City Plans Corporation to Manage Anacostia Project

Posted December 5, 2003 at 2:56pm

Mayor Anthony Williams (D) planned to introduce legislation by today in the D.C. City Council calling for the creation of a development authority to manage the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, an ambitious project to overhaul the 9-mile area running from the Tidal Basin to the Maryland border.

Once approved, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation Act of 2003 would authorize the corporation to coordinate and oversee all aspects of the AWI, from residential to transportation infrastructure development, said D.C. Office of Planning Director Andy Altman.

The corporation would be run by a seven-member board of directors, who would serve six-year terms, and would wield both bonding authority and eminent domain powers. The council would retain oversight and approval authority over their usage.

Altman said he hoped to have the corporation up and running by summer.

Navy Museum Offers Free Holiday Concert

The Washington Navy Museum is offering a free event to spread some holiday cheer.

This Thursday at 7 p.m., the U.S. Navy Band Clarinet Quartet will hold a holiday concert at the Navy Museum located on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard. The concert is open to the public, but concert-goers must RSVP at (202) 433-6897 to attend. Free parking is available at the Washington Navy Yard at the Sixth and M streets gate.

The Navy Band Clarinet Quartet has been featured in several Navy Band chamber concerts at local museums, churches and concert halls and has also performed as part of the Band’s “Music in the Schools” program.

The Navy Museum is the U.S. Navy’s flagship museum. To learn more about the museum, visit the Naval Historical Center’s home page at www.history.navy.mil.

—Bree Hocking and John McArdle