Action Alert: Public Property Campaign

Empower DC sent out the following email:

Call/Email the Council & Urge Their Support for Bill 18-76


Tuesday, December 1 st – 11: 0 0 AM

Wilson Building – 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW room 500

Bring ID to Enter – Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Help Us PACK the HEARING ROOM with 100 people!


TAKE ACTION: Call/Email the Council

& Urge Their Support for Bill 18-76!

The Full Council will have a first reading of Bill1 8-76 on Dec 1st. Councilman Harry Thomas will introduce 2 key amendments to restore provisions that were stripped out during the committee process.

We need 7 votes in favor of the bill and Councilman Thomas’ amendments; 9 votes to be able to override a Mayoral veto

PLEASE EMAIL ALL Council Members & CALL Your Ward Councilperson, At-Large Member Kwame Brown & Chair Vincent Gray!


I am writing to urge your support for Bill 18-76 (The Public Land Surplus Standards Amendment Act of 2009) including the amendments that will be introduced by Councilman Thomas to restore key provisions to the bill. 18-76 enhances transparency, fosters community input and mandates facilities planning, developing a process for the city to identify its own facilities needs before declaring property “surplus.” The bill will assist the Council with better oversight of the city’s public assets by instituting a long overdue Master Facilities Plan, and requiring the Executive to hold a community hearing and consider public uses prior to asking the Council to “surplus” a property. I hope that I can count on your support.





Vince Gray, Chair

(202) 724-8032

Phil Mendelson, At Large

(202) 724-8064

Michael Brown, At Large

(202) 724-8105

Kwame Brown, At Large

(202) 724-8174

David Catania, At Large

(202) 724-7772

Jim Graham, Ward 1

(202) 724-8181

Jack Evans, Ward 2

(202) 724-8058

Mary Cheh., Ward 3

(202) 724-8062

Muriel Bowser, Ward 4

(202) 724-8052

Harry Thomas, Ward 5

(202) 724-8028

Tommy Wells, Ward 6

(202) 724-8072

Yvette Alexander, Ward 7

(202) 724-8068

Marion Barry, Ward 8

(202) 724-8045

Bill 18-76 was introduced by Councilman Thomas in December 2008, and signed on to by Michael Brown and Phil Mendelson. It was referred to the Committee on Government Operations (Chaired by Mary Cheh) and a hearing was held on May 29th, 2009 at which 100 residents testified in support. On November 19th, the committee held a second hearing (called a Mark-Up) at which they voted on the Bill. The committee passed the bill unanimously, but only after stripping out key elements. On December 1st the Council Committee of the Whole will hold its first reading of 18-76, at which Councilman Thomas will introduce amendments to restore the Master Facilities Plan and its advisory body (see below for more info). We are almost there! It’s VERY important that the Council hear from you!


Requires the Mayor hold a hearing in the evening/weekend, in the community BEFORE asking the Council to “surplus” a public property

Notifies ANCs 30 days prior to the hearing

Mandates a meaningful Master Facilities Plan for all DC government agencies, to assist with “repurposing” (rather then “disposing”) of public property

Mandates a regular audit of space being leased by DC government from private developers (current cost $140 million/year) and encourages saving taxpayer money by replacing leases with property we own

Create a Master Facilities Planning Committee, to facilitate the creation of the Master Facilities Plan and provide comment to the Council


Examples of Previously Disposed Public Property

Property: Former Use: Is Now/Will Be:

Randall School Homeless Shelter Art Gallery and Luxury Condos

Wormley School School Condos Starting at $1.3 million/unit

Gage School School Parker Flats Condos

Pierce School School Condos

Lovejoy School School Condos

Adams Morgan School Condos

Berret School School Condos

Carbery School School Luxury Lofts

Bryan School School Luxury Lofts

Giddings School School Results Gym

Mather Building UDC Building Condos

Arthur Capper Public Housing Parking Lot for New Baseball Stadium


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