Arlington Voters Approve Bond for Campus Expansion
Posted: November 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Elena Barbre
On Nov. 7, Arlington residents voted to pass the largest bond proposal in the county’s history–a $122-million proposal that includes $5 million for the Phase II expansion of the Arlington Campus.
“This shows that Arlington County strongly supports having George Mason University located in its community,” says Stanley Taylor, associate vice president for the distributed university. The county contributed $3 million for George Mason’s Phase I development in 1992, and its continued support is an integral part of the growth of the campus, says Taylor. “By approving this bond, Arlington residents are helping to spur the economic development of the county and the Northern Virginia region.”
Taylor says the vote also sends a very strong message to the legislature about the importance of the campus expansion and the need for construction funding. The university has already received $2 million for the planning and design phase, and the next step is to request funding from the General Assembly for the construction phase–estimated to cost $42 million. The design phase will take approximately 18 months, and the construction phase approximately 2 years.
Passage of the bond was a community effort, and could not have succeeded without the commitment of the Friends of the Arlington Campus, led by Scott McGeary and John McCracken, and the Arlington County/George Mason University Joint Advisory Board, led by John Milliken. Delegate Robert Brink and Senator Mary Margaret Whipple were also instrumental in working to secure funding for the design phase, says Taylor.