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by ARLnow.com May 4, 2018 at 9:15 am 0

One person was sent to the hospital after a fire in a Virginia Square condominium Friday morning.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at the high-rise Hawthorn condo building, which is located at 820 N. Pollard Street, across Wilson Blvd from Gold’s Gym.

The fire was contained by a sprinkler system, allowing firefighters to quickly extinguish the flames. Large ladder trucks were used to help with the firefighting effort.

One condo resident was taken to a hospital emergency room for observation, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

by ARLnow.com April 23, 2018 at 9:00 am 0

Arlington County firefighters extinguished a small mulch fire on the roof of an apartment building over the weekend.

The fire broke out around 4:15 p.m. Saturday on the roof of the new Latitude Apartments in Virginia Square, on the 3600 block of Fairfax Drive.

Smoke could be seen coming from the top of the building, prompting a large fire department response. The fire was extinguished and no one was hurt. The cause is under investigation, according to ACFD.

Photo courtesy @surrrewhynot

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm 0

A black box theater is expected to be formally removed from the plans for a development in Virginia Square at this weekend’s Arlington County Board meeting.

The County Manager’s office has recommended that a new site plan amendment be approved that would remove the theater from the development’s required community amenities.

Mark Schwartz, the County Manager, moved to absolve the developer of the black box theater requirement last year. Though the theater was in line with the Virginia Square sector plan, its initial operational and financial costs, as well as ongoing operational costs that would rely on tax support, were deemed too high.

Considering those costs, the project didn’t align with “a shift in strategy which talks about delivering cultural programming with low-cost, high-impact investments,” said Schwartz.

The new site plan will convert a previously approved 3,180 square feet of ground floor retail space into office space, 2,725 square feet of retail space to office space, and add 2,725 square feet of office space at the penthouse level.

The proposed plan would also lower the building’s height by eight feet, eliminate a mezzanine level, and add an outdoor terrace at the penthouse level.

The mezzanine level is no longer necessary, as it was intended to support the black box theater. County staff found that “the proposed site plan amendments are reasonable adjustments in the approved site plan and respond to the removal of the black box theater.”

The site was previously home of the Arlington Funeral Home, which closed in 2011 after 55 years in business.

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

Three shrubs caught on fire beside George Mason University’s Bill of Rights Eagle in Virginia Square.

The fire broke out on this afternoon (Friday) just before 1 p.m., engulfing the shrubbery and a patch of mulch. The flames were quickly extinguished by responding firefighters, and a college employee said that it wasn’t a major incident. Classes were in session at the time but there was not report of any evacuation.

A facilities worker told ARLnow.com that the flames were three feet high, and that a glass office window adjacent to the fire was cracked as a result.

Another facilities worker, who said that he had worked for the college for the past 20 years, said that the college’s shrubbery had never caught on fire before.

He added that his colleagues had not seen anything odd in the area prior to the fire, but that several people tripped and fell while running away.

Unveiled last May with much fanfare, the GMU Antonin Scalia Law School’s “Bill of Rights Eagle” did not appear to suffer any damage from the fire.

Warm weather has helped spark a number of small mulch and grass fires around Arlington over the past day or so.

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

The new Medium Rare in Virginia Square will be opening Saturday (April 14) at 5 p.m. for dinner, according to owner Mark Bucher.

The restaurant, known for its fixed-price steak, frites, and “secret sauce,” will then open for brunch Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The location, on the ground floor of the Latitude Apartments, is opening a little later than what had been previously reported. ABC license application notifications were first posted in November 2017.

Medium Rare has three open locations outside of Virginia — two in D.C. and one in Bethesda.

The steakhouse has help wanted signs posted in the window seeking servers and a hostess. Open interviews will be every day from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., according to the signs An end date for the open interviews was not listed.

by ARLnow.com April 11, 2018 at 9:55 am 0

The attention of the celebrity gossip world is briefly focused on Virginia Square, of all places.

TMZ last night published video of Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers center and the father of mother-to-be Khloe Kardashian’s baby, at Darna Restaurant and Lounge (946 N. Jackson Street).

More from TMZ:

TMZ obtained this surveillance video recorded October 7, 2017 at a hookah lounge outside Washington D.C. You see Tristan with 3 women, 2 of whom are fully engaged with Khloe’s baby daddy.

Tristan makes out with one of the women, tongue and all. The other grabs his head, brings it to her chest and he motorboats her. And the same woman grabs his junk.

Thompson was in town to face the Washington Wizards.

The video is additional evidence that Thompson is a “serial cheater” and is “devastating” to the famous Kardashian clan, reports People.

Darna, meanwhile, is back open after being shut down in February due to safety violations.

by Bridget Reed Morawski April 5, 2018 at 8:15 am 0

Service was restored between East Falls Church and Clarendon Metro stations after grinding to a halt Thursday morning (April 5) for several hours.

