County Board Acquires Courthouse-Area Property

[11-20-2012: updated with today's news on the closing.]

[11-26-2012: Please note: if you would like to be considered as a supplier/bidder for work related to this property, you must be registered as a supplier. Visit the Purchasing Office webpage for all the details.]

Arlington County Acquires Courthouse-Area Property

  • Closed on contract to purchase property
  • Public process begins

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington County Board today completed the closing of the County's acquisition of the property at 2020 14th St. N. and now owns the property.

County staff will host a series of public meetings; the first meeting is Dec. 5, 2012, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Key Elementary School.

You can learn more by visiting the 2020 14th Street N. project website, where you can also sign up for periodic project updates (e-mail address required) and read Frequently Asked Questions.

[11-17-2012: updated with today's County Board action .]

County Board Approves Acquisition of Courthouse-Area Property

  • Purchase contract of $27.125 million
  • Closing anticipated next week

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 17, 2012 — The Arlington County Board today approved the County's acquisition of the seven-story office building at 2020 14th St. N. in the Courthouse area.

“This purchase meets a number of long-standing County space needs, including continuing our 20-year practice of providing services to homeless persons in the Courthouse area,” commented Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “We look forward to working with the community to develop a Use Permit for the Homeless Services Center to meet the needs of all who live and work in Courthouse.”

The County anticipates going to closing on the purchase contract next week.

The Board voted 5-0 on the approval. View details on the County website; click on item #27.

[11-14-2012: updated to include more specific link to Board Report Agenda item. Original release issued 11-09-2012.]

County Board to Consider $27 Million Acquisition of Courthouse-Area Property

  • Meets immediate and evolving space needs
  • Renovated building would include County government offices, homeless services center

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2012 — The Arlington County Board on Nov. 17 will be asked to approve the County's acquisition of the seven-story office building at 2020 14th St. N. The County Board will consider a purchase contract that reflects an expected purchase price of $27.125 million. County staff estimates the total project cost at approximately $42 million over five years, factoring in additional costs for design, renovation, and tenant relocation.

The County plans to use the property for offices, as a base for facility maintenance operations, and for vehicle fleet and computer storage. Plans also call for a comprehensive homeless services center to occupy two of the seven floors, replacing the aging Emergency Winter Shelter located at 2049 15th Street N., a block from the building to be acquired.

Proposed funding for the project: Includes $20 million of revenue bonds issued through the Arlington County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), $12 million of previously approved Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) funding, and $6 million from Fiscal Year 2012 close-out funds. In approving the property acquisition, the County Board will also be asked to approve a temporary loan of $20 million from the Utilities Fund PAYG account to the General Fund PAYG account. This will be a temporary “bridge” loan, which will be reimbursed by the issuance of IDA revenue bonds. Funding for the $4 million in out-year costs is not proposed for County Board action at this time. Staff will request these funds once floors 4-7 of the building are available and renovations can take place.

County Board Agenda items for the Nov. 17 meeting – including this item – are available on the County website; click on item #27. The County expects to acquire title to the property at a closing of the sale on Nov. 20.

Immediate and Evolving Space Needs

Acquiring 2020 14th St. N. will help the County government meet immediate space needs and provide the flexibility needed to support growing community needs. For ease of public access and efficiency, it is important that the County government's office space and staff be located in the Courthouse area, which is the center of County government operations.

Next Steps

If the County Board approves the County's acquisition of the property at 2020 14th Street N., County staff will host a series of public discussions and workshops to solicit input on certain physical and operational aspects of the property, including elements relating to the homeless services center.

  • Community dialogue: The first meeting is scheduled for Dec. 5, 2012, 7-9:30 p.m. at Key Elementary School. At this session, County staff will be listening to community questions and concerns. The result of this initial session will be community-generated input, ideas and preferences that County staff and building designers can use during the design and operational planning phases of the project.
  • Workshop: At the second meeting, an interactive workshop scheduled for Dec. 17, 2012 (7-9:30 p.m.) at Key Elementary, participants will be able to review draft building and operational plans, which will incorporate input from the first meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to provide further suggestions at that meeting.
  • Design review: The third meeting, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2013 (7-9:30 p.m.) at Key Elementary, will include a presentation of the County's final plans.
  • Concurrent with these meetings, the County will solicit input on aspects of the project through its PLACE/OpenArlington online virtual town hall meeting website.

The project timeline is expected to include a Planning Commission hearing and a Use Permit hearing before the County Board in spring 2013.

You can learn more by visiting the 2020 14th Street N. project website, where you can also sign up for periodic project updates (e-mail address required) and read Frequently-Asked Questions about the project. Visit, search “2020.”

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