February 6, 2014

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Kennedy Center Expansion
(File number 7523)

The National Capital Planning Commission provided favorable comments on concept designs for an approximately 65,000 square foot expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Plans by architect Steven Holl call for the addition of new education and rehearsal space, and gardens, on a 4.6 acre site located on the center's south grounds.

Designed by Eduard Durrel Stone, the Kennedy Center currently has no dedicated classrooms and minimal rehearsal rooms. The proposed expansion adds 13,000 square feet of underground rehearsal space, as well as office and other uses. Two above-ground pavilions will be situated above the underground additions. Plans call for performances to be projected on the side of one pavilion with adjacent lawn seating for approximately 1,500 people. Another pavilion will be located on the Potomac River. This riverfront pavilion will contain a cafe and additional performance areas.

Substantial landscape enhancements and programming are also proposed, as is the relocation of existing surface bus and shuttle parking to a new underground structure. The Kennedy Center opened in 1971 and has been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

While supporting the concept plans the Commission also made several requests for the Kennedy Center to address prior to bringing the project back before NCPC. These items include further development of the landscape design; an analysis of potential traffic impacts and the feasibility of projecting performances on the side of a pavilion; and pedestrian volumes on a proposed bridge connecting to the river pavilion.

See Commission Action and Recommendation

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Headquarters Modernization and Expansion
(File number 0162)

The Commission approved preliminary site and building plans to fully modernize and expand the six-story Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Headquarters, located at 1700 G Street, NW. Upon completion the building will be home to more than 1,000 employees and contractors. The 320,000 square foot building was constructed in 1976 as the home of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Plans include interior renovations and building systems upgrades, replacement of exterior windows and frames, redesign of the main lobby, relocation of a childcare play area to the rooftop, and minimal perimeter security. In addition, its public courtyard will be reconstructed and new landscaping added. The existing ground floor retail will remain in the structure.

Prior to submitting final site and building plans, the Commission requested CFPB remove and/or modify proposed bollards and signage located at the entrances to the building and courtyard.

See Commission Action, and Recommendation, and FONSI

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Information Presentation: DC Streetcar System Plan
(File number 7552)

Before adjourning the Commission heard an update on plans for the DC Streetcar system from the District Department of Transportation. The H/Benning Line and Anacostia Initial Line Segment, the first two components of a 22-mile priority system that will eventually be expanded to a 37-mile streetcar network, are currently in development. NCPC does not take any actions on information presentations.

See Information Sheet

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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.