I must admit to dragging my feet on writing a summary of yesterday's hearing in front of the council's Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations about the potential move of portions of the Metropolitan Police Department to the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Ave.
The main issue is that the TV feed of the 4 1/2-hour hearing switched to a different hearing for 45 minutes, right at the start of testimony by representatives of MPD and the Office of Property Management, so I don't feel like I got the full picture. It's scheduled to be replayed on Channel 13
(available both on DC cable and streaming video) a couple times over the next few days, if you can't bear to deal with this broaching of my responsibilities and want to watch it yourself. (Though, as I always say, remember that the motto of JDLand is: The Site Where You Get What You Pay For.)
I'll post more once I get to see that missed 45 minutes, but I can tell you that the main issues discussed during the portions I saw were the concern of Southwest residents about losing the 1D station to a location quite a few blocks away (putting a crimp in the idea of "community policing") and where exactly 1,100 MPD employees are going to park and the problems of traffic flow and parking especially at the daily shift changes. (The double- and triple-parking a few blocks away at the 1D1 substation on E Street were frequently referenced.) MPD and OPM seemed to be talking about using the Trash Transfer site at 2nd and I as a parking solution, but unless I missed something during the non-broadcast portion, none of them seemed to realize that that parcel is part of the Capper/Carrollsburg
Hope VI redevelopment, and is supposed to eventually be redeveloped with an apartment building. There were indications from Tommy Wells that he'd like to see on-street parking by MPD staff completely prohibited; alas, with the building's location being about five blocks from a Metro station (compared to being basically on top of one at their current location on Indiana Avenue), I'm sure that proposal will go over real
well. I'm not sure if there's going to be additional hearings, though clearly council members Schwartz, Mendelson, and Wells had a fair number of concerns.