Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation - SFDC

Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation - SFDC SFDC is a nonprofit dedicated to the redevelopment and revitalization of the Richmond Highway corridor of U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County, VA.
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For over 30 years, SFDC has helped direct nearly $2 billion of private investment to the Richmond Highway community. Our 13-member Board of Directors consists of leaders in business, economic development, real estate, and the community at large. We strive to make Richmond Highway a place where people want to go to, as opposed to just travel through, and we believe in the great potential Richmond Highway has to offer the Northern Virginia area.

Mission: To develop, implement and support projects designed to stimulate economic growth along the Richmond Highway corridor.

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11/03/2020

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Check out the November SFDC Newsletter to see what's happening on the Corridor! https://conta.cc/385qevx
11/02/2020
The November SFDC Newsletter is Here!

Check out the November SFDC Newsletter to see what's happening on the Corridor! https://conta.cc/385qevx

New Developments along Richmond Highway, Metro Updates, and more! November 2020 Newsletter Nov. 3 Election "Election Day is around the corner, and here are tips if you’re voting early, voting by mail

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10/31/2020

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10/29/2020
2020 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

ICYMI: Check out the #2020BeautificationAwards🏆 Livestream! Watch as SFDC announces winners in the residential, hospitality and retail categories and speaks with each of the winners. http://ow.ly/Bw0450C3bAA

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality...

10/29/2020
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10/28/2020

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Join Supervisor Rodney Lusk and NOVA Community College President Dr. Anne Kress for a town hall on funding post high sch...
10/27/2020
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Lastly, the winners in the Retail Category are...#2020BeautificationAwards🏆Campbell & FerraraMount Vernon Plaza
10/22/2020

Lastly, the winners in the Retail Category are...
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Campbell & Ferrara
Mount Vernon Plaza

Congratulations to the winners in the Hospitality Category! #2020BeautificationAwards🏆Quality Inn Mount VernonCandlewood...
10/22/2020

Congratulations to the winners in the Hospitality Category! #2020BeautificationAwards🏆

Quality Inn Mount Vernon
Candlewood Suites Alexandria - Fort Belvoir
Hampton Inn & Suites-Alexandria S

And the winner in the Residential Category is... #2020BeautificationAwards🏆Montebello CondosCITYSIDE Huntington Metro Ap...
10/22/2020

And the winner in the Residential Category is... #2020BeautificationAwards🏆

Montebello Condos
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Skyview Apartments

10/22/2020
2020 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality and retail categories and be speaking with each of the winners. We will also announce a new SFDC initiative to increase the livability of the Rt. 1 Corridor! The event will be broadcast live on our Facebook and Youtube Channel.

10/22/2020
2020 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

The #2020BeautificationAwards🏆are in 1 HOUR! SFDC will present the 19th annual Beautification Awards, which honor the memory of Mary Thonen, a long-serving board member and former president of SFDC.

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Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality...

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10/19/2020
Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) | Transportation

"Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold a series of virtual community meetings this fall that will provide an update on the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project."

The next meeting is tomorrow, October 20th at 7 PM!

Register now: http://ow.ly/6aTY50BWIIQ

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10/19/2020

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality and retail categories and be speaking with each of the winners. We will also announce a new SFDC initiative to increase the livability of the Rt. 1 Corridor! The event will be broadcast live on our Facebook and Youtube Channel.

Check out this story from The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA!
10/15/2020
Southeast Fairfax Development Corp to Host Beautification Awards Oct. 22

Check out this story from The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA!

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This afternoon the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) announced that they will host the 19th Annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. The event will be streamed live on SFDC’s page and YouTube channel because of health concer...

REGISTER NOW: Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Beautification Awards! We will be announcing ...
10/15/2020
2020 Beautification Awards

REGISTER NOW: Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality and retail categories and be speaking with the winners. We will also announce a new SFDC initiative to increase the livability of the Rt. 1 Corridor! The event will be broadcast live on our Facebook and Youtube Channel.

Join SFDC for the 19th annual Beautification Awards!

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10/14/2020
CoStar News - How Restaurants Can Serve Dinner Outside During Winter

Chicago had a contest to see who could come up with the best outdoor dining innovation for a pandemic winter. Check out the winning submissions in the article below. Which do you like best? Do you think restaurants on the Rt. 1 Corridor should implement something like this?

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Things are moving along in Mount Vernon, despite the setbacks everyone has experienced in 2020 from the coronavirus and the economic crisis that persists.

10/08/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

TONIGHT @ 7 PM: Join the South County Task Force for "Equitable Community Development—an Alternative to Gentrification." "Can we have Equitable Development in the Rte 1 Community? Let’s Brainstorm!" SFDC Executive Director, Evan Kaufman is a panelist!

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10/08/2020
2020 Mary Thonen Beautification Awards

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality and retail categories and be speaking with each of the winners. We will also announce a new SFDC initiative to increase the livability of the Rt. 1 Corridor! The event will be broadcast live on our Facebook and Youtube Channel.

Join us on Thursday, October 22nd at 5PM for the 19th annual Mary Thonen Beautification Awards! We will be announcing winners in the residential, hospitality...

