Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Missing Teen Found

<bt>A Loudoun teenager missing since Oct. 29 was located safe and sound and has been returned home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Glendy Liseth Bowman, 17, was located and returned to her parents Nov. 5. She was reported missing by her family last week. She was last seen by friends Sunday in the parking lot of McDonald's restaurant in the Sterling TownCenter. According to witnesses, Glendy was assaulted by her boyfriend as they left the area in a dark car.

The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

<sh>Meeting Change

<bt>Due to the length of the agenda, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors' public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, will begin at 3 p.m. A half hour dinner break is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the meeting resuming at 6:30 p.m. with public comment. The public hearing will resume at the conclusion of public comment, but no later than 7 p.m.

Documents for Board of Supervisors meetings, including public hearing packets, are available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/bos/documents.htm.

<sh>Greenway Upgrades

<bt>The third lane of the Dulles Greenway eastbound from Leesburg to Goose Creek Bridge has been completed, six months ahead of schedule. It is the second of seven capital projects under construction.

Another of the projects, the four additional toll lanes at the mainline plaza, is on schedule and due to open to traffic in early 2007. This project will increase the lanes dedicated to Route 28, as will as increasing the number of Smart Tag toll lanes headed westbound. With the completion of the plaza, it is anticipated that there will be a lane dedicated to credit card patrons for every exit including Route 28 and the Dulles Toll Road.

In addition, work on the Route 606/Ox Road and Dulles Greenway interchange has begun where two additional ramps will be added. These lanes convert the existing intersection into a cloverleaf.

<sh>Celebrating GIS Day

<bt>Loudoun County will celebrate international GIS (Geographic Information System) Day Wednesday, Nov. 15.

A series of posters describing how the county delivers a variety of services using GIS will be in the county's libraries, middle- and high-school science classrooms and in the lobby of the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg the week of Nov. 12. A new page on the county Web site, www.loudoun.gov/gis, provides links to many of the services that use GIS, images of the posters, information about a

GIS Day workshop and a new Loudoun County GIS quiz.

A GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling everyone to make more informed decisions about their communities.

<sh>Major Landowners Merge

<bt>Real estate giant Trammel Crow announced Oct. 31 that it will be purchased by CB Richard Ellis, another major firm.

Trammel Crow stockholders will receive $49.51 per share of common stock. The total transaction will see CB Richard Ellis paying about $2.2 billion for the company, according to a statement.

The deal has not yet been finalized and must still undergo regulatory review and be approved by the company stockholders. Trammel Crow expects the deal to close late this year or early next year.

Trammel CrowÕs Tysons Corner office oversees 10.6 million square feet of office retail and industrial space in Northern Virginia, primarily focused in Reston, Alexandria and Tysons Corner. Some properties include:

* The Beaumeade buildings on Filigree Court in Ashburn.

* King Street Metroplace at 1737 King St. in Alexandria.

* The Atrium Building at 277 South Washington St. in Alexandria.

* The Dulles Station buildings on Dulles Station Road in Herndon.

* Ballston Gateway at 3865 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington.

* Century One at Century Center at 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington.

* The Reston Arboretum at 12700 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

* The Greenbriar Corporate Center on Lee Jackson Highway in Fairfax.

* The Greensboro Park Office Buildings on Greensboro Drive in Tysons Corner.

* The Gateway 95 Business Park on Cinder Bed Road in Lorton.

<sh>Hearings on Toll Road

<bt>The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled public hearings in January 2007 to consider a proposal by the owners of the Dulles Greenway to revise the toll structure for the roadway.

Two public hearings are scheduled in Loudoun County for Tuesday, Jan. 30, one beginning at 2 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m., both in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg. Any person wishing to comment at either of these hearings should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff.

The SCC also is extending the public comment period on the proposal until Jan. 30. All written correspondence should be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, VA 23218, and refer to case number PUE-2006-00081.

Electronic comments can be sent by visiting the SCC's Web site http://www.scc.virginia.gov/caseinfo.htm, click on the public comments/notices link and then the submit comments button for case number PUE-2006-00081. Electronic comments sent to any other SCC e-mail address will not be included as part of the proceeding.

The owners of the Greenway, Toll Road Investors Partnership (TRIP) II L.P., propose to increase the maximum toll for two-axle vehicles incrementally over a five-year period. The maximum base toll for cars would rise from $3, as now authorized to be effective July 1, 2007, to $4 as of January 1, 2012.

TRIP also seek permission to implement congestion management price premiums that would permit the maximum base toll to be increased by about 20 percent for weekday peak period traffic traveling in the peak direction.