Park Contract Shuffle
The D.C. Council voted unanimously to reorganize the controversial park construction contracts. Ten of the contracts will be managed by the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, which mainly handles school reconstruction. The office is highly regarded as efficient and reliable.
Three of the contracts, including the one for the park in LeDroit Park, will be handled by the Department of Parks and Recreation and not the Housing Authority as originally planned.
Banneker Ventures, which had received all of the original contracts, is threatening to sue the city for a breach of contract. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles believes Banneker has strong legal footings upon which to build a case; the Council is not so sure (or doesn’t care).
Councilmember Jim Graham (D – Ward 1) believes the three contracts directed to the Dept. of Parks and Recreation may be able to go forward as originally planned because of the more open nature of their original approval.
Perhaps our local mud pit will open next year as verdant as planned after all.