Adopted In A Unanimous Show-of-Hands Vote on November 28, 2011


The adopted resolution:


WHEREAS, the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Committee is developing a proposal for the re-use of 67.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus;

WHEREAS, the entire 113-acre Walter Reed campus is still owned by the US Army;

WHEREAS, the Building 18 site is located within the ANC 4B Commission, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street, NW, and is included in the 67.5 acres which the DC Government proposes to acquire from the US Army; 

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia wants to move Engine 22 of its Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) out of its current, out-of-date site at Georgia and Missouri Avenues to a location further north to better serve the northern-most part of the city;

WHEREAS, through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the Building 18 site has been identified as an appropriate location for Engine 22 along with support offices;

WHEREAS, through the BRAC process, the City is slated to acquire the Building 18 site from the US Army at no cost as a “public use conveyance”;

WHEREAS, the City is negotiating with a South Carolina development company, Keenan Development Partners, LLC (Keenan), to arrange a transaction under which the US Army would lease the Building 18 site to Keenan, and Keenan – in turn – would lease the site to the District of Columbia for a sum of money, yet to be determined;

WHEREAS, the City’s rationale for considering this lease arrangement (Enhanced Use Lease) is that it would enable relocation of the FEMS facility to the Building 18 site sooner than would occur under the BRAC, which would result in a conveyance of the Building 18 site to the City at no cost;  

WHEREAS, the US Army currently is negotiating with the City to enable Engine 22 to move to the larger firehouse on the Walter Reed campus, which is located just west of the Building 18 site (west of Georgia Avenue and between Butternut and Aspen Streets, NW.), for the duration of the BRAC process and the subsequent development of the Building 128 site for the new FEMS facility; 

WHEREAS, the proposed interim use of the Walter Reed firehouse would meet the need for a northerly public safety facility and avoid the cost of acquiring the Building 18 site from a private interest; and

WHEREAS, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) questions the action of the City to negotiate the acquisition of the Building 18 site by means of an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B)  requests the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Attorney General to investigate the authority under District and Federal laws by which the Building 18 site may be acquired for development as an FEMS facility. The investigation should include an assessment of the  relative costs and benefits, in terms of both time and money, associated with those actions, whether through: (1)  the BRAC process or (2) an EUL with a  third-party private entity. This analysis should include an evaluation of Enhanced Use Lease No. DACA-31-1-05-037 and any amendments thereto between the US Army and Keenan Development Partners; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Inspector General and the Attorney General are requested to report their findings to ANC 4B and the City Council prior to any final action by the City to acquire the Building 18 site by means of a lease with at a third party.