Today is the last chance to vote in the 19th annual SFDC Beautification Awards! Awards will be presented to properties t...
09/25/2020
2020 Beautification Awards Voting Form

Today is the last chance to vote in the 19th annual SFDC Beautification Awards! Awards will be presented to properties that made outstanding efforts to improve & sustain their appearances through landscaping, in the categories of Retail, Residential, and Hospitality.

Vote here: http://ow.ly/gw4L50BBwVc

Hello Richmond Highway Community! In this form, you will be able to vote for your favorite properties on the Richmond Highway Corridor for the 2020 Beautification Awards. There are three categories: Residential, Hospitality, and Retail. You will be ranking the properties on a scale on 1 to 5, where....

TOMORROW: Friday, September 25 is the DEADLINE to vote in the annual SFDC Beautification Awards! Make sure you vote for ...
09/24/2020

TOMORROW: Friday, September 25 is the DEADLINE to vote in the annual SFDC Beautification Awards! Make sure you vote for this year's awards!

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09/23/2020

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09/22/2020
National Small Business Week

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Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation virtual conference September 22-24, 2020

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09/18/2020
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09/15/2020

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VOTE NOW: The SFDC Beautification Awards are upon us! The annual Beautification Awards program recognizes the outstandin...
09/12/2020
2020 Beautification Awards Voting Form

VOTE NOW: The SFDC Beautification Awards are upon us! The annual Beautification Awards program recognizes the outstanding, attractive appearance of Richmond Highway properties. We are asking the Richmond Highway Community to weigh in on the voting process!

Voting is open until September 25th: http://ow.ly/P19V50BovMA

Hello Richmond Highway Community! In this form, you will be able to vote for your favorite properties on the Richmond Highway Corridor for the 2020 Beautification Awards. There are three categories: Residential, Hospitality, and Retail. You will be ranking the properties on a scale on 1 to 5, where....

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8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 123
Alexandria, VA
22309

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Any possibility of a Chick Fil A coming to the Highway?????
I hope SFDC is paying attention to the NOVUS development proposal next to King's Crossing. County staff is at the moment to my understanding recommending a denial of the application over fair share contribution issues. There needs to be intervention and remediation between the county staff and NOVUS to work this out otherwise we are facing another failed attempt to bring a significant revitalization project that the surrounding communities want to see move forward. I moved to the Richmond Highway corridor in 1981 and have witnessed one iteration after another about moving forward on revitalizing the corridor. The same unsightly, run down strip shopping center at the top of Fairview Drive remains after 36 years of living in the Spring Bank and if the current proposed project fails, chances are that it will remain and JBG Companies, the current owners of the property, in my view will likely do a by right development of just another strip shopping center robbing the surrounding communities and Fairfax County of anything that remotely resembles revitalization. Fairfax County has been collecting fair share contributions from developers for decades but I've never seen a nickle of that money spent on Richmond Highway revitalization. The money has gone and continues to go to redevelopment in places like Tysons and Reston. It is almost as if the Richmond Highway corridor will be forever deprived of any substantive revitalization to which the citizens of this area feel we are equally entitled to. The unequal treatment of how revitalization is planned and implemented in Fairfax County is detrimental to our future economic and infrastructure needs for this part of Fairfax County. The NOVUS project couls be a key component for beginning the first real trend for revitalization on the Mount Vernon side of the north end of the Richmond Highway corridor. Elected officials and county staff need to work as hard with the NOVUS developers to make this project happen as they have with developers in Tysons and Reston. To let this proposal fail will only reinforce the long held belief by many residents that this end of Fairfax County does not get the attention it deserves from county officials.
I hope SFDC is paying attention to the NOVUS development proposal next to King's Crossing. County staff is at the moment to my understanding recommending a denial of the application over fair share contribution issues. There needs to be intervention and remediation between the county staff and NOVUS to work this out otherwise we are facing another failed attempt to bring a significant revitalization project that the surrounding communities want to see move forward. I moved to the Richmond Highway corridor in 1981 and have witnessed one iteration after another about moving forward on revitalizing the corridor. The same unsightly, run down strip shopping center at the top of Fairview Drive remains after 36 years of living in the Spring Bank and if the current proposed project fails, chances are that it will remain and JBG Companies, the current owners of the property, in my view will likely do a by right development of just another strip shopping center robbing the surrounding communities and Fairfax County of anything that remotely resembles revitalization. Fairfax County has been collecting fair share contributions from developers for decades but I've never seen a nickle of that money spent on Richmond Highway revitalization. The money has gone and continues to go to redevelopment in places like Tysons and Reston. It is almost as if the Richmond Highway corridor will be forever deprived of any substantive revitalization to which the citizens of this area feel we are equally entitled to. The unequal treatment of how revitalization is planned and implemented in Fairfax County is detrimental to our future economic and infrastructure needs for this part of Fairfax County. The NOVUS project couls be a key component for beginning the first real trend for revitalization on the Mount Vernon side of the north end of the Richmond Highway corridor. Elected officials and county staff need to work as hard with the NOVUS developers to make this project happen as they have with developers in Tysons and Reston. To let this proposal fail will only reinforce the long held belief by many residents that this end of Fairfax County does not get the attention it deserves from county officials.