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Virginia Square/Latitude Site

by on December 11, 2013
Virginia Square/Latitude Site

At the November 16, 2013 Arlington County Board Hearing, Board Member, Libby Garvey, stated that [She] ” …felt it was one of the best changes we could make for the community and although she hears the importance of the Sector Plan, she supports the motion.” She was affirming her position on voting in favor of […]

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Nan Walsh Braves High Winds and Neon Vest at Topping-Out Party

by on June 28, 2013

Nan Walsh with Cecelia Cassidy, Editor and Publisher of the publication “Rosslyn” at the 1812 N Moore Street Topping-Out Party Nan worked for 2 years with Monday Properties on the zoning entitlements for their landmark building located at 1812 N. Moore Street in Arlington. This 35-story, 390-foot high office building is now the tallest building […]

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City of Fairfax Approves Multi-Family Redevelopment

by on June 26, 2013

In recent years, the City of Fairfax has been reluctant to support multi-family development; however, in a significant decision on May 14, 2013, the City of Fairfax approved redevelopment of 110 existing and outdated garden-style units in the Layton Hall Apartment complex with a 360 unit, multi-family development. The approved development is comprised of high […]

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Design Professionals Can Now Limit their Liability Through Contract

by on June 20, 2013

These provisions typically limit a party’s liability to the amount of the contract or some predetermined amount. Historically, such provisions have been generally enforceable in Virginia for everyone except design professionals — that is, engineers, architects, and/or surveyors. Until recently, provisions limiting the liability of design professionals were often held unenforceable, because Virginia law prohibited […]

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Arlington County Zoning Update

by on March 11, 2013

Realize Rosslyn Underway In December 2012, Arlington County kicked off the review and update of the Rosslyn Sector Plan with a community visioning workshop. A long range vision for Rosslyn was first created in 1977 with the adoption of the Rosslyn Transit Station Area Study. Subsequently, in 1992, the Rosslyn Station Area Plan Addendum put […]

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Town of Leesburg Adopts Crescent Design District

by on February 27, 2013

The Town of Leesburg adopted the Crescent Design District as part of the Zoning Ordinance on January 7, 2013. The goal of the Crescent Design District is to achieve a more urban style of development reminiscent of historic downtown Leesburg in the part of town located adjacent to the historic downtown. As such, the Crescent […]

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Tax Code Changes – Will They Impact You?

by on February 27, 2013

by Charles E. McWilliams, Jr. As tax season approaches I receive more frequent questions from my clients about what impact, if any, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) will have on them this year. The short answer is, “it depends”, but for some clients, the impact may be dramatic. For those of you […]

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Redevelopment of Old Dominion Speedway

by on January 30, 2013

Redeveloping a racetrack has its own set of challenges. For the Old Dominion Speedway, Stanley Martin Homes decided to redevelop it as a TND style, garage townhome community. Not surprisingly, there was strong support from the surrounding community, which was not amused by the “rolling thunder” soundtrack playing from March through October several nights a […]

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Developers Taking Over Troubled Projects Must Take Caution

by on January 30, 2013

A problem that has come to prominence recently is the developer that has run into financial problems and is no longer able to finish the project. Often in these cases the project is taken over by the bank or another developer. Generally speaking, the documents in these projects are in a very uncertain state. Significant […]

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2013 General Assembly Update and Its Possible Consequences

by on January 20, 2013

The Virginia General Assembly convened January 9, 2013 and is scheduled to adjourn on February 23, 2013. Much of the 45-day “short session” has already been devoted to the discussion of federal budget impacts, uranium mining, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and Governor McDonnell’s 2013 transportation package. “Crossover,” the last day for each house […]

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