D.C. Council Eyes Checks on Property for Developers; Fenty's Schools Plan Sparks Measure

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 12, 2007 | Go to article overview

D.C. Council Eyes Checks on Property for Developers; Fenty's Schools Plan Sparks Measure


Byline: Gary Emerling, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

D.C. Council members want to place tighter requirements on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration designating city-owned property for use by private developers, following his failed proposal this summer to redevelop a public library and recent plan to close more than 20 schools.

"We must be extremely vigilant and provide legislative safeguards to protect the people's property for the people," said Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat.

Mr. Thomas and council member Marion Barry yesterday introduced legislation that would require Fenty officials and D.C. agencies in charge of city properties to provide detailed explanations of why they are allocating parcels of land for use by private companies and developers.

For example, Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, would have to submit a resolution to the council stating the property is not required for public purposes and prove why it should be sold or leased to developers, instead of housing city agencies that now lease private space.

Another key part of the proposed bill is a requirement that the mayor hold at least two public hearings near the property before designating it as a parcel for private use.

The legislation, which was referred to the council's Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations, follows several contentious land-use decisions made by city officials this year.

Council members in October reneged on a plan proposed by Fenty officials to negotiate exclusively with developer Eastbanc Inc. for the sale and redevelopment of the West End Neighborhood Library, a fire station and nearby land. Members initially approved the deal by a 12-1 vote, but voted to reconsider the plan following an outcry from residents and community groups.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Fenty and D.C. public schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced plans to close 23 schools to "rightsize" the system and fund additional academic programs.

The proposed closures would add to the District's existing list of hundreds of vacant properties and have caused concern among residents about the buildings being abandoned by the District, then sold to developers.

Mr. Fenty has not outlined plans for most of the empty school facilities, but has said they will not be sold.

The city has 290 vacant properties, according to the Office of Property Management. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

D.C. Council Eyes Checks on Property for Developers; Fenty's Schools Plan Sparks Measure
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.