Option to Purchase Agreement
At its December 2015 meeting, the Arlington County Board approved an agreement granting VHC an option to purchase County-owned land at 1800 North Edison Street. The agreement will allow VHC to move forward with developing a master plan for expanding its North George Mason Drive campus onto the 5.5 acre land known as the Edison Complex. The agreement includes the possibility of a land swap between the County and the hospital.
- Read the Staff Report on the Option Agreement. Scroll down to Item #35 on the Agenda for the Tues., Dec. 15 Recessed County Board meeting.
- Map of VHC property locations
Virginia Hospital Center Properties
Under the terms of the Option Agreement, the County Board must elect whether or not it would like to acquire the Carlin Springs site as partial consideration for the conveyance of the Edison Site to VHC no earlier than June 2017. The County is now initiating that process, which will include robust civic engagement.
Under the Option Agreement, the County Board has until August of 2018, at the earliest, to elect to acquire any of the other properties owned by VHC. The evaluation process for those properties will begin soon. Following is a list of all the properties owned by VHC:
- 601 South Carlin Springs Road: RPC # 21-028-097 (503,989 sq. ft./11.57 acres, zoned S-D) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5275 Lee Highway: Commercial office building and associated surface parking. RPC #s 02-073-089 (4,467 sq. ft./ 0.103 acres, zoned R-6) & 02-073-079 (28,939 sq. ft./0.664 acres, zoned C-O-1.0) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5267 Lee Highway: Commercial retail. RPC # 02-073-078 (13,535 sq. ft./ 0.311 acres, zoned C-1) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5232 Lee Highway: Child care center. RPC # 09-001-021 (38,432 sq. ft./0.882 acres, zoned R-6) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5226 Lee Highway: Commercial bank. RPC # 09-001-020 (18,647 sq. ft./0.428 acres, zoned C-O) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5130 16th Street North: single family dwelling. RPC # 09-031-011 (12,047 sq. ft./0.277 acres, zoned R-6) (Map | Photo Map)
- 5138 16th Street North: single family dwelling. RPC # 09-031-009 (12,095 sq. ft./0.278 acres, zoned R-6) (Map | Photo Map)
High-quality healthcare: a public good
For 71 years, Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) has served Arlington and the region as a valuable health and economic asset to our community, providing excellent health care services. As our community has grown, VHC also has grown to meet our County’s needs. VHC needs room to expand to continue to meet Arlington’s needs as our population continues to grow.
The County views the continued success of VHC as important to our entire community, both for the purpose of providing high-quality health care and for the economic benefits of having a major health center in Arlington.
VHC would like to purchase the County’s “Edison site” property (adjacent to the hospital) to it, in order to expand. In our built-out community, the Edison site is the only logical place for the hospital to expand. The County recently moved services it offered at the Edison site to other locations.
As the hospital’s reputation grows, so do the demands on its services and the need for more in-patient beds.
- In 2014, 65% of the days the hospital operated were at or above an 80% occupancy level.
- In 2014, the number of patients exceeded the available beds on 83 days.
As VHC develops its Master Plan for expansion onto the Edison site and the renovation of its existing campus — a process expected to take at least 12 months — the County will pursue its community process to evaluate the Carlin Springs Site.
Once VHC develops its master plan and final special exception site plan filing, the expansion plans will be reviewed through the County’s normal planning processes. VHC is not expected to file a fFinal special exception site plan until early 2017, at the earliest.
VHC will seek all necessary state regulatory approvals while it is seeking all necessary zoning and land use approvals. The sale would not be finalized until all necessary master plans and special exception site plans are approved, and all state regulatory approvals are secured by VHC.
Arlington’s public land is limited, and there are many competing needs for the available land. The County has determined, however, that unlike other competing needs for available land, there is no other piece of land in Arlington more suitable than this site for the expansion of Arlington’s only hospital.
As part of the discussions leading to the Board’s approval of the Option Agreement, VHC answered a number of questions from Arlington County about its plans for the site.
VHC will continue to consult with the community as it develops its Master Plan.
- Read letters of support from neighboring civic associations for the hospital acquiring the Edison property for future expansion.
The planning process will include public hearings and review by County staff and the community of design and architecture, signage and landscaping, construction management and staging, and traffic and parking impacts on all affected streets.
VHC has committed to continuing to work with affected neighbors and parties on any impacts.
View the County Manager’s Sept. 2015 presentation about VHC’s proposed expansion and public process: Virginia Hospital Center 09-09-2015 presentation
About Virginia Hospital
Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 71 years and was again named one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics in 2015. These selections are based on objective, public data that measures performance excellence in clinical quality care, patient safety, patient perception of care, operational efficiency and financial stability.
Virginia Hospital Center, designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a 342-bed not-for-profit, teaching facility offering comprehensive healthcare and multiple, independently recognized Centers of Excellence including: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health, Neuroscience/Stroke, Oncology, Orthopedics (Total Joint Replacement Services), Bariatric Surgery, Palliative Care, Inpatient Rehab, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric, Emergency Services, Women & Infant Health and Urology.
- LOI with Virginia Hospital Center for Option to Purchase Real Property and Improvements at 1800 North Edison Street (Sept. 2015)
- VHC Urgent Care Building Current Space
- Title Report–601 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
- Phase I Enviromental Site Assessment
- Draft Facility Assessment Report
- Aerial view
- 6th Rd. and S. Carlin Springs Rd. Traffic Count
- 601 S. Carlin Springs Road ALTA-SURVEY
- 1974 Scenic Easement Deed