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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Views at Clarendon case dismissed

By Christy Goodman

An appellate court recently ruled that Arlington County did not violate either the state or U.S. Constitution when it loaned money to build affordable housing on property owned by a church.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed an appeal by Peter Glassman, a county resident, on Dec. 23. Glassman claimed that the county had violated the separation of church and state while redeveloping property situated one block from a Metro station.

"The court has reaffirmed that the board's goal in approving the Views at Clarendon was to provide affordable housing less than one block from a Metro station in the heart of Clarendon," said Jay Fisette, county board chairman, in a statement.

At issue is the development agreement between First Baptist Church of Clarendon and the Arlington County Board. The church sold the air rights over its sanctuary but protected the steeple. A developer, with the help of some $48 million in government subsidies, planned to build a new sanctuary with eight floors of apartments on top, the majority of which would be affordable housing. Arlington contributed about $13 million in low-interest loans.

The court found that the loans were made legally to provide affordable housing and that the county's payment was not overvalued for the property.

This is the third legal challenge in six years over the property, which has been under construction for one year. Glassman has the option to appeal.

By Christy Goodman  | December 27, 2010; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington County, Christy Goodman  
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As a Green Party guy, and Southern Baptist this story caught the attention. Thanks for the report.

This is relevant and of significant interest:

Independent Green Party of Virginia Press Release Wednesday December 28, 2010
Contact:
Joseph Oddo, Independent Green Party state campaign coordinator: 703-338-0200 usrepublic@aol.com
Gail for Rail Parker, State Vice-Chair, Independent Green Party of Virginia 571-490-6063 ggailparker@cox.net
Carey Campbell, State Chairman, Independent Green Party of Virginia 703-351-1235, novagreen@prodigy.net

Greens call for $100 Billion dollars in new Virginia green Rail jobs!

Carey Campbell, state Chairman Independent Green Party of Virginia, and Gail for Rail Parker state Indy Green Party Vice-Chair, testified before this week’s Washington Metropolitan Regional Council of Governments Transportation Board.
“ Virginia and America need green jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Every dollar invested in building rail creates $25 dollars in economic benefit. That’s according to the Virginias’ Governor, and four other American Governors, in a Washington Post editorial from March 25, 2010.” Campbell said.
Last week Virginia’s governor said he will ask the state legislature to spend as much as $4 billion on transportation in the next four years. That green rail multiplier (4 times 25) would mean $100 billion dollars in positive economic impact for Virginia. Building rail means creating jobs. With southern Virginia areas like Martinsville, and Danville with unemployment rates as high as 22% in the last year Virginia needs those jobs building rail now!
Independent Green Party Chairman Carey Campbell’s full remarks can be seen on the Independent Green Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/IndependentGreens?feature=mhum#p/u/6/UsKkxE48ZCY
Independent Green Party’s Gail for Rail Parker calls for green jobs action on the Independent Greens Youtube channel in a Green Party minute.
http://www.youtube.com/user/IndependentGreens?feature=mhum#p/u/7/PUGfoATmpp4
Independent Green Party of Virginia http//www.VoteJoinRun.US


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