Mark Center Parking Cap Heads up List of Policy Bill Amendments
House lawmakers approved a small handful of amendments affecting defense communities before passing the underlying fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill Thursday.
The most notable would limit defense workers to 1,000 parking spaces at the Mark Center in Alexandria until sufficient transportation mitigation projects are in place.
“This parking cap is critical to prevent a traffic nightmare that will be caused by full occupation of the Mark Center in the fall,” said the amendment’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.). “The alternative is unendurable delays on already overcrowded roads.”
A total of 6,400 defense workers are slated to move into the Mark Center.
House members adopted another transportation-related amendment intended to prevent the situation several growth communities across the country are bracing for as the BRAC implementation deadline approaches. The amendment, offered by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), would require the effects on local businesses, neighborhoods and local governments to be included in the analysis of transportation impacts conducted as part of the selection of installations for closure or realignment. To have a practical effect, the language would need to be incorporated into the statute authorizing the next BRAC round.
An amendment sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) would transfer 2.7 acres of land on the former Defense Depot Ogden — closed under the 1995 round of BRAC — to the Ogden Redevelopment Corp. for further economic development. The amendment was approved.
For a complete list of amendments submitted, visit the Armed Services Committee’s website.