Wednesday’s Council agenda included a bit of key real estate business: The nomination of Stanley Wall, owner of Wall Development LLC, to chair the Zoning Commission. As Michael Niebauer reports today, Councilman-at-Large Phil Mendelson is taking issue with the choice of a developer to occupy the seat vacated by Anthony Hood, considered by many to be the “community representative” on the Commission (last week, the Federation of Citizens Associations of D.C. awarded Hood its “Exemplary Civic Activism Award” for his long years of service in several community organizations). Wall is working with the Fenty Administration to redevelop Anacostia’s Poplar Point into a public park, but says he would recuse himself from any issues in which his company might be involved.
Mendelson would rather not see a private developer appointed in Hood’s place—”we don’t need more of that on the Zoning Commission,” he said. He could only have been referring to Konrad W. Schlater, another Fenty appointee, who serves as a vice president at W.C. Smith and Co. The other members are, by statute, representatives of the federal Architect of the Capitol and the National Parks Service. A fifth seat is vacant.
Besides the Wall’s city development deals, has he been a Fenty supporter? Naturally. As an individual, Wall cut a $500 check to Fenty’s campaign in 2006, and his company has so far donated $250 to his reelection. Fenty is the only D.C. politician to whom Wall or his company has donated.