Morning Notes

A heron stands by a log at Royal Lake in Kings Park West (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Developer Hosts Political Fundraisers at Possible Reston Casino Site — “Perhaps to bolster its efforts to build a casino at or near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Comstock scheduled fundraisers for two Democratic Party candidates who may be leading the Virginia General Assembly during the 2024 Session.” [Patch]

County Takes Over Volunteer-Based Nonprofit — “The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is pleased to announce it will assume administrative and programing responsibilities for GrandInvolve, a non-profit organization that places older adults as volunteers in Title I schools, effective Nov. 1, 2023.” [NCS]

Warner: Virginia Would Be Most Hurt by Shutdown — “Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., like many in Congress, has growing concerns about the potential impact of a government shutdown on federal workers, military personnel and contractors…He said he believes his constituents in Virginia will feel it more than any other part of the country, if the government shuts down this Saturday at midnight.” [WTOP]

Vienna Council Stumped by Tree Conservation Proposals — “The Vienna Town Council on an unusual 3-3 tie vote declined to set an Oct. 23 public hearing regarding proposed town-code amendments pertaining to tree canopy,” citing fear they may not have the authority to enact some measures. The planning commission still held a public hearing yesterday (Wednesday). [Gazette Leader]

Input Wanted on GW Parkway Changes — A plan released for public comment on Monday (Sept. 25) details proposed improvements to the Mount Vernon Trail and the southern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway from Mount Vernon to Alexandria. “Residents have until October 24 to weigh in on the National Park Service’s ideas,” including a road diet and trail widening. [DCist]

Fair Lakes Apartments Acquired — The real estate company GID “has announced the acquisition of Arbors at Fair Lakes, a 282-unit, community located in Fairfax, VA, which will be rebranded as Windsor Fair Oaks…This acquisition enhances GID’s portfolio within the bustling DMV submarket of Fair Lakes,” which has over 3,000 multifamily and condominium residences. [Multifamily Biz]

Fort Belvoir Staffing Shortages Raise Concerns — “Job vacancies have been an ongoing issue on base, particularly filling positions that are essential to base operations. The base has struggled to match wages offered elsewhere in the county, leading locals to seek employment elsewhere.” Last year, Fort Belvoir closed a gate to GW Parkway due to the lack of personnel. [Inside NoVA]

FCPD to Present Foot Pursuit Policy Soon — Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis is scheduled to present the department’s new policy dictating when officers can engage in foot pursuits to the Board of Supervisors at a safety and security committee next Tuesday (Oct. 3). Davis is also expected to respond to a report of reforms proposed by a county working group. [The Connection]

It’s Thursday — Expect a chance of showers later in the day, primarily after 2 pm, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures reaching a high of around 68°F. There will be a 30% chance of precipitation. At night, the chance of showers increases to 50%, and conditions remain mostly cloudy with a low temperature of around 60°F. []