Joint Hearing on PR21-316/317 and PR21-335/336, 8th & O Street NW and Grimke School Development


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

PR 21-316, the “8th & O Street, N.W. Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2015”
PR 21-317, the “8th & O Street, N.W., Disposition Approval Resolution of 2015”
PR 21-335, the “Grimke School, N.W., Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2015”
PR 21-336, the “Grimke School, N.W., Disposition 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 21-316, the “8th & O Street, N.W. Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2015,” PR 21-317, the “8th & O Street, N.W., Disposition Approval Resolution of 2015,” PR 21-335, the “Grimke School, N.W., Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2015,” and PR 21-336, the “Grimke School, N.W., Disposition Approval Resolution of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of PR 21-316 is to declare and approve as surplus the District-owned real property located at 1336 8th Street, N.W., known for tax and assessment purposes as Lot 68 in Square 399 (the “8th & O property”). The stated purpose of PR 21-¬317 is to approve the disposition of the 8th & O property. The property is 13,306 square feet and is currently a surface parking lot utilized by two nearby churches. The development plan proposes a mix of approximately 76 residential units and 5,400 square feet of ground floor retail. Of the residential units, which will be condominiums, 30 % will be affordable at 50 % and 80 % AMI.

The stated purpose of PR 21-335 is to declare and approve as surplus the District-owned real property located at 1923 Vermont Avenue, N.W., and 912 U Street, N.W., and known for tax and assessment purposes as Lots 0827 and 0833 in Square 0361 (the “Grimke property”). The stated purpose of PR 21-336 is to approve the disposition of the Grimke property. The property consists of an approximately 38,000 square foot parcel on Vermont Ave. that has the historic Grimke School, the current location of the African-American Civil War Museum, and accessory parking, and an approximately 5,900 square foot parcel at 912 U Street currently used for parking. The development plan proposes renovating the Grimke School to build a new arts and cultural center with space for the African-American Civil War Museum and performing arts organizations, as well as commercial office space. Seven market-rate townhomes will be built on the site of the Grimke gymnasium and parking lot. On the U Street parcel, the plan calls for construction of approximately 35 residential condominium units, plus approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Of the 35 condominiums, 13 will be affordable at 50 % and 80 % AMI.

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 Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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 Nov. 3, 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 November 19, 2015.