Hearing on B22-280 and B22-295, Alley Closings

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 22-280, the “Closing of a Public Alley in Square 772, S.O. 16-25615, Act of 2017” and Bill 22-295, the “Closing of a Public Alley in Square 3594, S.O. 16-25309, Act of 2017.” The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 22-280 is to order the closing of a portion of the public alley system in Square 772, bounded by N Street, and Florida Avenue to the north, a public alley to the south, 4th Street to the east and 3rd Street to the west in Northeast Washington, D.C. in Ward 6. The closing would support a mixed-use development project consisting of residential units, retail and office space, a hotel, and parking spaces. The stated purpose of Bill 22-295 is to order the closing of a public alley system in Square 3594, bounded by New York Avenue to the north, Brentwood Parkway to the east, Penn Street to the south, and 4th Street to the west in Northeast, Washington, D.C. in Ward 5. The closed portion of the alley will become part of a hotel development with space dedicated to an art gallery, studios, and classrooms. The developer has agreed to provide an easement so that the public may continue to use the alley.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or to call Sydney Hawthorne, Legislative Counsel at (202) 724-7130, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any) by close of business Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on September 26, 2017 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. Copies of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

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 Thursday, October 12, 2017.