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PUBLIC WORKS -- 2003

JANUARY, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
1216WilgorenGrowth Brings Hope, Anxiety on Georgia Ave--affluent residents attract retail, but boost housing costs
108MoskMont. Cnty Exec Duncan Alters Route in Purple Line Plan--prefers $600M heavy rail, over $400M light rail
108TimbergDC Council OKs Compromise on 67-acre DC General Site--800 homes, 3.2M commercial space planned
113EditorThinking Purple--15 yrs of unsettled debate re Metro link: Montgomery gotta get act together for Fed $s
115Dolinski(Curr)Residents React to (revised) Purple Line Route--many prefer heavy rail, link to Medical Cntr option
115Kim (Curr)Duncan Budget Plan: Property Tax Hike for Metro Link: use edge of Beltway to connect to Silver Spring
115Swenson (Curr)Owner Lands 'Best Buy' for ( half of) vacant Hechinger store: 2 more coming: 200 apts above, 350 pkg under
119LaytonGeorgetown (private) Buses Bursting with Business--loop to DuPont Circle,Rosslyn gets many riders
121StaffEconomist Bolsters Case for $300M NVA Ballpark--get $828M in taxes over 30 yrs frm $11B ec boost
122EditorMetrofrail -- derailment outside National Airport could have been worse: safety/maintenance not optional
123ForgeyA Welcome Sign--design plan would give Kennedy Cntr new connections: curved deck, bldgs chosen
123TrescottKennedy Cntr Picks Architect for Expansion--art trustees accept new (curved) shape by Rafael Vinoly
123WilgorenTivoli Project to Begin Spring '03--DC to allocate $8M to "Tivoli Square", theater, stores, condos, etc
123StaffMore DC Residents Take Transit to Work--from 35% to 37.6% '00>'01: due to Green Line, more buses
123HsuHomeland Security Picks DC--(temporary) choice of Navy Base in NW, startles lawmakers, VA landlords
124LaytonMetro Station to Try Self-Cleaning Restroom--could provide (costly) solution to lack of fixed facilities
124LaytonMetro Vows to Train, Retain Mechanics--panel recommends private labor, but agency cites union pacts
124EditorWater, Water Everywhere--Kennedy Cntr, Georgetown project, Anacostia Waterfront Initiative all good
126MoeRehab Plan for a Hospital--ltr from Historic Trust Preservation say St. E's can be symbol of EoA rebirth
127IrwinSymbolic Choice of Homeland Security Site--to stay at Navy Security Site in NW for now--VA too costly
127NakamuraResidents, City Try New Paths to Take Back (2700+) Vacant Areas--"Home Again Initiative starts slow
127EditorMetro's Vertical Challenge--'metrospeak' is inaccruate euphemism for planet's worst elevators/escalators
128NakamuraDC Mayoral Mansion Plans Scaled Back--foundation won't trade for 4 acres of parkland, just easement
128LaytonMD Coalition Powering Up to Push Inner (trolley) Purple Line--14.4 miles frm Bethesda to New Carrollton
129Abrams (Gaz)Inner Purple Line Backers Push Advantage--planning board calls Duncan compromise too expensive
129LaytonCnty Exec Duncan's Metro Plan Rejected--alternative Purple Line Costly, time-consuming by MNCPPC
129Browning (Gaz)Advocate for Capital Crescent Trail argues that Duncan's Purple Line is a better plan: trail too small
130StaffMayor to Reveal Plan for St. Elizabeth's Hospital--lick-off of nine-month planning/meetings process
130WilgorenHome-Rehab Program Finally Starts, on Modest Scale: builders to fix up 42 eyesores (2000+ to go!)
131LaytonPlanners Discourage Purple Line Alternative--Duncan coalition challenged: $750M vs $370M may kill it
131TimbergWiliams Rejects Mt. Vernon Square for Ballpark--4 other sites, $100M cheaper, still being considered
FEBRUARY, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
204MorenoTenants' Dreams Rescue NW Building--low income housing option preserved w/$4M renovation
205ArgetsingerDC Backed in Dispute with GWU--ruling gives DC right to curb campus growth in Foggy Bottom
207StaffRepresentative Wynn (D-MD) to Request Fed Money for (undesignated) Purple Line in 6-yr DoT bill
210NakamuraDC Tree-Saving Plan Crosses Property Lines: top save big trees,homeowners face fees for uprooting
212IrwinDC Lands Its Biggest Private Lease Deal--law firm to occupy 524K sqft+120K more in 3 bldgs on PA Ave
213StaffFinal Draft for SW Waterfront Plan--public hearing March 12th: hotel, 800 apts, 300Ksqft commercial, etc.
