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Two-Alarm Fire at Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna

The former Marco Polo restaurant in Vienna went up in flames Sunday afternoon.

A fire broke out in the vacant building at 245 Maple Avenue W. shortly before 2 p.m. A second alarm was sounded as firefighters worked for around an hour to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters from around Fairfax County and as far away as Arlington battled the flames. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Photos posted online show firefighters using latter trucks and water cannons as heavy smoke billowed from the restaurant’s roof.

It’s unclear what caused the fire as the building was reportedly vacant. No injuries were reported.

The building has been discussed as a possible site for redevelopment, though thus far no solid plans have been revealed.

Earlier today, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department career staff from Engine 402 and Medic 402, along with…

Posted by Vienna Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Photo (top) via Vienna Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook

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Morning Notes

Theater for Tysons Galleria? — “We’re starting to get a glimpse of the next round of change coming to the high-end Tysons Galleria, as the mall’s owner may look to replace the Macy’s there with a theater, among other tenants, according to documents submitted to Fairfax County.” [Washington Business Journal]

Sales Tax Receipts Up — “Sales-tax receipts distributed to the Fairfax County government by the state government in September totaled $14.9 million, an increase of 3.7 percent from September 2017, according to new figures from the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget.” [InsideNova]

Transportation Projects Slowing — “The organization… projects transportation revenue growth to be flat through 2024, and VDOT construction allocations are at their slowest since 2013 when the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 2313, legislation intended to generate more revenue for transportation projects.” [Fairfax Times]

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Top Stories on Tysons Reporter This Week

Have you been glued to news about the stock market, Kanye or the hurricane this week? If so you might have missed some of the local happenings in and around Tysons.

ICYMI, here are the five most-read articles on TysonsReporter.com since last weekend:

  1. Founder of Falls Church-Based Kiddar Capital Arrested on Securities Fraud Charges
  2. Virtual Reality Entertainment Center Coming to Tysons
  3. Poll: Should Fairfax County Government Offices Remain Open on Columbus Day?
  4. A Look Inside The Boro, the Massive New Development in Tysons
  5. Legal Insider: Thin Line Between Social Media and Employment
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Morning Notes

Weather-Related Road Closures — Amid windy weather, several roads are closed around the area due to downed trees. [FCPD]

Bank to Hold McLean Grand Opening — MVB Bank is planning a grand opening for its new banking center at 1313 Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite 100, McLean. The location opened in early September. [Virginia Business]

Vienna Conducting Resident Survey — “The Vienna town government is in the process of taking the pulse of town residents through a new survey, which is being sent to 1,600 randomly selected households.” [InsideNova]

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Morning Notes

Friday: Affordable Housing Discussion — “Join as we host Abdi Hamud from Fairfax County’s Affordable and Workforce Dwelling Units Program at this month’s meeting.  Abdi will facilitate a roundtable discussion about affordable housing in Fairfax County and more specifically in Tysons.” [Tysons Chamber of Commerce]

Heavy Rain, Wind Today — Expect heavy rain and strong wind as a cold front moves through the region, ushering in fall-like weather. Today’s rain may cause flash flooding. [Twitter, Twitter]

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Nothing Bundt Cakes Coming to Vienna

Maple Avenue in Vienna may be home to a number of vacant storefronts, but some of those vacancies are in the process of being filled.

In addition to MoMo House (131-A Maple Avenue W.) and Shin Se Kai Ramen (234 Maple Avenue E.), another new eatery is on the way. Nothing Bundt Cakes, a national bakery chain, is coming to Vienna at 129 Maple Avenue W.

The bakery chain specializes in circular bundt cakes, offering ten flavors and forty unique designs, as well as merchandise like gifts and decor.

The interior of the location is currently undergoing renovations. The owners of the Vienna franchise were not available for comment, but a sign on the exterior of the store said Nothing Bundt Cakes will be opening this fall.

An employee at the nearby Dulles location said the Vienna store hopes to be open sometime early next year.

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Revamped Griffith Park Playground Now Open

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 29 to celebrate the opening of the new Griffith Park playground in the Falls Church area.

The park was renovated in a project funded via park bonds. More from a Fairfax County press release:

Funded via voter-approved 2016 park bonds, the $80,000 project replaced outdated equipment with new play elements, interactive panels and swings for children ages 2 to 12. Safety surfacing and playground borders were also replaced and a new drainage system and fence installed. The project was part of a larger effort by the Park Authority to identify and replace playground equipment throughout Fairfax County that has exceeded its useful life.

Photos via Fairfax County/Flickr. Map via Google Maps.

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Police: Armed Robbery Near Vienna Metro Station

Fairfax County Police are investigating an armed robbery near the Vienna/Fairfax GMU Metro station.

Police say a man was walking on a footpath to the station just before midnight this past Saturday, Oct. 6., when he was approached by a man who pointed a gun at him and demanded cash.

“The victim gave the man his wallet and then ran to his house to report the robbery,” FCPD said in a crime report. “The suspect was described as a black male, 6′, with a thick build.”

Map via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

Knife Fight in Vienna — “Arriving officers located a man with a laceration to his hand. Witnesses told police the man was trying to break up a fight when one of the combatants pulled a knife, cut the man, then ran off.” [InsideNova]

Fairfax Economic Indicators Look Good — Tax receipts and home prices are up in Fairfax County, while unemployment is down to 2.4 percent. [Fairfax County]

Tysons Company Makes Acquisition — Tysons-based communications firm W2 Communications is acquiring Mesh Omnimedia, a Loudoun County-based creative agency. “This acquisition transforms W2 Communications from a leading public relations and content creation firm, into a full-service communications and branding organization that delivers creative design and digital marketing services,” said a press release. [W2 Communications]

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Wednesday: ‘Walk to School Day’ in Fairfax County

Drivers are being asked to pay extra attention on the roads tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as Fairfax County Public Schools participate in the annual International Walk to School Day.

The event is “an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.”

“Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work on October 10,” FCPS said in a press release. “Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event.”

“FCPS has compiled information on walking and biking to school, including information on applying for grants and safety tips, on its Safe Routes to School web page,” the press release adds.

The elementary schools participating in International Walk to School Day in the Tysons, McLean, Vienna and Falls Church areas include:

  • Chesterbrook
  • Churchill Road
  • Colvin Run
  • Cunningham Park
  • Fairhill
  • Haycock
  • Kent Gardens
  • Marshall Road
  • Spring Hill
  • Vienna
  • Westgate
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