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  • Thursday, March 03, 2011 7:50 AM | Deleted user

    Flares, not dynamite found in Va. house
    By Tom Jackman, Washington Post, March 2, 2011

    UPDATE:Fairfax County police have now determined that the items found in the vacant house were not dynamite, but rather traffic flares, Officer Don Gotthardt said. Residents are being allowed to return to their homes.

    Possible dynamite discovery in Va. house
    3:50 p.m. A real estate agent cleaning up a vacant house in the Falls Church area discovered what may be a box of dynamite Wednesday afternoon, Fairfax County fire officials said. As a precaution, the neighboring houses have been evacuated while explosives technicians work to determine if the box really does contain explosives.

    The activity is happening at a house at 1849 Peabody Drive in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood, located just east of Tysons Corner between Leesburg Pike and the Dulles Toll Road. Fairfax fire spokeswoman Renee Stilwell said the agent discovered the box about 2:30 p.m. and called 911.

    The house is at the corner of Peabody Drive and Griffith Road, which is where Peabody turns into Fisher Drive. Real estate records indicate it is a one-story, three-bedroom house which has been owned by the same person for 37 years. No one has been injured, Stilwell said.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:50 AM | Deleted user

    Pimmit Hills residents, what is your opinion about this?

    http://dcrealestate.citybizlist.com/5/2011/2/21/Cityline-Partners-Seeks-Rezoning-at-Tysons-East-Metro.aspx

    Cityline Partners Seeks Rezoning at Tysons East Metro

    February 21, 2011

    Cityline Partners of McLean, VA unveiled its plan for the long-term transformation of about 40 acres of land in Tysons Corner, VA into an integrated mix of office, residential, hotel, retail, and civic uses surrounding an improved Scotts Run Stream Valley Park.

    Cityline Partners, a subsidiary of New York City-based DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners (DLJ RECP), has filed an application with Fairfax County, Virginia to rezone the property, currently referred to as Scotts Run Station, to fulfill the vision of the County's recently adopted Comprehensive Plan for the Tysons Corner Urban Center.

    Cityline is proposing a mix of uses totaling approximately 8.5 million GSF. The rezoning application also includes private and public open space well above the County's requirement.

    Location and Background

    The 40-acre property, formerly known as Westgate Office Park, is located on the north and south sides of the main Tysons Corner artery, Route 123. Scotts Run Station South, with nearly 30 acres, is bounded on the west by the I-495, the Capital Beltway, and on the east by Route 267, the Dulles Airport Access Road. It will be linked by a pedestrian bridge to the Tysons East Metro station.

    Scotts Run Station North, with approximately ten acres, is located adjacent to the Metro station on the north side of Route 123. Approximately one-third of the larger southern site is located within one-eighth of a mile from the Metro station; 85 percent is within one quarter mile of the station. All of the northern portion is located within one quarter mile of the Metro station.

    On July 22, 2010, DLJ RECP acquired West*Group's Tysons Corner holdings, comprising 114 acres and 22 existing buildings, most of which were built in the 1970's. DLJ RECP then formed Cityline Partners to own, manage, and develop the portfolio. After selling some of the properties, Cityline Partners wants to move forward with the redevelopment of the remaining land.

    "The redevelopment will take many years to complete, and will respond to evolving market conditions," said Donna Shafer, Executive Vice President, Cityline Partners.

    "We don't want to turn this area into a ‘concrete canyon,'" added Tom Fleury, Executive Vice President, Cityline Partners. "We are looking to redevelop the property into a transit-oriented, walkable, sustainable mixed-use development with Scotts Run Stream Valley Park as a focal point and natural amenity. Office buildings will be rotated to break up their mass and create a less imposing façade along Route 123. Building heights will taper down as you move away from the Metro station."

    Scotts Run Stream Valley Park

    The focal point of this new development will be Scotts Run Stream Valley Park, which runs through the southern portion of the site and borders the northern portion. Consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, this area would become a major linear urban park with a trail system that will benefit current and future Tysons Corner residents and office workers, while providing connectivity to other parts of Tysons Corner.

