Sixth Week of Session 2017

We are finishing up our second to last week in Richmond, so I have been working hard in committee meetings and on the floor to discuss and vote on legislation.

This week I introduced HR 386, which commended my constituent, Eddie Garretson, for his contributions to the 42nd District and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Eddie started a non-profit called Eddies Club, Inc. that offers a variety of activities to disabled kids, teens and young adults. Eddie’s Club manages Springfield Challenger Baseball, which is a division of West Springfield Little League for children with special needs.

Below is a video of my introduction of Eddie on the House floor. We were glad to have Eddie and his family members, as well as one of the original members of Eddie’s Club, in Richmond for his recognition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-VnNRFbKjI

The scheduled end date for session is next Saturday, February 25, so in the coming week I will be working hard to get my bills passed and to vote on the Senate bills that make it to the House floor.

FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Earlier this week, the GSA hosted a transportation update meeting about the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project, and I wanted to share some of the meeting’s highlights with you.

The purpose of this meeting was to share information from the GSA’s study on how relocating the FBI to Springfield would affect current transportation in our community. For those of you who don’t know, Springfield is being considered as a possible location for the FBI’s new headquarters – the other two options are in Greenbelt and Landover, Maryland. The final decision on whether the FBI headquarters will move to Springfield is going to be announced sometime in April, and the construction is expected to be completed by 2027. If Springfield is selected as the location, this project is going to have a big impact on transportation in our community.

The image below is a model of the proposed construction site boundary. As you can see, this project would require work on Loisdale Road, Franconia Springfield Parkway, and Amherst Avenue. All of the colored dots labeled with a letter indicate intersections that would also require construction, involving either lengthening or widening of the roads.

fbi-headquarters-map

These were some of the key points from this week’s transportation update meeting that I thought were important to share with you. If you would like to read more about the project, you can go to www.gsa.gov/fbihqconsolidation

While the impact on transportation is uncomfortable, getting the FBI Headquarters here, in my opinion, can save Springfield. Those of us who have lived here for a long time have seen the deterioration of Central Springfield – empty and run down stores, increasing crime, etc. When the NGA moved into Saratoga and brought 8,000 of the highest paying jobs the Federal Government offers, all of the sudden, parts of Central Springfield began to clean up. Buildings got renovated and new stores popped up. Even the Springfield Mall (now Town Center) got a huge face lift. If the FBI relocates to this area, Central Springfield will become a high quality neighborhood once again. The economic impact of this facility will be immense, and lead to new businesses, new entertainment venues, and the clearing out of run down eyesores.

I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office during the last week of session. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me to a better job of representing you. You can email me at DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov or call me at (804)-698-1042. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveAlboVA

Links of Interest:

My Web Site: www.DaveAlbo.org

Legislative information system: http://www.lis.virginia.gov

Live session video and archived session videos: http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

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