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The salon and cocktail bar Scissors & Scotch has opened at Reston Station (via Comstock)

A new business has opened up shop at Comstock’s Reston Station plaza near the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station.

Scissors & Scotch opened in mid-April, bringing grooming services and a fully-stocked bars to customers.

The business is located at 1902 Reston Metro Plaza, Suite 101, and is part of Comstock’s Reston Station development.

The men’s salon and cocktail bar occupies a little over 2,000 square feet on the plaza.

It’s open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

While packages aren’t required for services, customers can purchase a membership for unlimited booze, special discounts and guest passes, according to its website.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion in the Washington D.C. area at Reston Station,” Kai Christian, the company’s operations director, said in a statement. “At Scissors & Scotch our team of seasoned barbers, stylists and bartenders strive to make our customers look and feel great. We believe those who live and work in the Reston area will love the unique combination of grooming services and cocktails our locations are known for.”

This is the Scissors & Scotch’s first location in Fairfax County, joining franchises in Arlington and D.C. Originally started in Omaha, Nebraska, the business is now based in Kansas City, Missouri, with shops in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

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Morning Notes

Construction at Reston Station (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

“Beltway Accord” Still a Mystery — More than two years after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to rebuild the American Legion Bridge, an actual, documented agreement remains elusive. Conflict over Maryland’s Capital Beltway toll lanes project has been a source of anxiety in McLean, where officials broke ground on the I-495 widening last month. [Maryland Matters]

Advocacy Groups Meet Incoming FCPS Superintendent — “On Friday, April 15, representatives of several advocacy groups met with Dr. [Michelle] Reid, as well as Fairfax County School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky and Vice Chair Rachna Sizemore Heizer, to discuss their concerns about the superintendent selection process.” [FCPS]

Registration Opens for Kids’ Summer Program — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is accepting registrations for Rec-PAC this summer at 30 elementary school locations across Fairfax County. Rec-PAC is an affordable, structured, six-week summer program for children in grades one through six featuring a different theme each week.” [FCPA]

New Concourse Planned at Dulles Airport — “A new 14-gate concourse at Dulles International Airport could open as soon as 2026 under plans outlined Wednesday…The $674.7 million project…would be the most significant upgrade to the airport in more than a decade. The planned 400,000-square-foot building would replace the single-story structure that handles regional and commuter flights at Dulles.” [The Washington Post]

Reston Station Adds Wealth Management Firm — Comstock announced on Tuesday (April 19) that the office and private investment firm Cresset Manager has signed a lease agreement for 11,500 square feet on the ninth floor of 1900 Reston Metro Plaza. The company is expected to relocate its D.C. area office, currently in Reston Town Center, to the new space in the third quarter of 2022. [Comstock]

Annandale Baseball Diamonds Renamed — “On Saturday, April 16, 2022, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL) to rename the Pine Ridge Park baseball facilities to the Kehrer Baseball Complex…The change was made to honor two longtime ANSLL volunteers Darryl and Dawn Kehrer.” [FCPA]

Design Update Coming on Richmond Highway Bus Service — The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host three in-person meetings this spring on Richmond Highway BRT. The first one is scheduled for April 28 at Bryant High School and will provide updates on the design and intersection improvements at North Kings Highway and Shields Avenue. [FCDOT]

It’s Thursday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 66 and low of 44. Sunrise at 6:25 am and sunset at 7:53 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Pre-leasing for the east tower has begun (Photo via Rooney Properties)

The redevelopment of a seven-acre site on Reston Station Boulevard is nearly complete transforming low-rise office buildings into a residential development with some ground-floor retail.

Faraday Park, which includes two residential towers with 408 units and 26 townhouses, has opened its second tower — Faraday East — for pre-leasing. The building, which was formerly the site of a parking lot and is located at 11201 Reston Station Boulevard, includes 166 apartments.

Faraday West, which includes 242 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail on the corner of Reston Station Boulevard and Michael Faraday Drive, is roughly 70% leased.

A spokesperson for the company tells FFXnow that the development distinguished itself from other housing options because of its makerspace and commercial kitchen, along with ground-floor retail.

“Faraday Park is also walkable from the Wiehle-Reston Metro Stop and within blocks of major offices including Google, Microsoft and Oracle,” the spokesperson said.

