February 5, 2009

National Naval Medical Center Master Plan Update
(File Number MP059)

The National Capital Planning Commission approved a proposal by the United States Department of the Navy to update the Master Plan for the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) located in Bethesda, Maryland. Per the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC will close. Military medical services in the National Capital Area will therefore be split between the National Naval Medical Center and a new hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The approved NNMC Master Plan will guide long-term development of the approximately 245-acre campus located on Rockville Pike in Bethesda. It is anticipated that by 2016 annual patients and visitors will nearly double and building square footage will increase from 4.7 million gross square feet to 6.35 million gross square feet.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Square 101, Lot 874, 2013 H Street, NW Zoning Map Amendment
(File Number Z.C. 08-19)

The Commission advised the Zoning Commission that a proposed map amendment to change the zoning for Square 101, Lot 874 located on H Street, NW between 20th and 21st Streets in Washington, DC would not be inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital nor adversely affect any other identified federal interests. The map amendment would allow for an increase in allowable density on the site and remove a maximum lot occupancy requirement. The site’s existing use would be expanded with a seven-story addition constructed next to an existing three-story building and carriage house.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


Marriott Marquis Hotel Consolidated Planned Unit Development and Map Amendment
(File Number Z.C. 08-13)

The Commission advised the Zoning Commission that a consolidated Planned Unit Development (PUD) and related map amendment to construct the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Square 370 at the corner of 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW in the District would not be inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital nor adversely affect any other identified federal interests. The PUD would allow for increased height. The map amendment would change the current split zoning.

The proposed convention center hotel would be located on an 82,888 square-foot site that would be connected to the Washington Convention Center by an underground tunnel. An existing seven-story office building would be renovated and incorporated into the project as a boutique hotel.

See the Commission Action and Staff Recommendation


BRAC 133 Project Mark Center Development
(File Number 6903)

The Commission approved the location and the preliminary and final building foundation plans for the new DoD Washington Headquarters Services complex, part of a BRAC-related item submitted by the Department of the Army for the BRAC 133 Project Mark Center Development. As part of the action, the Commission also commented favorably on the concept site and building plans for the project.

Per BRAC requirements, the Army is required to relocate offices and personnel to secure locations by 2011. As part of this effort, they propose moving 6,409 personnel from the Washington Headquarters Service and related support personnel to two new buildings on a secure 15.9 acre site in the Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Mark Center, an existing office complex, is located at the Intersection of Seminary Road and I-395.

The Commission recommended that the Army include planning for the location of a slip-ramp to I-395 from the south parking garage for federal employee traffic; conduct further design coordination with the City of Alexandria; complete the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 process for the north garage; submit a revised land use plan as part of the updated Fort Belvoir master plan; and continue to coordinate with the public.

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.