Joint Hearing – 965 FL Ave Surplus/Disposition


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON AND COUNCILMEMBER MARY CHEH ANNOUNCE A JOINT PUBLIC HEARING

PR 21-124, the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2015”
PR 21-125, the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Disposition Approval Resolution of 2015”
In Re the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Disposition Extension Approval Resolution of 2015”

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Mary Cheh announce a joint public hearing before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Transportation and the Environment on PR 21-124, the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Surplus Approval Resolution of 2015”; PR 21-125, the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Disposition Approval Resolution of 2015”; and PR 21-126, the “965 Florida Ave, N.W., Disposition Extension Approval Resolution of 2015.”  The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of PR 21-124 is to declare and approve as surplus the District-owned real property at 965 Florida Ave. N.W., known for tax and assessment purposes as Parcel 1102 in Square 2873.  The stated purpose of PR 21-¬125 is to approve the disposition of District-owned real property located at 965 Florida Avenue, N.W., also known as lot 1102 in Square 2873.  The stated purpose of PR 21-126 is to approve and authorize the extension of the time limit for the disposition of certain District-owned real property, located at 965 Florida Avenue, N.W.  The extension of time would be for two years, expiring four years from the passage date of PR 21-125. PR 21-126 will be deemed disapproved on May 27, 2015, prior to the hearing, on June 3, 2015.  However, the Committee expects that the executive may retransmit the measure.  The purpose of these measures is to facilitate development of property the District obtained through a land swap with Howard University in 2008.  The development plan includes 352 units of housing, of which 106 units will be affordable, and a full-service grocery store on the ground floor. Additionally, there will be 309 below-grade parking spaces and a new, publicly-accessible street connecting Sherman Avenue to 9th Street NW.  The developer will provide funds for a business incubator in partnership with Howard University Business School, as well as a $200,000 Community Grant to support job readiness for local residents and youth enrichment programming.

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, June 1, 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 June 1, 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 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 June 17, 2015.