    Cityline plans to take a leadership role in participating with other Tysons Corner land owners to revitalize and enhance the park so that it can provide a range of passive and active outdoor experiences.

    Over the years, stormwater runoff has eroded the Scotts Run stream bank, rendering the existing channel steep and inaccessible. In addition to stabilizing the stream bank, Cityline suggests construction of elevated walkways that would protect the stream valley's most sensitive areas while allowing people to enjoy the parkland. Where permitted by topography, grassy areas may be maintained as public open space that can be used for outdoor performances, nature programs, and recreation.

    New Street Grid

    The County's Comprehensive Plan for Tysons calls for expanding the existing road network to create an urban grid of streets surrounding walkable blocks. In conformance with this directive, Scotts Run Station South would have a new main street, called Station Street, paralleling Route 123 and serving as an east-west connector. Designed to host community events such as festivals and outdoor performances, Station Street would connect with existing north-south streets to create a grid facilitating both pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. Street trees, landscaping, and ground-level retail space will enhance the pedestrian experience.

    In cooperation with other property owners in the immediate area, Cityline plans a number of other improvements to create the proposed street grid, including extending portions of both Colshire Meadow Drive and Dartford Drive on the south side. Bike lanes will be accommodated on multiple streets to allow alternate modes of transportation.

    Proposed Development

    Cityline's development master plan scenario includes long-term development of 21 new buildings totaling approximately 8.5 million GSF:
    • 11 office buildings totaling approximately 4.9 million GSF
    • Nine multifamily residential buildings totaling approximately 3.1 million GSF
    • One full-service hotel
    • Ground-level retail space in many of the buildings totaling approximately 120,000 GSF

    The proposed development with all uses combined would result in a floor area ratio (FAR) of 4.61 on the south side of Route 123 and 2.91 on the north side. A proposed alternative for housing a Federal government agency would replace the two residential buildings on the north side with office buildings, and reduce retail space in that section. A possible location for a fire station is contemplated for the property, and some space may be devoted to educational and/or conference center uses. Cityline suggests creating a conference center above the Tysons East Metro Station park-and-ride facility.

    The planning team has given special attention to the placement and orientation of structures. "Each office building will have its long axis oriented north-south to reduce energy use, while the residential buildings will be oriented east-west so that all units receive at least half a day of sunlight," explained Keith Turner, Senior Vice President. "Building footprints are designed to minimize the shadows cast during the shorter days of winter."

    One of the County's major goals in transforming Tysons Corner is to increase the number of residents, from about 17,000 today to about 100,000 over the coming decades. Cityline's plan for the Scotts Run Station South redevelopment would create 2,812 new multifamily dwelling units, expected to house over 4,912 new residents. All new residents will enjoy easy pedestrian access to Metro, convenience retail, indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, and many other amenities. Much of the proposed residential development in the southern portion, as well as the proposed full-service hotel, will overlook and have easy pedestrian access to Scotts Run Stream Valley Park.

    Cityline Partners, LLC

    Cityline Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners of New York City, was formed in 2010 to own, manage, and develop the former West*Group portfolio of land holdings in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Cityline's team includes a number of former West*Group executives: Donna Shafer, Tom Fleury, Keith Turner, Tasso Flocos, and Eric Maggio. The company's offices are located in McLean, VA within its proposed Scotts Run Station South redevelopment.

  • Friday, January 28, 2011 7:28 AM | Deleted user

    From Dranesville Supervisor John Foust:

    Here is another update on our snow storm aftermath and power problems.

