November 7, 2013

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Naval Support Activity-Bethesda Master Plan
(File number MP059)

The National Capital Planning Commission approved the final master plan for the Naval Support Activity-Bethesda located on Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Maryland. Submitted by the Department of the Navy, the master plan would improve facilities, standards, and quality of life on the campus by bringing the current 2008 master plan up-to-date. The master plan will guide development of the 243 acres campus for the next ten years, and anticipates an on-site population increase of 925 for a total of 12,611 employees.

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[Begins at 7:28]

Reconstruction of South Capitol Street Corridor (Segments 1 and 2)
(File number 7529)

The Commission provided comments on concept designs submitted by the District Department of Transportation for its proposed reconstruction of the South Capitol Street Corridor. Plans include a replacement Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, rehabilitation of several triangular parks, development of two traffic rotaries (with planned internal open spaces) at either end of the new bridge, and a new I-295 interchange. The new 1,600 foot linear bridge would include six traffic lanes, cycle tracks, and pedestrian pathways. Plans for South Capitol Street call for a tree-lined street with a 130 foot right of way in the near-term, and a 160 foot right of way in the long-term.

The Commission commented favorably on the two proposed open spaces to be located on either side of the bridge. However, they concurred with comments provided by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) at its September 19, 2013 meeting where CFA noted that the design of the new bridge was not appropriate given its important setting and role as a gateway to the city.

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[Begins at 45:07]

Information Presentation: Carnegie Library Renovation and Expansion
(File number 7532)

Before adjourning the Commission heard an information presentation on renovation and expansion plans for the Carnegie Library. The proposed public-private partnership project by Events DC and the Spy Museum would renovate the existing Carnegie Library building and grounds into a new home for the Spy Museum and Historical Society of Washington, DC. NCPC does not take action on information presentations.

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[Begins at 102:55]

Consent Calendar: The Commission votes 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.