I love Bellevue! And the more I live in Bellevue, blog about its continued evolution, and become more acquainted with its residents—who just happen to be my thoughtful, cerebral, connected neighbors—it makes me love it even more.
Case in point: meet Christopher D. Bailey, a savvy young U. S. Army veteran, a 7½ year Bellevue resident, and the author of an alternate proposal for the DC United stadium deal that just got the attention of the DC Council!
See below . . . and start from the bottom:
From: “Holland, Joy (COUNCIL)” <JHolland@dccouncil.us>
Date: Nov 12, 2014 4:31 PM
Subject: RE: Alternate Proposal for DC United Stadium Eliminating the Need for Excessive Land Swaps
To: “C B” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Bowser, Muriel (Council)” <MBowser@dccouncil.us>, “Parker, Lindsey (Council)” <email@example.com>, “Gluckman, Judah (Council)” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Gold, Judi (COUNCIL)” <email@example.com> Cc:
Mr. Bailey, thank you for letting us know of your comments on the DC United proposal. Your comments are being forwarded to our legislative section for review.
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From: C B [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:39 PM
To: Bowser, Muriel (Council); Holland, Joy (COUNCIL); Parker, Lindsey (Council); Gluckman, Judah (Council); Gold, Judi (COUNCIL)
Subject: Alternate Proposal for DC United Stadium Eliminating the Need for Excessive Land Swaps
Mayor-Elect Bowser and Staff,
I come to you as a humbled veteran of the US Army and a citizen of the District of Columbia, by way of Ward 8. Thank you all for the hard work you have done and will continue to do for citizens of the District.
In regards to the DC United deal, my proposal is brief, with compelling facts identifying an alternate and viable solution that benefits the city and all stakeholders in the DC United deal from local residents to committed developers. Please review my proposal below and ask any questions and provide any feedback that you may have.
Christopher D. Bailey
Veteran, US Army
[ personal information withheld ]
Alternate Proposal for DC United Stadium Eliminating the Need for Excessive Land Swaps
FACTS: On 7/25/2013, DC Mayor Vincent Gray announced a stadium deal to build DC United a new stadium at Buzzard Point which involves several land swaps. The deal reportedly encompasses approximately 110 acres of commercial and residential development, including the stadium itself.
SOURCE A: Mayor Announces Deal: D.C. United Soccer Stadium Bill Goes to City Council – http://lastwordonsports.com/2014/05/23/dc-united-soccer-stadium
SOURCE B: Term Sheet DC United Soccer Stadium Project – http://oca.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/oca/page_content/attachments/Soccer . . .
ISSUE: A recent report states that the District is set to overpay $25,000,000 in doing the land swap.
SOURCE C: Report: D.C. Overpays by More Than $25 Million in Stadium Deal –http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2014/11/05/report-d-c-overpays-by-more-than . . .
PROPOSED SOLUTION: St. Elizabeth’s East is 183 acres of grossly underused land owned by the District. Allocating this property as the site for all of this commercial and residential development will not only reduce the overall cost to the District taxpayers and DC United, but will be a strong sign by our incoming government that they are serious about economic development in the ward. This involves far less displacement of existing occupied facilities and brings more of an incentive to commercial and residential developers to occupy the space. The domino effect of development could be significant, as long as the exact amount of developers pitched in the existing deal commit to the same scope of commitment in the St. Elizabeth’s East project.
In addition, there is an existing Request For Proposals (RFP) for a Master Developer for the St. Elizabeth’s East acreage. The RFP outlines several objectives the District has for the Master Developer to accomplish and seeks to ‘Create an Innovation Community, Provide a Mix of Uses, Generate New Job and Educational Opportunities for DC Residents, and Maximize Value to the District.’ Moving the DC United stadium to St. Elizabeth’s East would not only accomplish all of these objectives and more, it leaves open a great portion of post-construction acreage for additional development opportunities. It would be the best use of existing land that reduces the taxpayer cost and brings money to the most under-served Ward of Washington, DC.
SOURCE D: St. Elizabeth’s East Request for Proposals Phase 1 Master Developer – http://www.stelizabethseast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/RFP-St-Elizabeths-East-Phase-I . . .
This would not only bring the long overdue promise of high end development to Ward 8, but it would bring to fruition Mayor-Elect Bowser’s vision as being a champion for Ward 8 by stepping out of the box and committing the most public commercial and residential development project ever to Ward 8. The ripple effect of property and sales tax revenue would line the District’s coffers with more assets to continue ensuring this city is the best city in the world.
Christopher D. Bailey