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PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

ACT OF 1972 1

AN ACT To establish the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, to pro vide for the preparation and carrying out of a development plan for certain areas between the White House and the Capitol, to further the purposes of which the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site was designated, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the "Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Act of 1972”. SEC. 2. The Congress finds and declares

(a) that it is in the national interest that the area adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, most of which was designated on September 30, 1965, as a national historic site under the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.), be developed, maintained, and used in a manner suitable to its ceremonial, physical, and historic relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government and to the governmental buildings, monuments, memorials, and parks in or adjacent to the area;

(b) that the area adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, because of its blighted character, imposes severe public, economic, and social liabilities upon the District of Columbia as the seat of the government of the United States, thereby impeding its sound growth and development and constituting a serious and growing threat to the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of its inhabitants;

(c) that to insure suitable development, maintenance, and use of the area and the elimination of blight, it is essential that there be developed and carried out as an entirety plans for this area which will specify the uses, both public and private, to which property is to be put, the programming and financing of necessary acquisitions, construction, reconstruction, and other activities;

(d) that such duties and responsibilities can best be developed and carried out by vesting the requisite powers in a Federal corporation which can take maximum advantage of the private as well as the public resources which will be necessary;

(e) that the powers conferred by this Act are for public uses and purposes for which public powers may be employed, public funds may be expended, and the power of eminent domain and the police power may be exercised, and the granting of such powers is necessary in the public interest; and

· The Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Act of 1972 (40 U.S.C. 871-885), as set forth herein, consists of Public Law 92-578 (Oct. 27, 1972) and amendments thereto.

(f) that the area thus to be developed, maintained, and used in accordance with the provisions of this Act (hereinafter referred to as the development area) shall be the area bounded as follows:

Beginning at a point on the southwest corner of the intersection of Fifteenth Street and E Street Northwest;

thence proceeding easterly along the southerly side of E Street to the southwest corner of the intersection of Thirteenth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest;

thence southeasterly along the southerly side of Pennsylvania Avenue to a point being the southeast corner of the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Third Street Northwest;

thence northerly along the east side of Third Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of C Street and Third Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the north side of C Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of C Street and Sixth Street Northwest;

thence northerly along the east side of Sixth Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of E Street and Sixth Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the north side of E Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of E Street and Seventh Street Northwest;

thence northerly along the east side of Seventh Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of Seventh Street and F Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the north side of F Street to the northwest corner of the intersection of F Street and Ninth Street Northwest;

thence southerly along the west side of Ninth Street to the northwest corner of the intersection of Ninth Street and E Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the north side of E Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of E Street and Thirteenth Street Northwest;

thence northerly along the east side of Thirteenth Street to the northeast corner of the intersection of F Street and Thirteenth Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the north side of F Street to the northwest corner of the intersection of F Street and Fifteenth Street Northwest;

th nce northerly along the west side of Fifteenth Street to the northwest corner of the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street Northwest;

thence westerly along the southern side of Pennsylvania Avenue to the southeast corner of the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue Northwest;

thence southerly along the east side of East Executive Avenue to the intersection of South Executive Place and E Street Northwest;

thence easterly along the south side of E Street to the point of beginning being the southwest corner of the intersection of

Fifteenth Street and E Street Northwest. SEC. 3. (a) There is hereby created a body corporate to be known as the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (hereinafter referred to as the “Corporation”).

(b) The Corporation shall be dissolved upon completion, as determined by the Board of Directors, of its implementation of the development plan provided for in section 5 of this Act. Upon dissolution, assets remaining after all the obligations and indebtedness of the Corporation has been fulfilled and paid or satisfied shall be the assets of the United States.

(c) The powers and management of the Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen members, as follows:

(1) The Secretary of the Interior;
(2) The Secretary of the Treasury;
(3) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(4) The Secretary of Transportation;
(5) The Administrator of General Services;
(6) The Mayor of the District of Columbia;
(7) The Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia; and

(8) Eight, at least four of whom shall be residents and who are registered voters of the District of Columbia, appointed by the President from private life, who shall have knowledge and experience in one or more fields of history, architecture, city

planning, retailing, real estate, construction, or governent. (d) Each member of the Board of Directors specified in paragraphs (1) through (7) of subsection (c) may designate another official to serve on the Board in his stead if unable to serve in person.

(e) Each member of the Board of Directors appointed under paragraph (8) of subsection (c) shall serve for a term of six years from the expiration of his predecessor's term; except that (1) any Director appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term, and (2) the terms of office of the Directors first taking office shall begin on the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall expire as designated at the time of appointment, two at the end of two years, two at the end of four years, and four at the end of six years. A Director may continue to serve until his successor has qualified.

(f) The President shall designate a Chairman and a Vice Chairman from among the members of the Board of Directors, chosen from private life.

