Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Bill Would Create Parking Zone Near Ballpark

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells introduced legislation yesterday to create a parking zone around the Nationals baseball stadium set to open at the end of March. Residents near the ballpark, under construction along South Capitol Street near the Anacostia River, are concerned about traffic and congestion during home games.

Wells (D-Ward 6) said the new zone, which would begin as a pilot program, would price street parking at the same levels as commercial garages and lots. New parking meters, which would accept credit cards, would be installed. On commercial streets, everyone would pay to park, as is the current practice. On residential streets, neighbors with a Zone 6 parking sticker would not have to pay.

Wells has scheduled two community meetings on the proposal: Jan. 22 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, and Jan. 23 at Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. Both will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

-- Daniel LeDuc

Three Firms in Running for Park Development

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration has narrowed the field to three firms in the competition to select a master developer for Poplar Point, a 110-acre swath of parkland along the Anacostia River.

The administration presented four proposals to Ward 8 residents last month. But yesterday, Fenty aides eliminated a joint entry from General Growth and Mid-City Urban, which had proposed an extension campus of the University of the District of Columbia, a sports and learning center and an aerial tram. That leaves three bidders. Fenty is expected to pick a winner this month.

-- David Nakamura

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