Fairfax treehouse, Brightwood housing, retailers closing


Executive assistant Rosa Rivas, right, and property manager Carolina Gonzalez walk inside after figuring out the logistics of the following day’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Employees at Vida Senior Residences facility in D.C. put the final touches on the new 38 apartment facility. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Good morning! Lots of news to catch you up on in your community this morning.

The Post’s Tom Jackman reports that a second treehouse controversy has been stirred up in Fairfax County.

In the District’s Brightwood area, there’s a shiny new apartment building available for low-income seniors built by Vida. Rent is slated to be from $286 to $851 a month.

On the retail front, some news that the area’s Penn Camera stores will be closing occurred on Tuesday (in case you missed it). Five of Penn Camera stores will close immediately, while remaining stores, including ones in Rockville and Tysons Corner, will hold clearance sales, according to Capital Business’s Danielle Douglas. And D.C.’s beloved Melody Records also will be closing after 34 years in business.

Also, Jonathan O’Connell at Capital Business reports that department stores Macy’s will be closing in Laurel Mall and Bloomingdale’s will be closing in White Flint Mall in Rockville. According to a company executive, the stores were among several stores that weren’t performing well across the country and that will also be shuttered.

Will you miss these stores? How much does retail matter to where you live?

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