The BRAZIL bulletin
Harold Brazil, At-Large Councilmember
Chair, Committee on Economic Development
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 404
Washington, D.C. 20004
For the week ending November 1, 2002
NEW DESIGN FOR NEWSEUM
The Newseum last week unveiled the architectural plans for its new headquarters museum in the District. Councilmember Brazil, as Chairman of the Committee on Economic Development, played an instrumental role in bringing the Newseum to the District, by approving the sale of District land for the museum and approving a multimillion-dollar revenue bond for its construction. The new building will have six levels, and 215,000-square feet of space that will house close to three times as much exhibition space as its prior location in Arlington, VA. The Newseum will be located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, NW, between the Capitol and the White House. It is expected to open in 2006, and when it does, visitors can expect a number of new innovative exhibits. Visitors will be greeted by an expanded presentation of the Newseum's popular "Today's Front Pages" display, which features newspaper front pages from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as from countries around the world. Inside, visitors will enter a 90-foot-high atrium and then begin exploring the museum's six levels of displays and experiences, including a 17,000-square-foot News History Gallery, nine themed or exhibition galleries; a series of 60-seat orientation theaters; an expanded Interactive Newsroom; and a state-of-the-art broadcast studio and control room, with a smaller studio overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.
GOULD PROPERTIES/MARRIOTT GET HQ HOTEL BID
The Mayor last week announced the selection of Gould Properties and Marriott International as the winner of the competition to build a “headquarters” hotel for the District’s new convention center. The hotel will be located in the 900 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW, and could have as many as 1,500 rooms and 90,000 square feet of meeting space. Brazil said, “With the new convention center and the new hotel, we’ll see a big boost in the number of groups coming to the District, and that means more jobs for DC residents, more business for DC hotels, restaurants, and service and goods providers, and more revenue for the District. This is an exciting project, and I look forward to working with the developers to finalize the details.” The hotel, scheduled to open in 2006, is expected to create about 1,000 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs. The details for financing the $500 million project are now being negotiated between the developer and the District.
KIDSAFE HALLOWEEN PARTY!
KidSafe, a non-profit organization that works with children across the District held their annual Halloween party this past week, and Councilman Brazil’s staff was on hand to enjoy the scary costumes and creations designed by the kids. KidSafe is a program that works with families, communities and schools to create safe, violence-free growing zones where children can thrive. Brazil said of the program, “I think they do amazing work with these kids, and I am excited to see the program expanding. It really has been an honor to be a part of the organization.” Brazil has been a member of the KidSafe Board of Directors for several years.
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT ON DISTRICT FINANCES
A recent study by the Brookings Institution lays out a number of reasons why that the nation’s capital should receive more direct funding from the federal government. Alice Rivlin and Carol O’Cleireacain, co-authors of the study, argue the federal government could: make a payment in lieu of taxes; redirect part of the federal income tax paid by non-District residents who work in the District; compensate the District for state-type services; restore the federal payment as a per capita grant; and provide state-type aid for K-12 education. Councilmember Brazil has been a long-time advocate in favor of a federal payment, and believes the study offers important insight into a problem that has confronted the District for years. He said, “This report offers some real possibility and opportunity for the District and its taxpayers. I am excited by the prospects here, and I am going to continue to work to ensure that the District receives its fair share of resources.”
REGENCY HOUSE PARTY
Councilmember Brazil and his staff spent Halloween evening in Northwest Washington with the residents and grandchildren of the Regency House. The residents and kids were decked out in their costumes and ready for a night of fun. The evening was filled with music and dancing, and lots of delectable holiday treats, some of which were provided by Councilman Brazil. Brazil said of the event, “I had a great time! The parents, grandparents, and kids really made for an entertaining night!”
This week’s gold star goes to all of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners that were honored at the ANC Appreciation event held earlier this week.
Director of Community Affairs
Office of Councilmember Harold Brazil
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20004