Tag: D.C.

Testimony at Oversight Hearing for DMPED & OP

We commend DMPED for listing affordable housing as one of its top 5 priorities. This is a welcome explicit commitment from the office. DC’s strong population growth and fiscal position enable it to respond to this crisis with policies and funding to directly address the housing needs of our moderate and low income families.

Metro’s fancy new railcars were supposed to be rolling by now

Eight of the new cars, the first batch acquired by Metro, have been undergoing tests since early 2014.

The planned acquisition of the new cars will allow Metro to scrap cars that date to the 1970s while also expanding its rail fleet, which currently numbers just over 1,100 cars, most built in the 1980s, ‘90s and early 2000s.

Metro’s Board heard public reactions Thursday to proposed fare hikes

Though not yet set in stone, the budget proposal being considered would provide for up to a 10-cent increase for both Metrorail and Metrobus fares. Additionally, rail headways would increase, leaving more time between trains in some cases, and late-night rail service would be eliminated, with some bus routes being eliminated and airport service ending entirely.

Support for BZA Case Number 18866 – 1108 16th Street, NW

We wish to express our support for the proposed reduced parking to a total of 4 spaces to serve the redevelopment project at 1108 16th Street, NW which will provide office space and 15 residences, while preserving the historic façade of the original building. Given the awkward site and preserved historic features, the reduced parking is reasonable relief, especially for such an accessible location. 

Housing advocates call for changes to struggling Inclusionary Zoning Program

Under the IZ program, developers of new buildings containing at least 10 units must set aside between 8 and 10 percent of those units for people making under certain income thresholds. The trouble is that for most of those IZ units, the threshold is 80 percent of area median income, a measure that includes the wealthy suburbs.

Advocates call on Bowser, Zoning Commission to strengthen affordable housing policies

The letter cites a recent report from the Urban Institute that analyzed and did a comprehensive review of D.C.’s IZ policy, outlining the ways in which it can be improved. Among those recommendations includes ways to lower moderate-income limits for IZ units while increasing the production of low-income units, pricing affordable housing units based on 25 percent of the occupant’s income rather than 30 percent, and requiring low rise or rental buildings to set aside at least 12 percent of their units for affordable housing and ten percent of units for high rises.

Testimony to DC Council to Reconsider the Proposed R20-1136 – Fifth & I Streets NW Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014

We urge the council to reconsider DMPED’s selection of the TPC 5th & I LLC proposal because it does not respond to a key affordable housing provision in the Request for Expressions of Interest (REFI). Specifically, the TPC 5th & I Partners LLC proposal is not responsive to the RFEI, release date April 25,
2013 (revised), because the proposal offers off-site affordable housing, and thus in not compliant with the RFEI’s explicit request regarding affordable housing on-site: