I’ve been extremely frustrated at the city’s lack of progress on development at Reservation 13, the 67-acre waterfront site that used to house DC General Hospital. Despite a clear master plan and vision supported by the surrounding community, both Mayors Fenty and Gray have declined to move the project forward. Proposed development at Reservation 13, one of the largest undeveloped Metro-accessible sites in the city, would connect our neighborhood to the Anacostia watefront and generate additional tax revenue for the city. While development has roared forward in NoMa, Southwest and Near Southeast, Reservation 13 remains stalled without explanation.
In late December, 12 ANC commissioners representing districts adjacent to or near Reservation 13 invited Mayor Vince Gray to attend a community meeting to provide an update on proposed development plans for the site. Since that time, I’ve been working with the Mayor’s Office to find a date, time and place for the meeting.
Last week, we were able to confirm that Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, would accept our invitation and participate in the community meeting. However, we have not yet been able to confirm Mayor Gray. It is critical that residents hear directly from Mayor Gray about the city’s plans for Reservation 13 and how he will jumpstart development at the site.
We need your help! Please call Mayor Gray’s Office today and tell the Mayor he needs to be at the community meeting on Reservation 13. You can reach his office by dialing:
It takes just a few minutes to make a call – and the more the Mayor hears from us, the harder it will be for him to decline the invitation.
Ward 7, Hill East and Kingman Park need development at Reservation 13. Its time for the Mayor and Council to stop stalling and move forward on this critical project.
I just called the Mayor’s office and spoke with a (very polite) member of his staff. I asked that the Mayor–not a member of his staff or other agency personnel–meet with the local community. He said that the meeting request was currently under consideration. He also said I was the second person to call today to ask that Mayor Gray meet with the community, and that calls from community members would definitely influence any decision they make. The staff person I spoke with promised to notify me once a decision has been made.