On March 22, 2023, Prince William County government participated in a live bid auction process to acquire two properties located in Woodbridge, Virginia - 14011 and 14041 Worth Avenue. The county emerged as the winning bidder with a bid of $15.2 million, securing a 155,309 square-foot building on 12.51 acres of land.
The county's decision to purchase the property was primarily driven by its plan to establish a Crisis Receiving Center (CRC) and Department of Community Services. The county had previously leased the space occupied by Gander Mountain for the same purpose. The acquisition of the property will ensure that the CRC can remain at the site for years beyond the current 11-year lease agreement. The move is expected to result in significant cost savings for the county as it will not have to duplicate the $18 million build-out expenses related to the CRC space after 11 years.
Prince William County Chair At-Large Ann Wheeler expressed gratitude to the Board of County Supervisors for their swift action in approving the purchase of the facility. She added that the move demonstrated the county's commitment to the health and well-being of its residents for years to come.
The CRC aims to address the county's commitment to the well-being of individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The walk-in center will offer assessment and treatment for adults experiencing such crises, with 16 recliners available for those who need to stay up to 23 hours to address their crisis. Additionally, the CRC will have 16 crisis stabilization residential beds for those who need more than 23 hours of treatment. The facility's opening is expected in 2024 and is expected to help divert individuals from the criminal justice system.
On March 23, 2023, the county remitted a non-refundable earnest money deposit of $1 million, and the purchase and sale of the property is set to occur within 45 days after the approval date.
Prince William County's decision to acquire the property on Worth Avenue is a significant investment in the health and well-being of its residents. The purchase will ensure that the CRC can continue to operate for years beyond the current lease agreement, ultimately resulting in cost savings for the county.
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