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National Capital Planning Commission to Review Intelligence Community Campus–Bethesda Master Plan
National Capital Planning Commission to Review Intelligence Community Campus–Bethesda Master Plan

 

The following information was sent to us by Stephen Staudigl:

 

At its monthly meeting today, Thursday, February 2 at 12:30 p.m., the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will review a proposed final master plan submitted by the US Army Corps of Engineers to convert the former headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a federal facility on Sangamore Road in Bethesda, Maryland, into a secure Intelligence Community Campus.

 

At its December 2011 meeting the Commission deferred action on the master plan. As part of its deferral NCPC required the US Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate alternatives to the size, location, and capacity of the parking garage including relocation of the parking outside the secured perimeter. Today’s submission includes the Army Corps’ response to the Commission’s previous action, as well as to the local community’s key concerns regarding tree loss, stormwater management, traffic, and parking.

 

The Corps proposes a complete redevelopment of the approximately 39-acre site. They plan to add two new infill buildings and retain three buildings with new façade treatments. A parking garage and new landscaping will replace existing surface parking lots and greatly decrease impervious surfaces.

 

The campus will have a maximum of 3,000 employees. This is approximately the same number as when it functioned as the headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, prior to its relocation to Fort Belvoir as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act.

 

Next on the agenda is a submission by the General Services Administration (GSA) for preliminary and final site development plans for streetscape and site improvements at the Lafayette Building, a federally owned building located at 811 Vermont Avenue, NW. The building is home to offices of the Veterans Administration and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

 

GSA proposes a complete overhaul of the building’s surrounding public space including new trees, benches, street lighting, and pavement. The work will be done as part of the building’s current renovation expected to be complete in 2016.

 

This month’s agenda also included one consent calendar item (no presentations given):

  • Site Enhancements to the Japanese Lantern located on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin

In addition, the Commission delegated five items to the Executive Director for review. The final agendaand staff recommendations for each project are available on NCPC’s website. The meeting will be streamed live at http://www.ncpc.gov/live

 

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