Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 19. Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


§ 10–1901. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Base Closure Act” means the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, approved November 5, 1990 (104 Stat. 1485; 10 U.S.C. § 2687, note).

(2) “Homeless Submission” means the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that shall be developed and implemented pursuant to section 2905 of the Base Closure Act and includes the Walter Reed Reuse Plan and Legally Binding Agreements, in substantially the same form as submitted by the Mayor to the Council.

(3) “Legally Binding Agreement” means an agreement between the District, as the Walter Reed LRA, and a homeless-assistance provider recommended for approval by the Walter Reed LRA Committee, that commits the District and the homeless-assistance provider to implement and operate certain homeless assistance-services on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site and may require the transfer of real property on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site by the District to the homeless-assistance provider, in substantially the same form as submitted by the Mayor to the Council, subject to amendments requested by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

(4) “LRA” means local redevelopment authority.

(5) “Memorandum of Agreement” means an agreement between the District, as the Walter Reed LRA, and a public-benefit provider recommended for approval by the Walter Reed LRA Committee, of educational, safety, and public health uses on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site for the potential transfer of real property on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site by the District to the public benefit provider, in substantially the same form as submitted by the Mayor to the Council.

(6) “Walter Reed LRA” means the District of Columbia, which is the local redevelopment authority recognized by the Office of Economic Adjustment on behalf of the Secretary of Defense as the entity responsible for developing a reuse plan, pursuant to the Base Closure Act.

(7) “Walter Reed LRA Committee” means the committee established by Mayor’s Order No. 2006-21 to develop final recommendations for the Walter Reed Reuse Plan to the Mayor and Council, which is comprised of representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Council, and 5 voting and 5 alternate citizen members, all of whom live in the community surrounding the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site.

(8) “Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site” means 67.5 acres located on a portion of the area bounded by Fern Street, N.W., and Alaska Avenue, N.W., to the north, 16th Street, N.W., to the west, Aspen Street, N.W., to the south, and Georgia Avenue, N.W., to the east, as further identified in the Walter Reed Reuse Plan.

(9) “Walter Reed Reuse Plan” means the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Reuse Plan for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site, which was developed in conjunction with the Walter Reed LRA Committee for final recommendation to the Mayor and the Council for adoption and approval by enactment of this chapter, in substantially the same form as submitted by the Mayor to the Council.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 2, 59 DCR 9106.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of chapter, see §§ 2 to 6 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Congressional Review Emergency Approval Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-528, November 2, 2012, 59 DCR 13325), applicable as of October 16, 2012.


§ 10–1902. Findings and purpose.

(a) The Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site has been declared surplus and closed by the Department of Defense pursuant to the procedures and authorities of the Base Closure Act.

(b) Mayor’s Order No. 2006-21 designated the District of Columbia government as the Walter Reed LRA that was recognized by the Office of Economic Adjustment on behalf of the Secretary of Defense for the purpose of developing a Walter Reed Reuse Plan and established the Walter Reed LRA Committee and charged the committee with developing final recommendations for the Mayor and the Council for a Walter Reed Reuse Plan.

(c)(1) The Mayor, in conjunction with the Walter Reed LRA Committee, developed the Walter Reed Reuse Plan during public meetings on January 28, 2010, March 10, 2010, April 21, 2010, May 26, 2010, August 5, 2010, September 1, 2010, October 6, 2010, October 13, 2011, December 1, 2011, and January 25, 2012, which were supplemented by community input received at community meetings held on June 9, 2010, July 10, 2010, August 19, 2010, October 5, 2011, November 15, 2011, December 8, 2011, and February 2, 2012.

(2) The Walter Reed LRA Committee made final recommendations to the Mayor and Council on the Homeless Submission by motion approved on January 25, 2012.

(d) The Walter Reed Reuse Plan envisions a vibrant campus integrated into the community through the provision of expanded retail opportunities, preservation of open space, creative reuse of historic assets into a range of cultural and educational uses, creation of a range of jobs for District residents, and development of a variety of housing options to support a range of incomes and needs.

(e)(1) The Walter Reed Reuse Plan recommends homeless-assistance provider uses providing affordable housing and support services, subject to the Legally Binding Agreements.

(2) Pursuant to the terms of the Legally Binding Agreements, the transfer of the portions of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site to homeless-assistance providers shall be conditioned on, among other things, final approval of the Homeless Submission by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Army conveying the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site to the District.

(f) The Walter Reed Reuse Plan also provides for the public benefit conveyance uses identified in the Memorandum of Agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement, the conveyance of the portions of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site to the public benefit conveyance users is conditioned on, among other things, final approval of the Homeless Submission by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Army conveying the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site to the District.

(g) The Mayor shall seek to have the Office of Economic Adjustment on behalf of the Secretary of Defense recognize the District as an Implementation Local Reuse Authority, as defined in the Base Closure Act.

