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Nicholas Horrock

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How High Is Too High?

Neighbors oppose proposed projects in South Arlington.

South Arlington citizens told two members of the Arlington County Board on Wednesday, Jan. 23, that they oppose a plan to build a 300-foot tall building near the Pentagon and they think county officials conducting hearings on the proposal are favoring the developer Vornado/ Charles E. Smith.

Silver Line Faces ‘Daunting Issues’

Challenges planners face before cars get rolling.

In August, 2013, 55 years after construction began on the Dulles International Airport, the first phase of a $7 billion Metrorail connection between Washington, D.C. and Dulles will be completed that will extend rail travel to five stops in Tysons Corner and Reston.

Tysons Tax District Questioned

Residents, Taxpayers Alliance oppose new taxes.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected shortly to create a tax “service” district in Tysons Corner that will fund 11 percent of the estimated $3 billion in transportation projects over the next 40 years as the giant redevelopment plan moves forward.

Shaping a Route 1 Bypass Proposal

Plan includes “Equestrian Underpass.”

According to supporters of Woodlawn Stables, the Federal Highway Administration has offered an alternative bypass proposal that would allow the riding academy to continue operation, preserve more acreage and build new barn facilities on the remaining property.

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Silver Line Gets ‘Green Light’

Loudoun County Board by a 5-4 vote ‘opts in’ on extension of rail into their county.

Considering it is a hard fought presidential election year and a time of enormous financial anxiety, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took a vote of amazing courage or astounding foolhardiness and backed the extension of the Silver Line Rail into their county.

Planning a Town Center at Land Bay G

Site could embrace restaurants, hotels, movies.

In 2007, MidAtlantic Realty Partners, a veteran Washington area real estate developer, bought 17 acres of land from the Pulte Group for $70 million. MRP’s plan was to develop Potomac Yard’s Land Bay G, the third largest parcel in the city’s concept of Potomac Yard and what Alexandria planners saw as a “Town Center” — a place with restaurants, stores, movies, offices and hotels could serve the giant residential neighborhood being developed next door by the Pulte Group.

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Land Bay F Compares in Scope to Crystal City

Increased density would help pay for new Metro station.

Third in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Building from East Glebe Road to Monroe Avenue Bridge

After delays, construction on 164-acre part to finish by 2020.

Second in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Transforming a Vision into Housing, Commerce

Creating an urban development, one land bay at a time.

First in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Building Upon Layers Of History

From Native American settlements to gentrified neighborhoods.

If you stand on the roof of a high rise apartment build in North Alexandria, you can get a sense of the extraordinary flatness of the Potomac Yard. You can see the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome across a skyline unbroken by anything but the occasional lifting off of a plane from Ronald Reagan Airport. To the left are the high rise buildings of Crystal City, but they are manmade break in the flat land which runs from the Potomac River south to below Old Town before a ridge of any significant height changes the contour of the country side.

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Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Entrepreneurship students gain real experience.

Buying and selling merchandise, using skills they learned in class and having a good time doing it, Chantilly Academy entrepreneurship students recently participated in the third annual Entrepreneurship Market Day.