We thought neighbors would be interested in a dispute going on between residents of nearby Langdon Park and the city. Legally, the city must notify the respective Councilmembers and ANC Commissioners 30 days prior to changing the usage of a city property or leasing/buying a property. In the case of a number of industrial projects in this area, the city admittedly failed to do so, resulting in lawsuits against Mayor Bowser, the Department of General Service and its director, and the owner of one of the properties. DCist did a thorough write up of the projects and the anticipated impacts, such as an increase in traffic from trucks and other heavy industrial vehicles in a residential neighborhood. From the DCist article:
Ward 5, and Langdon Park specifically, is home to much of the city’s remaining industrial land, including warehouses, marijuana cultivation centers, parking lots, junkyards, and two trash transfer stations interspersed among blocks of primarily single-family homes. The city quietly planned to add a fleet yard and offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation, a training center and parking for the D.C. Department of Corrections, and a facility D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to the mix.