Hearing on PR21-307, B21-336, B21-338, McMillan Development and Plaza West Disposition


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

PR 21-307, “McMillan Townhomes Parcel, Commercial Parcel, and Multifamily Parcels Disposition Extension Approval Resolution of 2015”
Bill 21-336, “Closing of Franklin Street, N.W., Evarts Street, N.W., and Douglas Street, N.W. in Square 3128, S.O. 13-09432, Act of 2015”
Bill 21-338, “Plaza West Disposition Restatement Emergency Act of 2015”

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole regarding Bill 21-336, the “Closing of Franklin Street, N.W., Evarts Street, N.W., and Douglas Street, N.W. in Square 3128, S.O. 13-09432, Act of 2015,” PR 21-307, the “McMillan Townhomes Parcel, Commercial Parcel, and Multifamily Parcels Disposition Extension Approval Resolution of 2015,” and Bill 21-338, the “Plaza West Disposition Restatement Emergency Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Hearing Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of PR 21-307 is to approve and authorize the extension of the time limit for the disposition of certain District-owned real properties located at 2501 First Street, N.W., formerly the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. The resolution will extend the deadline for the Mayor to dispose of the McMillan Site from December 2, 2016 to December 2, 2021. The extension is necessary to ensure that the Mayor will have the necessary legal authority to convey the property after all obligations for pre-development by the city are completed.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-336 is to order the closing of public streets in Square 3128, which is bounded by 1st Street, N.W., to the west, Michigan Avenue, N.W., to the north, North Capitol Street, N.W., to the east, and Channing Street, N.W., to the south in Ward 5. The applicant is the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and the closing is necessary as part of the city’s redevelopment of the former McMillan Reservoir Sand Filtration site.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-338 is to approve, on an emergency basis, an amended project for the property designated as Lot 25 in Square 526, which was previously conveyed to Golden Rule Plaza, Inc. In 2005, the District conveyed Plaza West in fee simple to Golden Rule Plaza, Inc. (“Developer”), a non-profit developer. The initial development plan consisted of an affordable senior citizen apartment building and an intergeneration center. The Developer has completed the senior housing; however, in response to the changing needs of the neighborhood, the Developer proposes to alter the development plan to develop 223 units of affordable housing and one level of underground parking, with on-site social services for grandparents raising grandchildren without a parent in the home. Bill 21-338 would eliminate the intergenerational center and instead approve this change to the development plan.

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 Thursday, October 22, 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 October 22, 2015, 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. A copy of the legislation can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council 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 for PR 21-307 and Bill 21-338 will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2015. The record for Bill 21-336 will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2015.