I wrote a few weeks back about the release of the draft EIS
in the ongoing search for a site for a new Marine barracks, and about the five sites the document analyzed, three of which are on privately held land or privately-controlled land (at 8th & Virginia
, 11th & M
, and in the northeast corner of the Yards
), and two of which are at sites under federal control, within the walls of the Navy Yard
and on the current Bachelor Enlisted Quarters land
at 7th and L.
Today, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton released her comments
on the study, saying that the private sites "should not be chosen because of the significant negative impacts on District residents, District business owners, and the District economy" and that the Marines "cannot now swoop in and take these prized sites in a city that has almost no land left for development for the benefit of its growing population and businesses."
In comparison, she says, the two sites on federal land "will protect private landowners and lessees in the District while at the same time providing the opportunity for increased economic development at the current Building 20 site" (at 8th and I).
The period for commenting on the EIS ends today, May 26. so if you are desperate to add your voice, I would hope you can submit via the web site