In November 2012, Councilmember McDuffie introduced legislation to create a Task Force to analyze how industrial land in Ward 5 can be better utilized to create jobs and increase the tax base, as well as address community concerns and desired neighborhood amenities and services. Recognizing the importance of an approach to industrial land, Mayor Vincent C. Gray established the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force by Executive Order on January 31, 2013, to develop a strategic plan for the modernization and adaptive use of industrial land in Ward 5. The 16-member Task Force was chaired by the former Director of the DC Office of Planning and its members included District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, five additional District agency heads, and eight community members.
In August 2014, the Mayor and Task Force released Ward 5 Works, a strategy to transform 1,000 acres of industrial land in Ward 5 into a hub of green, food, tech and creative businesses that creates jobs, community amenities and better environmental performance for District residents. The Study and Appendix are available below for download.
In addition to stakeholder feedback obtained through interviews and focus groups, Councilmember McDuffie hosted a Community Open House on the study on September 30, 2013, at Trinity University. The boards and information displayed at this meeting are also available below for download.
For more information, please contact Andrea Limauro, Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Study Project Manager at 202-442-7605 or email [email protected].