Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation criticized the Defense Department’s occupancy plan for the Mark Center on Thursday, saying it conflicts with reassurances officials had provided earlier that the relocation of 6,400 workers to the Alexandria, Va., site would not cause failing levels of service to local roads.
Almost 5,000 workers would move to the facility by the end of the year, with the remaining 1,400 relocating sometime after the new year, according to the letter Reps. Jim Moran (D) and Gerald Connolly (D) and Sens. Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D) sent Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
“We are particularly distressed that the DOD intends to use up to 3,800 parking spaces at the Mark Center,” the lawmakers wrote. In light of legislation that has passed the House and is pending before the Senate that would limit to 1,000 the number of parking spaces at the Mark Center, the delegation requests that Panetta impose a voluntary cap of 1,000 spaces.
“We therefore ask that you immediately reconsider and revise the recently released occupation schedule and transportation plan for the Mark Center complex by incorporating a self-imposed parking restriction in order to mitigate failing levels of service to any local roadway or intersection,” the delegation concludes.
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