    • Fairfax County Government offices and all the courts will be open on time tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 28, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave.
    • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Friday.
    • VDOT is asking that if possible, residents in subdivisions not park vehicles on the street so that the neighborhoods may be more effectively plowed.
    • If it is absolutely necessary to park on the street, please park on the odd numbered side to assist VDOT plows.
    • In addition, residents are encouraged to clear the areas around mailboxes and fire hydrants. Postal service employees are working to deliver important medicines and other mail and need access to mail boxes.
    • And by clearing snow and ice away from all fire hydrants, they will be clearly visible to public safety personnel in the event of a fire.  
    • Residents and businesses should also make sure that all parking spots identified as accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow and ice.

    Regarding the wide spread power outages:

    • Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) tells us that Fairfax outages numbers are now down to 46,225 – down from 71,000 this morning.  Problems are being corrected at a much faster rate than was anticipated.   Crews have been brought in from North Carolina to help.
    • With about 2000 workers engaged and over 300 bucket trucks dispatched, crews have restored power to over 130,000 customers. 
    • The company expects to restore power to 90 percent of the affected customers by Friday night, with the remaining work continuing overnight into Saturday until all customers have been restored.
    • Repairs are taking place while detailed damage assessments are being made.  Heavy, sticky snow that was twice as wet as typical snow brought tree limbs and trees into contact with electrical lines and caused extremely difficult driving conditions for repair crews. 
    • If you have not already done so, the DVP number to report outrages is 1-866-366-4357.
    • You may now call 1-866-366-4357 to get individual restoration time estimates for your neighborhood or home.

    As I said in our previous notice, please let my office know if your street has not been plowed.  You may reach us by email at Dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov or you may call these temporary numbers until our normal phone number is operational: (571) 606-0022 or (703) 927-9997.

     

    John W. Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    1437 Balls Hill Road

    McLean, VA  22101

    Phone:  703-356-0551

    Fax: 703-821-4275

  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:32 PM | Deleted user
    What are your experiences with this latest snowstorm? Did you get stuck in the nightmare 15-hour commute on GW Parkway? What do you think of the roads in Pimmit Hills? Any damages, tress down?
  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:30 PM | Deleted user

    Message from John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor: My office is open but we currently do not have phone service at our regular phone number. If you need to reach us please email me at Dranesville@fairfaxcounty. gov or call (571) 606-0022 or (703) 927-9997.

    I know that many Dranesville residents, particularly in the McLean area, are without power. The latest information I have from Dominion VA Power (DVP) is that there are approximately 71,000 customers in Fairfax County without service.  DVP restored service to about 30,000 customers in Northern Virginia last night.  DVP has informed us that it will be able to provide estimated times for restoration of service by 2:00 p.m. today. DVP has been hampered in making repairs because of the number of downed trees and abandoned cars. My office will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed.  The DVP number to report outrages is 1-866-366-4357.

    VDOT appears to have done a good job plowing the streets given the severity of the rush hour storm. Please let my office know if your street has not been plowed.

    For more information on Winter Weather Preparedness from Fairfax County visit:

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter/

     

    John W. Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    1437 Balls Hill Road

    McLean, VA  22101

    Phone:  703-356-0551

    Fax: 703-821-4275

     

  • Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Anonymous
    March 12, 2011 the Student Symphonic Orchestra of Fairfax will hold their first concert of the season at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA  22101.  7:30 p.m.  Open and Free to the Public.
  • Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:08 PM | Deleted user

    The Pimmit Hills Citizens Association (PHCA) has a new, interactive membership website, but it’s still at the same address: http://pimmithills.org/. The new website is powered by a membership software company designed for community associations. Membership means once you pay your dues, you have access to the restricted parts of the website, including the new Community Forum where we can discuss issues.

    We’ve already posted the first two topics: the sewer line replacement issue and the extra parking lot issue at the Pimmit Hills Center. The only way to access the Community Forum and post comments on this and other blogs on the site is to be a member of the PHCA.

    Unlike in the past where we’ve taken membership dues via cash or check and you had to mail these in, it is all done securely on our website now. And, the yearly dues start when you become a member and are renewed one year later (no more September to September memberships). The site makes it easier for the PHCA Board to keep track of memberships and dues for better accounting. The dues go automatically into the PHCA bank account.

