I hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of summer, and for teachers and parents, looking forward to the start of a great school year. While the Council is officially in recess, it has been a busy month around the Ward. Here are some of the things we've been working on.
I hope you're weathering the recent heat and that your summer is going well. Last week, the Council wrapped up its final legislative meeting for the summer and I wanted to share several key decisions that impact our communities.
At today’s meeting of the DC Council, Councilmember Charles Allen successfully moved a resolution approving the Southwest Small Area Plan that will guide and inform the development of the Southwest neighborhood for years to come.
Councilmember Charles Allen Introduces Wide Variety of Bills at Council’s Final Legislative Meeting Before Summer Recess
At today’s meeting of the DC Council, Councilmember Charles Allen introduced a number of new legislative efforts. These include:
The text of Councilmember Allen's Safe At Home bill and Tree Canopy Protection bill can be found here, along with bill summaries:
At tomorrow's DC Council legislative meeting, the final legislative session before adjourning for summer recess, Councilmember Charles Allen plans to introduce the Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2015.
Councilmember Allen To Introduce Safe At Home Act To Help Seniors Make Safety And Accessibility Modifications
With the 2015 White House Conference on Aging underway today, Councilmember Charles Allen plans to introduce legislation tomorrow at the DC Council to help District seniors make safety and accessibility modifications to their homes with grants of up to $10,000.
Yesterday, the Council gave final approval to the city’s budget for next year. Overall, I think this is a very good budget for the District. It includes an investment in many of the things that you and I both care deeply about – with record investment in affordable housing, homeless services, and more. In addition, there are significant investments in WMATA, public transit, public safety, local schools, neighborhood parks, and small business supports. But what gained a lot of attention during the final vote yesterday was how the Council decided to move forward with a tax relief package for residents and businesses. I heard strongly on all sides, and in the end, I offered a compromise amendment which the Council accepted. I wanted to share more about how I came to my decision on this important issue, and posted much more detail on my Facebook page if you’d like to read more.
As you may have seen, Mayor Bowser announced a final deal yesterday for DC United to build a new stadium in Southwest, with the goal of opening in spring of 2018. While the city will assemble and prepare the land, the team will pay for the construction of the new stadium. They have also entered into several agreements to hire DC residents not only for jobs during construction, but also after the stadium opens. I'm excited to see the DC United stadium deal come together. It has the potential to transform Buzzard Point with new jobs, housing, and amenities, as well as reconnect the Southwest neighborhood to the Anacostia River. The announced agreement also locks in more protections for DC residents, limits the financial risk for the District, and gives DC United great certainty about their future in our city.
This morning Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement regarding the DC United soccer stadium agreement: