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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
July 30. 1998
To declare the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to extend the time for disposal of certain real property situated in squares 272, 4107, and 4103
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Extension of Time to Dispose of District Owned Surplus Real Property Revised Emergency Declaration Resolution of 1998".
Sec. 2. (a) There exist an immediate crisis regarding the disposition of the property located on Square 272, Lot 45 at 13th Street, 12th Street, and W Street in N.W. (Ward One), known as the Old Children's Hospital, to be conveyed to Donnetelli & Klein, Inc., and the property located on Square 4107, Lots 227 and 900 and Square 4103, Lots 826 and 827 on W Street, N.E. (Ward Five), to be conveyed to Crane Rental Company.
(b) On June 4, 1996, the Council approved Resolution 11-366 authorizing the sale of Square 4107, Lots 227 and 900 and Square 4103, Lots 826 and 827 on W Street, N.E. (Ward Five) to Crane Rental Company and Resolution 11-367 authorizing the sale of Square 272, Lot 45 at 13th Street, 12th Street and W Street in N.W. (Ward One), known as the Old Children's Hospital, to Donnetelli & Klein, Inc. The Department of Housing and Community Development ("Department") then proceeded to negotiate and execute Exclusive Right Agreements for the property. However, the final disposition has been delayed due to several circumstances outside of the Department's control.
(c) On April 3,1998, the Department sent a request to the Council for additional time for disposition of the property. The Department was notified by the Council's General Counsel that the request for additional time was untimely (April 7, 1998) and therefore could not be considered by the Council. Resolutions 11-366 and 11-367 authorizing disposition of the properties expired on June 4,1998.
(d) Over the past few years, the area surrounding the Old Children's Hospital, most notably the U Street corridor, has been experiencing a rebirth. The redevelopment of the Old Children's Hospital site is a major component in the continued revitalization of the U Street corridor. Absent the extension of time, the site would remain dormant and undeveloped because the approval process would have to start anew. This delay would be very detrimental to the continued development of the U Street corridor. This corridor currently has a significant amount of developmental momentum and the District must be authorized to actively continue this momentum by continuing the process of developing this site.
(e) In recent years the District has lost several businesses to the surrounding jurisdictions. Crane Rental Company, located in Ward Five, is a family-owned business that has been located in the District for over 58 years. Crane seeks to acquire the subject property to allow it to expand its business and remain in the District. Absent the extension of time to complete the disposition, the process would have to start anew and, given the time-sensitive nature of Crane Rental's need for acquisition and expansion, Crane Rental would be forced essentially to relocate outside of the District.
(f) Because no fiscal impact statement was moved with the bill, the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority did not approve Act 12-391, the Extension of Time to Dispose of District Owned Surplus Real Property Emergency Amendment Act of 1998, and returned the matter to the Council for further reconsideration .
Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia determines that the circumstances enumerated in section 2 constitute emergency circumstances making it necessary that the Extension of Time to Dispose of District Owned Surplus Real Property Revised Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 be adopted after a single reading.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
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