Updated 09-29-15: Read more about the project.
Correction: On Sept. 24, 2015, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve a non-binding letter of intent for an Option to Purchase an approximately five-acre parcel of County-Owned land that will allow Virginia Hospital Center to move forward with developing a master plan for an expansion of the hospital on N. George Mason Drive, onto the approximately five acres of adjacent County-owned land.
- County Board to hear public testimony, vote on Letter of Intent Sept. 24
- Proposed agreement would allow VHC to expand onto County-owned land
- Hospital seeks expansion to meet needs of Arlington’s growing population
Arlington County and Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) have proposed an outline of mutually agreeable terms of an initial land agreement. The agreement would allow VHC to move forward with developing a master plan for an expansion of the hospital on N. George Mason Drive, onto the approximately five acres of adjacent County-owned land, known as the Edison Complex.
Terms outlined in the proposed, non-binding Letter of Intent include:
- The parties would negotiate and finalize an Option Agreement granting VHC an option to purchase the Edison Complex from the County in the future.
- VHC’s exercise of the purchase option would be contingent upon the completion of all master planning of the hospital expansion/renovation, and VHC obtaining all necessary land use approvals (e.g. rezoning; major amendment to the existing special exception site plan).
- Consideration that VHC would give to the County in exchange for the Edison Complex could include cash, land, or some combination of cash and land.
- Neither party will sell its respective properties during the term of the Option Agreement.
- The Option Agreement will establish a methodology for establishing the value of the Edison Complex based upon the land use approvals.
- Any conveyance of the Edison Complex to VHC would include provisions ensuring that the Edison Complex would continue to be utilized for hospital purposes.
- A guarantee to continue to provide Urgent Care services south of Route 50 if the County acquires the Carlin Springs property (currently owned by VHC) as part of the consideration for the Edison site.
The County Board will discuss and vote on the Letter of Intent at its Sept. 24, 2015 Recessed Meeting. Public testimony will be taken. If the Letter of Intent executed on behalf of both the County and the Virginia Hospital Center, then the parties would begin to negotiate a legally binding agreement consistent with the terms outlined in the Letter of Intent.
To view the proposed Letter of Intent, visit the County website to read the staff report for this item. Scroll down to Item #52 on the Agenda for the Thursday, Sept. 24 County Board Meeting.
VHC publicly appealed to the County Board in April for a land swap that would allow the hospital to expand onto the Edison site, which the County has vacated in the consolidation of its Department of Human Services at the Sequoia Center. At the time, the County Board said that it views the continued success of VHC as important to the entire Arlington community, both for the purpose of providing high-quality health care, and for the economic benefits of having a major health center in Arlington.
The County has been seeking public input on the VHC proposal since April, and will continue to do so as the process moves forward.