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Mayor Muriel e. Bowser and the D.C. Council
hope to move D.C. past the Marion Barry era and
the scandal-ridden era of Mayor Gray.
By MIChael fICkeS
Washington D.C.'s new Mayor,
Muriel E. Bowser, says she is aiming at a
"fresh start" for the city. While that may
sound trite, observers say that she means
that she will continue existing policies but
free them of the shadow of Marion Barry
and the corruption of the Gray era.
The new mayor faces difficult challenges, including a budge deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars, decisions about
the troubled streetcar plan, St. Elizabeth's,
continuing to attract retailers to the city,
the New Communities housing initiative,
rising housing costs and many more.
Estimates put the budget deficit at
$250 million. So far this year, revenues
have risen $37 million, which is helping. In
addition, the Washington Post reports that
revenues appear to be up by $7 million for
FY 2017. The additional funds will make
only a small dent in the deficit problem.
Perhaps contributing to the deficit, the
District's $200 million streetcar system
proved to have no fatal flaws, in a report
issued by a committee from the American
Public Transportation Association. That
verdict led Leif Dormsjo, the head of the
city's Department of Transportation, to
vow publicly to solve the problems and
get the system open.
"The mayor wants to get it right, so
she's asked me to put together the work
plan to launch the streetcar," Dormsjo
told the Washington Post back in March.
"We're committed to getting it open."
What about Construction
Of more interest to contractors are the
city's real estate initiatives. Currently, new
office buildings and apartment towers
are rising downtown, along U Street, in
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NoMa and in the neighborhoods around
the National's stadium.
In March, the Mayor signed her
administration's first Land Disposition
Agreement for a two-acre parcel of the
Hill East District Development. The Hill
East District Development sits on 67 acres
between the eastern edge of the Capitol
Hill neighborhood and the western shore
of the Anacostia River.
Donatelli Development and Blue Sky
Construction have formed a joint venture to develop the parcel. The mixeduse project will include 354 housing
units, 106 of them, affordable, as much
as 40,000 sq. ft. of retail and more than
200 parking spaces. A village square will
go in next to the Metro.
The project has been in the works since
the development of a master plan in 2002.
Mayor Adrian Fenty tried to get the project
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