Wednesday, January 29, 2014

County Board Secretly Purchases Upscale Apartment Complex for Creative Class Housing




Hey Yupette,

Did you happen to watch the County Board Meeting last night? Check out the interlude around 8:30 between the end of item 43 - Pines of Italy and Chris Zimmerman's farewell speech. Just after someone from Pines of Italy calls the County Board 'c***suckers'.

The County Board approved it's secret purchase of the upscale Ballston Park Apartments from the Village of Buckingham Management Corporation. Apartment rents presently range from $1350 for an efficiency to $2400 for a townhouse. Hard to see how this will ever be 'affordable' other than as entry level housing for the Creative Class. Last middle class person in 22201 and 22203 to leave Arlington please turn off the lights before your apartment is demolished or renovated.

Mark, 22201

23 Comments:

At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the Zimmercrats going after next? No brainer, they want seniors gentrified out of Arlington.

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cord for Board !!!

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Creative Class' as in 20-somethings like Chris and Mary's 20-something children and all the 20-somethings in their social networks?

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you hear what Jay said yesterday afternoon? County Board not only wants to Creative Class to move to Arlington, but the National Security Creative Class.

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a member of the National Security Creative Class who rides a bicycle in the winter. Who do I call to rent one of those $2400 market rate townhouses for $950?

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Security Creative Class move to Arlington? Do you mean like Edward Snowden's former co-workers?

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret deal, so supposedly the County's bargaining position wouldn't be compromised, among County Board's favorite corporate and non-profit cronies, including Paradigm and AHC.

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Staff Report for this should have been put up on the County Board meeting Web site for January 28th after Item 43, under "Additional Items"

You can call the County Board office at 703-228-3130 and ask the Clerk or Deputy Clerk to e-mail you a copy.

But it should have been put on-line yesterday evening at the commencement of the recessed C.B. meeting and paper copies should have been available at the meeting.

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can you expect from them after 32 years of 1-party government? Same people who lied two weeks ago and said the contractor's bids for construction of the Fisette Aquatics Center were confidential?

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cord for Board...Cord for Board...Cord for Board

 
At 29 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who happens to live, and work for $10 or $12 per hour, along Glebe Road and in Ballston...look forward to being relocated to PW, Stafford, Caroline Counties...to be replaced by entry-level NSA and CIA employees and entry-level employees of NSA and CIA contractors.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why expect any empathy from a county manager who lives in the outer burbs of Fairfax County, and her staff who make our county's planning decisions who are also non-residents?

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, they commute 30 or 40 miles one-way, what's wrong with everyone commuting 30-40 miles one-way every day?

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As was mentioned during the comments for the consent agenda items, the County Board has approved the construction of almost 12,000 parking spaces since January 2012 via site plan approval. So that's the plan for affordable housing for workers who earn between the minimum wage and $62,000 per year.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staff report for this item (should be Item 44) is still not on-line this morning, Thursday.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did obtain a copy of the staff report via e-mail. This a complex deal and I'm appalled (but not surprised) that the staff report wasn't put on-line Tuesday evening and made available to the CB meeting's attendees.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

C.B. approved the construction of 960 parking spaces on Saturday, Marymount redevelopment and the Springs unaffordable affordable housing.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

C.B. also authorized the expenditure of $6 million since January 2012 to promote a 'car free diet'.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for County Manager: How many County employees who promote Jay Fisette's 'car free diet' commute to Arlington, one per vehicle?

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

12,000 parking spaces divided by 24 months means the County Board approved 500 parking spaces per month.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appears that news about this complex deal has been censored by the County and local media.

 
At 30 January, 2014 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...Comment by Pines of Italy staff was not censored, agenda item about Ballston Park purchase by County is being censored. Only in Arlington.

 
At 31 January, 2014 , Anonymous Lourdes said...

Entire County Board HATES immigrants and wants them out of Arlington ASAP.

 

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