Kenyan understands that simple changes can help positively change lives. As such, he is committed to delivering creative and sustainable uses for Ward 5’s industrial land and values a balanced approach to land use that offers housing, industrial, and commercial assets that residents can embrace.
Industrial Land Transformation Task Force
In the fall of 2012, Councilmember McDuffie introduced the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Act, legislation that contemplated the creation of a task force, led by the Office of Planning, which would develop a plan for the revitalization of Ward 5’s industrial land.
Ward 5 holds the majority of the city’s industrial land, which presents both opportunities and challenges. Residents who live near industrial land have for decades borne the difficulties arising from industrial activity. Notably, however, there are many responsible and successful industrial business owners who prize Ward 5’s industrial land as an affordable and flexible place to do business within the city’s borders. When envisioning the Task Force, easing the friction between these seemingly incompatible land uses – residential and industrial – and encouraging responsible companies, was the Councilmember’s top priority.
Working with Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force was convened via Executive Order in early 2013, and it immediately set to work. The Task Force met at a variety of sites across the Ward and held four focus groups. In 2014, the Task Force released Ward 5 Works, a strategy to transform 1,000 acres of industrial land in Ward 5and create a hub of green, food, tech and creative businesses that creates jobs, community amenities and better environmental performance for District residents.