Up to the Minute News Updates
May 13, 2013
Ward 4 Citizens Meet Former WRAMC Developer Finalist
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), has selected a short-list of respondents to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Master Development Services for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) campus in Ward 4. Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson invited five developer finalist to attend her May 13, 2013 meeting to introduce their corporate team to citizens and to discuss their corporate mission and vision; other development project's and to answer citizens questions to help citizens to get to know the developers.
Listen to the ANC4A01 May 13, 2013 Monthly Meeting Tapes---Meet the former WRAMC Developer Finalist
Forest City Washington
Hines Interests LP/Urban Atlantic Joint Venture
Roadside Development LLC
Walter Reed Associate LLC comprising the Wilkes Co., Captsone Developer LLC, Quadrangle Develoment Corp. (the developer did not respond to the Commissioner's invitation to meet Ward 4 citizens.)
Western Development Corp. (the developer responded, but cancellled due to receiving notification on Friday, May 10, 2013 from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development about their proposed meeting scheduled for July 2013.)
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April 18, 2013
WRAMC Proposed Real Property Taxes
Recently Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Colonial Village, North Portal Estates and a portion of Shepherd Park, informed Ward 4 home owners to be cognizant about a proposed real property tax strategy that was discussed on April 2, 2013 at a Walter Reed Development Authority meeting. The authority hired the Urban Land Institute to report on the WRAMC Interim use and Small Area Plan. The Ward 4 councilmember, the D.C. Office of Planning and the Office of the Mayor Economic and Development would like Ward 4 citizens to accept their opinion that the Urban Land Institute's proposed real property tax strategy is an "idea". Commissioner Anderson's response is "if it’s not on the table--but an idea, the council should pass legislation guaranteeing Ward 4 citizens that the so call idea will not become a reality".
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) purposed a similar tax increment financing (TIF) for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) on April 2, 2013. ULI in its report to Ward 4 citizens (WRAMC’s Interim Use and the Small Area Plan recommendations) stated that citizens will invest in the proposed partnership if the proposed real property tax plan is adopted. ULI’s proposal will cause for the creation of a proposed taxing district in Ward 4 to fund and support the Walter Reed Development. A range of tax assessment options and financing alternatives are on the table, from taxing Ward 4 properties within a five to ten minute walking distance of the former WRAMC. Revenue from these levies will generate funding for the WRAMC----capital costs and help offset operating losses.
Washington’s strong real estate market makes increased property tax assessments more palatable than they might be elsewhere, but Washington is not the only places proposing to use a special assessment real property tax, Property assessments are helping fund new transportation lines in Rockville, Maryland, Tampa, Seattle, San Francisco, and Kansas City, Missouri, and the success of a push for streetcars in Los Angeles will depend on support from local property owners.
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Listen to the Proposed Strategy to impose a real property tax on Ward 4 Homeowners
April 2, 2013
ANC4A Meeting Update
The regular meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A was called to order by the Chair, on April 2 2013 at approximately 7:20 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church. Motion by ANC4A01 Commissioner Anderson:
Motion to amend the ANC4A Budget to allocate funds for fiscal year 2013 grants:
Several citizens expressed their support of the grant funds. The motion did not pass. Commissioners Anderson(SMD4A01) and Black(SMD4A08) supported the Motion to fund the Grants Program. Commissiners Braxton (SMD4A05), Wilson (SMD4A07), Whatley(SMD4A03), Toliver(SMD4A01), and Benett (SMD4A04).
The D.C. Planning Office of Economic Developent and the Zoning Commission presented a Comprehensive Plan.