213WoodleeDC Officials Probe Attempt to Buy Impoundment Lot--auditor probe former deputy in Prop Mgmt Office
214ShaverUnexpectedly Low Bid Keeps Wilson Bridge Under Budget--competition working low bid $116 v $160M
214StaffMetro's Cost for Disabled Exceeds $40M-'MetroAccess' trips up 33% in yr: van rides cost $12, pay $2.20
224NakamuraDowntown Library Proposal Splits DC's Bibliophiles--'generational moment' to move to old ConvCntr site?
226TimbergBusiness Fee Eyed to Pay for Stadium--mayor hopes to raise as much as $275M, revive 'arena fee'
226NakamuraProtesters Take Cuts in Housing Program to Williams--Housing Production Trust Fund shortchanged
228LaytonMetro Considers Later Weekend Close--to 3:00 AM, and earlier opening to 7:00 AM: could bring 15K trips
228WoodleeMore Questions Raised About Impoundment Lot Lease--less expensive option available, Council told
228IrwinDeal to Develop Wax Museum Site Stalls--developers pull out of deal for 535 apts etc, blame economy
MARCH, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
304StaffForum Set on Old Convention Center's Future--management proposals from six bidders underway
305FernandezNo Anthrax Spores Found at Brentwood--Postal Service says bldg safe--plan summer reopening
306TimbergCity, DC Baseball Officials Favor NY Avenue Stadium--site cost might reach $430M--want downtown site
307CottmanPurple Line Switch Causes Stir--MD Sec of Trans says bus rapid transit maybe better than light rail
308KovaleskiWashington Grand Prix Canceled--DC Sports Commission Cites Problem with Race Promoter
309KovaleskiDC Sports Commission Blamed in Loss of Race--Council members cite poor planning, noise fiasco
311TimbergBusinesses Back DC Stadium Fee--leaders want exemptions for some, no tax increases for rest!
312TimbergSuburbanites Make Pitches for Hometown Team--support declared for DC effort by MD-, VA-ites
315EditorGilding Fear's Face--spiffed-up pedestrian PA Ave at White House still forsakes traditional openness
316TimbergBallpark Called Key to Rise of NY Ave--stadium isn't just a planner's dream--can transfix blighted area
319DwyerBaseball Booster Favors Stadium at Pentagon City, VA--NVA makes case Friday for major league team
321TimbergDC presents Offer for Ballclub--NVA proposal among rival bids--Portland, OR also makes their pitch
321NakamuraPut Books Before Baseball, DC Library Backers Say--mayor plans $1M cut in library budget
322StaffOld Commerce Building Being Demolished--at corner of Conn Ave and K St--doesn't deter homeless
322TimbergNVA Belittles DC in Baseball Bid--advocate puts down DC after presentation--conflict w/Baltimore
323TimbergIn Game for Baseball, Score Uncertain--opposition by Baltimore Orioles threatens DC, NVA bids
324StaffDC, VA Metro Stops to Get More Parking--including Columbia Hts, in DC, West Falls Church in VA
328ShaverMetro Plans Stepped-Up Attack on Escalator Breakdowns--double mech training, add $36M to repair
330FernandezDC Convenes to Celebrate Its Center--new $834M, 2.3M sqft Convention Center opens on time: will it pay?
330Foxwell ltrThree Routes to Better Busing--route simplicity; adding reliable busways; connecting to Metro, shuttles
331HedgpethBuilders of Convention Center Find Perfection Comes at Price--article details costs, funding sources
331IrwinRising to Occasion: DC bets on long-term ec benefits of new convention center--but may lose $50M/yr?
