McDuffie to Host Community Meeting on WMATA Plans for Brookland Metro Station

On Wednesday, December 4, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie will host a community meeting with WMATA to discuss WMATA’s plans to develop the Brookland Metro Station. WMATA’s development solicitation may be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/1cLMqFs

Wednesday, December 4

6:30 – 8 PM

Casey Trees

3030 12th St N.E.

Councilmember McDuffie sent the below letter to WMATA expressing his concerns about the development solicitation for the project.

 

November 13, 2013

 

Mr. Stan Wall

Director, Office of Real Estate & Station Planning

Department of Finance & Administration

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 

Dear Mr. Wall,

I have had an opportunity to review WMATA’s November 2013 Joint Development Solicitation Plan, which includes plans to develop real estate surrounding two Ward 5 metro stations: Brookland and Fort Totten. I write specifically concerning WMATA’s solicitation for the Brookland site.

As I have expressed to you in the past, it is important to me and the Brookland community that the Brookland Green between Newton and Otis Streets be preserved when WMATA redevelops its property. I was therefore quite disappointed when I reviewed WMATA’s November 2013 Joint Development Solicitation Plan and learned that WMATA specifically contemplates and encourages development that would negatively impact the Brookland Green. Indeed, Joint Development Solicitation #2013-01 (Brookland-CUA Metro Station) Illustrative Concepts A and B (pages 16 and 17, respectively) suggest to potential development partners that their submissions should take up the entire footprint of the “South Parcel” currently occupied by the Kiss & Ride and Brookland Green.

I encourage WMATA to re-think any plan that would destroy the green space and mature trees that currently serve as the much beloved “Brookland Green,” and I request a meeting to further discuss how WMATA’s development plan for the Brookland Metro can preserve this historic community asset.

Sincerely,

Kenyan R. McDuffie

Councilmember, Ward 5

 

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