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Officials break ground Dec. 16 for Metro

(Published Dec. 4, 2000)

Federal and local officials will break ground for the new New York Avenue station on Metroís Red Line Dec. 16. The 10 a.m. ceremony, featuring the Dunbar High School marching band, will be held at the stationís future site at Florida and New York avenues NE.

"We have the site and the entire $84 million in place," announced Marc A. Weiss, chairman of the Action 29-New York Avenue Metro Station Corp.

Congress approved $25 million in federal money toward the construction costs as part of the cityís fiscal 2001 budget, following a controversial attempt in the House of Representatives to reduce the funding. Private companies plan to foot the bill for a large portion of the constuction costs.

The planned Metro station, between the Union Station and Rhode Island Avenue stops, is considered key to city officialsí attempts to develop both the New York Avenue commercial corridor and the "NoMa" ("north of Massachusetts Avenue") high-technology corridor. The Treasury Departmentís Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recently decided to build its new headquarters along New York Avenue, based largely on the planned new Metro station providing transportation for federal workers.

Expected to join Metro board Chairman Gladys W. Mack and Weiss at the groundbreaking are Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, OMB Director Jacob J. Lew, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan, North Capitol Area Business Association President Therman Walker, and several D.C. City Council members.

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