331HedgpethObsolete and Marked for Demolition, Old Convention Cntr Goes Out with a Splash-- (from leaking roof)
APRIL, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
403SantanaTime to Change Course--Anacostia waterfront holds big hopes for city's future--good map/diagram
404ShaverDC Convention Center Traffic Worries Area--officials work to avoid gridlock of buses, trucks, rush hour cars
405KovaleskiDC Agency Cancels Grand Prix Contract--sports commission says firm owes DC millions: locals glad
406Lazere ltrThree Strikes Against Baseball Stadium--is our civic pride really worth $275M: revenues shift, don't add
406Cort ltrFairer Fare Plan for Metro--don't raise fares, up parking fee, cut 10% bonus on $20 tkts, more feeder buses
417EditorFees, Fares, and Fairness--gotta find fair if imperfect consensus among jurisdictions, 'stiff no one'
417StaffNew Land Proposal for Mayoral Mansion--want Park Service to lease 2 more acres to DC, rent to Casey Fn
418EditorOperation Hotmix--DPW employees plead guilty to accepting bribes for repaving work: betray public trust
419NakamuraDC's Permit Agency Picking Up Speed--slow pace of DCRA process still draws complaints from many
420KovaleskiNW Building on Market, Tenants Turn to Mayor--group seeks piece of low-cost housing fund for 22-unit apt
423NakamuraDC Officials Try New Proposal for 16.5 acre Mayoral Mansion--NPS transfer 1.8 acres to DC for Casey Fn.
425ShaferMetro Fares Going Up on July 1--rail fares up 10-35 cts, bus up 40 cts, parking up $20-30 per mos
426SantanaCensus of DC Trees Finds Endangered--19% 'fair', 10% 'poor' condition of 106K sites,(w/ 25K empty)
427Bohlen ltrChemical Warfare in DC--Army Corps of Engineers, DC Health Dept dropped ball on NW DC test site
429StaffGeorgia Ave Apartments for Homeless Families Open--13 units in renovated derelict bldg near Metro
430SantanaDC Cracks Down on Alfresco Cafes--officials say many sidewalk restaurants violated rules, taxes
MAY, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
430SherwoodMayor's Mansion Mess--2 yrs since Casey Fndn offered $50M, offer could be withdrawn soon
502ShaverLow Bid Brightens Outlook for Wilson Bridge--final piece for Eastern spans is 25% low at $191M
503SantanaDC Delays Opening DMV Site--facility renovation running 3 months late: 2-4 hr waits continue
507NakamuraKlingle Road Should Reopen, DC Council Decides--trying to resolve bitter 12-yr neighborhood dispute
508StaffDC's New DMV Director Anne Witt Speaks About Road Ahead--presses employee communications
508TimbergUpping Ante, Williams Seeks $338M for Baseball--NVA, Oregon offer millions less in public backing
509LaytonMetro Officials Warn of Future Rate Increases--July increases likely to be inadequate for long
510LaytonNew Wheels Run Afoul of Mtero-disabled woman on 'segway' challenges access rules denying them
510StaffPublic Input on Rock Creek Park Sought--Nat Park Service has draft 15-20-yr gen'l management plan
511EditorKlingle Road Redux--Council acted in city's best interests, regrettable opponents threaten suits
511WilgorenNew Portal to City's Past--museum will open doors, eyes to DC's rich history after 19-mos, $20M job
512IrwinHistoric Tivoli Theater Ready for Its Close-up--5-yr wait for makeover now ending as contractor begins
514NakamuraBoathouse Plan Faces Rising Tide--$15M Georgetown U facility denounced by environmentalists
523StaffHomeland Security Staying Put--will 'build out' at present 38-acre Navy Security Station location in NW
523LaytonMetro Chief Wants Evacuation Plan--coordination urged for roads, transit in case of attack
525StaffHearing for Metro Garage--4-level unit for 333 cars @ Minnesota Ave/Benning Rd: replace surface pkg
530StaffIdeas Sought on St. Elizabeths--public workshop on design concepts for site redevelopment
530PearlsteinA Future for Fairfax with Metro--county to outpace region's ec growth, now choking on own success
531LewisA Fee for Driving Downtown: Could London Model Work in DC? unlikely, but should look at apt alternatives