Townhouses flank both buildings.

The east tower includes a range of apartments from studios to three-bedroom units ranging from 465 to 1,500 square feet. The seven-story building also includes a makerspace with woodworking tools, a photo room, two fitness centers, two kitchens, common rooms, outdoor dining areas, a rooftop pool and sundeck, along with a playground and co-working space.

“Rooney Properties and BMC are pleased by how well the West Tower was received by the community and to see how current residents are taking advantage of amenities like the state-of-the-art fitness center and beautiful rooftop,” said Chris Oursler, Director of Construction and Development for Rooney Properties.

The project was designed by DC-based architecture firm MV+A Architects and will be managed by The Bozzuto Group.

Monthly rent for the smaller apartments — at 590 square feet — starts at around $1,817 while the larger apartments go for $3,885 per month.

So far, F45 Fitness and Presidential Bank have opened at the site. Emiline Day Spa and Eve’s Garden are expected to open in the next few months.

The project includes 31 workforce dwelling units in the west tower and 20 in the east tower as part of the county’s affordable housing program, according to the spokesperson.

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin visited Google’s Reston Station office today (Tuesday) to help the company share its plans to continue building up Virginia’s technology industry.

Flanked by public officials at a media event, Google executive Vint Cerf announced it will invest over $300 million in Virginia this year.

“Virginia is a shining example of the work we’re doing across the United States with a growing office right here in Reston Station and continued investments that we’re making in our data centers in northern Virginia,” Cerf said.

According to a news release, the tech giant plans to invest approximately $9.5 billion in offices and data centers and create at least 12,000 new full-time Google jobs across the U.S. this year.

Google didn’t discuss details about specific local investments, but a public relations firm said the company “plans to continue investing in its data center portfolio in Northern Virginia.”

A law passed earlier this year and effective July 1 reconfigured how data centers are taxed.

“We have now a framework to incentivize data center investments across all industry, and we have a great working relationship with Google,” Youngkin said.

Cerf also said the company will provide a $250,000 grant to CodeVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit focused on teaching coding skills to kids. The money will support programming for students across the state.

Mark Isakowitz, Google’s government affairs lead in the U.S. and Canada, said the company worked with the governor’s team to make the investment announcement a reality. While the state didn’t provide any “specific” funding to the company, the partners have a shared vision, according to Youngkin.

The Republican governor said Google’s investment will have ripple effects for the Commonwealth’s economy. He also announced that Virginia is joining a National Governors Association initiative to prioritize computer science curricula in schools.

Google partners with Virginia on education

Google will also work with the Virginia Community College system and Department of Education to help people of all ages get professional certificates. The effort involves the state’s 23 community colleges and five higher education centers in the Commonwealth.

Per a news release:

This partnership will provide more entry-level opportunities for Virginians seeking careers in tech fields via the certificates, which are taught and developed by Google employees with decades of experience. Google Career Certificates are available in the fields of data analytics, IT support, project management, and user experience (UX) design, and do not require prior experience or a degree.

While Google has invested in Northern Virginia with two data center campuses in Loudoun County and the recent expansion of its Reston office, the region has over 90,000 open technology positions, according to the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

“This is an exciting day,” Youngkin said, thanking Google and saying he was excited to see workplaces come alive.

Daniel Golding, a Google infrastructure director who leads the capital region’s tech site, suggested that the company is probably about 20 or 30% more effective when employees work in the office instead of from home.

“It’s really important to collaborate and work together,” he said.

Youngkin chatted with workers and toured amenities in the four-level office. Looking down on Reston and the Dulles Toll Road from the building’s 15th floor, he joked that it must be “a terrible place to have to work.”

“Look at that view,” Youngkin said.

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The hotel faces one year of opening delays (Image via handout)

(Updated at 4:48 p.m. to clarify construction is currently underway)

Like other construction projects in the area, Virginia’s first JW Marriott is facing some delays.

The 26-story hotel, which plans to open at Comstock’s Reston Station, has been delayed by a year, according to a spokesperson for the Reston-based development company.

“Construction was delayed on this for a year due to the pandemic,” the spokesperson said, adding that work is currently underway on the site.

