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A close-up on Fannie Mae’s office building near Reston Town Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Fairfax County Casino Bill Advances — A Senate committee voted 10-4 yesterday (Wednesday) to advance the bill that would make Fairfax County eligible for a casino despite opposition from many local residents, homeowners’ organizations and some county and state elected officials who represent Reston and Tysons. “The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee for another round of review.” [Associated Press]

Vote Deferred on Housing at Franconia Government Center — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to defer its decision on the transfer of the Franconia Governmental Center property to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. At a public hearing prior to the Board of Supervisors’ vote, many residents expressed opposition to plans to build multifamily affordable housing at the site.” [Patch]

D.C. Region Leads U.S. on Office Conversions — “RentCafe reports office-to-apartment conversions in the D.C. region that are either underway or in the pipeline will create more than 5,800 residential units, almost double the residential conversions planned in 2023. Residential conversions represent 65% of all repurposing projects of older office buildings.” [WTOP]

Community Weighs in on Huntington Area Bikeshare Expansion — “During the Q&A portion of FCDOT’s Mount Vernon District meeting, several community members voiced concerns about the proposed docking station locations.” Other attendees “expressed support for Bikeshare expansion, with one advocate noting that bikes ‘improve quality of life’ and ‘don’t just belong on the Mount Vernon Trail.'” [On the MoVe]

Water Main Construction Closes Vienna Road — “Construction has begun on a watermain on Knoll Street NW between Lewis and Nutley Streets. Existing permitted parking is limited Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no thru traffic is allowed. The project is expected to be completed on March 15. Please use caution.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]

Traffic-Calming Project in Great Falls Approved — “The Fairfax County Department of Transportation soon will install three traffic-calming measures along Forestville Drive…The Board of Supervisors on Jan. 23 unanimously approved the installation of one speed hump and a speed table along the street between Myra Drive and Farmingdale Court/Fairpine Lane, plus another speed hump adjacent to 1216 and 1217 Forestville Drive.” [Gazette Leader]

Registration Opens for Housing Symposium — “Registration is now open for the Fairfax County Housing Symposium. Community members, industry professionals, affordable housing users, and others working toward the common goal of a Fairfax County everyone can afford to call home are welcome to register.” The event will take place at George Mason University’s Harris Theater on March 6. [Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority]

Reston Glass Recycling Bin Relocated — “Exciting update for Reston South Park & Ride folks! Our Purple Can Club glass recycling bins are now at 2531 Reston Pkwy, Reston, VA. Check the attached map – it’s quieter and easier for truck access. Keep recycling and making a difference!” [Fairfax County Public Works/Twitter]

It’s Thursday — Expect rain and patchy fog with a high near 60. There’s an 80% chance of precipitation, with new amounts ranging from a tenth to a quarter of an inch. At night, there’s a 60% chance of rain, likely after 1am, and patchy fog will occur before 9pm and after midnight. It will be cloudy, with a low around 55. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

Good Wednesday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier…

Nearly two years after updating its vision for the future of McLean Central Park, the Fairfax County Park Authority is ready to start work on some of the planned upgrades….

After a soft opening in early February, Down the Line Sports Center will officially introduce itself to Fairfax City tomorrow (Thursday). The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, followed by a meet-and-greet with six professional pickleball players visiting from around the country.

Restonians now have a chance to own a piece of their community’s history. Reston Museum, which is located at Lake Anne Plaza, will hold a raffle over the next month…

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

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Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center (Reston, Virginia) is seeking hair donors to participate in the Wigs for Kids program this Valentines Week. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to donate your hair for children fighting cancer, we would love to host you in our salon this Valentine’s Week for a free haircut.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

  • Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

  • Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

  • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

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The Van Metre 5K Run

Participate in the 32nd Annual Van Metre 5K Run, a race that goes further than 3.1 miles, and every stride you take supports Children’s National Hospital. The Van Metre 5K Run donates 100% of proceeds to Children’s National Hospital and

Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Active Bystander Certification course, also known as Active Bystander, is the premier training program to prepare civilians for how to respond during an intentional violent event and to address life-threatening emergencies.

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