Buchanan Building Finished

Buchanan Partners of Gaithersburg has completed its first building at Dulles Trade Center I, a one-story, 105,400-square-foot office structure on a 57-acre parcel on Route 606. More than half of the building has been leased or purchased, with occupancy scheduled for early next year.

Buchanan recently sold out a nearby project called Cascades Business Center. "Buyers at Cascades were able to take advantage of low interest rates to secure low, fixed occupancy costs," said Robert E. Buchanan, a principal with Buchanan Partners.

Buchanan plans to construct seven more buildings on the Dulles Trade Center I site, ranging from 40,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet.

In November 1999, Buchanan Partners bought three land parcels totaling more than 500 acres in partnership with Stone Hedge Investments of The Netherlands. Two of the parcels, including Dulles Trade Center, have frontage on Route 606. The third is bisected by a planned extension of Loudoun County Parkway.

7-Eleven Ceremonies Set

7-Eleven opened its newest store last week at 46141 Woodshire Dr. in Sterling and plans to hire about a dozen employees. The grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 is to feature Santa Claus, music and face painting. The store plans to present a check for $711 to the county's Salvation Army office.

Coming Events

* The county Small Business Development Center will hold a program on basics for small-business taxes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Topics include requirements for sole proprietorship, home-based businesses, subchapter S corporations and employer/employee taxes. To register, call 703-430-7222.

* The county Chamber of Commerce will host the 2003 Valor Awards lunch March 19 at the Holiday Inn in Leesburg to honor local public safety, police, fire and rescue personnel. The public is encouraged to nominate public safety volunteers or staff members and private citizens who have displayed personal bravery, valor or heroism.

Sponsorships are available. For nomination forms and information, call 703-777-2176.

* The chamber will hold its Business After Hours Holiday Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Holiday Inn at Historic Carradoc Hall in Leesburg, with hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and door prizes.

At a Last Minute Gift Fair, more than a dozen county vendors will offer products and services suitable for gift giving. The fair will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to shop from 3 to 5:30 p.m., after which time will be restricted to chamber members.

Sponsorships and RSVPs: Call Valerie May at 703-777-2176, Ext. 25. The cost for the mixer is $5 for members, $10 for others.

* The chamber will host its monthly Business Showcase Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. next Thursday at the Holiday Inn at Historic Carradoc Hall in Leesburg. Bring business cards. For reservations, call 703-777-2176.

Please fax items for Thursday's business page to Amy Joyce at 703-777-8437, mail them to Suite 100-A, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or e-mail joycea@washpost.com.