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County to Affirm Acquisition of VHC Carlin Springs Site

The Arlington Sun Gazette's Scott McCaffrey reported yesterday, "Arlington County Board members this week are expected to formally affirm the government’s desire to acquire Virginia Hospital Center’s South Carlin Springs campus as part of a land-swap agreement that would see a county-government-owned parcel delivered to the hospital."

McCaffrey provided the following details in his reporting:

"Under terms of an agreement inked earlier, board members have until mid-August to formally notify hospital officials of the county’s desire to take the 11.6-acre Carlin Springs parcel, currently home to an urgent-care center and the Arlington Pediatric Center.

"County Board members have slated action for their July 15 meeting. (The board generally does not meet in August.)

"The land swap would only go through if Virginia Hospital Center officials opt to acquire a county-owned parcel in the 1800 block of North Edison Street immediately north of the hospital’s North George Mason Drive campus. But that is all but a certainty, as the hospital’s leadership long has sought a way to expand its land-locked holdings.

"The Edison Street site most recently was valued at $12.6 million; in compensation for delivering it to the hospital, the county government can opt to receive land, cash or a combination, all to be worked out after hospital officials formally notify the county government of their desire for the Edison Street property. The hospital in June received approval from state regulators to expand onto the Edison site, another procedural hurdle needed before the swap could be consummated."

He also wrote that both the county and the Arlington Public Schools have had their eye on his "rare large parcel of land."

The 6-page staff report, dated July 7, 2017, of the "Notice of County Board election to require conveyance of the property" supports Item #54 on the Arlington County Board's Recessed July 18, 2017 Agenda.

The county has a fully-informed webpage for the Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) Proposed Expansion, which includes updates, options, land parcels involved, and the related documents.

We growled about the proposed land swap with Virginia Hospital Center on August 5, 2015 and September 11, 2015.

If you are a Growls reader concerned about Arlington County's governance and finances, and have questions of whether your tax dollars are being used economically and effectively regarding this land swap, take a few minutes and write to 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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