    Unlike your friends and relatives who may live under a homeowners or condo association with high dues (anywhere from $100 to $800+ EACH MONTH), we’re a CITIZENS association so our YEARLY membership dues are very minimal. Here are our two membership levels:

    • Resident Membership is open to homeowners and renters currently living in Pimmit Hills. $20 annual dues
    • Non-Resident Membership is open to businesses, owners of PH houses who don't live here, former residents and other friends of Pimmit Hills. $25 annual dues

    It's easy to join, just click on JOIN PHCA/PAY DUES. Your dues help fund community activities, neighborhood projects, our newsletter and the new membership website which will be a central resource to connect our neighborhood.

    Once you’re a member, you can log in and see the Member-Only pages on the site (which you can’t see when you’re not logged in), including:

    • The Community Forum, where you can add your comments and discuss neighborhood issues
    • Advertise your local business (we want to encourage our community to “buy local” and use services/products from the small/home businesses of PH residents
    • The archive of Pimmit Hills Dispatch newsletters since 1952
    • Pimmit Hills history, photos Photo Galleries
    • And more

    We also want to know your news, events and announcements.

    On the front page, you’ll see upcoming community events we’ve already entered, but if something is missing, let us know.

    On the Announcements page, we’d like to post your school announcements, clubs, organizations, church, Scouts, awards, graduations, birth, death, marriages, etc.

    Our Classified Ads page is now more controlled than what we used before. Too many spammers were infiltrating it with junk. Your ad will now stand out and be relevant and current.

    The emails that the PHCA President sends out will be transitioned over to being sent out via the website to the membership list. We’ll keep sending out the normal email for a period of time, but then we’ll transition over and you’ll only get the email as a members so join today, help out and be ‘virtually’ involved with your community and neighbors!

    JOIN PHCA

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:44 AM | Deleted user
    November 2010 newsletter of our Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust.
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:24 AM | Deleted user

    From Mark Zetts, co-chair of the McLean Citizens Association Planning and Zoning Committee:

    Fairfax County Public Schools is proposing to use Pimmit Hills Center as a dispatch center for FCPS building maintenance vehicles. This use requires a 2232 Review and a public hearing. 

    Sunny Sarna from FCPS will be giving a presentation on the proposal to the MCA Planning and Zoning committee on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 PM at the McLean Community Center.  This presentation is the second item on the agenda so it should start between 8:00-8:15 pm.

    I attached an informative spreadsheet from FCPS that lists the number of trucks that will be parked there (with pictures) and all the schools in the northeast district that would be supported by this facility. 

    I have no further information on the details and hours of operation, potential impacts on the local neighborhood, etc.  These are questions we will be asking at the meeting. 

    Please forward this meeting notice to the nearby residents as it will be a good opportunity to hear the proposal, ask questions and comment.

    Thank you,
    Mark Zetts
    Co-chair MCA P&Z Committee

     

  • Monday, November 08, 2010 7:22 PM | Deleted user

    From the PHCA President Carol Martz:

    The PHCA Board met with gentlemen from the Fairfax County Public School system. They are planning to put in an extra parking lot at the back of the Pimmit Hills Center. 

    This lot will only house about 40 small box trucks and assorted work trucks which are involved in maintenance of our local schools during the day and parked at night. There will be no maintenance done at this facility. The trucks will leave the lot between 7 and 8 a.m. and return midafternoon. This should not interfere with the current traffic between 8:30 and 9 as parents deliver their children to Westgate. The facility will be surrounded by a 6 ft. fence. The outside perimeter of the fence will be planted with bushes. The current multitude of trailers will be taken away.

    If you have any objection to this plan, please let us know by adding your comments (you must be a PHCA member to comment) or come to our next meeting: Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at the Pimmit Hills Center.

    Pimmit Hills Center parking lot plan (.pdf)

 

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