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Arlington County + Virginia Hospital Center to Forge Deal

Tina Reed, staff reporter for Washington Business Journal, reported yesterday that "Arlington County plans to make a deal with Virginia Hospital Center for a parcel of county property the health center has been eyeing for expansion." (HT ARLnow.com)

Additional details in Reed's report included:

"Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz said he intends to sign a memorandum of understanding for the 5-acre Edison property adjacent to the hospital, on 1701 N. George Mason Drive in Arlington. Schwartz plans to discuss the agreement at a Sept. 9 community meeting before presenting it to the county board.

"Virginia Hospital Center is "a critical part of our infrastructure and demand is increasing for their services," Schwartz said. "We want to do what we can to allow them to grow in a thoughtful way."

"Terms of the deal, such as the value of the property, are not yet available because they are contingent on the county board's approvals for use of the property, Schwartz said. Density limits based on the hospital plans could change the property's valuation, for example."

As noted in the 8/8/15 update, I've linked to an Arlington County webpage -- headlined, "County considering selling land to Virginia Hospital Center for Expansion." Of special interest is the 14-page, June 1, 2015 VHC document listing "a set of preliminary questions for which the County requires answers," which you can find under "First Step: Land Transaction."

We look forward to reviewing the details. As the saying goes, 'the devil's in the details.'

There is no press release, yet, with even a framework of the deal. Growls readers unable to attend the  community meeting on Wednesday, September 9, however, are urged to write or call the Arlington County Board. Just click-on the link below:

  • Call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130.

And tell them ACTA sent you!

UPDATE (8/8/15): There is an Arlington County webpage containing a great deal of information about the proposed land swap. This includes the land transaction; master planning; community input; and, information about Virginia Hospital Center. There is also a list of properties owned by VHC. (HT to Suzanne Sundburg for the link to the county webpage)

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