GW eyes Kennedy Center parking spots

GW is looking to lease parking spaces from the Kennedy Center and the Square 54 development project to compensate for spaces that will be lost when the University demolishes its parking garage in the next two years. The demolition will make way for the Science and Engineering Complex.

Susi Cora, a director of real estate planning and project management, said GW wants to lease about 350 spaces from the Kennedy Center.

Kennedy Center spokesman John Dow said the details of the arrangement have yet to be determined.

“At this point there is no agreement with GW,” Dow said. “The two sides are discussing the possibility of leasing the spaces.”

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard declined to comment on the price of the leases or how long the leases will last, but said the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan called for the replacement of the University Parking Garage with an academic building and the redistribution of parking to other campus areas.

Cora told residents at the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting earlier this month that in the zoning order for the campus plan, the D.C. Zoning Commission said GW would need to utilize off campus parking to meet zoning laws.

The parking deck that will be torn down for construction of the SEC contains more than 1,400 parking spaces.

Cora said spaces from the Kennedy Center and Square 54 – located across the street from the SEC site – will keep parking levels “somewhat consistent, which historically since 2007 has been well above the 2,800 spaces required.” She said the University’s total number of parking spaces will range between 3,000 to 4,000.

A parking garage is also planned to be built in the 2000 block of G Street, and is expected to add an additional 392 underground spaces and 58 spaces on the surface.

Cora said GW would see the off-campus parking at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 2011 or 2012, depending on Zoning Commission timing.

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