WASHINGTON, DC—DC Councilman Jack Evans isexpected to introduce legislation today that would create theDistrict Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. toensure “suitable development, maintenance, and use of the vitalarea of local, as well as federal, importance.”

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The newly created entity is a reincarnation of the long defunctCongressionally-chartered Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. Thenew entity, however, would have the District be responsible foroversight and its finances. The bill calls for the establishment ofthe Pennsylvania Avenue Development Fund, toconsist of appropriations, gifts and donations, and other revenuesources, according to the Washington Business Journal.

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"Its work was not done and I think the last 20 years have shownthey should have left the PADC in place," Councilman Evans says."You've transferred into a multijurisdictional environment, whichnever works. Nobody's in charge."

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Recently, the National Capital PlanningCommission launched the Pennsylvania AvenueInitiative, a multiyear effort to revitalize a 1.2-milesection of Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S.Capitol. See story in the Washington Business Journal.

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John Jordan

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