May 6, 2010

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VA Medical Center Master Plan
(File Number MP028)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved the master plan for the 35-acre Veterans Affairs Medical Center Campus located at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC.

Submitted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the master plan proposes to expand and modernize the existing 900,000 square foot medical center building with 818,000 gross square feet of additional space that will improve medical care for veterans in the National Capital Region and transform the complex into the VA’s flagship medical center.

The proposed development will take place in four phases during a 20 year period. The plan will increase inpatient and outpatient areas, add a new long-term living facility space, add medical research space, consolidate administrative functions, and improve site utilities. Green space will increase from 19 to 33 percent of the campus acreage. Each of the components will be submitted to NCPC for approval.

See the Commission Action, Staff Recommendation, and FONSI

Closing of Portions of Virginia Avenue, M, and 14th Streets, SE
(File Number 7036)

The Commission supported a request by the District of Columbia to close sections of Virginia Avenue, M, and 14th Streets in Southeast Washington, DC, provided that the development plan is modified to respect the viewsheds. The streets are adjacent to Square 1048-S and Reservations 129, 130, and 299. The closure would allow for the construction of a mixed-use development that would contain approximately 815,000 gross square feet of space and be used for office, hotel, retail, and commercial purposes.

Today’s action supports the recommendation of the District’s own Historic Preservation Review Board that any encroachment on L’Enfant views and vistas be completely avoided or minimized to the maximum extent possible. The Commission advised the Council of the District of Columbia that the proposed street closings and associated development plan would not have a negative impact on the federal interest provided that no development takes place within rights-of-way of L’Enfant streets. NCPC recommended that the development plan be modified to respect the Virginia Avenue, M, and 14th Streets, SE viewsheds. The street closure is part of a settlement for a case involving the District of Columbia government and the Cohen Companies, majority owner of 1333 M Street, SE, LLC, to resolve a lawsuit.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation

Consent Calendar: The Commission voted on Consent Calendar items without staff presentations or public testimony.

Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.