(h) Upon approval of the Homeless Submission by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Defense, the Mayor, on behalf of the Walter Reed LRA, will seek to acquire and submit an application for approximately 67.5 acres of real property from the Department of Defense for redevelopment pursuant to section 2905(b)(4) of the Base Closure Act.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 3, 59 DCR 9106.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 3 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Congressional Review Emergency Approval Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-528, November 2, 2012, 59 DCR 13325), applicable as of October 16, 2012.


§ 10–1903. Approval of plans.

The Council approves the Homeless Submission, the Walter Reed Reuse Plan, the Walter Reed LRA Committee final recommendations, adopted by the Walter Reed LRA, and the Legally Binding Agreements, as transmitted by the Mayor, for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and, thereafter, the U.S. Department of Defense. Further, the Mayor may amend or supplement the Walter Reed Reuse Plan, Homeless Submission, and Legally Binding Agreements based upon comments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; provided, that any proposed amendment or supplement shall be made available by the Mayor to the public for a 30-day period of public review and comment.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 4, 59 DCR 9106.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 4 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Congressional Review Emergency Approval Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-528, November 2, 2012, 59 DCR 13325), applicable as of October 16, 2012.


§ 10–1904. Transfer of real property pursuant to Legally Binding Agreement.

Notwithstanding Chapter 8 of this title [§ 10-801 et seq.], the Mayor is authorized to transfer the subject real property to the applicable homeless-assistance provider in accordance with the terms of the applicable Legally Binding Agreement.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 5, 59 DCR 9106.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 5 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Congressional Review Emergency Approval Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-528, November 2, 2012, 59 DCR 13325), applicable as of October 16, 2012.


§ 10–1905. Transfer of real property pursuant to Memorandum of Agreement.

Notwithstanding Chapter 8 of this title [§ 10-801 et seq.], the Mayor is authorized to transfer the subject real property to the applicable public benefit conveyance applicant in accordance with the terms of the applicable Memorandum of Agreement.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 6, 59 DCR 9106.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 6 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Base Realignment and Closure Homeless Assistance Submission Congressional Review Emergency Approval Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-528, November 2, 2012, 59 DCR 13325), applicable as of October 16, 2012.


§ 10–1906. Establishment of advisory committee.

(a) There is established a Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site Reuse Advisory Committee (“Committee”).

(b)(1) The Committee shall consist of the following 9 members:

(A) The Master Developer or the Master Developer’s designee;

(B) The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development or the Deputy Mayor’s designee;

(C) The Chairman of the Council or the Chairman’s designee;

(D) The Councilmember from Ward 4 or the Councilmember’s designee;

(E) Three community members, appointed by the Mayor, one member each from the Brightwood, Shepherd Park, and Takoma communities;

(F) One member of ANC4A chosen by ANC4A; and

(G) One member of ANC4B chosen by ANC4B.

(2) Members of the Committee appointed pursuant to paragraph (1)(E) of this subsection shall have expertise in economic development, public safety, law, transportation, affirmative action, or local community issues.

(3) Each member of the Committee, except the Master Developer or the Master Developer’s designee, shall be a District resident.

(4) The Chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Mayor.

(5) Members shall serve without compensation.

(6) Members shall serve until replaced by their appointing authority.

(7) The member appointed pursuant to paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection shall not be a voting member.

(c) The Committee shall advise the LRA and Master Developer with respect to the following:

(1) The needs of the community, including providing retail uses that are accessible to the community that serve the needs of both the community and visitors to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site, and adequate security in and around the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site;

(2) Parking issues, including parking for persons using or employed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site and the prevention of parking in the surrounding neighborhoods by non-residents of those neighborhoods;

(3) Transportation issues, including:

(A) Proposals for directing traffic to and from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site away from the surrounding residential streets;

(B) Providing a method of truck staging to minimize any adverse impact on the surrounding neighborhoods;

(C) Restricting the parking of trucks, trailers, and buses at the Walter Reed Medical Center Site or other areas outside of the area surrounding the Walter Reed Medical Center Site; and

(D) Providing adequate pull-off areas for taxicabs, buses, and shuttles;

(4) Economic-development opportunities that may be created for surrounding neighborhoods as a result of the reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site;

(5) The development of environmental guidelines, including the mitigation of adverse noise and air-quality impacts;

(6) Any request for proposal or contract modification for economic-development projects, streetscape or pedestrian movement projects, and transportation or parking projects; and

(7) Other issues directly related to the operation or redevelopment or reuse of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site that are likely to have an impact on the community.

(d) A quorum of the Committee shall meet at least 6 times per year.

(e) For the purposes of this section, the term “Master Developer” means the real-estate-development team selected by the Walter Reed LRA to implement the Walter Reed Reuse Plan.

(f) The committee shall be subject to the provisions of subchapter IV of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-571 et seq.].

(g) This section shall sunset as of December 31, 2023.


(Oct. 16, 2012, D.C. Law 19-175, § 6a; as added Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 2102, 60 DCR 12472.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see §§ 2102 and 2103 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see §§ 2102 and 2103 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Section 2101 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle K of Title II of the act may be cited as the “Walter Reed Army Medical Center Community Advisory Committee Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.