Board of Supervisors Discontinues Consideration of Gatehouse II Purchase


Feb. 23, 2009
OPA 047/09

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  • Board of Supervisors votes to discontinue any further consideration of Gatehouse II purchase.
  • Acquisition of building not in the county’s best interest during a challenging budget.

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At it meeting today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to discontinue any further consideration of the Gatehouse II purchase. 

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, who introduced the motion, said that the business plan for Gatehouse II has a number of positive features, including the opportunity to return some school facilities back into classrooms. “However,” she said, “an acquisition of an administrative building at this time, while we are struggling with a challenging budget and a volatile and unstable economy, is not in our best interest.”

The Gatehouse II proposal was first brought to the board in October 2008. Following discussion in closed session of the potential acquisition, members of the board were concerned about a number of aspects of the proposal, including the relatively narrow margin of savings expected over the long term.  The board was briefed on an amended proposal at its Feb. 9 meeting. 

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