ANC6B Chair Urges City Council to Move Forward on Reservation 13
Flahaven Points Out Why Development Appears to Have Stalled
by Larry Janezich
ANC6B Chair Brian Flahaven testified before Councilmember Bowser’s Economic Development Committee oversight hearing of the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) this morning, urging the city to move forward with development of Reservation 13.
After the failed development attempt under the Fenty Administration and the Gray Administration’s effort to bring the Washington Redskins training facility to the site, Flahaven noted the Gray announcement a year ago that the DMPED would proceed with plans for mixed use development of the site in two phases. DMPED went back to the drawing board and sought new expressions of interest for phase I, the portion of Reservation 13 adjacent to the Armory Stadium Metro Station. The response was underwhelming, with only one development team – Donatelli/Blue Skye – submitting a proposal. Flahaven said there are three explanations for the failure to receive more responses.
First, DMPED removed language that gave the winning development team for the smaller area the right of first refusal to negotiate with the city to develop the rest of the site, thereby removing an important incentive for developers to bid on the scaled-back project.
Second, the request for expressions of interest required development teams to pay for all infrastructure improvements, including public roadways.
Third, the city has no plan for closing DC General and relocating any of the services on Reservation 13, including the DC General homeless shelter currently housing around 1,000 homeless, a methadone clinic, and DC Jail.
The message appears to be that the city is suffering from a credibility deficiency regarding their commitment to closing developing the rest of the site.
Flahaven, on behalf of ANC6B, urged Bowser’s committee to ask DMPED the following questions:
How does DMPED plan to proceed with the Donatelli-Blue Skye response?
Will they share that response with the community?
Will the Gray Administration seek funding in the FY 14 budget for infrastructure improvements?
How is DMPED working with the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services on plan for closing DC General?
How does DPMED intend to demonstrate that the city is serious about developing the Hill East waterfront?
A November 27, 2012 posting on this subject can be found here: