By simply seeking to acquire a transfer station because a community does not like the use does not suffice to say that just compensation must be paid. That transfer station is a very special use and may end up being a very expensive purchase for the District of Columbia. Does this District really understand what is transpiring when a local Ward healer demands personal satisfaction by seeking the acquisition of a property not really creating harm and maintaining a valid use?
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is planning to introduce emergency legislation at tomorrow’s Council legislative meeting to authorize the use of eminent domain to seize property in Brentwood for city use. The site, on W Street NE, is home to a private trash transfer station that opened in 1988 and has riled Brentwood neighbors ever since.
Ward 5 is home to much of the city’s industrial land, some of which is used for city functions, like parking lots for garbage trucks and school buses, that have led residents to complain of being the city’s dumping ground. McDuffie has worked to convert his ward’s industrial land into more neighborhood-friendly uses, without sacrificing what little industrial space the city has left. In August, he and Mayor Vince Gray released a five-year strategy for handling the ward’s industrial spaces.