Tysons, VA

Work is set to start on Friday to rehabilitate the Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) bridges over Leesburg Pike (Route 7).

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced today that drivers can expect lane closures on both routes mostly during the night for the next several days.

The schedule is:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

State and federal State of Good Repair funding is paying for the $2.5 million project, according to VDOT. Construction is slated to finish in late 2020 and includes:

  • repairing and resurfacing the concrete bridge decks
  • repairing the bridge piers, abutments and bearings
  • painting the steel bridge beams
  • repaving Route 123 adjacent to the bridges

Once completed, VDOT says that the northbound and southbound bridges will be safer for drivers and pedestrians and lengthen the lifespan of the bridges, which were built in 1965.

“At the bridges, Route 123 averages up to 30,000 vehicles a day and Route 7 averages up to 86,000,” according to VDOT.

Photo courtesy VDOT

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Fairfax County police arrested a woman in connection to an armed robbery near the Spring Hill Metro station in Tysons.

The incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday (Dec. 29) in the 8600 block of Westwood Center Drive — the same area where police said three people were injured from a shooting on New Year’s Day.

“The victim arranged a meeting with a woman at a nearby business,” police said. “When the victim arrived, he was robbed by a man and the woman at gunpoint.”

Police found 22-year-old Brooke Sluss, of Maryland, nearby and charged her with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“The second suspect is described as a black man,” police said.

In a separate incident on the same day, police sad that a person was confronted and “lunged at” by a naked man in a bathroom in the 8100 block of Leesburg Pike. The incident happened around 1 p.m.

Police said the naked man ran away and the person wasn’t harmed.

“The suspect is described as a black man between 30-40 years old,” police said.

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Work is gearing up on a new office tower that is part of the redevelopment of the sites once home to Tysons Biergarten and Clyde’s in Tysons.

Named Tysons Central, the new office tower is coming to 8332 Leesburg Pike — the former spot of Clyde’s — next to the Greensboro Metro station in the Tysons Central 7 neighborhood.

The building, which plans to have a private roof terrace and parking garage, is a part of a development that was approved in 2014.

More from Foulger-Pratt:

Tysons Central is the first step in the massive redevelopment of Tysons, made possible by the Metro’s Silver Line extension. This signature office tower will reside adjacent to approximately 1,100 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, and 135,000 sf retail at full build out.

Right next door you’ll find The Boro — a 4.2 million sf development featuring a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including a Whole Foods and Showplace Icon multiplex.

Developer Foulger-Pratt is ready to start construction to get the project done by early 2021, the Washington Business Journal reported.

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After several weeks of being closed, the new Burlington store along Leesburg Pike is preparing to reopen.

A sign on the door says that the store is reopening on Friday (Nov. 15).

“Our team is working hard to present the best shopping experience for our customers,” the sign says. “Thank you for your patience.”

The store opened at 8355 Leesburg Pike in September and then closed after smoke entered the store from a trash compactor fire on Oct. 4.

Jay Westcott contributed to this story.

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A new shopping experience in Tysons offers customers the chance to try out Pella doors and windows in a showroom before purchasing them.

Pella Windows and Doors (8150 Leesburg Pike) has a new location in Tysons that includes an interactive showroom. The store held a ceremony (Wednesday) to celebrate the new store today.

The store will feature the latest designs by Pella, a press release said.

According to the press release:

Grounded in the philosophy of making it easier and more inspiring for customers to shop for window and door products, the new Experience Center allows customers to curate product selections and demonstrate product comparisons.

Within the Experience Center customers can operate fully-functional window and door products allowing them to experience the difference in performance and design offered by Pella.

Hours of operation run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The location is closed on Sundays.

Second photo via Pella Windows and Doors/Facebook

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EcoPlay, a new children’s playspace, is now open along Leesburg Pike in Tysons.

The children’s center held grand opening events over the weekend (Oct. 19-20). The indoor play area replaced the Performance Bicycle Shop’s space in Pike 7 Plaza.

EcoPlay originally planned to open in the summer, but experienced “minor construction delays,” according to a Facebook post.

According to the company’s Facebook:

EcoPlay provides children with an environment that sparks creativity and promotes learning through play. When designing the play space, we researched (and researched) to ensure that every toy, every surface and play area is non-toxic, BPA and PVC free, and made of plant-based materials.

Open playtime supervised by a parent or other responsible adult costs $20 per child, while supervised playtime with a drop-off option is $30.

Parents can also book the facility for private or semi-private party spaces for up to 25 children.

Photo via EcoPlay/Facebook

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The birthplace of “Tysons Corner” may soon become the site of new development.

The site at the corner of Route 7 and Route 123 is known by locals as the place where Tysons originated with a tiny country store, according to the Tysons Partnership.

But after almost 100 years in the family, the site is now available to rent out to developers as a ground lease, Janet Caldwell, a relative, told Tysons Reporter.

The family decided to work with real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield to help them find a tenant for the 7 acres of land. The ground lease would allow developers to build on the property while paying rent to the original owners.

“You don’t find parcels of this size in an urban environment,” Paul Collins, the vice-chairman of Cushman and Wakefield, told Tysons Reporter, adding that this is a rare opportunity in the area considering the land’s visibility and close proximity to the Greensboro Metro station.

Less than 2% of development deals are made up of ground leases, Collins said.

He was not sure how much the land would rent for or how long the lease would be. He also couldn’t reveal the identity of the several parties interested in developing the land, but he did say “large international developments tend to be interested in this type of property.”

Once developed, Collins said he imagines the property will become a mix-used development with housing and retail similar to The Boro development nearby.

Photo via Tysons Partnership 

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Tysons’ new Burlington is currently closed due to a trash compactor fire earlier this month — but may reopen soon.

Signs on the door say that the store is temporarily closed. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” the sign says.

The store opened at 8355 Leesburg Pike in September.

Smoke entered the store from a fire in a trash compactor behind the building on Oct. 4, Ashley Hildebrandt, a spokesperson for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, told Tysons Reporter.

A reader told Tysons Reporter that the Burlington has been closed since at least Sunday, Oct. 6.

Tysons Reporter reached out to Burlington to ask when the store closed and when it plans to reopen. This story will be updated if the company responds.

Two employees at nearby Burlington stores said that while a reopening date has not been announced yet, they have heard that the store may reopen by next week.

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