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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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New Tysons Transportation Service District and Funding Mechanisms Adopted for Tysons Infrastructure

by on January 13, 2013

The Tysons Transportation Service District was created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on January 8. Within this Tysons Transportation Service District, funding mechanisms (taxes) were approved to help pay for the new roads and public transportation that will be needed to support the future, densely developed and urbanized Tysons. These new taxes will […]

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Residential Modifications to “EDS Site”

by on December 14, 2012

On November 20, 2012, an associate in WCL&W’s Arlington office, representing Timber Ridge at EDS, LLC, an entity of the EPH Group, received unanimous support from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to allow modifications to a 37-acre portion of the “EDS Site” located at the intersection of Centreville Road and Wall Road. The Applicant […]

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Redevelopment of Bergmann’s Drycleaner’s Site

by on December 14, 2012

On December 8, 2012, Nan Walsh presented to the Arlington County Board the proposed redevelopment of the Bergmann’s Drycleaner’s site, located at the intersection of North Veitch Street and Lee Highway, less than a half mile from the Courthouse Metro Station. In unanimously approving the project, the County Board discussed policy issues including the exemption […]

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Transportation Projects Update

by on December 12, 2012

The following list identifies some major road projects in Northern Virginia (including the Stafford and Fredericksburg area) that are in the design or right-of-way acquisition phase. If you would like more information on these projects than is set out below, or if your property is affected by one of the projects, you are invited to […]

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City of Alexandria New Sanitary Sewer Master Plan

by on December 11, 2012

On December 17, 2012, the City of Alexandria’s Planning Commission will hold a workshop to allow for additional community consideration of a proposed Sanitary Sewer Master Plan that, if adopted, will provide for funding strategies that will significantly increase connection fees for multi-family development. If you or your company is developing new multi-family projects in […]

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