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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 10, 2010 at 8:25 am 1,323 5 Comments

Heat It Up — Mother nature will attempt another run at triple digit temperatures today. The predicted high is 98 degrees. A Code Orange air quality alert has been issued for the region.

Mail Carrier Charged With Stealing Mail — An U.S. Postal Service employee at the Arlington Main Post Office has been charged with stealing mail. Alva Jackson is accused of swiping envelopes she thought might contain gift cards. Jackson, who worked as an Arlington mail carrier, was caught with 134 stolen pieces of mail in her house, according to charging documents. More from the Washington Examiner.

Cherrydale Condo Complex Back on Track — Construction of the Bromptons at Cherrydale condos (3800 Lee Highway) is expected to be completed by January 2011, a relief for neighbors who from 2006 to 2009 had to stare at the building’s half-finished facade. Construction stalled in 2006 when Arlington County determined the construction was of such poor quality that it temporarily shut down the project. More from TBD.

New Office Building Coming to Virginia Square — After seven years of development limbo, it appears that the Arlington Funeral Home in Virginia Square will finally be redeveloped. Plans to turn the site into a luxury condo building fell through in 2008 when the company that owned it at the time filed for bankruptcy. Now, the property has been sold to a local firm that plans to turn it into an office building. The company plans to include ground-floor retail, a public park and a public theater in the development, which will make it eligible for bonus density from the county. More from the Washington Business Journal.

Flickr pool photo by Chris Rief

  • Katie

    I hope that Alva is not still working there?!

  • Mothership

    But can we bring our dead to the office building?

  • Katie

    I wouldn’t be keen to work late in that office bldg.

  • Stacey

    What do they mean by a public theatre?

  • MC

    Seems like excellent news for the funeral home property. If the WBJ article is accurate, it seems that unlike the prior plans, the new developer now owns the funeral home site, not just the parking lot, allowing them to develop it without having a funeral home on it (what a crazy idea — a funeral home that’s on prime metro accessible real estate). I am very much in favor of the “black box” theater that’s been slated for this site. Virginia Square is supposed to be an arts district, and the theater is a key component of that vision (along with the Arlington Arts Center and new GMU building). There is great regional theater energy that can fill that space. Also looking forward to more restaurant options, that can complement cultural amenities of the theater, and library and park across the street.

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