|Before the Hearing|
On multiple occasions, members spoke about the need to have the 49 L Street warehouse positively impact the surrounding community, and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells spoke directly in favor of the Half Street Market concept in his testimony. The quotes below help to provide further context, and you can watch the hearing in full here.
Ranking Member Connolly (D-VA-11):
|Photo courtesy Oversight |
Committee on Government Operations
Congresswoman Norton (D-DC):
“Here we have an enterprising community that seeing a large, vacant property within its midst surrounded by booming development on all corners develops its own proposal for the property.”
Councilmember Wells (Ward 6, DC):
“I strongly support the community vision captured in the Half Street Market plan.”
“We would work with local community on this property before proceeding for final [disposal].”
|Interior Rendering of Proposed Main hall|
GSA Deputy Commissioner Gelber: “Yes, that varies from project to project but there are points of time where the desire of the local community and local representative outweigh the over-arching need of the federal government.”
Community Vision Preference Over Other Options:
Congresswoman Norton: “Can you say that it is unlikely that this property will be available to the community because the law requires that you get the highest value and you are in the process of negotiating is it with a specific entity, are you in search of a specific entity, are you almost certain or near certain that this exchange can occur? How deeply into that strategy are you, how successful is it likely to be?
GSA Deputy Commissioner Gelber: “We are beginning that strategy, and believe it will be successful, so our preferred alternative is to pursue that course of action.”
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