Morning Notes

A streetlight shines through trees in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

N. Va. Office Market Feels Impact of Remote Work — “More than a quarter of all office space is empty in Crystal City and in the nearby Ballston neighborhood — as is the case in smaller, more outlying office markets such as Oakton in Fairfax County. More crucial, Loh said, is the value of the space sitting vacant in some of those areas: nearly $8 million in Tysons and $2.78 million in Rosslyn” [Washington Post]

Police Civilian Review Panel Seeks More Authority — “Fairfax County supervisors on Aug. 1 lauded efforts by the Police Civilian Review Panel to investigate some complaints filed against county police, but were not eager just yet to expand the volunteer group’s powers.” The panel is seeking “the ability to monitor police cases falling under its purview.” [Gazette Leader]

Tysons Tech Startup Lays Off Workers — “Analytics and cybersecurity firm Qomplx Inc. has laid off dozens of employees, according to a Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the Virginia Employment Commission, and its state of operations remains unclear…The layoffs took effect Aug. 1, according to the WARN notification. Qomplx reported having roughly 100 employees in 2019.” [Washington Business Journal]

New Health Clinic to Open in Annandale — “Patient First, the future primary and acute care health clinic on the corner of John Marr Drive and Little River Turnpike in Annandale, is nearing completion. The clinic will tentatively open to the public on Oct. 12, says Director of Medical Support Ileene Sanchez.” [Annandale Today]

FCPD Offers Free Home Security Checks — “The Fairfax County Police Department is offering free home security assessments, performed by certified crime prevention officers, to help residents protect their homes against crime…There were 680 reported incidents of burglary or breaking and entering in 2022, up from 559 in 2021.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Local Teacher Sees Winnings From World Cup Bet Canceled — Fairfax County teacher Kris Benton “placed bets for a total wager of more than $3,000 on the Netherlands vs. Vietnam match in the Women’s World Cup through the BetMGM app” last week. But he couldn’t pocket the $214,500 that the app said he won “after BetMGM began to cancel the winnings due to an ‘obvious error with odds.'” [WUSA9]

GMU Prepares “Body Farm” in Prince William — “George Mason University is gearing up to receive its first donated body to its Forensic Science Research and Training Laboratory, better known as ‘the body farm’…Researchers at the farm study how donated bodies decompose over time, hoping that their findings can be used to help law enforcement solve homicides and cold cases.” [Washington Post]

It’s Tuesday — The forecast for Tuesday is mostly sunny with pleasant temperatures reaching around 83°F. Tuesday night will remain mostly clear, with temperatures dropping to around 66°F. The west wind will slow, yet gusts may still reach up to 20 mph. []