Thursday, November 22, 2012
A few tips on beating the traffic while holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend.
This year, about 147 million people plan to go shopping during the Black Friday weekend, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. The survey shows a slight decrease from last year’s 152 million who planned to shop during the same weekend. Specifically, the survey shows that 71 million said they would shop and another 76 million said they would wait and see what retailers have in-store that weekend. “Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. With that said, shopaholics everywhere are …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Killing Option 3 saves Tysons woodlands, whose development has drawn opposition from residents over past several months.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors took steps Tuesday toward saving "one of the last standing green spaces" in a Tysons-area neighborhood. A proposed ramp connecting an extended Boone Boulevard to the Dulles Toll Road that would ostensibly pave over a resource protection area has had residents in an uproar for months. In September, neighborhood and civic associations combined to form the Tysons Forest Coalition, gathering almost 600 signatures in an effort to save “Tysons Corner’s last forest and stream.” The county's department of transportation has been conducting a study of possibilities for ramp connections into Tysons, continuing the effort to turn the area into the county’s new urban downtown. In a motion Tuesday, Supervisor …
Cityline Partners will bring 2.6 million square feet of new space to Westpark Drive.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday Cityline Partners’ plans for approximately 20 acres of redevelopment in Tysons. Cityline’s development, “Arbor Row,” will bring 2.6 million square feet of development to Westpark Drive, within a half-mile of the Tysons Corner Metro Station. “I am pleased that Cityline’s redevelopment plans are moving forward,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said. “Not only does the project promote connectivity and accessibility as well as provide a number of community amenities to the area, but it also represents significant progress in realizing the vision of Tysons that was set forth by the Board two years ago.” The development comprises 1.1 million square feet of office space and three …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Shoppers can now pay with PayPal at their local Foot Locker, The Home Depot, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PayPal announced this year that shoppers at The Home Depot, Hollister, Foot Locker and Abercrombie & Fitch can now pay with their mobile number and a PIN associated with their PayPal account. For almost 15 years, people have used PayPal to shop online and on mobile devices. Now, millions of PayPal users worldwide, can also pay securely at their favorite local stores. The new in-store payment system is free of transaction fees for shoppers. Using PayPal for payment in-store or online means you will never have to share your personal financial info, such as your credit card number, with retailers. Plus, PayPal security specialists monitor transactions 24/7. They also have a customer service line for shoppers to call with any questions or …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Reducing the need to travel by car — and available parking — are key to improving gridlock
As Tysons Corner continues to grow, the traffic will get better. Wait. What? It seems counterintuitive, but it is the truth, according to a panel of commercial developers who spoke to a group of Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce members at the Gannett headquarters in McLean earlier this week. Just look at the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in Arlington, said Steve Cumbie, president of NV Commercial, the firm developing a site around what will eventually be the Tysons Central Route 7 station of the new Silver Line metro. Studies show in some areas of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, traffic is no worse than it was 25 years ago, Cumbie said. "There's a good reason. Arlington limited parking," he said. "I think the R-B corridor is a good …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Commercial developers showcased plans for new "live, work, play" communities in Tysons Corner.
When the first phase of the Silver Line Metro is up and running, the four new stations in Tysons Corner will become mini urban centers, a panel of developers explained to an auditorium of more than 100 at the Gannett headquarters in McLean on Wednesday morning. The panel discussion was part of a networking event hosted by the Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce. Slide after slide of glossy architectural renderings flashed on a big screen as the developers showcased pictures of new office buildings, new hotels, new condominums and new retail spaces that will start popping up around each of the new metro stations as soon as 2014. In total, tens of millions of square feets in new developed space are on the horizon. But new buildings …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
After four Silver Line metro stations open in Tysons Corner, smaller urban centers will develop around those new stations.
You may think of Tysons Corner as one large, congested corporate hub overlapping established, more residential communities in Falls Church, McLean and Vienna, but that idea may be a thing of the past come 2014. The emerging concept of the "four towns of Tysons" is the subject a panel of developers and local experts will take on at a Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce discussion on Wednesday. "Tysons will benefit from four new Silver Line Metro stations coming in 2013 and be transformed into a walkable, lively urban center," a press release from the Chamber of Commerce reports. The panel will address: Panelists will include Keith S. Turner, vice president of Cityline Partners; Timothy J. Steffan, senior vice president of Macerich; Aaron J…
Monday, October 15, 2012
See the agenda for the Oct. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation from the Private Sector Energy Task Force Tuesday detailing how the county can begin to become greener and energy efficient. The task force, which is chaired by Leo Schefer, president of the Washington Airports Task Force, is expected to make a series of recommendations to supervisors. The recommendations may include mapping out how the county intends to meet its goal of a carbon-neutral Tysons Corner by 2030. The task froce also support incentives for property owners to invest in sustainable and green improvements to new and existing buildings in the county. Later in the afternoon, the board will conduct a public comment period regarding the transportation-funding plan for …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Columbus Day has never meant so much to us, as we explored "Tysons' Last Forest" for the first time — and hoped that it wouldn't be our last chance.
Some people have to work on Columbus Day. Some get to stay home, sleep in, go to the movies, go shopping, heck, I don’t know … buy a mattress on sale? (Do mattress stores have sales on Columbus Day, as they seem to for all other American holidays?) Anyway. My husband and I decided this year it should be a day we would go explore a new world with the kids. We thought about corn maizes and pumpkin patches, or maybe just a little hike at a nice park near our house. But then I remembered an article I read the other day in The Washington Post about a coalition of citizens who were working to help save "Tysons' Last Forest." The article said that in looking at ways to alleviate traffic in Tysons, Fairfax County's comprehensive plan includes an "…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Abi Lerner heads to Virginia Department of Transportation.
Abi Lerner, Alexandria's deputy director of transportation, will be departing from the city's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. He is leaving to become the Virginia Department of Transportation's new Tysons Corner coordinator, according to a T&ES spokeswoman. Sandra Marks, division chief for transportation planning, will fill in during the interim, until the position is filled.