Reacting to the news that the federal government has withdrawn its $4 million in stimulus dollars from the Falls Church Housing Corporation (FCHC) senior housing project this week, Rep. Jim Moran, who shepherded the funds, said in a remark exclusive to the News-Press this afternoon that the development is “disappointing” and questioned whether aversion to risk “was the principle motivation on the part of the majority” on the F.C. City Council that failed to provide the FCHC with a minor modification it needed last Thursday to keep the Wilden Senior Housing project on schedule.
The Council had been warned abundantly by FCHC and other officials about the imminent withdrawal of federal stimulus funds if the Council failed to act effectively at its special meeting last Thursday. “It’s disappointing City Council decided against accepting federal money to expand housing opportunities for people who otherwise lack the financial resources to live in Falls Church. I can understand their aversion to taking risk, but I’m not sure that was the principle motivation on the part of the majority,” Moran said today.