Countywide

Morning Notes

A maintenance worker sprays water at a building facade in Tysons Corner Center (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Today — The alert will take effect in the D.C. area, including Fairfax County, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. With “dangerously hot conditions with heat index values around 110 expected,” the “potential for heat related illnesses” is increased, especially “for those working or participating in outdoor activities.” [NWS]

Proposed Apartments Could Displace Annandale Retailers — “The Eastgate mixed-use development proposed for John Marr Drive in Annandale will have 280 apartments, ground-floor retail, and an above-ground garage…The six-story apartment building will displace The Block, the Pelicana chicken restaurant, Kimen Ramen & Izakaya, and B-Thrifty,” though the food hall could move to the new building’s ground floor. [Annandale Today]

No Changes for Trans Student Athletes Planned — “Virginia High School League’s executive director, John ‘Billy’ Haun, told school leaders Monday he recommended the league’s existing policies, which allow transgender athletes to participate on teams that match their gender identity under certain conditions, not be changed,” despite the state’s new “model” policies. [Associated Press/WTOP]

Metro to Add Fare Boxes at Rear Bus Doors — “Metro this fall will begin to allow passengers to enter from both doors to speed up the boarding process and decrease wait times and delays, transit officials said Thursday, a major milestone in the agency’s years-long plan to transform bus operations.” [The Washington Post]

Applications Open for Historic Mount Gilead Curator — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from resident curators for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Mount Gilead house at 5634 Mount Gilead Road in Centreville. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, to be considered.” [FCPA]

County Promotes Resources to Address Drug Abuse — “In 2022, more than 90% of fatal overdoses in the Fairfax County Health District involved fentanyl. ‘It’s something that’s really a community-wide problem,’ said Ellen Volo, the Opioid and Substance Abuse Task Force Coordinator…This is why Fairfax County is counting on everyone to help prevent it.” [ABC7]

Safeway May Sell Closed Hybla Valley Store — “The Fresh World international market chain hopes to replace Safeway at a Fairfax County retail center, though its ability to do so hinges on Safeway’s willingness to relinquish its space there.” Despite closing its store in 2017, Safeway has the Mount Vernon Square space leased through April 30, 2026 and is looking at “several potential new tenants” for a sale or sublease. [Washington Business Journal]

Fairfax Station Community Center Nears 50 Years — “Community members are invited to join Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw and staff of the David R. Pinn Community Center for a celebration and cake marking the center’s 50th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.” The site’s legacy goes back to its origins in the early 1900s as a church with classes for Black children and community events. [Neighborhood and Community Services]

It’s Friday — There is a 40% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms with mostly sunny and hot conditions, reaching a high of 98°F and a heat index of 109. At night, there’s a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, with partly cloudy skies and a low of around 76°F. [Weather.gov]