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Arlington County Board Buys Land in Springfield

The Arlington Sun Gazette reported this morning, "The Arlington County government soon will have a permanent home for the repair of its Arlington Transit (ART) bus fleet."

The weekly Arlington Sun Gazette went on to report:

"County Board members on Dec. 13 approved purchase of a $4.7 million parcel on Electronic Avenue in Springfield to replace the current repair facility, located on leased space in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.

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"County officials included $37 million in funding for the purchase of a site and construction of the facility as part of the government’s fiscal 2017-26 capital-improvement program.

"The ART fleet, which is operated by a private contractor under direction of the county government, currently includes 65 buses, a number expected to grow to as many as 90 by 2020.

"In recent years, Arlington and several other local governments have expanded their own bus networks in order to get away from an overreliance on the more expensive Metrobus service."

The "agreement of sale" resulted from approval by the Arlington County Board of agenda item #44 at their recessed meeting Tuesday evening. Here's how the County Manag4r summarized his request to the County Board:

"The attached Agreement of Sale (“Agreement”) is an offer by Shirley Investors, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company (“Seller”), to sell to the County Board the property known as 6701-6705 Electronic Drive, Springfield, Virginia (the “Property”), being a portion of Lot 34, Shirley Investors LLC, TM: 80-2-(1)-34, Fairfax County, Virginia, for a purchase price of $4.65 million. Acquisition of the Property is needed for the location, construction and operation of an Arlington Transit (“ART”) bus heavy maintenance facility. Approval and execution of the attached Agreement will allow the County Board to acquire the Property, consistent with the terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement."

And here's how the Manager described the "fiscal impact" of purchasing the $4.7 million parcel in Springfield:

"The total costs associated with the acquisition of the Property, estimated to be $4.757 million, including: i) the $4.65 million purchase price; ii) the cost of potential reimbursement of Seller for out-of-pocket costs for early termination of a tenant (capped at $50,000.00); iii) the total cost of potential County extensions of the Land Use Approvals deadline ($39,000.00); and iv) the estimated closing costs (approximately $18,000.00), are available from the following sources:

  • $2,030,000 General Obligation Bonds (317...43515.MA14)
  • $1,587,120 Virginia Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation grant funds (331...43515.MA14)
  • $1,139,880 TCF – C&I / Commercial & Industrial Tax (331...43515.MA14.CT00)
"This is part of the ART Heavy Maintenance Facilities program in the FY17-FY26 CIP, under Transportation, Transit; this amount is consistent with the land acquistion cost assumed in the adopted Capital Improvement Plan."

Growls readers wishing to comment on the purchase of land in Springfield are urged to write to members of 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.

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