RECONVENED: Hearing on B21-218, Eminent Domain Authorization


Bill 21-218, Lots 804, 814, 818, 820, 822 in Square 1230 Eminent Domain Authorization Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the reconvening of a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-218, the “Lots 804, 814, 818, 820, 822 in Square 1230 Eminent Domain Authorization Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The hearing was initially convened, pursuant to public notice, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. That proceeding was recessed until October 8, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., to hear testimony regarding Bill 21-218, which would authorize the Mayor to assemble Lots 804, 814, 818, 820, and 822 in Square 1230, through the use of eminent domain. Together, these lots comprise what appears to be a public alley in Georgetown regularly used by the public and the city, as well as by adjacent landowners to access their property. Bill 21-218 would authorize the Mayor to take ownership of the parcels for alley purposes. The Committee will use this hearing to explore other options, such as to revoke the recent tax sales of these parcels, or to revise Bill 21-218 to protect the abutting landowners.

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, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Tuesday, October 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 October 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 the legislations can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council or on

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 October 14, 2015.