$5-Million Bond Issue Approved for Arlington Campus

Posted: June 29, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Arlington County Board has unanimously approved the proposed $5-million higher education bond issue, designed to benefit the Phase II expansion of the Arlington Campus. The bond is slated to appear on the November 2000 general election ballot.

The Phase II expansion, estimated to cost $42 million, will be a 240,000-square-foot building and public plaza, each with two levels of underground parking, located between Arlington I and the Original Building. The new building also will house an auditorium, art gallery, library, and conference space designed for educational and community use.

“I’m delighted to note that the bond issue has earned broad community support from a large and growing cross-section of the Arlington community, including civic and community activists, officers of both political parties, our entire General Assembly delegation, and the board of directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce,” says Scott McGeary, vice rector of the Board of Visitors and cochair of the Friends of Arlington Campus.

The Arlington Campus will become George Mason’s principal center for law and policy, eventually housing the School of Public Policy and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, while offering other professional programs such as the Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration and enough undergraduate offerings to be of service to the Arlington community. The total redevelopment of the campus, after the eventual completion of Phase III, is planned to include 750,000 square feet of space.

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