Vienna Remembers 911

American Legion Post 180 yesterday hosted a ceremony in the Town Green in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11/2001.

Post 180’s Honor Guard presented the Colors.

Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco presented a Proclamation to never forget those who perished that day.

Congressman Gerald Connolly put the events of that day and weeks following into a thoughtful context.

The kenote speaker, Captain Bill Campbell, USN (Ret) told his story of that day as he had just taken command of a warship the previous day.

OCHR Improvement Program Starts

The long awaited improvements to Old Courthouse Road NE have started this week, as water lines are being upgraded at the intersection with Fairway Drive.  The impetus for this project was offers of grants for improvement of pedestrian safety under Virginia’s Safe Routes to School.

The sidewalks on the north side of Old Courthouse have long been criticized for the challenges they present.  Road runoff has gone into open ditches, and in places the asphalt trails are more like blockades if one is burdened by, say, a baby carriage.

Improving the sidewalks, it turns out, involves a bit more than meets the eye.  Water, sewer, drainage conduits, and maybe gas lines are going to be involved.  Fairfax County has gotten involved in the design, and so has the state, since this is a state route.

The project will eventually involve the stretch all the way up to Freedom Hill Park.  As it gets into the narrow steep hill, it is sure to cause delays on this very busy commuter link.

The full set of plans can be obtained HERE.

Major Maple Avenue Development Underway

The yellow machines are out in force on the parcel of land known as 245 Maple Avenue West, previously occupied by the Marco Polo Restaurant which burned down in June.

The site is being cleared of rubble and graded as the first steps in creating the Vienna Market complex, which is in final steps of approval.

Vienna Market will be a three to four story mixed use development with commercial space at street level along Maple Avenue.  It will be bounded by Pleasant and Church Streets and an existing bank building to the East.  It will have 44 condominium units total.

Access to the interior of the development will be afforded by a U-shaped drive off Church Street called Market Street.  This is an architectural rendering looking north across Maple Avenue at the Pleasant Street intersection.

Zenola Restaurant Opens

Replacing the iconic Maplewood Grill at 132 Branch Avenue SE, Zenola opened its doors last week for business.   Everything, including the kitchen is sparkling and brand new.  The cuisine is Mediterranean, a blend of Italian, Lebanese, Spanish, Moroccan, and Greek.

The Chef, Samer Zeitoun is fond of olives, knows a lot about the various species and history, and uses them liberally in his creations.

The dining and bar areas present an inviting, informal  and open ambiance.

Currently, Zenola serves dinner from 5 PM, but this could change.  You can look over the menu and make reservations HERE.

Chick-Fil-A Coming to Vienna

National chain fast food Chick-fil-A will be opening this winter in 540 Maple Avenue West, currently under construction near James Madison High School.  This is the building better known for its second floor Flagship Car Wash.

According to a press release, Chick-fil-A is currently hiring, for both full and part time positions.  Employees will be offered scholarship opportunities.

Chick-fil-A is the largest chicken, and third largest fast food restaurant chain.  Based in College Park, GA, the company operates through franchises over 2300 locations in almost every state.  In addition to sit down and carryout, it will also provide catering services for special events.