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Fairfax County Spends 4.5 Million To Burn Down A Building

By Greg L | 9 April 2010 | Fairfax County | 12 Comments

You gotta love that “stimulus.”  It has generated the most creative ideas imaginable, or hardly so, about spending your money for all sorts of ‘worthy’ purposes such as expanding the carbon footprint of Fairfax County Government by burning down the vacant Circuit City store in Springfield so it can become a bus terminal, where taxpayer-funded buses spewing particulate-laden emissions can take unemployed Fairfax residents to go apply for stimulus-funded unemployment checks.

Folks, you can’t make stuff like this up.  No one could be that creative.

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  1. Kevin C said on 9 Apr 2010 at 9:43 pm:
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    By Greg L (9 April 2010): “…where taxpayer-funded buses spewing particulate-laden emissions can take unemployed Fairfax residents to go apply for stimulus-funded unemployment checks.”

    The KEY WORD here is “FUNDED !!!”

    HOW many time have I said this now ???

    “Politicians don’t SOLVE problems, politicians FUND problems !!!”

    Why do you think our taxes are so TOTALLY out of control???

    The THOUGHT process of a politician: “If I SOLVE a problem, I can no longer justify FUNDING the problem, therefor I REFUSE to solve the problem. Makes PERFECT sense to me. The tax payers can go SCREW themselves !!! But don’t forget, come election time, VOTE for me !!!”

  2. Van said on 9 Apr 2010 at 11:34 pm:
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    um dude people need buses. why do u live in such a weird world? and it’s weird how you’re picking on the stimulus when it’s making a difference in people’s lives.

  3. chicko said on 10 Apr 2010 at 12:57 am:
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    the property there is a crapload of land, they are not burning the land only the facility. they do need more commuter parking over there. I dont agree with the method used, they could do it another way besides burning. I would say it would make a fine park, but in that neck of the woods would probably be just another area for the gangs to hang out in.

  4. anon said on 10 Apr 2010 at 5:48 am:
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    No, they spent $4.5 mil to buy the property on March 19th. They have yet to burn the building down, clean it all up, and build the rest of the lot. How much more for that?

  5. Howard the Duck said on 10 Apr 2010 at 7:48 am:
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    We badly need buses to relieve traffic. That location was the site of the old Pentagon slug line.

  6. anon said on 10 Apr 2010 at 8:28 am:
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    They aren’t burning the building for fun. Geez. What a bunch of goofy people.

    It is practice for the fire department. And there’s a lot of practice they will do in there before and after burning the structure.

  7. benton said on 10 Apr 2010 at 8:44 am:
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    I wondered if it would be a good training exercise. They are likely to provide this facility to other jurisdictions either in barter or through fees which may increase revenues offsetting general revenue support. Fairfax is home to Virginia Task Force 1 -they have made a difference in many people’s lives. Someday maybe in one of ours!

    So if the county can improve transporation, provide optimal training for some of the best rescue folks in the world and others ….. people think this stuff is free???!!!

  8. Monster_Mom said on 10 Apr 2010 at 9:41 am:
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    Sure, the fire department needs practice and burning buildings set to be demolished is a way to give them that practice (note to Brookfield homes - you could have offered all those houses you just tore down on Vint Hill to the fire dept for practice - just saying). I don’t have any qualms with the fire department burning a building that would otherwise be demolished.

    But none of that addresses why the county was willing to spent 4.5 million for a parking lot. Is that the going rate for open land in that area? With the construction of the Springfield bypass (or whatever they call it now) that area became un-viable for commercial enterprises because of the degree of difficulty getting to it.

    Additionally, there is some question as to whether the additional parking lot is even needed. According to the linked article, there are several similar lots nearby and one of them is generally empty.

    So, the bigger question is - did the county residents get fleeced?

  9. anon said on 10 Apr 2010 at 2:52 pm:
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    It would seem cheaper to me to lease some of Springfield Mall’s parking lot for commuter parking. That mall is dying and would probably welcome the extra income. It might also generate some additional mall traffic from the commuters. A lot of bus traffic goes there already so routes won’t really have to change. Plus a regular shuttle goes to the Metro/VRE station from the mall lot. $4.5 million seems a lot of money for the number of spaces that land can hold unless a multi-level parking structure is built. Before Circuit City built there, there was a movie theater on that lot that never did well. That’s going back to the ’70’s. That location’s problems have nothing to do with recent road changes.

  10. Brian L. said on 11 Apr 2010 at 10:41 am:
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    @anon: Awesome idea on the lease of Springfield Mall’s parking lot. If the County were to do that in the Macy’s parking lot (which is generally blighted by thugs and gangstas these days, if news reports of robberies there are to be believed), that’d definitely provide a major benefit to the Mall (who theoretically pays commercial tax back to the County).


  11. benton said on 11 Apr 2010 at 2:55 pm:
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    Co-location is, unfortunately, not frequent enough in government. Co-locating Fire and Police, Libraries and Schools, Parks and Schools.

    Agree with Brian L. That is a creative idea. They could have built garages increasing the space at Springfield Mall.

  12. Anonymous said on 12 Apr 2010 at 10:10 pm:
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    Well at least we could see our money being wasred instead of hearing about it in some missle defence crap in the check republic.

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