On Nov. 6, the city council passed the final version of Bill 17-0159
, which creates a new Southeast Water and Sewer Improvement Benefit District
, where landowners will be subject to a special assessment to fund $12.45 million in upgrades already underway to the water and sewer infrastructure under streets near Nationals Park
To be lazy, I'll quote my own description of the bill, from a post back in July
: "It was decided to take care of these upgrades now because the streets that the pipes lie under--South Capitol, Potomac, First, N, and I
--are scheduled to be reconstructed in the coming months as part of the streetscape improvement project before the Nationals ballpark
opens, and it was thought best to take care of the sewer work now rather than having to dig up newly renovated streets. Landowners (including the city and the U.S. government) would be assessed based on total land area and the gross building area as allowed by zoning for each parcel of land that abuts or benefits from the improvements, and would be able to pay their assessment either in an up-front lump sum or over time."
The specifics are all laid out in the bill
(which was passed with an amendment-in-the-nature-of-a-substitute that rewrote the bill's original language), but if you're one of the landowners in this assessment area, I'm guessing you have high-priced attorneys who you're paying to sort out exactly this kind of stuff for you, so I'll gleefully refrain from going into any greater detail.
The infrastructure work on these streets is expected to continue until February, in concert with the streetscape improvements being done at the same time (new curbs, sidewalks, streetlamps, etc.).