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March 2017
Herndon Downtown Redevelopment Project Enhanced by Brownfield Site Grant
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that the Town of Herndon is one of three communities awarded a brownfield site remediation grant, in the amount of $109,000. The funds are awarded by the Commonwealth to local governments to promote restoration/redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental issues. Grant funds will be used to remove asbestos and contaminated soils at the former Subaru dealership located on Elden Street, part of the land purchased by the town from a private owner in preparation for redevelopment of Herndon's downtown.

The town is currently in negotiations with Comstock Partners, LC, the firm selected by the Herndon Town Council to redevelop 4.675 acres in Herndon's downtown into a vibrant commercial and residential center.  If negotiations are successful and a comprehensive agreement draft is developed, the council will hold a hearing to solicit public input on the draft. It is anticipated that the public hearing will be held in spring 2017.
The town's vision for the redevelopment calls for four-story (mixed-use/residential) and three-story (mixed-use/commercial) structures, a jointly-funded public/private parking structure, and an 18,000 sq. ft. arts center, among other features. The land is generally described as located between Station Street to the east, Center Street to the west, south of the W&OD Trail, which bisects Herndon's downtown, and north of Elden Street.  

Town Seeks Public Comment on East Elden Street Improvements

 Among improvements planned for Elden Street between Monroe Street and Fairfax County is construction of a bridge along Sugarland Run, just east of Herndon Parkway. To minimize traffic disruption, the town and the Virginia Department of Transportation are considering two options in the vicinity of the bridge construction:
  • Complete street closure (with detour): six months OR
  • Partial street closure (two lanes open): 14 months
Total duration for construction of all improvements will be 18-24 months, with estimated completion in 2023.

The town will present both options at an Open House on Monday Morning, March 27, 7:30-10am at the Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn Street. Click here for more information on the project, or contact the town at community.development@herndon-va.gov. 

Town Manager to Retire After 40+ Years


Herndon Town Manager Art Anselene is retiring this month after 41 years of service to the town. Anselene joined the town staff in 1976 as director of Parks & Recreation, a position he held for 30 years; in 2007 he was promoted to the town's top administrative post. A reception honoring Art will be held on Sunday, March 12, 4pm at the Herndon Community Center, 418 Ferndale Ave. Please rsvp to town.clerk@herndon-va.gov.

The Herndon Town Council is conducting a comprehensive search for a new town manager. Bill Ashton, the town's director of Information Technology, is serving as acting town manager until a permanent successor to Anselene is named.

Herndon Festival Business Expo


The 37th Annual Herndon Festival is coming to downtown Herndon, June 1-4. The Festival attracts 80,000 plus visitors - a tremendous opportunity for your business. Consider becoming a sponsor or participating in the Business Expo, held June 3-4. Booth rates are discounted for town businesses. To register for the Expo, contact Ron Tillman at ron.tillman@herndon-va.gov. For sponsorship info, contact Abby Kimble at abby.kimble@herndon-va.gov. For complete Festival details, visit www.herndon-festival.net. 
Welcome New Businesses 
Councilmembers Sheila Olem and Bill McKenna join officials at the Fairfield Inn, 485 Elden Street, newly opened in Herndon on March 1

Welcome to new Herndon businesses: 
Anatolian Bistro
Restaurant, Turkish Cuisine
13029 Worldgate Drive

Bella Skin & Wax Studio
Personal care
384 Elden Street, #213
Crisp & Juicy
Restaurant, Peruvian cuisine
13047 Worldgate Drive

CrossFit 286
Personal care
293 Sunset Park Drive
Restaurant, Indian cuisine
1050 Elden Street
Herndon Smile Design
504 Elden Street, Suite 1
Integrated Clinical Concepts
481 Carlisle Drive, Suite 112
Spazio Italian Kitchen & Bar
Restaurant, Italian cuisine
13005 Worldgate Drive

Mayor Lisa Merkel and members of the Town Council welcome the opportunity to attend new business grand openings and ribbon cuttings. For information, contact the Mayor's Office at mayor.lisa@herndon-va.gov. 

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