APS Purchase of 1721 North Culpeper Street

Recently Arlington Public Schools (APS) purchased 1721 North Culpeper Street without prior knowledge to the community or the John M. Langston Citizen Association. 

How did we find out? By reading an article in the newspaper is how. 

APS entered into a sales agreement with the property owner on July 11, 2017 and we found out via the newspaper on July 31, 2017. The school board claims they didn’t want to tip their hand by alerting the property owner they wanted to buy it. However they went ahead and sent the adjoining neighbor a letter asking to sell to them. Isn’t that tipping your hand? 

APS has acquired the property to create a secondary emergency entrance for Glebe Elementary but since their last school board meeting, this property has developed into a pedestrian walk way as well as a drop off/ pick up location for children attending Glebe. The School Board has indicated they plan no safety measures for this location. There will be No Crossing Guard, No Crosswalks, and No Signage indicating the presence of children. As many of you know, Culpeper is heavily traveled by cars all day. There is no parking on that side of the street and with parents stopping to drop off or to pick up on either side, it is only a matter of time before something happens.

Then there is how your tax dollars were spent to make this purchase when the school system is struggling to expand and build. A builder purchased this property for $403,000.00 on January 20, 2017 and APS offered him $525,000.00 that he accepted. They went to settlement on August 21, 2017 and the builder walked away with $114,000.00 for just owner the property for 7 months and 1 day. APS spent a lot of tax payer money on a piece of land just to create a pathway for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.