Service was restored at about 8 a.m., but delays are expected to last at least throughout the morning. Metro referred to the incident as both a track problem and fire department activity at the Virginia Square Metro station.

The Arlington Fire Department tweeted that the Virginia Square Metro station was evacuated at about 6:20 a.m. due to smoke in the tunnel.

At about 6:58 a.m., the department tweeted that fire department units were going back in service, that much of the smoke was clear, and that commuters should expect “residual delays.”

The suspended service affects the Orange and Silver lines directly, though Metro tweeted that blue line delays were possible considering the congestion built up from the other lines.

On the highways, drivers reported heavier than usual traffic.

“We all suffer when the Metro fudges up,” one driver told ARLnow, who was stuck on I-66 in what she said was unusually heavy traffic for that part of her commute.

Several would-be riders took to Twitter to report long lines for WMATA buses and shuttles, as well as a general sense of “chaos” and “meltdown” at certain stations.

File photo

by Bridget Reed Morawski March 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

Looks like Virginia Square residents won’t have to wait long for the opening of prix-fixe steakhouse Medium Rare.

The restaurant had signs up as early as November 2017, but co-founder Mark Bucher confirmed via email that the restaurant is targeting to open the first week of April.

Currently, the popular chain has three open locations — two in D.C. and one in Bethesda, Md.

Medium Rare is known for its relatively inexpensive pre-fixe dinner menu of bread, salad, and culotte steak with fries and a “secret sauce” for about $20.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Koch

by ARLnow.com March 15, 2018 at 10:45 pm 0

Want to watch the Sweet 16 on the sweet rooftop terrace of the Latitude Apartments (3601 Fairfax Drive) in Virginia Square?

ARLnow is co-hosting a March Madness viewing party at Latitude next Thursday, March 22, from 6:30-9 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided and there will be four TVs so you won’t miss any of the action.

Come watch the games, mingle with ARLnow staffers and grab some ARLnow and Latitude swag.

The event is free but RSVPs are requested.

by ARLnow.com March 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm 0

A two-alarm fire scorched the top floor of a small office building in Virginia Square tonight (Tuesday).

A passerby called 911 just after 7:45 p.m. to report flames and smoke coming from the building at 933 N. Kenmore Street. The blaze was extinguished thanks to an “aggressive attack” by firefighters, according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ben O’Bryant, but not before causing “heavy fire damage on the fourth floor.”

Smoke and water damage was also reported on the third and second floors. No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating the cause.

The office, across from the George Mason University Arlington campus, houses a number of small businesses, including an insurance agent and a massage therapy center. A web search found two businesses on the fourth floor of the building: an immigration law office and long-time conservative political magazine The American Spectator.

More photos and video via social media below, after the jump.

Map via Google Maps. Video courtesy Arash Tafakor.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm 0

Martina Navratilova — record-setting tennis player, communist defector, author, and activist — will join Tyler Cowen at George Mason University’s Arlington campus for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series. The conversation is free of charge and open to the public.

Click here to register

Born in Prague, Martina Navratilova began playing tennis at 7 years old and won her first singles title in Orlando, Florida, 10 years later.

As her tennis career ramped up outside the borders of Czechoslovakia, officials in her native country began pressuring her to “behave,” warning her that she would not be granted travel visas if she continued fraternizing with tennis players from other countries or becoming too “Americanized.”

Navratilova, a teenager at the time, began to feel a threat to her tennis aspirations and took the most courageous action of her career.  At the age of 18, she defected to the United States, leaving behind her family and native country to pursue her dreams.

Navratilova’s sacrifice paid off. Despite backlash from being one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay, she won the Wimbledon women’s singles title a record nine times.

In all, Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record) and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; in total, she has won 59 Grand Slam titles.  She continues to play at all the Grand Slams where she takes part in the legends doubles.

A dedicated activist, Navratilova believes that speaking out about political and social issues is a way to give back to the country that gave her so much. While she has involved herself with many charities and causes, she has been especially outspoken about issues that hit closest to home: communism and gay rights.

Navratilova’s activism and depth of thinking make her a prime candidate for the Conversations with Tyler series, which featured basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 2016.

In the series, George Mason economist Tyler Cowen talks to some of today’s most underrated thinkers about everything and anything. More recent guests include Malcolm Gladwell, Larry Summers, and Atul Gawande.

Click here to register for the conversation with Martina Navratilova

by Bridget Reed Morawski March 8, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

A bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries on Tuesday (March 6) after being struck by an open car door.

The incident occurred near the relatively busy Virginia Square intersection of N. Fairfax Drive and N. Pollard Street at about 6:40 p.m. The bicyclist was riding in the bike lane when they were “doored,” according to an Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman.