531HedgpethDC Firm May Convert 250-rm Watergate Hotel to Luxury Condos--$75M to renovate, sell for $300-700/sqft
531EditorMetro's Big Nightmare--gotta get local/state fed gov'ts to cooperate, summon political courage to raise $
JUNE, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
601LaytonShuttle En Route for DC--86 'eye-catching' downtown circulator buses planned for tourists, workers
602IrwinSettlement in the Air Over I-395 Rights--trying to settle 15-yr dispute re building over hiway near Mass Ave
602FernandezImmigrants Urge DC to protect low-income tenants--skyrocketing rents in run-down tenements unfair
605LaytonIntegrated Use of $110M, hi-tech 'SmarTrip' Delayed a Year--fareboxes not installed in Metro buses til '04
605StaffSouth Capitol St $500K Study Due Out--urges: replace seedy bridge, add tunnel, make 'grand boulevard'
606FernandezLandscaping Plan Approved for Washington Monument--solid benches to replace ugly Jersey walls
606StaffMARC Fee Raised, 3 (of 86) Commuter Trains Cut--first raise in 7 yrs, least-used trains eliminated
607WoodleeDC Developer Refuses Council's Payment Query--Jemal invokes 5th, testifies on city deals
613AsherDC Finance Chief Voices Doubts About Stadium Plan--a losing team could lose DC $2M per year
613LaytonHigher Metro Fees One Step Closer--Metro officials tentatively agree to raising fares and parking fees
615Collins LtrMetro Needs More Money--tired of system inefficiency, worth it to raise fares, get to work reliably
618LaytonHigher Metro Fares, Fees Up for Vote--proposed increases irking some riders who claim 'no say'!
619StaffSection 8 Housing Vouchers May Go towards Mortgages--25 now qualify, all of 4000 could be eligible
620LaytonMetro Parking Shows Steepest Rate Hike--some reserved space parking fees could double to $80/mos
621TimbergBaseball Talks Focus on Financing--League's panel comes to DC and NVA re Montreal Expos
622WilgorenGrowing Use of DC Loophole Foils Purchase Bids by Tenants--owners keep small % in transfer
623SpinnerOn One Office Deal, Price is Right--brokers call DC's rent OK at rebuilt warehouse 'Washington Gateway'
625TimbergWilliams Eases Push on Baseball Stadium Financing--mayor awaiting commitment from officials
626ReelStill Roughing It--DC's historic home for black golfers needs $ for facelift--Langston course lacks cash
626AdvertismentDC Housing Finance Agency Leaves Mark --since '99, $732M invested; 7994 affordable apts; 1453 low-int loans
626EditorSlow Pitch on Baseball--agrees that DC,NVA shouldn't show money till MLB shows firm commitment
629FainaruDC in Running for Baseball, Despite Demands--MLB still strongly considering DC as well as others
JULY, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
703HsuIn NW Area, Another Secretive Agency--describes use of old naval station as Homeland Security hq
704LaytonDC to Study 2.7-mile Light-rail Line in Anacostia--experiment could leave to 33-mile citywide system
711StaffNW Site Development Moves Forward--1 acre Petworth Metro site could bring 100 apts, 20Ksqft retail
711IrwinWatergate Hotel Deal Collapses--conversion to condos is off for now, may be too expensive
713LaytonMetro Projects Creak to a Halt--fiscal, political changes cancel plans, spur engineering job cuts 237>23
715StaffMetro's 1st Glass Canopy Debuts Today--at Brookland, Catholic U station first of 30 this year for $27.3M
719TimbergStadium Vote Imperils NVA's Chances for Team--Arlington's withdrawal makes MLB likely to turn to DC
722MoskWaiver Deals Cut Affordable Housing in Montgomery Cnty--half of commitment converted to fund donation
724TimbergDeveloper Threatens to evict DC Agencies for nonpayment of rent--city's feud with Jemal escalates
725EditorFor Metro, a Blues Line--relegated to 'scratching around to keep system running: where is leaders' will?
727SchwartzmanEnd of East Capitol Dwellings--once-biggest hsng proj now about empty: prospects for ex-residents?
