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Reeves Disposition Meeting Questions (Dec. 17, 2013)

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The Department of General Services (DGS) hosted a public meeting on the proposed disposition of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center (“Reeves Center”) …

The Department of General Services (DGS) hosted a public meeting on the proposed disposition of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center (“Reeves Center”)
on December 17, 2013

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  • 1. GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES The Department of General Services (DGS) hosted a public meeting on the proposed disposition of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center (“Reeves Center”) on December 17, 2013 Below are comments/questions from attendees of the public meeting: 1. More information was requested on the Request for Proposals (RFP); and that the RFP be for a commercial building. 2. The DC Center, the Post Office and the Farmer’s Market should remain 3. Where do people go to continue the conversation on the planning for what happens to the services now providing at Reeves? 4. More information is needed on the project’s comprehensive plan; will rent increase with the displacement of services. 5. Does the Akridge plan include information on the business activity for Reeve’s tenants? 6. What are the future plans for the Farmer’s Market; is it possible that the market could remain? 7. More information is requested on the Class A classification; will the building be torn down? 8. The daycare center should be able to remain in the community. 9. The DC Center should remain. 10. The sidewalk and community space should remain; daytime traffic is needed to diversify the neighborhood. 11. The neighborhood needs services. 12. Need to create more active services and offerings for the community. 13. There is a need for more businesses in the community. 14. Need to continue to provide daytime traffic in the community for residents and businesses. 15. How do you evaluate business use in this plan? 16. Has there been any appraisal done of the various usage of the property? 17. Any plans to expand public and green space in areas like this? 18. What will happen to the Office of Latino Affairs? 19. The plan must ensure there will be jobs created in creation, but also in the long term. 20. More information is needed on the warehouse that has been mentioned as part of the land swap. 21. Can you confirm the $17 million figure that has been mentioned in the swap; what is the value of the land? 1
  • 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES 22. The Reeves Center should not be torn down. 23. Will there be a requirement in the plan to prevent a “bait and switch” of property? 24. There needs to be more community meetings on this project. 25. There should be more parking and signage for parking in the community. 26. There needs to be more public space in this community. 27. What are the goals of this project; can the goals be listed somewhere? 28. Open space needs to be maintained along with the variance of space usage; what is the percentage of people coming to the stadium that are DC residents versus non-residents in terms of how the District collects sales tax? 29. The plan should consider what is best for the community. 30. Are there any properties being considered within a mile of this property in play? 31. Are you taking into account daytime use and a public square component? 32. Is there a way for written comment to be submitted? 33. The plan needs to measure daytime traffic and usage. 34. Will public comments being incorporated into the proposal? 35. What is currently outlined in the proposal? 36. How will use affect the district’s sustainability goals (community and traffic plan)? 37. Homeless and low-income housing should be considered; what percentage would be included? 38. Follow the process to include more local organization; uptown overlay restricts specific usage in this area; why was RFK not considered for the soccer stadium? Reeves would be better used for retail use; satellite services. 39. City should consider plaza and require a place or community space be used; civic center should be designated as a civil rights space (historical). 40. A presentation should be given to the ANC on Jan. 2. 41. Residents should be told (Gino Baroni) if they will be losing their homes? 42. The parking lot area on S Street, between 13th and 14th; is this site part of this plan? They would like to have that in writing that it is not. 43. There should be an office building where Reeves is and there should be an RFP that is not open ended and instructs the developer to bring in commercial space to maintain if not increase daytime commerce. The daycare center should stay in the building and the farmer’s market should stay on the corner and the post office should remain. 44. Services, like those provided by the Department of Real Estate Services (DOES), can there be spaces allocated to allow these services to remain in the area? 2
  • 3. GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES 45. What does the comprehensive plan say about this site/area? Has the city finished the master facilities plan? How much rent is being paid for district government agencies now? How would this project solve this problem rather than make it worse? 46. Does Akridge’s plan have more than just mixed retail and residential space (such as any office tenancy in the building) in its proposal? 47. The city does not need another land swap in this neighborhood, but a lot of other services, and not a duplication of what is offered across the street. 48. There was a request for stakeholders to think about more than the status quo here in the neighborhood now, but there is an opportunity to create an active public destination area in the area. 49. The city should look at turning the space into business space and a business incubator. 50. There should be more active, outdoor space in the neighborhood. 51. Need more information relative to the warehouse on S Street and plan to develop that space. 3

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