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County to purchase land on U.S. 301 for vehicle maintenance

A shared vehicle maintenance facility finally could be in the cards for King George County and the School Board.
The county has been talking about a joint vehicle facility for several years, but postponed building a new one at a planned government center at Purkins Corner due to rising costs and falling revenues two years ago.
The School Board has a current request in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the county to provide it with a new bus garage.

Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to enter into a contract for the purchase of the property known as the King George Auto Auction and to authorize a public hearing for the acquisition.
The action took place on Nov. 16 following a closed meeting, which included a discussion of the acquisition of property for public purposes. Such closed sessions have been held at a few of the last several meetings.
Quesenberry told The Journal that the county planned to pay $1,250,000 for the 48.24-acre property zoned for commercial use. The funding to buy the property is to come from the county’s general fund reserve.
Quesenberry said the county has already performed Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments on the property, with no contamination found and no environmental work needed to be performed.
The property contains a 130-foot x70-foot metal building.  Quesenberry said the plan is to retain that building to be used for vehicle maintenance, including school buses.
The property also contains an old residential structure and some sheds which would be demolished.  
“We will be evaluating the remainder of the property for its best economic development use,” Quesenberry added. He said that Economic Development Director Nicole Thompson and the Economic Development Authority would be involved in that process.
Quesenberry said the project to improve the building and property would be included in the county’s CIP.
He noted that the metal building will require some roof work and other repairs.  In addition, improvements are needed for the parking areas and to the entrance to accommodate buses. Better site lighting and fence repairs are also needed.  
The property owner is Koudellou, Inc. of Brentwood, Md.  A public hearing will be held on the proposed purchase at a meeting on Dec. 7.

Phyllis Cook
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