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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 30, 2012 at 8:35 am 3,661 39 Comments

Contractor Chosen for New Ballston Apt. Tower — KBR Building Group has been tapped to build “The Place at Founders Square,” a new 17-story, mixed-use residential tower at 4000 Wilson Boulevard. Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of 2013. [CityBiz Real Estate]

Construction Update on Rosslyn Office Building — Construction on 1812 N. Moore Street, a 35-story behemoth in Rosslyn that will be the region’s tallest building upon completion, has topped the construction pit and reached surface level. [DC Metrocentric]

Multimedia Tools Available at Library ‘Lab’ — Next month Arlington Central Library will be launching a temporary “lab” on the first floor that will provide do-it-yourself multimedia creation tools. The Digital Projects Lab, as it will be called, will be open 20 hours per week and will have digital tools like Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Final Cut Pro, Audacity and iMovie. The lab will be powered by MacBook computers and will also have a video camera, microphone, large color printer, film/photo scanner and Wacom Intuos 3 tablet. [Arlington Public Library]

Arlington GOP Doesn’t Rule Out Nov. Run — Arlington Republicans say they’re trying to recruit a candidate to take on newly-elected Democratic County Board member Libby Garvey in November. A Republican County Board candidate would face very steep odds, as the presidential election is expected to drive Arlington Democrats to the polls in droves. No Democratic candidate filed to challenge Garvey for the nomination before last night’s filing deadline. [Washington Post]

  • Dunno

    Timely photo. Will the trolley/streetcar schedule be placed beneath the MetroBus schedule on the pole?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Someone’s been hanging out in Arlington’s red light district I see.

  • Swag

    Multimedia Tools Available at Library ‘Lab’ = Awesome.
    Being temporary = Un-awesome.

    • Public Information, Arlington Public Library

      Hi Swag,

      This is only the start of the Digital Projects Lab. We need input from folks like you as we move past the pilot stage. Please consider attending our focus group on May 9. All are invited. RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/62F6LP6

      Thanks. Hope to see you there.

      • Zoning Victim

        That’s great. A software development lab would be awesome, too, especially if it was possible for people to remote into virtual development machines from home. Building all of the systems needed to learn how to develop enterprise software on the few major platforms available can be extremely expensive for individuals as commercial server licenses run in the thousands of dollars. This would be a fantastic way for people who don’t have the money to go to college or purchase the software and hardware themselves to build a skillset that they can parlay into a six-figure career.

        • CW

          ZV, did you read that it’s the County doing this, and that, implicitly, tax dollars are being used?

          Sorry, couldn’t help myself…

    • Dia

      This pilot phase, through June, will allow staff to see what systems are most in demand and what kinds of work stations are most effective.

  • thelevyisdry

    I’m tired of the status quo naming convention for new developments: The “something” at “made up landmark name”. My first big development project will be called “ninja building” because it is awesome and everyone will want to lease space there.

    • therunisflooded

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • drax

      “The Place at Founders Square” = stupidest name ever…so far.

      • JamesE

        Darpartments would have been a better name

    • Josh S

      And what’s worse is that no one will use the name once it is built, because it is so lame.
      Where do you live?
      I live at the Place at Founders Square.
      Oh, really – do you also wear driving mocs and use a lot of hair product?

      • Garden City

        Oh? Which place?

      • WeiQiang

        Which founders?

      • Richard Cranium

        Fawlty Towers would be a better name.

      • nom de guerre

        I personally like The Catch at Flounder Square since there is a dearth of good seafood in the area.

        • drax

          I like the Catch at Grounder Square for the baseball reference and the fact that it’s physically impossible to catch a ground ball.

  • Fred

    Moving out of my apartment on Columbia Pike was great, but I do miss the easy access to Bangkok 54.

  • South Awwwlington

    How long with that McDonald’s and Subway last? Mrs. Chens, etc…the list goes on…

    • MC 703

      Is Mrs. Chen’s any good? Always end up opting for Thai when I am jonesin on the block.

      • Rikki Nadir

        It used to be awesome, but that was about 10 years ago. Different owners dumbed it way down.

  • JohnE

    w00t!!! More money for KBR courtesy of Arlington.

  • MB

    Really pleased with what the Library is planning to do. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of there.

  • JimPB

    The ARLCo library innovates again with the Digital Products Lab. Bravo.

    The ARLCo library is a gem.

    • Quoth the Raven


      Best library system I’ve ever been around. I love it.

    • Plunkitt of Clarnedon Blvd


  • Tabs

    View from upper level of P. Brennan’s?

    • FrenchyB

      Looks like was taken from the vacant white brick building to the right of P. Brennan’s. Does anyone know if anything is going in there?

      • Josh S

        It does. How did the photographer get there is what I’m wondering?

        (And why the owner of that building refused to sell?)

        • FrenchyB

          I always assumed that they did sell to the developer (it looked like they used that building as their office during construction), but it’s still owned by the same family.


    What’s going on with mosaic park? Wasn’t that supposed to be something the founder square developers paid for?

    • There was a meeting about Mosaic Park last night, we’ll be doing an article on it soon.

      • CW

        While you’re at it, how about an update on the park above the Clarendon Metro station? At some point they were going to turn it into something awesome; I remember seing site plans and they even had equipment and materials there I believe. Then nothing came of it.

        • CW

          Answered my own question…same old story…go to old ARLnow article…click on link within article…taken to County project site…all construction dates magically bumped from late 2011 to spring 2012 now to summer 2012…

          • Tre

            I think they figured out that those brick patterns were horrendous

  • roquer

    I agree with the comment in the article about Democrats going to the polls in droves, but not for the same reason as given here. I think Democrats are very smart in this area of the country. They know who has screwed ALL of the public since his election. No matter what Obama said about whose fault it was, the fact is, he has driven the U.S. to the brink of economic extinction.
    The Democrats have elected a total amatuer in a professional world and they know it. Even if they personally like Obama, the smart ones here will be voting him out. The smartest Democrats know Obama will take the U.S. away from being the best, to just part of the rest.

    • Barry

      LOL. Good one.


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