The hotel, which will be located at the intersection of Reston Station Boulevard and Wiehle Avenue, had planned to open in 2024 and will cost roughly $250 million to complete.

JW Marriott launched in 1984 as Marriott International’s luxury brand. There are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in 36 countries.

Once completed, the building would complement the design of the Helmut Jahn office tower across the street.

Overall, the development is expected to have around 400 hotel units. The JW Marriott will include 250 guest rooms, 90 residents, roughly 15,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and other amenities.

Marriott’s Extended Stay hotel is also planned for the site. CRS Hotel LC, a company managed by Comstock, finalized a franchise agreement in February 2021.

The project is expected to delivery in late 2024.

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The company plans to open offices in Reston this year (via Winmar/Facebook)

A major general contractor has set its eyes on Reston.

Winmar Construction plans to open offices at 2100 Reston Parkway.

A company representative tells FFXnow that the office space is expected to be ready for occupancy by June 1.

The company already has offices in the District, Baltimore and Miami.

According to county permits, an application for a mounted sign has been processed.

Winmar is behind a number of projects across the country, including Founding Farmers’ 13,400-square-foot-restaurant at Comstock’s Reston Station development at the door of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

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The Helmut-Jahn designed building dons the colors of the Ukrainian flag (photo via Comstock).

Reston-based company Comstock Companies has changed the colors of Reston Station in an effort to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.

The building, designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, has been illuminated with the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

Spokesperson for the developer told Reston Now that the move was an effort to stand in solidarity with the country. The trapezoidal building, located at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, is anchored by Google.

Other buildings throughout the region and the world have taken similar steps. The Kennedy Center in the District, for example, lit its white marble facade earlier this month. In Alexandria, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial and City Hall are also aglow with blue and yellow.

And other monuments around the world are lit up with the colors too, including the Hernando de Soto bridge in Memphis, The Met Opera, San Francisco City Hall and the Eiffel Tower.

Russia initiated an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, escalating the Russo-Ukrainian War that started in 2014. A third round of talks between the two countries ended with little progress yesterday (Monday).

This is not the first time the building has used its light-changing capabilities.

The building adopted the colors of Google prior to the tech giant’s official announcement that it had signed a lease with Comstock.

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Phase two of Reston Station — a massive mixed-use project at the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station — is officially coming to life.

Comstock Holding Co. Inc. has filed plans to activate nearly 16 acres south of the Dulles Toll Road with new development that mirrors the first phase of the project on the opposite side of the toll road.

The Reston-based company plans to replace one building at Commerce Metro Center — 11400 Commerce Park — with 1.28 million square feet of office, 469 residential units, a 163,000-square-foot hotel, 30,000 square feet of retail, and a child care center. Three office buildings at the site will remain.

“The purpose of this demolition is to achieve a tremendously enhanced public realm with essentially at-grade pedestrian pathways to the Metro Station and a large, centrally located urban park/plaza area flanked by ground-floor retail uses,” says a Feb. 8 application submitted by Comstock to the county.

The company could also use the space for an underground parking garage. A new mid-block street with a cycle track is planned through the center of the property.

Along Sunrise Valley Drive, two seven-story residential buildings are planned, along with three office buildings and a 16-story hotel. Called One Commerce, the 22-story building’s design will complement the Reston Station building designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn.

The Washington Business Journal first reported news of the company’s project.

In planning materials submitted to the county, Comstock says the project has the potential to “transition the overall Metro Station area to a more balanced mix of uses given the significant number of existing office buildings in the area, many of which are likely to remain for years to come.”

The company did not return a request for comment from FFXnow. The application is currently in the county’s review process. Public hearings have not yet been scheduled.

Like the first phase of Reston Station, Comstock envisions creating districts with a unique identity.

Located at Sunrise Valley Drive’s intersections with Wiehle Avenue and Centennial Park Drive, Boulevard Commerce District would include two multifamily units with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

The 16-story hotel that would front the Dulles Toll Road will be called Commerce Hotel.

Comstock says open space is a vital part of its design, proposing a central plaza and a metro plaza to welcome pedestrians arriving from the Metro Station. Another park will flank residential buildings located at the property.

The developer paid more than $150 million for site acquisition in 2019 and 2020.

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