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Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development




For Immediate Release:


Tuesday, October 7, 2003






Chris Bender


(202) 727-4707






DC Council Approves Williams Administration's Southwest Waterfront Plan


Transforming Parking Lots into Public Plazas, Restaurants, Retail and Cultural Destinations




(Washington, DC) - Mayor Anthony A. Williams' Southwest Waterfront Development Plan was approved today by the DC Council as a supplement to the District's Comprehensive Plan. The Plan, which calls for the redevelopment of 50 acres along the Washington Channel, was prepared by the District of Columbia Office of Planning over the past two years as part of Mayor Williams' Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.




"Our city can have a world-class waterfront. The approval of this plan is the framework for getting us there-it puts the Anacostia Waterfront at the center of growth in 21st-century Washington," said Mayor Williams. "I commend Chairman Cropp, Councilmember Sharon Ambrose and the rest of the City Council for embracing our plan." The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will take the lead role in the implementation of the plan.




"This plan is the necessary first step to facilitate the revitalization of the Southwest waterfront as a vibrant mixed-use destination that both strengthens the neighborhood and contributes to the growth and development of the District of Columbia," Council Chair Linda W. Cropp said.




"A revitalized Southwest Waterfront isn't just good for the Southwest neighborhood-it's great for our economic development goals for the District," said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Eric Price. "Based on today's approval, my office will begin preparing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to initiate this major redevelopment opportunity for our city." The National Capital Revitalization Corporation, businesses and the community participated heavily in the preparation of the Plan.




Vision for the Site


Built around existing waterfront businesses, the Plan introduces new program elements, including:


800 units of mixed income housing;

580,000 SF of commercial, retail and cultural uses;

and 14-acres of new parks along the waterfront, which triples the amount of current open space.

"The Southwest Waterfront will be a true urban destination where maritime activity, commerce, culture and housing blend to form a vibrant neighborhood," said Office of Planning Director Andrew Altman.




Next Steps


Rezoning of the site and Council approval for the closure of Water Street are the critical next steps, as well as bringing together the District and Federal agencies that own Southwest Waterfront land.




"This is an exciting and important new vision for our Southwest Waterfront. We need to move carefully to ensure that citizen concerns are respected and listened to thoughtfully, as our Office of Planning has been doing - and has pledged to do - in the future," said Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose.




About the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative


The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative is an inter-agency partnership being coordinated by the DC Office of Planning to create a common vision for lands along the Anacostia River. Building on the great historic plans for Washington, the partnership envisions an energized waterfront for the next millennium that will unify diverse areas with one of the City's greatest natural assets, the Anacostia River. The Initiative seeks to revitalize neighborhoods, enhance and protect parks, improve water quality and increase access to waterfront destinations. The Southwest Waterfront Development Plan can be viewed at the OP website at www.planning.dc.gov. OP is located at 801 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 4000, Washington DC 20002.




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