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Hanover at Arbor Row Begins Construction Activity

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August 1, 2013
Construction trailers and some construction activity at Block E Arbor Row, click to enlarge.

I wouldn’t call it a ground breaking, but you may have noticed that the Hanover Company, developers of Block E at Arbor Row, have located their construction trailer and begun some clearing and grubbing operations. The project proposes building a dual tier residential tower (20-story and 27-story) with first floor retail that is badly...
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Route 432 and the Dilution of Viable Transit

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July 29, 2013
Option 1, Route 432. Click to enlarge

Anyone who attended the Vienna meetings for the Silver Line bus connector realignment proposal earlier this year knows that the number 1 most contentious route has been the 432; a route that would connect northern Vienna with the Spring Hill Metro Station and Tysons, a critical gap currently in the transit network. As we...
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Around the Corner

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July 29, 2013
Many of the elements that can help improve aesthetics for the Silver Line are already planned with proposed streetscape as part of the Route 123 and Route 7 improvements, similar to what is in front of the station.

Around the corner today; WTOP reports that the NVTC is serious about alternative solutions to the Route 7 transportation corridor. Could a dedicated transit lane help relieve congestion? Major questions remain, such as how will the portion of Route 7 at Seven Corners be handled and where would funding come from? Any solutions to...
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Urbanism In the Form of 1-story Traditional Retail

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July 24, 2013
Future Location of the CVS on Leesburg Pike, click to enlarge

Route 7 in Tysons has some grandiose future plans, but in the current term it appears we may be moving backwards. I haven’t been able to find the site plans for this particular project, however at the corner of International (technically Gallows) and Route 7 the existing three-story office appears to have been demolished...
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Ovation Apartments July Update

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July 22, 2013
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It has been two months since we last took a look at Ovation Apartments. The building has been structurally topped out, and the facade is quickly following suit. When we last photographed the building it was still mostly a reinforced concrete skeleton with almost no facade work other than some spot areas of insulation...
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Neisha Thai Finds A New Home at Fairfax Square

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July 11, 2013
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Earlier this year, when Tysons Tower construction really started to pick up, I got worried that one of my favorite restaurants in Tysons would close up because of construction activity. In fact, Neisha Thai was preparing for a move in advance of the eventual close of their original mall location, and getting ready to...
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Harris Teeter Stores To Remain Open After Merger With Kroger

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July 10, 2013

After some rumors that Harris Teeter could be bought out by Giant, risking the possibility they would close some stores, news came out this week that Kroger and Harris Teeter would merge. Kroger is the country’s largest grocery store chain. It appears right now that Kroger will market Harris Teeter under the HT brand,...
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Tysons Tower Construction Updates July

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July 9, 2013
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There have been a lot of changes at the intersection of Shop Tysons Boulevard and the Westpark Bridge. Other than sporadic and unmarked closings of the road, which has annoyed me on a few mornings, construction crews have been busy placing the glass facade on the office tower as well as preparing the second...
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Tour De Tysons

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July 3, 2013
Tour de Tysons crowd was there from early in the morning til late in the afternoon

It’s a goofy name that makes one scratch their head and say “Cycling in Tysons? This could get ugly” but in fact as this website has said many times there are parts of Tysons that look nothing like Route 7 or Route 123, the traditional image of the mall-goers. This was exemplified by the...
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Finnegans Tysons Grand Opening

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June 30, 2013
Finnegan's on Route 7, click to enlarge

I had a chance to head over to the Finnegans grand opening in Tysons on Saturday night. I didn’t have a chance to see what the late night vibe would be like on opening weekend, but the bar had about 30 to 40 people in it when I got there at 8, not to...
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Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Construction Progress June 22, 2013

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June 30, 2013
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Construction Progress June 22, 2013

Testing continues along the branch. Finishing work on the stations is well underway. Restoration of the road surfaces of Leesburg Pike, Dolly Madison Boulevard and Chain Bridge Road is nearly done. Wide concrete sidewalks with tree planter boxes are being put in along the Leesburg Pike from Chain Bridge Road to Tyco road. The...
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