Tysons, VA

Two lawsuits against the Town of Vienna have been resolved now that Sunrise Senior Living’s plans are moving forward to occupy a different Maple Avenue location.

Steven Briglia, the town’s attorney, told the Town Council on Monday (March 9) that “soon the ink will be dry on both.”

The first lawsuit involved a Vienna couple suing town officials for approving the rezoning for a mixed-use development at 380 Maple Avenue.

“The parties have agreed it can be dismissed with prejudice,” he said. “It has been removed from the court docket.”

The mixed-use development site is now being considered for a Sunrise Senior Living Facility.

After the Town Council killed Sunrise’s original plans to bring a facility at the corner of Maple Avenue and Center Street, Sunrise sued Vienna officials for $30 million.

Sunrise then proposed to take over the 380 Maple Avenue spot and its plans have been moving forward with the town.

Briglia said that on Friday (March 6) that the Sunrise has agreed to drop the case.

“They are very happy with locating to 380 [Maple Avenue] and to move forward on that,” he said, adding that the non-suit “will remove the cloud on that property.”

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A currently vacant spot along Maple Avenue will soon be selling alcohol instead of armoires.

Virginia ABC is planning to relocate in the Town of Vienna to move into the former home of Posh! (419B Maple Ave. E.) in the Maple Avenue Shopping Center.

The relocation will let ABC expand, Dawn Eischen, a Virginia ABC spokesperson, told Tysons Reporter.

“This location will allow us to provide a wider selection of products, meet market demands and better serve our customers,” Eischen said.

Eischen said that the current store (436 Maple Ave. E.) is 4,600 square feet, while the former Posh! space is 6,000 square feet.

Posh!, a furniture retailer, left its longtime Maple Avenue home early last year, with the owner partially blaming traffic, parking and development woes. The store moved to 200 Dominion Road NE late last year.

The prominent storefront was one of several vacant spaces that the Town of Vienna has been working to fill with tenants, along with new efforts to help support small businesses that are already in the town.

It will still be a few months before shoppers can step foot in the space.

“Virginia ABC is in the permitting phase and we expect to open the new location in May or June,” Eischen said.

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When Wawa comes to the Town of Vienna later this year, people might be able to get wine and beer.

A pending license indicates that the convenience store company is seeking “wine and beer off premises” for its upcoming location at 465 W. Maple Avenue.

The 6,200-square-foot convenience store plans to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be the first location to feature a partnership with Tesla — meaning people will be able to use eight charging stations for electric cars. The store is hoping to open this spring along Maple Avenue.

While the Vienna location is boasting a lot of “firsts” for Wawa, the beer sales are nothing new. According to news reports, Wawa jumped into the beer sales market several years ago.

Photo via David Levy and Associates 

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Aditi Streetside Indian will soon rebrand as Kochin Kitchen in the Town of Vienna.

Located in Danor Plaza (126 Branch Road SE), the eatery will still be under the same ownership, Andrea West, a town spokesperson, said.

While the eatery is currently closed, an employee said that the owners hope to begin serving food again within the next week.

The owners haven’t announced if Kochin Kitchen’s menu will be similar to Aditi Streetside Indian.

Image via Town of Vienna

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A nail salon in Vienna will soon move into a new home.

Cindy Nail Spa is currently located at 338 Maple Avenue W. and plans to relocate to an adjacent building that houses Burke & Herbert Bank, according to a Town of Vienna employee.

Thi Thai, the location’s owner, told Tysons Reporter that staff hopes to have the new salon up and running within two weeks.

The nail salon applied to install signs at the new location 302 Maple Avenue W., replacing Mathnasium.

The salon of nail services — from manicures to pedicures to gel fills — along with waxing for men and women, according to the salon’s website.

Image via Town of Vienna

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The Vienna Town Council voted last night (Monday) to back plans to turn a previously approved mixed-use development along Maple Avenue into a Sunrise Senior Living Facility.

Sunrise is looking to open an 85-unit assisted living facility at 380 Maple Avenue — the site of an approved redevelopment for multi-family condos. The facility would have 950 square feet of restaurant and cafe space, structured parking and public art.

The Vienna Town Council killed plans last year for a Sunrise facility farther up Maple Avenue. Dennis Rice, the owner and developer at 380 Maple Avenue, has said that having the assisted living facility on his site could address neighbors’ concerns about the condos.