(g) The Chairman, upon his appointment, shall invite to serve on the Board of Directors as nonvoting members the following:

(1) The Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts;

(2) The Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission;

(3) The Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution;
(4) The Director of the National Gallery of Art;
(5) The Architect of the Capitol;
(6) The Archivist of the United States;

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(7) The Chairman of the District of Columbia, Commission on the Arts; and

(8) The Director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. (h) Members of the Board of Directors who are officers or employees of the Federal or District of Columbia government shall receive no additional compensation by virtue of their membership on the Board. Other members of the Board, when engaged in the activities of the Corporation, shall be entitled to receive compensation at the daily equivalent of the rate for GS-18 of the General Schedule, and travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5703(b)-(d) and 5707) for persons in the Government service employed intermittently.

(i) The Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the Chairman, who shall require it to meet not less often than once each three months. A majority of the voting members of the Board of Directors (or their designated alternates) shall constitute a quorum.

(j) There shall be established a nonvoting Advisory Board of seven members appointed by the Chairman from among tenants and owners of real property within the development area. The Advisory Board shall meet at least twice annually with the Board of Directors, and shall otherwise offer such advice and assistance as may be of benefit to the Board of Directors during preparation of the development plan.

SEC. 4. (a) The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint and fix the compensation and duties of the Executive Director and such other officers and employees of the Corporation as may be necessary for the efficient administration of the Corporation; the Executive Director and two other officers of the Corporation may be appointed and compensated without regard to the provisions of title 5 of the United States Code governing appointments in the competitive service and chapter 51 and subchapter III of Chapter 53 of title 5 of the United States Code.

(b) The Board of Directors is authorized to procure the temporary (not in excess of one year) or intermittent services of city planners, architects, engineers, appraisers, and other experts or consultants or organizations thereof in accordance with section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not in excess of the rate in effect for grade GS-18 of the General Schedule.

(c) Administrative services shall be provided by the General Services Administration on a reimbursable basis.

SEC. 5. (a) The development plan for the development area shall include, but not be limited to: (1) the types of uses, both public and private, to be permitted; (2) criteria for the design and appearance of buildings, facilities, open spaces, and other improvements; (3) an estimate of the current values of all properties to be acquired; (4) an estimate of the relocation costs which would be incurred in carrying out the provisions of section 8 of this Act; (5) an estimate of the cost of land preparation for all properties to be acquired; (6) an estimate of the reuse values of the properties to be acquired; (7) a program for the staging of a proposed development, including a detailed description of the portion of the program to be scheduled for completion by 1976; (8) a determination of the marketability of such development; (9) an estimate of the development costs, both public and private; (10) a thorough study of the economic impact of such development, including the impact on the local tax base, the metropolitan area as [a] whole, and the existing business activities within the development area; and (11) the procedures (including both interim and long-term arrangements) to be used in carrying out and insuring continuing conformance to the development plan.

(b) The development plan provided for in subsection (a) shall be prepared with the cooperation of the Department of the Interior, the General Services Administration, and the District of Columbia government with the maximum feasible use of their staffs and other resources on a reimbursable basis by the Corporation.

(c) After the development plan has been completed and approved by the Board of Directors of the Corporation, it shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior and the Mayor of the District of Columbia. The Secretary of the Interior, within ninety days, shall notify the Corporation of his approval or recommended modifications from the standpoint of the compatibility of the plan with his responsibilities for the administration, protection, and development of the areas within the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site. The Mayor of the District of Columbia, within ninety days, shall consult with the National Capital Planning Commission, shall hold public hearings on the plan, and shall notify the Corporation of his approval or recommended modifications: Provided, That in the event that the Secretary of the Interior or the Mayor of the District of Columbia has not notified the Corporation of his approval or recommended modifications of the plan within ninety days after the date of submission, he shall be deemed to have approved the plan.

(d) In the event the Secretary of the Interior or the Mayor of the District of Columbia has recommended modifications of the plan, the Corporation within one hundred and twenty days of the original submission of the plan shall consult with them regarding such modifications and shall prepare a development plan which shall be transmitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

If the Secretary of the Interior or the Mayor of the District of Columbia has not approved the development plan, the transmittal shall include a specification of the areas of difference, the modifications suggested by the Secretary of the Interior or the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the views of the Corporation thereon. Following the expiration of sixty legislative days after the date of such transmittal, the Corporation may proceed with the execution and implementation of the plan unless between the date of transmittal and the end of the sixty legislative day period, either the Senate or the House of Representatives passes a resolution in opposition to the development plan.

(e)(1) Activities under the development plan shall be carried out in accordance with the approved development plan.

(2) The Corporation may alter, revise, or amend the plan, but any such alteration, revision, or amendment which is a substantial change from the approved development plan shall take effect only

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