The Washington Post is reporting that city leaders are looking to give the entire northern half of the 67-acre Reservation 13 site to Dan Snyder for a training facility. My initial thoughts:
- For those of us who would like to see mixed-use development on Reservation 13, this is the worst possible location on the site for the training facility. The facility would essentially gut the community-supported Reservation 13 master plan and would give the portion of the site most attractive to potential developers to Dan Snyder.
- Forget new jobs, housing and retail development. The training facility, which would take up 30 acres, would leave little area remaining for mixed-use development. And the area remaining would be closest to the DC Jail and thus, less attractive for residential and retail development. The beauty of the Res. 13 master plan is that it envisioned a corridor of office/municipal buildings that would separate residential/retail areas from the jail.
- As many of us suspected, the training facility would continue to keep surrounding neighborhoods separate from the waterfront.
- While city leaders have bemoaned the District’s tough fiscal situation, here they are ready to give Dan Snyder some of DC’s most valuable land for free! They are apparently ready to trade away development that will lead to new residents, more jobs, additional housing and increased tax base for a private training facility for millionaires.
- Finally, I’m particularly frustrated that we had to learn about the location of the training facility through the media. Mayor Gray should have involved the community in this process from the beginning, particularly given all time and effort that residents put into the master plan.
I remain strongly opposed to a training facility at Reservation 13 and will continue to work with my ANC colleagues to make sure the community is heard in this process. I encourage you to mark your calendars and plan to attend the Reservation 13 community meeting with Mayor Gray on Monday, March 26, 7pm at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol Street NE). I also encourage you to learn more about the history of the site and the master plan at an informational meeting on Thurs., March 22, 7 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave. SE).
More information to come.