Re: [MPD-5D] Thomas Redirects $3 Million to Shops at Dakota Crossing
- Please take your campaigning somewhere else. Yes, we all know that libraries are important. Job creation is also important. We want jobs in our neighborhoods. We want retail in our neighborhoods, so that we do not have to always go to other people's neighborhoods to shop. Without the businesses there are no jobs, which then contributes to the criminal activities that we all abhor. Moreover, I have no idea why you would think so very little of the residents of Ward 5 to express such vitriolic beliefs that Ward 5 residents can not and will not qualify for jobs in the retail and service industry. Our residents have certainly qualified for such jobs throughout other parts of the city and for proximity sake, the Home Depot and Giant located currently located in Ward 5.I agree we need libraries. However remember, if people remain unemployed there is no tax base to pay for library buildings, books and personnel. Until we can provide the funding for the libraries, people will have to actually go to school and read the books in school and the school libraries.Thank you for your time and attention.
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Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Thomas Redirects $3 Million to Shops at Dakota Crossing
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Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 5:08 PMWard 5 has the third highest illiteracy rate in the city. Taking money from the library budget to fund retail development is short-sighted. We suffered the closure of a Ward 5 library on the councilmember' s watch.
The Dakota Crossing project was 95 percent completed on Councilmember Orange's watch except for the TIF. The current councilmember fumbled and is now looking for money anywhere he can find it. He expects to generate retail jobs that many Ward 5 residents cannot qualify for. This represents a vision that is very out of focus.
How can we expect a lasting reduction in crime when funds are diverted from libraries? Criminality and illiteracy are partner.
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Council of the District of Columbia
Office of Ward 5
Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010Contact: Victoria A. Leonard
202.727.8204 (desk) -- 202.403.7866 (cell)
vleonard@dccouncil. usThomas Redirection of $3 Million to Shops at Dakota Crossing Bolsters
Project's Momentum to Attract Anchor Tenants
Washington, DC - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. announced today that he has redirected $3 million from the DC Public Library's capital budget to fund the storm water management ponds needed to move the Shops at Dakota Crossing project forward. The $3 million, from a Ward 7 project not slated to begin construction until next year, is to be repaid to DCPL in 2011. Library services in Ward 5 are not adversely impacted by the redirection of funds.
The Shops at Dakota Crossing, to be located on a 42-acre site at South Dakota and New York Avenues, NE, will include 375,000 square feet of retail. Costco has signed a letter of intent with Fort Lincoln New Town Corp. and Trammell Crow Co., the development team for the project. Other retailers that have expressed interest in the site include Target, Shoppers Food Warehouse and Staples.
In addition to the $3 million Councilmember Thomas re-directed to fund the storm water management ponds, the District is also likely to increase the project's tax increment financing note from $10 million to $15 million. With tax revenue from Shops at Dakota Crossing expected to total $7 million annually, the financing note should be repaid within three years.
"The Shops at Dakota Crossing has been on the books for nearly a decade," said Councilmember Thomas. "I am pleased to do my part to move this project forward and bring quality retail to Ward 5."
Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. represents Ward 5 on the Council of the District of Columbia. Thomas chairs the Council's Committee on Libraries, Parks, and Recreation. He sits on four additional committees: Workforce Development and the Environment, Aging and Community Affairs, Housing and Workforce Development, and Public Services and Consumer Affairs.