The Mayor's five-year economic development strategy for the District includes a mention of Bloomingdale's McMillan Sand Filtration site as a "medical office hub."
DC Watch's Dorothy Brizill comments:
DC’s Strategic Plan and You
Dorothy Brizill, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday, November 14, Mayor Gray released his Five-Year Economic Development Strategy for the District of Columbia, which details an ambitious plan to create one hundred thousand new jobs and attract one billion dollars in new tax revenue to the District over the next five years. According to the one hundred twelve page document, the genesis for the strategic plan was "In the spring of 2012, [when] Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Victor Hoskins, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, engaged the business schools of The George Washington University Georgetown University, Howard University, and American University to take a leadership role in developing a strategic plan for the nation’s capital." The project was overseen by an executive committee that was co-chaired by David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s School of Business since 2011, and Doug Guthrie, dean of George Washington’s School of Business since 2010. Research for the project was conducted by the deans of the District’s business schools and by sixteen MBA students who were recruited to work on the project. The findings and recommendations that are detailed in the strategic plan are largely drawn from interviews with one hundred eighty-five "stakeholders," who were almost exclusively from the District’s business community, but most of whom were not District residents.
Since civic leaders in the District were not consulted or directly involved in the development of the strategic plan, it is now important that residents review and analyze the final document, since it could serve as a blueprint for future District government policies and actions that will have an impact on many District residents and neighborhoods (especially those in close proximity to existing Metro stops, the St. Elizabeth’s East Campus, Walter Reed, McMillan Reservoir, and the Southeast Waterfront.