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County Closes on Purchase of Homeless Shelter Building

by Katie Pyzyk November 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm 5,403 22 Comments

Arlington County has completed the closing on its purchase of a seven story property at 2020 14th Street N., which will house county offices, storage and a homeless shelter.

The Arlington County Board unanimously approved the $27 million purchase of the building in Courthouse at its meeting on Saturday (November 17). As of today’s closing, the county officially owns the property.

County staff will hold a series of public meetings regarding the acquisition to solicit input on certain physical and operational aspects about the property, including issues regarding the homeless shelter. The first will be held at Key Elementary School (2300 Key Blvd) on December 5, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. The other meetings, also from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Key Elementary School, are scheduled to take place on December 17 and January 14. The county’s final plans will be presented at the January meeting.

The county will also be accepting input on parts of the project via its virtual town hall meeting website.

  • NIMBY The Chicken

    Do you have details on whether or not the property was sold through traditional means or by eminent domain?

    • drax

      I would imagine eminent domain would have taken alot longer.

  • Brunch-gawker

    Uh oh. Let the uproar begin …

  • J

    They did not use eminent domain, but threatened to do so if an agreement was not met.

    • R. Griffon

      Although they didn’t use it, an eminent domain acquisition would have been total BS. Although it might have conformed to the letter of the law, the intent for eminent domain is to give government a legal means to do things that are in the best interest of the public good (the most often cited example being roadways).

      This is not for the public good. It’s just a public organization that wanted some more office space.

      • drax

        It also will hold some county office space.

  • MrMeow

    Weren’t these idiots just complaining about a budget shortfall and a need to increase taxes but they go and spend 27 million on a building they don’t need? They just want it. They don’t need it.

    • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

      Amen brother. My thoughts exactly. Maybe put that 27 million towards covering our short falls instead of raising taxes. Again. But the Arlington County Board believes they have a mandate from the people because they were reelected. People just blindly pushed buttons at the polls, following party lines, and not considering the outcome. Well, here is the outcome.

    • FedUp

      Correct. They also want to build a trolley system that’s not desired/needed by the community and that’s gonna cost $250 million. They expect that the feds will provide a grant which I don’t think will happen. So guess who will pay for it?

      • drax

        Prove it’s not desired or needed by the community.

        Without a federal grant, it probably would be canceled.

      • brodies

        Hi. I’m a member of the community. I want the streetcar.

  • KalashniKEV

    That’s a big NO GO.

  • A. R.

    Fair warning to smokers at Ragtime, bring extra cigarettes

  • Courthouse Diva

    $27 million for storage, homeless shelter, and county offices. Seems excessive considering we already have all of these amenities right here in Courthouse now.

  • Josh S

    I’d love for the naysayers to make specific predictions about how terrible this will be. (Leaving aside any financial concerns – I’m just talking about how terrible this is supposedly going to be for the neighborhood.)

    Then we can review the predictions a year or two from now and see which of them have come true.

    I’ll put $10 on “none.”

    • drax

      Bets on long-term predictions – something we really need. Should be a website to keep track of them, with bets and durations.

      • ArlingtonWay

        Good idea. I predict long term ) that you will comtinue your irritating hait of spending your entire day here, never actually posting, but always replying to others’ posts, regardless of the topic. Who wants to bet?

        • drax

          I’ll bet that too.

      • Josh S

        The problem with longbets.org is that issues have to be of societal importance. Pffft!! And it costs $50 to register your bet. And winnings go to charities. Scoff!

    • jc

      if it is like most homeless shelters—we’ll see a lot more of these people filling every available bench in the local area….grabbing woman’s asses in Whole Food’s wine section, yelling obscenities (that guy is usually up and down highland), and generally making it look more like down on Nash St in Rosslyn.

      I did not vote for anyone on this Board. I may have voted Democratically Nationally–but I sure did NOT locally. I am so tired of the huge amounts of $ they freely spend on unwanted sh*t: million dog park, multi-million acquatic center, this pseudo-office-homelessshelter, the trolley, etc.

  • VOID

    Yeah, it’s better to have them on the street, then a warm place for them to sleep during the winter. Don’t worry, no one is going to grab your ass in Whole Foods. But, there is more ass grabbing and yelling obscenities on the streets of Clarendon during a Saturday night, but those people are living in high end condos. I’ll guess you will let them slide.


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