November 3, 2011

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Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region, Fiscal Years 2012-2017
(File number 1485)

The Commission adopted the Federal Capital Improvements Program for the National Capital Region, Fiscal Years 2012-2017 (FCIP) and directed staff to provide copies to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), regional jurisdictions, and other interested parties. Through the document the agency provides OMB with NCPC’s funding recommendations for federal public works over a six year period. Adoption of the FCIP does not provide approval of projects included within.

This year’s FCIP contains 142 projects submitted by 14 federal agencies with an estimated cost of $5.3 billion. The Department of the Army has the most projects with 44 and the Department of Agriculture is second with 13. Of the projects, 29 are in the District of Columbia, 27 in Maryland, and 57 in Virginia. NCPC submitted 29 projects for future programming.

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[Begins at 5:48]


National Museum of African American History and Culture
(File number 6331)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved preliminary site and building plans, final site utility plans, and final support of excavation and dewatering plans for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In its approval the agency commended the Smithsonian for addressing prior agency concerns related to building size, lighting and landscape design As a result, the preliminary plans see a reduction in the overall size of the building, the south entry porch facing Madison Drive, NW, and a water feature adjacent to Constitution Avenue, NW. A previously proposed skylight on the 15th Street, NW side of the building was removed.

The Commission also adopted a Record of Decision under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that noted that the Smithsonian Institution responded to NCPC’s previous comments and recommendations for the museum’s design. The Commission further noted that the Smithsonian adopted all practical means for avoiding or minimizing potential environmental harm by the new museum and put in place mitigation measures to address any potential unanticipated impacts.

The 373,798 square-foot museum will be located on an approximately five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, NW. The design will come back before NCPC for final site and building plans at some point in late summer 2012.

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[Begins at 21:29]


Triangle Park Rehabilitation (Reservation 149, bound by 20th and Q Streets, and Connecticut Avenue, NW)
(File number 7302)

The Commission approved the National Park Service’s preliminary and final development plans to rehabilitate a triangle park bounded by Connecticut Avenue, 20th and Q Streets, NW adjacent to the Dupont Circle Q Street Metro entrance. In its approval NCPC noted that the National Park Service removed a 30” fence from the rehabilitation proposal.

The park, a historic reservation included in the L’Enfant Plan and last renovated in the 1960s, would have its flagstone paving replaced. Additional landscape and streetscape improvements include new trees, curbs, trash receptacles, soil, and grass. The project will be partially funded by $70,000 in mitigation funding received by the Dupont Circle.

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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.