Situated on Route 7 between the shopping center meccas of Tysons Corner and Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church has remained mostly an island of mom-and-pops, with locally owned stores and restaurants populating its commercial corridor.

But are Crate & Barrel and T.G.I. Friday's soon to come?

Falls Church residents will find out how likely that is at a meeting on Tuesday, when the city's economic development team and a consultant from the D.C. firm Retail Compass present findings about the incorporated city's retail viability. Wedged between Arlington and Fairfax counties, Falls Church has been contemplating an extreme makeover of its downtown core, in the form of a town center development similar to those in Clarendon and Reston.

City officials hope to create a pedestrian-friendly destination for residents. Plans for the project include high-density housing as well as the prerequisite brick walkways, fountains and stores. Given its affluence, Falls Church would seem to be an ideal spot for national retailers. But many already have locations only a few miles away.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the George Mason High School cafeteria.

Addition to the Incubator

The Fairfax County BioAccelerator business incubator in Springfield has added a bit of Seoul: JIRIS USA, a subsidiary of South Korea-based JIRIS Technologies, joins two other international companies -- ProImmune, based in the United Kingdom, and Germany-based JPT Technologies -- in the incubator, which provides business development services for young bioscience and bioinformatics firms.

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