Resolution, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
Public Notification of Large Tract Review Submission, Curtis Chevrolet Site
Adopted on January 24, 2011 In A Unanimous Show-Of-Hands Vote
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B requests that the Office of Planning (OP) and Foulger-Pratt Development, Inc. and/or Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. notify, in writing, all residents and businesses within 1,000 feet of Square 2986, Lot 30 (also known as the Curtis Chevrolet site) of the corner of Peabody Street and Georgia Avenue, NW that there is a proposal to put a Walmart “big box” store on the site and how to get more information about the site plan.
The current requirement that property owners within 200 feet of the site be notified is inadequate due to the fact that 1) most of the residents live beyond 200-500 foot perimeter, but nevertheless will be significantly impacted by a 102,000 square-foot “big box” store and parking garage, and 2) that many residential and commercial tenants will not receive notification under the present and limited requirement.
We have heard that many residents and businesses are still unaware of the proposal. They need to be notified. Mailing lists are available that cover every street address within a given area so that all residents and businesses can be notified.
We ask to work with OP, Foulger-Pratt and Walmart to develop a clearly written and informative mailing that tells residents that Walmart proposes to build a store at Georgia and Peabody, that residents, through their Advisory Neighborhood Commission, have the right to comment on some aspects of the proposal, where more information about the proposal can be located, and how to contact ANC 4B, among other things. We also request that those who live within 1,000 feet of the site have equal standing to comment on the proposal.
We thank Foulger Pratt and Walmart in advance for sending out the mailing as part of their commitment to reach out to the community and be good neighbors.
The recommendations in this resolution are made pursuant to DC Code 1-309.10(a), 1-309.10(d)(3)(A) and 1-309.10(d)(3)(B), which require, among other things that ANC recommendations receive “great weight” from the DC government and that DC government officials respond in writing. Section 1-309.10(h)(1) of the code also permits ANCs to initiate proposals for DC government action and a requires that the DC government provide a written acknowledgement within ten days and a status report within 60 days of receipt.