Partners and Developers of Districtís LíEnfant Plaza Revitalization Hold Public Hearing to Share $138 Million Vision of Re-Vitalized Gateway Venue.

(Washington, DC, April 6, 2006) – After three years of outreach, the Washington Interdependence Council, National Park Service, D.DOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation signed off on a historic Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on January 12, 2000 as partners in working towards a campaign to completely overhaul the entire expanse of the L’Enfant Plaza Promenade. A TEA21 revitalization initiative, spawn by the Washington Interdependence Council as a collaborative campaign to its Benjamin Banneker Memorial, is a comprehensive public works renovation designed to transform the half mile L’Enfant Plaza corridor into a vibrant, warm and inviting, park like gateway between the Mall and the new waterfront concurrently undergoing renovation. A public garage component is a part of overhaul.


On Monday, April 10, 2006, from 4 to 7 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW (off of the park at 3rd and K Sts., SW) to present and discuss the recently completed Environmental Assessment of the L’Enfant Plaza Promenade/Benjamin Banneker Overlook Park improvement alternatives being made from Independence Ave., SW to Maine Ave., SW. As part of the now five year endeavor towards the total renovation of this defined area, both surface and subterranean in scope, the FHWA, D.DOT, National Park Service and the Washington Interdependence Council have developed phase two plans for the rehabilitation and modifications of the existing sidewalk and roadway design of this project area. The L’Enfant Plaza Urban Study Plan was completed in 2003.


The request for the overall renovation of this half mile concourse was initiated by the Washington Interdependence Council in 1997 in an effort to help defray the costs of establishing a world class memorial to colonial American hero Benjamin Banneker at the site by taking advantage of a historic preservation program offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA). The TEA21 public service program selects proposals submitted by non-profit and governmental agencies they deem worthy which offer options for making remedial structural access and egress improvements to public spaces adjacent to major transportation hubs, particularly those with historic preservation public service offerings. Restored historic train depots are most often associated with this program.


The Banneker Memorial was approved for placement along the L’Enfant Plaza corridor in 1999 by the National Capitol Memorial Commission, and has been unanimously approved for placement at the site by Ward 2 ANC6D Commissioners on two occasions. Its major design elements consist of a Statue on pedestal base; Tower Clock symbolic of Banneker engineering the first all American made striking clock (also to add functional ambiance to the corridor), and a Founding Architects Visitor’s Center. For more information, please call 202.387.3380.


View the Planned Parking Facility (500 kb JPG)

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