Plans to convert a drive-thru bank into a fast food restaurant in Reston’s South Lakes Village Center are on hold.
At a June 21 meeting, the Fairfax County Planning Commission plans to indefinitely defer the application, which would have converted the bank into drive-thru restaurant.
The applicant had hoped to convert the 1,675-square-foot space into a fast-food restaurant.
“The establishment of a fast-food restaurant at this location complements existing uses, including those of other fast-food businesses in the village center,” the special exception application said.
Most recently updated in February, the application said South Lakes Village Center had hoped to maintain the structure of the building and “broaden the retail options” available to area residents.
The shopping center is anchored by Safeway and includes tenants like Starbucks, Chipotle, Red’s Table, Custom Ink and Truist.
South Lakes Village Center did not immediately return a request for comment from FFXnow. A Fairfax County spokesperson confirmed to FFXnow that the applicant asked for the deferral.
A new bank is slated to open soon at The Spectrum Center at Reston Town Center.
PNC Bank plans to open at 11842 Spectrum Center this year, according to the center’s website.
County permits indicate that a permit for electrical work was issued last month. The center has businesses like The Container Store, Harris Teeter and Not Your Average Joe’s. A Barnes and Nobles location is also expected to open soon at the center.
“We are excited to share that this new branch location is anticipated to open at The Spectrum at Reston Town Center during the third quarter. The space occupies approximately 3,600 square feet,” a PNC Bank spokesperson told FFXnow.
There are several other banking options at the center, including United Bank, First National Bank, and Trustar Bank.
The bank has one other location in Reston. An ATM is located at the Giant in North Point Village Center (1450 Northpoint Village Center).
Last year, a PNC Bank location shuttered in Reston Town Center (11932 Democracy Drive).
Hat tip to Adam Rubinstein
Chase Bank is expected to open a new location in Herndon.
The bank will take over space formerly occupied by SunTrust at the Village Center at Dulles (2445 Centreville Road). The 3,200-square-foot space is expected to open before the end of this year, a company spokesperson told FFXnow.
“This branch is part of our continued expansion into Northern Virginia,” the spokesperson said. “We currently have 17 branches throughout Northern VA and expect to have a total of 26 open by the end of the year.”
The village center’s website states that six spaces are available, including three restaurant uses and one fitness space. The center has tenants like Giant, Starbucks, Gold’s Gym, Chuck E. Cheese and HomeGoods.
Image via Google Maps
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(Updated at 6:30 p.m. on 7/20/2022) PNC Bank customers will have to go elsewhere to conduct business in Reston Town Center.
The location at 11932 Democracy Drive in the town center has permanently closed, according to its website. The vacancy is near the location of Fogo de Chao, a new Brazilian steakhouse that is under construction.
The closure leaves just one other PNC Bank location in Reston, which is located at 1450 North Point Village Center.
It comes after the company previously announced plans to shutter 280 branches over two years.
H/t to Adam Rubinstein for the tip. Image via Google Maps
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Vienna’s former Outback Steakhouse will soon be demolished — and yes, it’s getting supplanted by a bank.
With Chase Bank taking over the site, a chain-link fence has been erected around the now-vacant, standalone building in the Maple Avenue Shopping Center, where the restaurant had operated for 25 years before closing in August 2020.
Fairfax County processed a demolition permit for 315 Maple Avenue West in March, and a permit to disconnect the property’s water and sanitary utilities was issued on June 10, according to county records.
Construction on the new Chase Bank will start “in the next few weeks” in anticipation of a December opening for the branch, a company spokesperson told FFXnow last week.
While this will be Chase’s first location in the town, it will have plenty of company along Maple Avenue, joining branches from Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Bank of America, Freedom Bank of Virginia, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Apple Federal Credit Union, Truist, United Bank, and Burke & Herbert.
There’s even a PNC Bank in Maple Avenue Shopping Center, but Chase Bank doesn’t seem concerned about oversaturating the market.
“Although there may be other banks in the shopping center, there is only one Chase,” Angie Royster, Chase’s Northern Virginia market director, said. “At Chase, we are committed to being the bank for all, serving our community, supporting small businesses, and helping our clients with all of their financial needs through a team of experts.”
Royster says the site is ideal for both Chase and its customers, because the area is heavily trafficked and has “easy accessibility to other necessary establishments such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants.”
The bank will be 3,300 square feet in size and feature a drive-through ATM facility that will provide service 24 hours a day, though the main building will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, according to a Town of Vienna staff report.
Since the new building will only be about half the size of the 6,400-square-foot Outback Steakhouse, the lot has the space for a drive-through.
“We strive to make banking easy, giving clients options to bank where and how they like,” Royster said. “Not all of our branches have the real estate to accommodate a drive-through ATM, so we are excited to have it at our Vienna location.”
The Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals granted Chase Bank a conditional use permit for the drive-through facility on Dec. 15 — despite a lack of support from the Vienna Planning Commission, which voted 5-1 on Aug. 25, 2021 against recommending approval.
Commissioners primarily took issue with the facility’s proposed location, which was parallel to Maple Avenue and just 15 feet away from the street’s sidewalk. The drive-through was later repositioned to be perpendicular to Maple and moved approximately 117 feet from the sidewalk.
A new bank is slated to take the place of a bank that shuttered earlier this year in Reston’s Spectrum Center.
First National Bank will replace Capital One at 11874 Spectrum Center, according to county permits. An application to install two illuminated wall signs at the location was processed by the county on May 4.
First National Bank did not return multiple requests for comment from FFXnow.
Anchored by Harris Teeter and located next to Reston Town Center, the center is home to tenants like The Container Store, Not Your Average Joe’s and PetSmart. Other banks in the center include Citibank, Trustar Bank and United Bank.
Photo via Google Maps
Popeyes is hoping to rekindle a different kind of warmth into a Fairfax site that was destroyed by a fire in 2018.
The fried chicken spot has filed plans with the county to bring a 2,265-square-foot location to Fair Lakes Shopping Center. If approved, the restaurant would occupy space that was home to United Bank.
A fire broke out at the single-story bank in May 2018. While no injuries were reported, the structure of the building was significantly damaged, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Since then, the property consists of just pavement with some trees.
Popeyes plans to install a one-lane drive-thru at the site and offer 42 seats at the restaurant.
Here’s more from the applicant on the facade of the restaurant:
In order to establish a distinct identity for the restaurant, the Applicant is proposing to provide a building with four-sided architecture which will be designed to complement the existing retail uses within the shopping center. The building will include brick material in red and orange, which emulates Louisiana’s heritage.
Plans were filed on Feb. 22 and have not been accepted for review by the county.
Photos via handout/Fairfax County Government