Police were dispatched to the scene, and the driver was cited with opening a door into traffic. The fairly uncommon citation has only been issued one other time in the past twelve months by ACPD.

A Virginia law passed in 2016 requiring “drivers to wait for a reasonable opportunity to open vehicle doors on the side adjacent to moving traffic.” The citation is punishable by a fine of no more than $50.

It’s possible that dooring may eventually be a thing of the past thanks to new technology. Recently developed car tech aims to improve bicyclist safety through an anti-dooring mechanism that would identify incoming bicyclists and lock the doors.

Photos via Google Maps

by Anna Merod February 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm 0

Latitude Apartments (3601 Fairfax Drive) is hosting an event for pets and their owners tomorrow (Thursday) and ARLnow is bringing some dog-friendly freebie frisbees.

The new Virginia Square apartment building is hosting “Pups & Pints” in its lobby, with snacks, drinks and a puppy photo booth.

ARLnow.com is co-hosting the free event, which will be held from 6-8 p.m.

The Latitude is a pet-friendly apartment community, offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Features include a dog spa and a rooftop deck with an expansive view.

Latitude Apartments is an ARLnow.com sponsor.

by ARLnow.com February 19, 2018 at 11:00 am 0

(Updated at 11:45 a.m) Darna Restaurant and Lounge in Virginia Square has been ordered temporarily closed by the county building inspector.

A recent inspection of the nightclub at 946 N. Jackson Street “revealed that there were numerous violations of the Building, Fire, Zoning and Environmental Health codes, affecting the health, safety and welfare of the public,” according to county staff.

A bright orange sticker on the door of the lounge warns that “this structure is unfit for habitation.” A separate sign says “Darna Lounge will be closed for repairs to our sprinkler system.”

Detour Coffee, on the first floor of the building, was open as of Monday morning.

The Arlington County Board is expected to review Darna’s live entertainment and dancing permit at its upcoming February meeting, a month ahead of schedule. Among the likely topics of conversation are the building inspection findings and complaints about noise.

“During the last County Board review in October 2017, staff received correspondence from a neighboring citizen with concerns about loud music during and after the hours of live entertainment and dancing,” a county staff report notes. “Several calls to the police for noise and other complaints were identified during the last County Board review.”

Darna has been open for about six years, and has since expanded, adding an open air patio on the second floor.

Hat tip to Chris Slatt

by Anna Merod February 14, 2018 at 10:00 am 0

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us, and there will be plenty of booths throughout Arlington where residents can get their sweet fix.

The net revenue raised from Girl Scout cookies funds the organization’s local council and troops, which in turn is used for trips or donated to community projects or causes.

According to the Girl Scouts website, booth sales in Arlington will kick off this coming Friday, Feb. 16. Below are some of the times and places places you can grab some Girl Scout cookies this month.

  • Four Sisters Grill (3035 Clarendon Blvd.)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-7 p.m.
  • Giant Food (3450 Washington Blvd.)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 17 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Giant Food (3115 Lee Highway)

    • Feb. 17 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Giant Food (2901 S. Glebe Road)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 17 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Giant Food (2501 9th Road S.)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 17 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 4-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Key Elementary School  (2300 Key Blvd.)

    • Feb. 16 — 3-6 p.m.
  • Courthouse Metro Station (2100 Wilson Blvd.)

    • Feb. 16 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 19 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 20 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 21 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 22 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Feb. 26 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 27 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 28 — 3:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Virginia Square-GMU Metro Station (3600 Fairfax Drive)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-7 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 4-7 p.m.
  • Pentagon Center Mall (1201 S. Hayes Street)

    • Feb. 16 — 4-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 17 — 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 1-6 p.m.
    • Feb. 23 — 4-7:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 1-6 p.m.
  • Ace Hardware (2001 Clarendon Blvd.)

    • Feb. 17 — 12-4 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 12-4 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St.)

    • Feb. 17 — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — 12:45-5 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 12:45-5 p.m.
  • Meridian (1401 N. Taft St.)

    • Feb. 17 — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Nice Cream (2831 Clarendon Blvd.)

    • Feb. 17 — 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Delancey at Shirlington Village (4220 Campbell Ave.)

    • Feb. 17 — 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Io Piazza Apartments (2727 S. Quincy St.)

    • Feb. 17 — 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • The Whitmore (4301 Columbia Pike)

    • Feb. 16 — 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Goodwill Industries  (10 S. Glebe Road)

    • Feb. 17 — 12-6 p.m.
    • Feb. 24 — 12-6 p.m.
  • Market Common (2801 Clarendon Blvd.)

    • Feb. 24 — 2:30-6 p.m.
    • Feb. 25 — 1-5 p.m.
  • The Citizen at Shirlington Village  (3000 S. Randolph St.)

    • Feb. 24 — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Photo via Girl Scouts of the United States of America

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