National Capital Planning Commission
Newsletter — January 2014

NCPC Year in Review is Available!

The digital edition of NCPC's 2013 Year in Review is now available online. This report looks at the agency’s priority initiatives and highlights core program activities.

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Next Commission Meeting
February 6, 2014 | 1:00PM

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Kennedy Center Building Expansion Review

At its February 6 meeting the Commission will review concept designs for an expansion of the Kennedy Center. Plans by architect Steven Holl call for the addition of new education and rehearsal space, and gardens, on the center’s south grounds, as well as a performance space on the Potomac riverfront.

Also on the agenda are preliminary plans to modernize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Headquarters and hear an information briefing on the DC Streetcar system.

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NCPC Approves Final Plans for Old Post Office Pavilion

On January 9, the Commission approved final site and building plans for redevelopment of the Old Post Office Building and Pavilion Annex into a luxury hotel and conference center. Features reviewed included lighting schemes, new signage, and public space design. Commissioners commended the sensitive lighting and signage designs proposed for the historic building, and discussed how it will benefit the surrounding neighborhood. Recently leased by GSA to the Trump Corporation, the target date for re-opening is early 2016.

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Commission Gives Nod to 10th Street, SW Designs

NCPC supported near-and long-term concept plans for 10th Street, SW. The concepts will transform 10th Street, SW into an urban garden promenade linking the National Mall and the waterfront. Near-term plans call for changes such as crosswalks and programming; long-term plans require larger infrastructure changes that will be built in phases as surrounding development occurs.

The Commission also supported the Interim Banneker Connection that will link Banneker Park with the Southwest Waterfront. The Connection adds terraced steps and landscaping along the park’s west side and improves the existing path and crosswalk. The National Park Service will lead the Interim Banneker Connection through final design, which will then be privately funded.

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Take Aways

Save February 27, 6-7:30 PM for NCPC’s first 2014 Speaker Series event, Planning Law & Order: Issues and Trends in the National Capital Area.

NCPC welcomes Mathieu Philippot, an intern with the Office of Public Engagement. Mathieu is a student at Sciences Po, Paris and is currently an exchange student at UCLA.