The County completed the acquisition of the North Quincy Street Development (formerly known as the Buck Property) on Nov. 20, 2017. Located across the street from Washington-Liberty High School, the 6.1 acre site, zoned for light industrial and commercial uses, contains two warehouses and two buildings used as offices. The County approved an option agreement with owner Bill Buck and his family’s three limited liability corporations in May 2015, to pay $30 million for the property in installments.
November 2016: Formation of County and School Board-appointed Joint Facilities Advisory Commission. This was a recommendation within the 2015 Community Facilities Study. Learn more about the public process.
June 27, 2017: Use considerations for Buck Option C (northern part of property) was presented to County Board.
Nov. 20, 2017: County acquires the Buck Property.
March 2018: Initiation of Phase 3 Use Determination Process, analyzing use considerations developed by JFAC. Anticipated to take 9-12 months.
June 2018: Project Summary – JFAC Phase 3 Analysis
February 27, 2019: Staff consultants presented Phase 3 Findings of the Use Determination Process.
Read April 23, 2019 letter from County Manager Mark Schwartz to JFAC and APS on first phase of renovations and further coordination with APS on potential uses.
- The County is proceeding with the first phase of renovations to the warehouse building at 1425 North Quincy Street (Quincy 1) to accommodate the relocation of the police reserve vehicles from the Shirlington Employee and Education Center that will be displaced by the Jennie Dean Park construction. This is scheduled for first quarter of CY 2020.
- The County is working with APS to consider potential schools uses for Quincy 2 at 1429 and Quincy 4 at 1439. This could include instructional space and/or relocation of APS’s administrative offices, trades shops and associated white fleet vehicles from the Trades Center in Shirlington.
- Evaluate the feasibility of repurposing the North Quincy Street site to house the Fire Reserve Vehicles and Logistics, the Police Impound Lot and Forensics function, and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management.
- Arlington Public Schools will assess the feasibility of using the building adjacent to Hayes Park for swing space.
- Traffic, neighborhood and environmental impacts, including exploring mitigation efforts and screening options.
- A timeline and the amount of funding needed to repurpose the site for the relocation of these facilities.
Relocation of Police and Fire Reserve Vehicles
Facing increasing challenges over operational space, the County will expedite the planning and relocation of the Police and Fire Reserve Vehicles to the N Quincy Street Property.
- Funding is requested in the FY 2019-2028 Capital Improvement Plan, however, relocation will not occur prior to spring 2020.
The acquisition of the North Quincy Street Property allows the County to address some of our temporary and immediate facility’s needs. The County is now using the site for the following:
- Spare and reserve equipment and furniture inventory that was originally housed at the APS warehouse. The relocation will allow Schools to repurpose their warehouse to provide additional space for their operations.
- Traffic signal equipment and bus shelter parts.
- Potential site for snow haulage and melting operations during major snow events of greater than 8-12 inches.