Arlington County Partners with Dominion Energy to Help Achieve Energy Goals

The Arlington County Board today approved a partnership with Dominion Energy Virginia to purchase power from a solar farm in southern Virginia.

The project goes beyond the County’s adopted Community Energy Plan goal of having at least 50 percent of the electricity for County operations come from renewable sources by 2022.

The facility is expected to generate about 79,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year for Arlington County’s government operations. That is more than 80 percent of the electricity used…

Some of Arlington’s Glass is Now Being Recycled into New Glass Products

As much as it seemed to make economic sense, the announcement last year that Arlington County would no longer recycle glass collected curbside struck many residents as wasteful.

But there is an emerging silver lining.

Fairfax County said this month that the glass coming from dedicated collection bins in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County and elsewhere in Northern Virginia has been of sufficiently high quality that, in addition to being crushed and…

Pier 1 to Close Rosslyn Store

The 11,000 square foot urban outpost of the national home décor chain, at 1717 Clarendon Blvd, is on a list of nearly 450 Pier 1 stores nationwide that are closing, according to Business Insider. The company is shuttering roughly half of its stores as it struggles to remain in business amid sagging sales and competition from e-commerce options like Wayfair.

Two stores are also closing in Alexandria, including the location at Potomac Yard, as well as the Pier 1 in Bailey’s Crossroads.

This morning the Rosslyn location had…

Shoppers to Close Potomac Yard Store

Shoppers is closing in Potomac Yard, its parent company announced today.

The supermarket, at 3801 Richmond Highway, is expected to close by the end of January. Other Shoppers stores in Manassas, Baltimore and Severn (Maryland) are also closing, and the company is selling 13 other locations.

“Each of the transactions is expected to close between mid-December and,,,

Synetic Theater Mural in Crystal City Now Complete

A mural featuring detailed pink and mint line work on the outside of Synetic Theater, on S. Bell Street in Crystal City, is now complete.

In July, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) launched a design challenge for the mural, in partnership with developer JBG Smith, for individual artists to submit their portfolio for consideration. After receiving 24 entries, a jury of representatives selected five finalists to create conceptual designs.

Runner-up ideas featured tropical florals, silhouettes of people, and geometric shapes. In October, winning artist Jay Shogo was…

Amazon to Fund Revamped Park from High Line Designer

The company and its architecture firm presented the latest plans for its permanent headquarters in Pentagon City to the Arlington Transportation Commission last night, ahead of an expected vote by the County Board on Dec. 14.

Amazon has offered to contribute a record $20 million to Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund, in exchange for being able to build the first half of its HQ2 bigger than otherwise would be permitted by zoning. The plans include two 22-story towers with a total of 2.15 million square feet of office and retail space…

Virginia seeks larger pipeline of computer science degrees

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) disclosed plans Thursday to help public universities produce 31,000 more degrees in computer science and related fields over the next two decades, an initiative that aims to help meet growing demand for a high-tech workforce as the state prepares for a new Amazon headquarters in Arlington.

With the announcement, Northam spelled out targets…