728KovaleskiPublic Housing Program Delay Shorts Tenants--DCHA improperly charged higher rents as incomes rose
731TimbergDC Ponders Alternative for Financing Ballpark--could refinance convention center, use city-owned hotel
731LaytonVA Planning to Extend Metro System to Reston Area--officials to build rail line to Dulles in phases
AUGUST, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
801NakamuraAgency Signs Off on Mayoral Mansion--Park Service agrees to transfer land, sees no enviro. impact
801ShaverWilson Bridge Project Hinges on a Fine Point--mis-interlocking of twin draw spans won't hold traffic
801LaytonMetrorail Plan May Be Tough Sell for Virginia--possible difficulties foreseen in winning federal funding
803MoskMontgomery Cnty Debates Its Affordable Housing--officials ponder housing program's merit
821NakamuraDC Trash Company Has $%65K in Unpaid Fines--issue of trash transfer sites remains unresolved
822NakamuraDC Mayor's Mansion Plan Endorsed--NW neighbors back land swap for mayoral residence
825TimbergTensions Rising On Stadium Funds--city, convention center vie: Gandhi wants revenues to help baseball
SEPTEMBER, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
831Fazier/CasconeHouse Poor in DC--the neediest who live in housing are locked out...and conditions getting worse
905NakmuraMayoral Mansion Gains Ground--transfer of 1.8 acres federal parkland crucial to project for security
905ReelNCPC Approves PA Ave Plaza--plan aims at security and better design for pedestrians
912LaytonOfficials Say Metro Fares Will Increase Again--board divides on cutting routes to save $60-80M
912WilgorenIG Auditors Again Fault DC Housing Authority--finances of $110M in DC Hope VI programs questioned
912EditorBusted Play--NFL Failure to pay Metro for extended night service after game sad: next time don't provide
913LaytonMetro Pays $270K to Fix Up Offices--amid shortfall, work to give lawyers window offices angers some
918LaytonClosing Metro Has Domino Effect--early shutdown cascaded to other modes, plus gov't shutdowns
926LaytonShutdown Was Best Decision, Metro Says--board backs CEO citing potential dangers during storm
926LaytonMetro Board to Hold Hearings on Proposed Bus Cuts--MD routes low use, high subsidies, incl. DC>suburbs
930FisherOpEdCasey Widow's Demands Blight 'Gift' of Mayoral Mansion--location, expansion, name, etc. all dubious
OCTOBER,, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
1001GoldsteinHistoric Buildings at St E's Quickly Decaying-senate hearing to probe federal agencies' neglect
1002StaffMetro Plans More Escalator Canopies--hope to add 26 more stations by 2005: 2 DC pilots go well
1016IrwinAcres of Tantalizing Potential--developers compete w/o designs for old convention cntr 'hot property'
1016SantanaDC's Crumbling Lifelines--for lack of funds, bridges that carry area's workforce are falling apart: $300M 6-yrs
1017NakamuraDC Cancels Animal Shelter Contract--Toronto group with no experience rejected, dubious bidding process
1017KovaleskiTaking a Stand Against Discrimination--DC Taxi Co. settles suit over refusal to pick up black passenger
1017LaytonMetro to Give Chief Power to Lower Fares--director can act when service deteriorates during crisis
1018LeonnigWoman Admits to Fixing DC Traffic Tickets--worked with insiders to wipe over $200K in fines off books
1019Gallagher ltrPlanning Isn't 'Dangerous', It's Essential--NCPC director rebuts activist complaints about Mall plans
1022StaffVA Railway Express (VRE) Gets Rail Cars at Bargain--buying 35 cars from Chicago Metra a $1 each
1022WilgorenReborn Community Hopes for Better Life--Hope VI houses replace dilapidated units at Henson Ridge
1022NakamuraDC Accepts Control of Foxhall Land--move lets mayor open negotiations to build on potential mansion site
1023LaytonCash-Strapped Metro Warns of Poor Service--more federal funds needed to maintain quality, sez chief
1024StaffTivoli Theater Project Clears Hurdle--dispute over proper use of $2.5M transit development money settled
1025StaffMetro Sets Hearing on Light-Rail Plan--2.7 mile, 4-stop test of use of trolleys, diesel rail cars??
