Thursday, March 23, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Buena Vista Tax No. 4130501
UPDATE May 18 – 5:30 pm: In an e-mail from assistant manager, Brian Townsend: “The [Scott and Ascension]Horchlers propose to continue to use a portion of the building as a ‘reception hall’ in a manner that the building had previously been utilized, and would renovate the remainder of the house as their residence. The property will need to be rezoned to accommodate the use as a single family residential dwelling in part.”
Townsend added that it will be available for lease for events such as weddings just like any other banquet hall and similar to the Fishburn Mansion.
May 17: Scott and Ascension Horchler want to buy the former Buena Vista Community Center for $75,000. Scott Horchler is employed by SunTrust in Richmond, Virginia. According to SunTrust Horchler has transitioned from Community Development to Government Regulations.
Three of the 12.7 acres will go with it for that price if approved by city council. Use of the building after historic renovation is unclear.
City manager Chris Morrill advises council in a letter attached to Monday’s council agenda that the property is valued at $250,000 and includes the mansion and three acres. The letter states that a 2003 assessment to renovate the mansion was $285,000.
The entire 12.7-acre parcel is assessed at $764,000 according the city’s GIS website. A public hearing on the sale will take place June 7 at 2:00 pm.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Business, Community, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
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