Hearing on B21-179, B21-217, B21-240, Public Alley Closures


Project Documents from Hearing

CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 21-179, Closing of a Public Alley in Square 70, S.O. 15-23283, Act of 2015
Bill 21-217, Closing of a Public Alley in Square 369, S.O. 13-07989, Act of 2015
Bill 21-240, Closing of a Public Alley in Square 197, S.O. 15-23895, Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-179, the “Closing of a Public Alley in Square 70, S.O. 15-23283, Act of 2015,” Bill 21-217, the “Closing of a Public Alley in Square 369, S.O. 13-07989, Act of 2015,” and Bill 21-240, the “Closing of a Public Alley in Square 197, S.O. 15-23895, Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-179 is to order the closing of a Public Alley in Square 70, bounded by 22nd Street, N Street, 21st Street, New Hampshire Avenue, and M Street in Northwest Washington, D.C., in Ward 2. The alley closing is necessary to permit the construction by a private developer of an addition to an existing building located at 1255 22nd Street, N.W. (Lot 193), over and across the public alley to be closed. The applicant owns the property on both sides of the portion of the alley to be closed. The existing building on Lot 193 will be converted from office to residential use, with ground floor retail and approximately 77 residential units above. The new addition will be located across the closed alley on Lot 194 and will be entirely devoted to residential use with approximately 113 units. The alley closing will include the recordation of a public easement over the surface of the closed alley, to a height of 16 feet, to facilitate rear access to the abutting properties to the north of the alley.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-217 is to order the closing of a portion of a public alley system in Square 369, bounded by M Street to the north, 9th Street to the east, L Street to the south, and 10th Street to the west, in Northwest Washington, D.C. in Ward 2. The alley closing is necessary to permit the consolidation of lots to enable construction by a private developer of a new mixed-use development project on Lots 40, 62, 65-67, 801-805, 838, 839, 842, 848, 859, 878, and on the portions of the public alleys to be closed. The redevelopment project includes the adaptive reuse of eight historic buildings on the site and their incorporation into a new 12-story mixed-use development, consisting of two Marriott hotels with ground floor retail and service uses, as well as a residential building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-240 is to order the closing of a portion of a public alley system in Square 197, bounded by L Street, 15th Street, M Street, and 16th Street in Northwest Washington, D.C., in Ward 2. The alley closing is necessary to permit the consolidation of the former Washington Post headquarters site into a single lot in Square 197. The new lot will be developed into an office building with ground floor retail.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or email Cynthia LeFevre, Legislative Counsel, at clefevre@dccouncil.us, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Monday, July 6, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on July 6, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of Bill 21-179, Bill 21-217, and Bill 21-240 can be obtained on http://lims.dccouncil.us, or through the Legislative Services Division (Room 10) of the Secretary of the Council’s office.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 21, 2015.