1029NakamuraPrivate Trash Stations Face DC Enforcement--suits, settlements, rein in 5 firms handling 65% of city trash
1029EditorOld Convention Center Vote--Council should make sure WCCAuth makes best use of 10.3 acre site
1031LaytonMetro Hired Writing, Integrity Coaches for Staff--spending called 'troubling' as fare, subsidy hikes considered
NOVEMBER, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
1106Fisher OpEdMetro's Priorities Off Track--training courses, consultants, job coaches, lawyers, library, while tunnels leak
1106IrwinMayor Picks Builder for Old Convention Cntr Site--Houston group wins $700M project based on track record
1110Vogel$4 Million Later, Bolling AFB to Raze Building--SE Base enlisted Club renovated despite unsafe structure
1114LaytonAdvertisers to Hitch Ride on Metro--cash-strapped agency has change of heart--may include 'tunnel art'
1119NakamuraDC's Recycling Contract in Jeopardy--Council flooded with complaints about Waste Management
1121LaytonMetro Will Limit Service in Snow--will only run underground trains, cease above ground service
1121LaytonMetrobuses Plagued by Unreliability--increases in breakdowns, accidents among factors in 1450 buses
1123ShaverDouble-Parkers Blamed for Tie-Ups--lax enforcement allows gridlock to ripple outward say commuters
1124ShaverPutting a Curb on Construction--with road work causing 10% of delays, antidotes tested:detours, closings
1124IrwinNew Anacostia Plan Roils Political Waters--mayor wants separate Waterfront Authority to guide development
1126StaffTax District for MetroRail Considered--Herdon Town Council debating raising $540M of #3.4B needed
1127JenkinsAlexandria Acts on Affordable Housing--OK'd developing non-profit corporation to renovate old sites,etc.
1129StaffDulles Metro Plan Up for Airing--several hearings planned for 2-stage growth: to Tyson's, then Dulles
DECEMBER, 2003PUBLIC WORKS
1202EditorDulles Rail: A Key Vote--rejection by Herndon Town Council could kill project even before Fairfax vote
1203Cope (Curr)Wisconsin Ave Plan Draws Complaints--activists complain too much growth, bldg height relaxation
1203WhoriskyDulles Metrorail Financial Plan Fails--Herndon Council vetoes tax district--major setback seen
1205SantanaNewseum Makes News at Groundbreaking--courthouse officials still not happy re tour bus proximity
1207KunkleAffordable Housing Down Payment Has Plenty of Takers in Frederick--offical OKs mixed-income projects
1211WoodleeUpper NW Growth Provokes Hot Debate--Wisconsin Ave study backs taller buildings: residents balk
1211EditorDerailment in Herndon--political stumbling, balking, dodging has savaged many programs, wrecked this one
1212LaytonMaryland Balks at Dulles Rail Project--Gov's appointee to Metro advocates Bus Mass Transit to airport
1213StaffMaryland Vows Not to Block Dulles Rail Plan (despite rep's remarks)--up to VA what they build
1213NakamuraDC's Mayoral Mansion Scuttled--Casey donates to Salvation Army, to sell to build SE on MLK Ave
1213L:aytonDelays Ripple Through Metro--suspicious pkgs near elevated at RFK affect opns 20 stations away
1213LewisFunding Metrorail Extension to Dulles is Responsibility of Entire Region--gotta convince citizens!
1219LaytonMetro Deputy Faults Response (re bomb threat)--admits riders poorly informed on extent of delays
1219ReelCity Museum Chief Quits to Head PA Panel--7-mos old museum struggling with lack of visitors, revenue
1219WoodleeDC Reaches Tentative Pact with Developer re P St, NE Leases--would end lawsuits with Jemal
1221DraneReluctance for Ritz in Georgetown--luxury condos' price, design yet to catch on in DC up to $9.2M + $6K/mos
1222SantanaRavaged by Anthrax, Postal Facility Reopens--$130M renovated bldg renamed in honor of two lost victims
1223EditorLoose Cannon at Metro--Metro's MD rep claims state won't pay share for Dulles Metro: dreadful prospect!
1224SantanaLeg Up on DC Traffic Problems--more than 60 cameras now provide traffic views to computer users

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