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Poles going up near TopGolf and iFly are for Verizon training

Poles used for training purposes by Verizon next to Route 7. Times-Mirror/Chantalle Edmunds
Motorists traveling along Route 7 might be feeling perplexed by the appearance of dozens of wooden poles next to iFly and TopGolf.

It's not the start of construction work -- in the short term at least -- and there's not going to be anything else appearing alongside the poles any time soon.

Angela Sweeney, vice president, corporate marketing and communications for the Peterson Companies, said the poles stem from a temporary deal with Verizon to lease out the unused area of the Commonwealth Center, home to TopGolf and iFly.

Verizon is using the space as an outdoor classroom to train workers in utility and wiring pole installation and removal, Sweeney said.

“It will be for a couple of months,” she added.

The Commonwealth Center is a 1.2-million-square-foot mixed-use development currently being built out.

According to the Peterson Companies' website, there's also a site plan approved to break ground on 225,000 of square feet of office.

Plans for a high-end gun range and club are also in the works for Commonwealth Center.


Developers are keen on snatching up golf courses in Reston. Local activists beat back an attempt to redevelop Reston National Golf Course in an expensive legal battle a couple years ago, and the golf course is once again being eyed for development despite protests from Restonians.

Think how quickly top golf can come down when they want to build out that area.

At least Verizon is training their people.  That seems to be a plus.

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