- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The federal government is seeking proposals to help revitalize the Anacostia River that join environmental cleanup and transportation in a single project.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are contributing to a $1 million grant program that is timed to coincide with large-scale commercial and government development along the Anacostia River.

An example of what they want could be a way to prevent storm-water runoff into the river from the roadways the city plans to build to the new baseball stadium, said Cynthia J. Burbank, Federal Highway Administration associate administrator.

“We’re trying to tie transportation and development together,” she said.

The projects include the new Transportation Department headquarters, the new baseball stadium and several residential and retail developments. A problem sometimes mentioned by developers is the high degree of pollution from sewers and industry into the Anacostia River.

“You bet things are timed and coordinated,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator. “We know there’s got to be a broad business coalition in the sustained development of the Anacostia Waterfront.”

The announcement, which was made at the headquarters of the environmentalist group Earth Conservation Corps, at First Street and Potomac Avenue Southeast, also was timed to mark the 36th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday.

July 19 is the deadline for submitting proposals.

In other news…

• The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association broke ground on a new headquarters yesterday at the corner of Research Boulevard and Gude Drive in Rockville.

The association plans to move into the 150,000-square-foot building in the fall of 2007. The old building was too small for the growing organization, which employs about 225 people.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the trade group for 123,000 audiologists and speech pathologists.

Its new $48 million headquarters was designed by Boggs and Partners Architects and will be built by James G. Davis Construction. The design includes extra space for future growth.

“The entire fifth floor of our new headquarters will be available for lease,” said Arlene A. Pietranton, the association’s executive director. “Plus the site can accommodate a second building if one is desired at a later time.”

• Tishman Speyer Properties announced this week that construction has started in Northern Virginia on Woodland Pointe, a six-story, 184,000-square-foot office building at Woodland Park in Herndon.

The development company also is building Plaza East, a pair of five-story, 123,400-square-foot office buildings at Westfields Corporate Center in Chantilly.

The buildings, which are being constructed on a speculative basis, are scheduled for completion next spring. Tishman Speyer declined to disclose the value of the buildings.

“We are very bullish on the market in Northern Virginia,” said Jim Evans, Tishman Speyer’s regional managing director.

• Property Lines runs on Thursdays. Call Tom Ramstack at 202/636-3180 or e-mail tramstack@washingtontimes.com.

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