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In the last week, I’ve blogged a few times about Councilmember Kwame Brown‘s various moves with a bill that would convey 16 acres of land by the Southwest Waterfront to the developers that seek to rebuild the area. I won’t go over all the details. But to be brief: the bill has been long-delayed, and finally last week Brown, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Economic Development, agreed to take it up again.

But not without some of his own personal touches that seem to significantly impact the resolution. Last night, Brown sent out a statement about these changes, and of course, to give “thanks” to the mayor for pushing him to review the bill again. I’m going to post his summary of how the proposal was altered.  (SWDC Blog’s on the story, as well.) The full statement is after the jump:

– Affordable Housing: The developer is required to create affordable housing units in accordance with the NCRC and AWC Reorganization Act of 2008.

– Fulfilling the Community s Vision: The developer is required to abide by terms promised to the community in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan and the Southwest Waterfront Plan Approval Resolution of 2003.

– Don t Flip the Property: The property cannot be transferred without prior consent of the District and approval of the Council. The city will have the right to repossess the property if the developer fails to meet the requirements of the agreement.

– Local Small Business Participation: Small businesses are required to receive 35% of the contracting dollars, 20% equity participation and 20% development participation.

– Oversight and Transparency: To review the financial stability of the developer, the Mayor will submit an amended Initial Project Funding and Financing Plan by May 1, 2009 to the Council and will submit further reports upon written request by the Council.

Kwame Thanks Mayor for Reintroducing SW Waterfront Disposition

with Affordable Housing and Community Benefits

WASHINGTON Today, At-Large Councilmember Kwame R. Brown, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development, thanked Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for transmitting a revised resolution approving the disposition of land for the Southwest Waterfront project. The revised resolution includes language that protects promises made to the community in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework and small area plans in addition to affordable housing and Council oversight requirements. The resolution is expected to be taken up during the Council s legislative meeting tomorrow.

The agreement that the Mayor would transmit a revised emergency resolution was struck late Friday evening with input from the administration and the developer. Councilmember Brown thanked both Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells for their integral role in the process.

Residents want to know that when developers make promises to them that those promises are kept, said Councilmember Brown. My priorities were to work cooperatively to move the project forward but to also preserve the community s vision for the waterfront. That included protecting affordable housing and providing responsible oversight of the project. This is a major win for District residents whose voices have been heard. Chairman Gray and Councilmember Wells played critical roles throughout this week s discussions and this would not have happened without them.

Councilmember Brown fought to have the following provisions included in the final resolution to protect the interests of the community and move the project forward in a timely, responsible manner:

– Affordable Housing: The developer is required to create affordable housing units in accordance with the NCRC and AWC Reorganization Act of 2008. – Fulfilling the Community s Vision: The developer is required to abide by terms promised to the community in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Framework Plan and the Southwest Waterfront Plan Approval Resolution of 2003. – Don t Flip the Property: The property cannot be transferred without prior consent of the District and approval of the Council. The city will have the right to repossess the property if the developer fails to meet the requirements of the agreement. – Local Small Business Participation: Small businesses are required to receive 35% of the contracting dollars, 20% equity participation and 20% development participation. – Oversight and Transparency: To review the financial stability of the developer, the Mayor will submit an amended Initial Project Funding and Financing Plan by May 1, 2009 to the Council and will submit further reports upon written request by the Council.

I have always been determined to move this project forward, while maximizing the benefit to District residents, said Councilmember Brown. I am encouraged that we were able to come together and finalize the deal with these protections in place.

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