News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: DC Celebrates Walter Reed Campus Milestone

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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October 27, 2016 | Vol. 2, Issue 41

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

In 2004, I began my career in public service as a Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner - just as the U.S. Army decided to surplus the Walter Reed Campus. As the Ward 4 Councilmember, I worked with the community to ensure that DC had a plan - a good plan - for acquiring the Walter Reed Campus. In 2007, it looked like the campus would be given to a federal agency, and that DC would not be in the running. However, we decided to fight for it; and fight for it we did. In over 100 community meetings, we made our goals and priorities for the future of the Walter Reed Campus clear.

Last year, we broke ground on Engine Company 22, a new $12 million state-of-the-art fire station on the Walter Reed Campus. And just last month, the District and the U.S. Army came to terms on a license agreement that will expedite construction of the District of Columbia International School at the campus, ensuring 775 students will have a facility by the 2017 school year.

Yesterday, together with the U.S. Army, we finally celebrated the forthcoming transfer of 66 acres of the 110-acre Walter Reed Campus to Washington, DC. This is a monumental project that will create over three million square feet of residential, office, and retail space and bring nearly 5,000 jobs to Washington, DC. 

The Walter Reed development project is an example of what can be accomplished when communities have a hand in shaping their futures. Going forward, I encourage residents in all eight wards to help plan the future of DC by staying engaged with the DC Office of Planning, and participating in the amendment process for the District’s Comprehensive Plan. Learn more about upcoming public meetings HERETogether, we will continue to create positive and inclusive opportunities for residents and businesses across all 8 wards.


Muriel Bowser

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