While she acknowledges leasing public land to developers is not an ideal situation, Cropp said that "money doesn't grow on trees" and the city needs additional revenue to rebuild its ailing buildings.Well, if Ms. Cropp wants to start some dialogue about raising revenue / cutting costs I'll throw my two cents in: Move DCPS out of 825 North Capitol Street, NE. DCPS can do its job in a less pricy building.
The problem, some critics and council members said, is that the city doesnÂt even know what properties it owns.
D.C. Office of Property Management Director Carol Mitten said the first recent inventory of District-owned properties is expected to be released later this month. Mitten and other city officials denied the existence of a "hit list" of properties that would be eligible for these public-private partnerships.
Mitten said the city needs to ensure the partnerships approved are equitable across the city Â and not just in prime spots coveted by developers.
Several critics said the very existence of the proposal sends a message to developers that any property can be had for the right price.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Cropp's air right lease has critics
The response to DC Council Chair Linda Cropp's plan to generate revenue by leasing the "air rights" of city buildings to developers isn't being met with universal praise. But that's okay, says Cropp, since she was looking to spur debate on revenue generation.