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So far Alexis DeFrancisco has created 91 blog entries.
6 07, 2020

Huntington/North Hill Project Updates

By: SFDC Executive Director, Evan Kaufman I am thrilled to announce that we have two very exciting groundbreakings this month! Both represent significant County investments in affordable housing on the Richmond Highway Corridor. Later this month will be the groundbreaking on The Arden by Wesley Housing. This new multifamily property will feature 126 units of [...]

6 04, 2020

We Need Your Help!

During this unprecedented time, many small businesses and their employees are hurting.  There are many stimulus packages, grants, loans, and incentives being offered that will help, but still many will lose the quality of life that just several months ago seemed certain.   Whether it’s going out to eat, working out at a gym, or buying [...]

13 03, 2020

Community Letter from SFDC’s new Executive Director

I recently accepted the position as Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation and moved from Richmond, Virginia to the Richmond Highway Corridor.  I have spent the better part of the last decade working in economic and community development facilitating the revitalization of the historic downtown district of Hopewell, Virginia.  In this role, I was involved [...]

6 01, 2020

We Attend, So You Don’t Have To!

With apologies to our local newspaper, which used to publish a regular column summarizing a certain television show, so you didn’t have to watch it yourself.  This is the time of year when many organizations host events such as, “End-of-Year Wrap-Up" and “Outlook for Next Year.” Your SFDC staff recently attended the 2019 session sponsored [...]

3 12, 2019

Opportunity Richmond Highway!

By: SFDC Executive Director, Edythe Kelleher Good news from economist Jeannette Chapman (Stephen S. Fuller Institute, George Mason University) and researcher Dan Fulton (Fulton Research): They do NOT anticipate an economic downturn anytime soon. Their expectation is that the US economy will continue to slow down, leading to a “soft landing” rather than a sharp decline.  [...]

30 10, 2019

The Highway of Cool

By: Tom Shaw This story was first published on August 15, 2008, Washington Business Journal “On Site Magazine.” With this history being considered for BRT branding, we thought it appropriate to repost this article. Steeped in the rich history of the colonial seaport of Alexandria and the nation’s capital, the Route 1 corridor — also [...]

16 10, 2019

The Unstoppable March of Change

By: Edythe Kelleher The Jewish High Holidays are upon us, making me think of what next year will hold. One prayer points out how much easier it would be to repeat the previous year. Even if it was a very bad year, facing an unknown future is much more difficult. Humans have a hard time [...]

4 10, 2019

2019 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

The Mary Thonen Richmond Highway Beautification Awards recognize the local property owners and businesses that go above and beyond to make their properties–and, by extension, Richmond Highway–look beautiful. These folks spruce up their storefronts, take extra care of their flowers, plants, and shrubs, and even maintain public spaces in their immediate vicinity. Every summer, members [...]

30 09, 2019

Mobile Homes: A Different Kind of Housing?

By: Edythe Kelleher Rents for mobile home pad sites are affected by different things than are other types of housing. This came to my mind during last week’s Community Conversation: Part 2, when I was speaking with some long-term residents of Audubon Estates and Harmony Place (some have lived there up to 24 years).  One resident [...]

9 09, 2019

Made in Fairfax Network

MADE IN FAIRFAX NETWORK: Are you a local maker looking to build your business and promote your product? Fairfax County is launching the “Made in Fairfax” Network for Small-Scale Producers- from textiles, hardware, woodworking, and metalworking to breweries and local food production. Goals of the network include: helping to build connections between peer makers; creating [...]