“I think this might be a win-win for the town and the residents,” Councilmember Howard Springsteen said last night.

Residents who testified at the public hearing mostly agreed that the new plans are a better fit for the neighborhood, with one calling it a “better building.”

However, most of the 10 people who testified did have some sort of concern, like worries about light pollution from the proposed acorn lights, size and pedestrian safety along Wade Hampton Drive SW and Glen Avenue SW.

“I support this project even though it remains too big,” resident C. John Pott said.

“We hope to pretend the building isn’t even there and those lights will destroy our illusions,” one resident said about the lights.

Several councilmembers said they are open to residents’ pleas to close — or place cut-thru signs at — Wade Hampton Drive or look into adding sidewalks along Glen Avenue and Wade Hampton Drive.

“If this project goes forward, it would be nice to put sidewalks on Glen [Avenue] and try to close Wade Hampton [Drive],” Springsteen said. “We can close Wade Hampton [Drive] very quickly at very little cost.”

Most of the people who testified praised Sunrise for having representatives listen to neighbors’ feedback on the proposal.

The Vienna Town Council approved Sunrise’s amended proffers and modification requests after the hearing.

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Plans to turn a previously approved mixed-use development into a Sunrise Senior Living Facility are set to head to the Vienna Town Council next week.

Sunrise wants to open an assisted living facility at 380 Maple Avenue — the site of an approved redevelopment for multi-family condos — after the Vienna Town Council killed plans last year for a Sunrise facility farther up Maple Avenue.

The former plans for both projects faced backlash. Sunrise’s original plans for a site at the corner of Maple Avenue and Center Street received a myriad of concerns from residents and councilmembers over parking, retail space and the downtown location.

Meanwhile, residents questioned if the town had properly notified Fairfax County about the proposed rezoning (which it hadn’t) and raised safety concerns about the narrowing of Wade Hampton Drive for the condos at 380 Maple Avenue.

But with the two projects now looking to combine, Dennis Rice, the owner and developer at 380 Maple Avenue, has said that having the assisted living facility on his site could address neighbors’ lingering concerns.

The council will hold a public hearing on the plans on Monday night (Jan. 27). The meeting starts at 8 p.m. at Town Hall (127 S. Center Street).

Image via Town of Vienna 

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South Block plans to leave its current location at Jammin Java for a new spot in the Town of Vienna.

The juice and smoothie bar will take over the space that Starbucks previously filled at (207 E. Maple Avenue), according to Lana Mahmoud, a Jammin Java spokesperson.

South Block plans to open in the spring of 2020, according to its website.

The business originally applied for building permits to revamp the location’s interior and redesign the exterior in early December, according to Fairfax County documents.

An opening date and future hours of operation have not been announced yet.

Photo via South Block/Facebook

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Updated 12/20/19 — Six occupants were displaced because of the fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said in an update today (Friday).

Red Cross services were offered but declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $1,059,612, the fire department said.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. — Maple Avenue has reopened, the Town of Vienna tweeted.

Firefighters extinguished a fire in a house in the Vienna area, which closed Maple Avenue for a few hours.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tweeted about the fire in the 8700 block of Westwood Forest Lane around 1:45 p.m. today (Thursday). “All occupants are accounted for,” the tweet said.

“Due to an active house fire in Fairfax County, Maple Avenue is closed to traffic in both directions from Niblick Drive to St. Andrews Drive,” the Town of Vienna’s tweeted around 2 p.m. Westbound lanes reopened about 30 minutes later.

Around 3 p.m., the fire department said that the fire was out. “Fire investigators on scene to determine cause. One firefighter transported to area hospital with minor injury,” the tweet said.

Image via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/Twitter; map via Google Maps

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The Vienna Town Council was set to hear proposed ideas for how to improve transportation along Maple Avenue area on Monday night — but that discussion got pushed to next year.

Town staff was slated to present recommendations from the Maple Avenue Multimodal Study — a study by Kimley-Horn meant to suggest near- to mid-term solutions regarding transportation along the corridor. But the study wasn’t ready.

Lynne Coan, a spokesperson for the town, told Tysons Reporter that now the discussion of the study and recommendations have been postponed to the Jan. 13 work session.

Town staff already have a list of top priorities they want, along with ideas for future studies and strategies.

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