circling for years now, and Alexandria residents will soon see the beginning of that project. The section of the road between Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and Telegraph Road will go from four to six lanes. Edythe Kelleher, executive director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) said motorists should see the work on the road begin in the near future. Kelleher said unfortunately, there will still be a bottleneck when the project is completed where the road will still have only four lanes. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded $180 million to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fairfax County to widen the 3.5-mile segment of …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The event is free and open to the public.
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation and The Beacon of Groveton will host an open house event from 4-7 p.m. May 21 at the apartment community. This event will be the first in a series of spring events hosted by SFDC, according to a recent news release. The event is free and open to the public. During the open house, there will be feature food tastings from area restaurants, giveaways, an opportunity to learn more about local businesses and developments and a chance to tour The Beacon of Groveton, Richmond Highway's first mixed-use development. Free parking will be available in the parking garage during the event. Keep up with Greater Alexandria news and events by signing up for our free newsletter. Learn more here!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The company has been meeting with residents to discuss their concerns before submitting a rezoning application.
Possible redevelopment at Cityside Huntington Metro — formerly Belle Haven Towers — has some residents in the Huntington and Belle Haven areas concerned about parking and traffic. A representative for the Carlyle Group, property owners of the apartments, said they have been meeting with the community to hear their concerns and take suggestions before moving forward. Mark Viani, a partner at McGuire Woods, LLP and attorney for the Carlyle Group, said if the project is approved, they’ll work out parking issues as part of the process of completing the project. “One thing that we’re very sensitive to is access along Mount Eagle Drive. The main thing we’ve been doing is going around meeting with the surrounding communities and trying to find …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Association is paving the way for zoning changes for a transit-oriented community.
The Huntington Club Condominium Association is taking steps toward developing residences, retail and office space on its site adjacent to the Huntington Metro station. The Association recently submitted an Area Plan Review (APR), which basically is an update to their original Comprehensive Plan. The APR will mostly pave the way for the change to the zoning for the land, explained David Ben, director of marketing and communications for Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation. Ben said to accomplish this redevelopment, the Association will have to jump through a few legal hoops before moving forward. "They need to go through the legal process of getting that land to be allowed to have that type of development on it because it's not …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The awards honor commercial property owners on Route 1 who have made efforts to beautify their sites.
The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation is now taking nominations for the 2012 Mary Thonen Beautification Program Awards. The program, named in the memory of the SFDC’s former board president and longtime volunteer, honors commercial property owners along Route 1 who have made extraordinary efforts to beautify their sites. The program has been in place for more than a decade. Past recipients have been recognized for enhancing their properties through improved landscaping, architectural ornaments, mixture of trees and shrubs and colorful plantings. More important than the size and scale of the improvements is the effort the property owners undertake to improve their part of the community. Property owners who have made such …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Southeast Fairfax Development Corp. hosted an information session Saturday.
More than 50 people gathered Saturday in Fort Hunt to learn about how development, when done right, can beneficially impact the environment and create green spaces for public use. The Southeast Fairfax Development Corp. hosted the morning event at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Fort Hunt. The session included four panelists who stressed how “new trends in green development” are providing smarter development that benefits both people and the environment. The county is promoting smart growth with mixes of transportation and transit use and reduced vehicle miles traveled per person, explained speaker Noel Kaplan, a senior environmental planner with the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning. The county Department of Transportation …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Participants will discuss green trends in Richmond Highway development.
Mount Vernon-area residents will soon have a chance to learn more about the environmental aspects of Richmond Highway revitalization. The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation will host “New Trends in Green Development" at Carl Sandburg Middle School on Saturday, June 9. “New Trends in Green Development” is an informational event that will discuss multiple initiatives and ordinances to ensure that revitalization will have a reduced impact on the environment. “We’ll look at the impact that development has on the environment,” said SFDC Communications Manager David Ben, who cited the Beacon at Groveton as an example of environmentally friendly planning. The high-density apartment complex was designed to be built over fewer acres than …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation releases results of recent consumer survey.
The majority of local residents recently surveyed by the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) reported they think things on Route 1 are “improving,” according to results released Monday. In all, 56 percent of respondents said the situation on the corridor was improving, compared to 28 percent who reported things were getting “worse.” Another 16 percent were unsure. However, 86 percent of respondents reported that Route 1 has traffic problems, and 88 percent said the corridor’s image needs improvement. The SFDC conducted the online opinion survey, which received more than 900 responses, in February and March. David Ben, SFDC marketing and communications director, said the biggest take-away from the survey was the number of …