Kaiser Permanente opens their new Tysons Corner Medical Center. Wait we already covered that last week… yes we are gloating… good information about the employment numbers associated with the new center. (Virginia Business)
Health Care REIT acquires Sunrise Senior Living of McLean (The large white building along Westpark Drive behind Capital One) for $845 million. Due to SEC rules the Sunrise operations will need to remain an independent arm of REIT, likely ensuring it will retain a presence in the growing health care magnet of Northern Virginia. We’ll keep an eye on this as Sunrise is a large corporate and employment entity in Tysons Corner.
A major bipartisan entity in Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Technology Council, has endorsed Congressman Wolf’s proposal to reduce the size of MWAA. We tend to agree that having such a large over powering presence from Federal, District, and Maryland delegates makes little to no sense in an Authority that comprises of two airports completely within Virginia. What do you think? (SacBee.com)
When it comes to Sequestration everyone in the House has some guilt on their hands. Tim Kaine, George Allen, and many others all supported the non-compromise that was created to keep the US from default and thereby retaining the full faith and credit of the dollar. Now as the deadline looms over our region, the mess that was created by bickering and politics has to be disarmed like a complicated ordinance ready to destroy whatever recovery we have had. Which party do you believe has the most to do with the ominous inaction?
- Kaine gets an earful from defense contractors (FairfaxNews)
- Allens hands aren’t clean of the mess either. He, like many Republicans, refuse to consider any acceptable ratio of revenue to cuts that would be acceptable, including the desperate 1:10 proposal that was a last ditch effort of the Democrats in the super committee. (BusinessWeek)
Urban Design Concept of the Day
Ignore the 19th century school house architecture and pay attention to the concept. Although this project doesn’t create a private public partnership in the traditional sense, the creation of a ballet school encompassed by high rise architecture is not abstract from the concept we previously discussed. In this particular case the ballet school could not afford to own land in the middle of downtown Ottawa, and instead opted to stay out of the real estate game, and partner with a large developer. There is no reason that FCPS could not also be using this method for urban regions to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate expenses and to have construction costs paid for by the developer in return for other concessions.