Sneak Peak at Buzz Bakery in Ballston

This is not your Alexandria’s Buzz Bakery, which is doing just fine, by the way. But when the Ballston location’s doors open officially on Monday, instead of an old-school glass case and baskets filled to the brim, customers will see a carefully curated display of daily samples on custom-made cake risers and glass pedestals topped with stunning hand-blown Italian glass domes.

Arlington Wins Gold for Walkability

The County this week received a Gold-level designation for walkability from the national Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program, sponsored by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx. Arlington was recognized for its commitment to improving and sustaining walkability.

$100M In Financing Raised for Future DARPA Headquarters in Arlington

Construction won’t begin until next year on the expanse of parking lots that will become Boston’s long-awaited Seaport Square neighborhood, but developers have already installed the first Hubway bike sharing station on the sprawling 6.5 million square-foot parcel.

Bye bye, Ballston Shell

Have you noticed the Shell gas station across from the Ballston Mall has been closed for the past few days? It's a permanent situation; the station will be demolished to make way for a multi-story office building being developed as part of Founders Square.

Restaurateur’s Vision: A Hub For Sustainable Food

Scanning the horizon from the hill atop Woodlawn Plantation in Fairfax County, Michael Babin can picture his agrarian ideal. A produce garden flourishes on a three-acre spread to his right. An orchard blooms on the sloped terrace at his feet. Subdivided plots tended by apprentice farmers stretch across 100 acres surrounding the plantation house. Babin can even see biodiesel-fueled trucks, powered with waste from the nine eateries in his Neighborhood Restaurant Group, carting the plantation's haul to schools and corner groceries, then returning to Woodlawn with food scraps for its organic compost pile.

Donohoe plans Marriott at Ballston’s Founders Square

The Donohoe Cos. Inc. plans to construct a $50 million Residence Inn by Marriott at the Founders Square project in Ballston. D.C.-based Donohoe will break ground on the 183-room hotel in the third quarter of 2011, pending Arlington County approval. The hotel, which could be the first in Arlington to start since 2008, would be finished in 2013. The 150,000-square-foot project would be part of The Shooshan Co.’s Founders Square, a mixed-use project at Randolph Street and Clarendon Boulevard anchored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

10 Most Groundbreaking Real Estate Projects of ’10

Although the real estate market across the country is still sluggish, projects in Arlington continue to rise up out of the ground. Here are the top ten projects in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in 2010, including residential and commercial.

New Ballston Development Gets Artists’ Treatment

If you passed by the Founders Square construction site in Ballston this weekend — it's the complex that will house the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency next to the Ballston Mall on Wilson Boulevard — you may have noticed something different. The fence around the site has been wrapped with new banners, and it's not the usual real estate marketing sign.

Secretive DoD Research

The secretive Pentagon agency that brought us the Internet and tried to bring us bomb-sniffing bees, warrior exoskeletons and terrorism futures trading took a small step out into the spotlight Wednesday to break ground on a new headquarters.

All in the Family: The Shooshans

It is hard to imagine that a mom and pop shop could develop and manage large-scale mixed use projects. But that is pretty much how The Shooshan Co. LLC works. Founder John Shooshan approves acquisitions, while his daughter, Kelly, vice president of development, oversees the residential projects, and his son, Kevin, manages the leasing.