Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Project Faith awaiting approval for documents
It has been two months since King George County agreed to give Project FAITH 5.5 acres for a health and social services center, but the county hasn’t turned over the deed for the land.
On May 1, the Board of Supervisors decided on a split vote to give land in the Government Complex for the HELP Center, a building where low-income residents would get a raft of services under one roof. Project FAITH Director Froncé Wardlaw plans to use state and federal tax credits, grants and low-interest loans to build the center at no cost to the county. It will cost an estimated $9 million.
The delay has come in the county and state approval process, said County Administrator Travis Quesenberry. The King George Planning Commission approved the plat, then sent it to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Officials have been waiting for VDOT to approve the document. Once it does, Quesenberry will sign the plat, deed and performance agreement, and Wardlaw can record the documents.
The performance agreement holds Wardlaw to a fairly tight schedule. It says she must begin construction by Feb. 28, 2013, and finish by Aug. 1, 2014.
“Dates inevitably will have to be revised,” Wardlaw said this week, because she can’t apply for loans or grants until she has the deed in hand.