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D.C. General site planning, March 1-3

(Published February 25, 2002)

A weekend-long community planning session has been planned for March 1-3 to present and discuss the city’s Draft Master Plan for Reservation 13 — a 67-acre tract along the west bank of the Anacostia River which is the current site of D.C. General Hospital and the D.C. Jail.

The D.C. Office of Planning will conduct the planning "charrette" at Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE.

On March 1, public tours of the site will be offered between 5 and 7 p.m. Tours will begin at the site’s gateway at Massachusetts and Potomac avenues SE and 19th Street.

On March 2, residents will be asked to participate in a "hands-on" planning session. Between 9 and 11 a.m., the city’s consultant team on the site planning will summarize Reservation 13’s characteristics and present an "initial concept plan for participants to use as a starting point to evaluate, adapt, improve, or wholly redesign in the remainder of the workshop," according to a schedule for the weekend session.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., city planners will discuss "key components" of the Draft Master Plan — including adjacent properties, future development’s character, transportation issues, complementary and competing land uses, and "connecting neighborhoods and the waterfront."

From 1:30 to 4 p.m., residents will be encouraged to offer their ideas for the site’s future use.

On March 3, a "consultant working session" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be open to the public.

From 2 to 4 p.m., city planners will formally present their Draft Master Plan for discussion.

The weekend planning session follows two evenings of public meetings that were previously held to solicit public views. D.C. City Council mandated completion of a Draft Master Plan for the property by March 31 as part of the fiscal 2002 budget. For more information on the public meetings, call (202) 442-7600.

Copyright 2002, The Common Denominator