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Density Dominates Tysons Plan Discussions - 03/27/10 01:07 PM
The ongoing discussion over Fairfax County's 40-year proposal for the development of Tysons Corner continues to generate a lot debate, particularly over density concerns. According to the McLean Connection, the issue of density dominated the debate at the March 11 public meeting. "Most Tysons Corner property owners who testified urged the planning commissioners to increase the building density allowed on their sites, in part to make up for the amount of money they were being asked to spend on new public infrastructure." The plan generally stipulates that the closer to the future Metro stops, the larger and more density-intense the development can be. (1 comments)
Well it seems like we just finished the 2009 football season but believe it or not, registration for the 2010 season is now open. We officially open on April 1 but it is actually available now. Practices begin on August 9th and the first game of the regular season is September 17-19, 2010. We practice 5 days a week during August, and once school begins, it's 3 nights a week with a game on the weekend. Typically there are 7 games in a season plus post-season play. The season typically winds up by the second week of November. For those interested in (0 comments)
Planning Commissioner Proposes Alternatives to Tyson's 40 Year Plan - 03/19/10 02:54 PM
Fairfax County Planning Commissioner Walter Alcorn proposed major deviations from the Tysons 40 year plan. According to today's Washington Post, "Alcorn is suggesting planning for the next 20 years only. Growth would be capped at 84 million square feet, almost double the size of Tysons today but less than the 113 million square feet proposed in the 40-year plan." Alcorn's proposal is aimed at addressing a major concern of area residents. Residents "worry that the proposed land-use plan would produce massive growth that would cripple the road network." Also it's very difficult to know exactly how things will look 40 years down (1 comments)
Affordable Housing An Issue with Tysons Expansion Plans - 03/17/10 10:39 AM
As the community continues to pore through the Tysons Corner 40 year plan, released in January, another issue has cropped up, affordable housing. The Washington Post wrote a piece on this a few Sunday's back. The article outlined the problem that exists now with many of the Tysons Corner workers having to travel from as far away as Fredericksburg and Oxen Hill because they cannot afford to live near their jobs. Contained within the Tysons plan are guidelines that say "that new developments should set aside 20 percent of units for buyers or renters with household incomes of $51,350 to $123,240, or 50 to (1 comments)
Too Much Green Beer? Call A Cab...It's Free - 03/16/10 05:30 PM
As a native Bostonian, I know how fun St. Patrick's day can be. Up there the entire city shuts down on March 17th and the partying starts early, as I can personally attest. In anticipation of potentially too much St. Paddy's Day cheer, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, a non-profit based in McLean, is offering free cab rides. According to the Gazette, anyone 21 years or older can call the SoberRide line at 800-200-Taxi, and get a free ride home. Hours of operations for the free cab rides are from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon through 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Sounds like a great (2 comments)
McLean Citizens Association Discusses Tyson's Expansion Project - 03/11/10 03:33 PM
On March 2nd the McLean Citizens Association(MCA) held their winter meeting. The primary agenda item was "a presentation and discussion about the final plan for Tysons Corner that is being considered by the Fairfax County Planning Commission for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors," according to a letter by MCA President Rob Jackson. The presentors at the meeting were Dranesville Planning Commissioner Jay Donahue and At-Large Planning Commissioner Walter Alcorn. With its proximity to Tysons Corner, McLean will be impacted by expansion plans, and is already experiencing disruptions and traffic congestion due to the construction underway for the Silver Line. I can (1 comments)
Woodbridge to Tysons Corner Bus Line Underutilized - 03/10/10 04:11 PM
The recently inaugurated commuter bus line between Woodbridge and Tysons Corner appears to be slow in catching on. According to InsideNova.com, four "commuter buses from Woodbridge bound for Tysons Corner are running less than half full, leaving transportation officials hoping more people will ditch their cars for the bus." The $3 million state-funded service offers commuters wi-fi and other amenities but the buses are "only 14 percent capacity, carrying an average of 66 passengers per day, an average of 17 riders per trip." The service is still in its first year, so maybe it will take time to catch on. In the (3 comments)
Cong. Frank Wolf Weighs In on Tysons' Silver Line Expansion - 03/09/10 07:57 AM
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), a senior congressional leader and poweful advocate for transportation issues in Northern Virginia, said that all systems are go for the Silver Line Metro extension through Tysons Corner. Appearing on WTOP radio, Wolf noted that the project is "now moving ahead at a good pace now" and is set for a 2013 completion. Wolf also added that he doesn't like the potential high tolls for the High Occupancy Toll lanes. "I've never been a supporter of the HOT lanes...They're actually talking about people spending $20 to use them." Wolf's district covers a large Northern Virginia area extending from McLean in the east, (1 comments)
Fairfax County Struggles to Finalize Its 2011 Budget - 03/04/10 04:59 PM
Fairfax County is massive and it has a budget to match. The proposed Fiscal Year 2011 County budget, which begins on July 1, is nearly $3.3 billion. There are several states that don't have a budget this enormous. The largest expenditure by far is the school system, which is budgeted to receive $1.7 billion or nearly 54% of the entire pie. Fairfax County schools are some of the country's best, which in part helps make this a very strong real estate market. The next closest budget item is public safety at a proposed $406 million or 12.3%. Below is a chart of proposed Fiscal Year (1 comments)
McLean's February Condo Sales Up, Prices Down - 03/03/10 12:32 PM
More condos sold in McLean (12) than any of the previous five Februaries. Also, the median days on the market in February was the least since February 2006, at the height of the market. Both indicators that the market has returned to normal here in McLean. The numbers may have even been better if it wasn't for the record snowfall in early February. February 2010's median list price of $236,500 and the median sold price of $227,000 were the lowest of any of the previous five Februaries. The height was February 2007, when the median list was $349,950 and the median (0 comments)
February's Snow Doesn't Damper McLean's Single Family Home Sales - 03/02/10 03:38 PM
Despite four snow storms in a row that essentially closed everything in the Metropolitan D.C-area down for nearly two weeks, real estate sales still occurred. In February, 14 single family homes in McLean traded hands, which was identical to 2008, and less than 2009 (21), 2007 (17), and 2006 (22). Another good sign for this market is that the 84 Med. days on the market for February 2010 was the 2nd lowest for the previous five Februaries, with only February 2006's median DOMP moving quicker at 48 days. Also, the February 2010 Median List price of $912,375 and Median Sold of $860,000 remains strong, a good (0 comments)
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