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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 [...]

9 09, 2019

Gentrification?

By: Edythe Kelleher My son and I were discussing supply and demand the morning he was to take the Social Studies Praxis exam (he wants to teach History). We used housing in the Richmond Highway Corridor for our study and drew some graphs on napkins. Here are some of the things we determined: In the [...]

13 06, 2019

North Gateway Plan Amendment

The proposed North Gateway Plan Amendment was presented to SFDC’s Board of Directors by Sophia Fisher, Fairfax County planner. The presentation covered the main concepts in the proposed plan amendment, existing and planned uses, planned road network, and upcoming milestones and public hearings. Check out the presentation here!  

13 06, 2019

Small Scale Production Initiative

SFDC received a presentation from Fairfax County’s Office of Community Revitalization on the progress of the Small Scale Production Initiative. The Initiative aims to facilitate the location of new types of businesses, focused on small “makers” such as craft breweries or woodworking shops, which reflect changes in the market. In December 2018, a zoning amendment [...]

31 05, 2019

Letter to Supervisor Storck supporting the undergrounding of utilities along Richmond Highway

Dear Supervisor Storck: The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) believes strongly that existing electric and communications utilities along Richmond Highway should be placed underground, along with associated transformers, during the construction of the project to widen Richmond Highway from Jeff Todd Way to Sherwood Hall Lane. Undergrounding utilities has many benefits: • Improved service reliability [...]

31 05, 2019

Letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in support of Smart Scale funding for Richmond Highway

Dear Members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board,   As Executive Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC), I write to support funding for the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. SFDC is a non-profit economic development organization that has taken the lead on revitalization in the Richmond Highway Corridor since 1981. Richmond Highway [...]