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HELP Center not on agenda

The HELP Center, a proposed $8 million facility to serve the region’s disadvantaged, will not be discussed by the Board of Supervisors during the first meeting of 2011.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The HELP Center is not on the agenda, said County Administrator Travis Quesenberry.

At the last board meeting, 10 speakers urged the supervisors to go ahead and give the land needed for the HELP Center. In October, supervisors said they would donate 5.5 acres in the Government Complex, off State Route 3 near the King George YMCA, for the center. It would be built by Project FAITH, a nonprofit agency that’s brought about $18 million worth of affordable housing projects to the county in 10 years.

But, apparently there are snags in the process. Because Project FAITH would create a sub-entity through which loans and tax credits would be funneled, the Board of Superivsors essentially would be giving the land to an entity that’s not a non-profit. That’s obviously causing some heartburn for County Attorney Matt Britton and the supervisors, who clearly don’t want to set the precedent of giving land away for commercial enterprises.

Fronce Wardlaw, executive director of Project FAITH, told me last week she can’t keep waiting for the supervisors to make their move. If she doesn’t get the deed to the property by the board’s second meeting of the month–Jan. 18–she’s scrapping the plans.

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