Hill East Task Force Meeting on Reservation 13 Wednesday

Meeting Seeks Answers on Lead, Construction Schedules

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President and CEO of Donatelli Development Chris Donatelli (L) and Donatelli VP Brian Rogers discuss plans for the project at the April 23rd ANC 6B Hill East Task Force meeting.

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Hill East Taskforce will meet Thursday, August 30, to discuss progress on and concerns with development on Reservation 13

Many District agencies, including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Department of General Services (DGS), the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) all have roles in the development of the property. Representatives from these agencies are expected to be in attendance.  

In advance of the meeting, Commissioner Denise Krepp (ANC 6B10) sent each agency a list of questions so representatives could come prepared to provide answers to these and related inquiries.

The Task Force has learned that DDOT shared information with the administration of St. Coletta about the Burke Street expansion on the property, telling school representatives that the expansion is expected to begin in two weeks.  DDOT has been asked to provide information on the expansion, including a time frame for construction, information about where equipment will be staged and expected impacts on existing traffic and plans to minimize that impact.

A recent Washington Post article revealed that lead was found near one of the buildings being demolished on Reservation 13.  DGS has been asked if the lead particulates can become airborne and to describe where the lead was found and the plan to stop the spread of the lead in the soil and in the air. Residents would like to learn more about the DOEE role in cleaning up the lead and making sure that additional hazardous materials do not end up soil and air.

The Task Force will also ask both DMPED and the developer, Donatelli Development, for a progress report on construction beginning on the F-1 and G-1 parcels.  Given reports about lead and the proposed expansion of Burke Street, the Task Force hopes that both the developer and DMPED are working on plans to limit resident exposure to hazardous materials.  From Donatelli, the Task Force also wants an update on the construction and its timeline.