Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Fresh Grocer, Harris Teeter coming to Falls Church, as City Council approved two special exception applications making way for mixed-use buildings with supermarkets and apartments in “The Little City.”
In a meeting City Council stretched out over four hours with breaks and amendments to items on the agenda, they approved two special exceptions for projects that will bring two new supermarkets and hundreds of apartments to Falls Church. Adding to the skyline, two taller than normal buildings. Read more about the Harris Teeter project here: Plans to Bring a Harris Teeter to Falls Church Moving Along Harris Teeter Project Back on Falls Church Council Agenda Harris Teeter Plans Detailed at Joint Meeting Harris Teeter: Falls Church Residents Chime in on Proposal Council not only approved the special exception clearing the way for Rushmark Properties LLC’s mixed-use development that will include a Harris Teeter, they also approved a special …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Rushmark Properties LLC could get the green light to proceed if council votes to approve their special exception to build the mixed-use development.
If all goes well Monday night, Rushmark Properties LLC could have the green light to proceed forward with their plans for a mixed-use development that would include a Harris Teeter. Council will have a second reading of the resolution to grant a special exception for the developer at their meeting. There are no planned dates to start or finish the construction of the mixed-use building, but a majority vote show if the project will move forward. The public became aware of the plans for the mixed-use development in October when Rushmark revealed the idea and talk of the lease for Anthony’s Restaurant expiring were talking points in coffee shops in the city. The building the Falls Church landmark is in is owned privately and will be sold to …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Family will continue to operate Manassas location.
After 41 years, it looks as if Falls Church landmark Anthony’s Restaurant will close its doors for good June 2. In a statement yesterday from Ted Akis, son of the restaurant’s owner, the family will continue to operate their Manassas location. The restaurant was scheduled to close March 31 but had its lease extended to June. City officials said they wanted to keep Anthony’s in Falls Church, but with plans for Rushmark Properties LLC to build a complex that will include a Harris Teeter, apartments and other retail space where the restaurant is, the future for the institution is bleak. Here is the statement from Ted Akis: It is with a heavy heart and sincere regret that we inform you that Anthony’s Restaurant will be permanently closing our …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Some residents raised concerns about congestion, but others applauded the potential increase in shopping, dining in the area.
Falls Church residents and business owners voiced their varying positions for or against a project that would bring a Harris Teeter to the city. At Wednesday night’s council meeting, Winter Hill community resident Carl Anderson explained the apartments included in the development would bring more congestion to the area. Anderson told council they’re sacrificing the city’s future for short-term gains. David Tax, owner of Clare & Don’s Beach Shack and Mike’s Deli, said a Harris Teeter in the city would bring more foot traffic to the city. “I think it will keep people in the area,” Tax said. “If the people are staying in the area, they’ll shop and eat in the area.” In a rare move, council voted in their last work session to move the Rushmark …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Floor will be open for public comment on Harris Teeter project.
City Council’s regularly scheduled Monday night meeting has been moved to Wednesday. The meeting was moved to observe Passover. It will also be the first time city residents can comment on the progress of the Harris Teeter Project. City Council voted to move the proposed Harris Teeter project to the city’s boards and commissions for further review. The unanimous vote was needed to move the process forward. To view the agenda for the meeting, click here.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The process to bring the supermarket chain to the city took another step Monday night during council’s work session.
In a rare move Monday night, the Falls Church City Council voted unanimously to move the Harris Teeter project onto the city’s boards and commissions to get more feedback. Councilwoman Johanna Berry was absent from the meeting because of work travel. The move is an important step in the special application process and now sets up a possible May 13 final vote and approval. Patrick Kearney, principal for Rushmark Properties LLC — the developer of the project — said he was pleased with council’s decision to keep the ball rolling and moving the project a step further in the process. “It’s encouraging,” Kearney said after the meeting. “It’s definitely progressing in a positive manner.” The public can weigh in on the move to proceed with the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Council will continue discussing the fiscal year 2014 budget during Monday’s work session.
The Falls Church council will spend some of Monday’s work session discussing the special exception application by Rushmark Properties to bring a Harris Teeter to the city. The project would not only bring the supermarket to the city, it would also include retail and residential space on West Broad Street. Council is requested to refer this application to city boards and commissions, and schedule a public hearing on the application for May 13. Council will also have a dialogue to review an ordinance adopting the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget. Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields proposed his $74.9 million FY14 budget last week during council’s meeting. The proposed budget, up more than $5 million from FY13’s adopted $69.3 million …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Falls Church institution was expected to close March 31.
Anthony’s Restaurant will remain open two more months after their lease – that was scheduled to end March 31 – was extended through June 10. The lease was extended at the end of February, said restaurant owner Anthony Akis. He said the 10 days in June are to get all of his equipment and other items moved out of the building. “I wish they had extended it another 41 years but that’s out of the question,” Akis said Monday. In October Akis found out the building his 40-year-old restaurant is in was being sold by the owner to a developer that planned to bring a Harris Teeter to Falls Church. City staff has met with Akis several times to discuss potential locations to move his restaurant, said city spokeswoman Amy Betor. The locations, which …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Council will hold a work session Monday at City Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.
The proposed project that would bring a Harris Teeter to the city has made its way onto the Falls Church council’s work session agenda. The possibility of a Harris Teeter has been a hot topic around the city for months now. Some are for the possible move while others are not so happy about the proposed project. The project update is one of several items to be discussed at the Monday night meeting. Council will also discuss mixed use development and data requests. For more information on the work session agenda, click here. Keep up with Falls Church news and events with the Patch email newsletter. Learn more here!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Grocery store, six-story building would included 282 apartments and bring an estimated $22 million to the City of Falls Church over 20 years.
Falls Church residents got a good glimpse Tuesday night of what the new Harris Teeter in the city would look like. Patrick Kearney, principal for Rushmark Properties LLC, said the six-story building would not only bring a Harris Teeter to busy West Broad Street, but it would also bring 282 apartments and, along with the new structure, an estimated net fiscal impact of $1.32 million. The new housing units would include 265 market rate apartments and 17 designated for affordable housing. Over a 20-year span, that net fiscal impact of the arrival of the Harris Teeter and other possible retail stores is estimated at $22 million. There was no estimated start date for construction available. “It’s a more urban master plan development,” Kearney …