Category Archives: Walter Reed

Open Letter to Community

A open letter to the community:

There exist 400 jobs removing Asbestos in one building, at Walter Reed.
15,000 truck load a@ 20,000 pounds per load will be removed.
810 truckload of Asbestos, and no jobs for DC residents.

In fact the project manager for NorthStar stated to me he is not going to hire anyone from DC
GABIDDC.org g has prepared 4 EPA and OSHA certification courses to generate work for DC residents.
to date we have received one job for 1 residents who was terminated after his job was completed months.

It is no wonder crime in the neighbor hood is on the uptick. Without jobs what do you expect.
There exist no advocate to get work in the community for the community

Sincerely,

Michael A. Jackson
CEO
GABIDDC.org
(202) 604-3097

We are Determined to stand up Workforce Training Courses

GABIDDC’s Mike Jackson is working with the district Department of Employment Services (DOES) operation and is determined to stand up the Workforce Training courses necessary for apprenticeships and work opportunities at the Walter Reed Redevelopment Project, sooner rather than later. If approved Workforce Training Courses will include (once all i’s dotted and t’s crossed):

(BCE- 102) – course for concrete finishers
Environmental Remediation Course (developed Previously)


When we get more detail we’ll give you more concrete news and contact information. We are trying to stand these classes up as soon as possible, rather than later. DOES Announced on September 5th 2017:

“The D.C. Infrastructure Academy will give D.C. residents the chance to learn the nuts and bolts of what makes our city run,” Bowser said.

Mike hopes to operate his piece before the main temporary campus is created. We at GABIDDC have been working towards this capability for more than 2 years. If approved the Workforce Training Courses offered by the Academy will teach:

“Everything from utilities to transportation and logistics to operations and green technologies — and ensure that they are first in line when it comes to securing the infrastructure jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Initially, starting in 2018, they are planning to operate the academy out of an “interim location east of the Anacostia River” until a permanent location can be completed. They will be able to pay participants 9$ an hour to attend the training. If all goes as planned.

http://www.gabiddc.org/home-2/workforce-development-and-training/
Further Reading:
https://does.dc.gov/page/featured-news

Providing Workforce Training in DC Area

GABIDDC is seeking to provide Workforce Training Classes on Hazardous Waste mitigation and to facilitate employment and apprenticeships on the Walter Reed Campus redevelopment effort. We need Community support, your support, to achieve our goals.

DC Residents stymied in Joining Workforce by Lack of Training

The Government of the District of Columbia does not have environmental or infrastructure training facilities for local residents to prepare for employment opportunities in disciplines associated with environmental and underground infrastructure projects. As a result, DC residents are unable to qualify for the growing number of job opportunities that require certifications in those areas. The lack of a training facility for residents and businesses located within the District of Columbia results in lost employment and business development opportunities for residents and local business.

Need for a Comprehensive Training Facility

GABIDDC, Michael Jackson and his friends and allies at UDC, the District Government and various others are seeking to remedy this situation by developing a comprehensive training facility to instruct and certify DC residents in the area of environmental expertise (e.g., lead abatement, asbestos and mold remediation, etc.), which will include teaching the rules and regulations enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Benefits of Workforce Training

The benefits of this facility would be manifold. EPA and OSHA require workers to be trained and certified prior to performing certain biological and/or environmental applications for most construction trades and building maintenance functions in public space facilities. The DC government requires certifications to perform work through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), as well as Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) training for some workforces. Such training would enable DC area residents to perform such work safely and expertly and thus would improve the lives of those DC residents who receive such training. This improves the quality of life of the areas they live.

Enforcing the Law Necessary

In order for such a training program to be successful, present laws (e.g., The First Choice Law), which mandate hiring DC residents on projects funded by DC taxpayer dollars, must be enforced. Currently, contractors and developers sign agreements to hire local and train their worker in environmental safety measures, and are able to ignore their promises using the excuse that no one is available locally, who is skilled to do the work.

Two Pronged Approach

We are thus seeking to change this.

The First Prong is to report to DC residents on these developers and encourage them to make an attempt to hire and train locally, for safe disposal of hazardous wastes.
The Second Prong is to stand up training courses and acquire a facility in which to do the training.

GABIDDC is making some progress on the Second Front, but needs your help on both fronts. Our DC community needs to support Mike in his efforts and to hold the Developer of Walter Reed to their promise. We need your help, contributions, participation and awareness.

Walter Reed Project Breaks Promises to Hire Locally

Michael Jackson of GABIDDC wrote an email Letter addressed to Council Member Elissa Silverman, on how the Walter Reed Project is breaking its promises to hire and train workers locally. In that email he points out that:

“In you efforts to peel the onion in determination of unfair labor, and wages practices related to the hiring of DC residents, please note that all apprenticeship programs should implement training for OSHA and EPA safety compliance standards.”

Circumventing Process

Mike observes that:

“Developers and contractors, who perform”… the “work to bring projects online, are circumventing the process in various ways.”

Apparently:

“The contractor hired by Hines Urban Atlantic, and Trident to perform the demolition contract work at Walter Reed on one 2.5 million square foot hospital building has informed me they are not in need of any DC workers.”

Essentially they told Mike that they don’t intend to hire locally, train people and who even knows if they intend to protect their safety when removing hazardous materially:

Safety and Hire-Local Covenants

Instead of hiring anyone Locally:

“The work started July 10th, 2017. NorthStar, is bringing in 400 people to form their own workforce from the Mid-Atlantic surrounding states, instead of abiding by the covenants sign in the disposition agreement with the ” Developer of Record”, for the government of the District of Columbia.

Why Requirements Apply

Mike Explains that the reason is that:

“Federal and District of Columbia  regulations require contractors to implement safety standards as part of their scope of work.”

Therefore because:

“More than a certain percentage of existing building space is presently” “deem[ed] to have environmental issues”

therefore workers in those spaces should be trained in, provided and use, proper gear per OSHA requirements that apply to all projects in DC. Further:

“The community benefits package of the disposition agreements stated by the developer and Mayor communicated to the community, that 51% of the workforce would come from the District of Columbia. This mandate requires training.”

Therefore they are breaking their agreement by making no effort to hire locally.

Circumventing Promises

 

“NorthStar’s estimate of the number of workers required to perform the scope of work and applications are 400.”

Which means that the District of Columbia is:

“losing jobs, and taxable dollars for 201 workers, [who] could be trained and employed.”

DCRA and DOEE did not address this issue before permitting work. Therefore:

“A formal estimate of the environmental scopes of work…is unkown”

And:

NorthStar for example, the demolition contractor chosen by the Walter Reed developer, has not disclosed” these things, and “Neither did the contractor who installed the
new water line across campus from Georgia Ave to 16th Street NW.”

As a result while we know:

“810 truckloads of hazardous material will be generated from the process of demolition.”
“15,000 truckloads of recycled concrete will be removed after the demolition process”
Only 1 person out of 20 applicants was hired through GAIBIDDC.org efforts to generate worker for the 3,225 linear feet of 12 inch pipe line that is currently being installed at Walter Reed.

Disregarding DC law

Mike has not let this pass:

“In response to this a meeting with the Office of the Attorney General [occured July 27th 2017] for the purpose of deriving the facts and resulting outcomes that can be achieved to generate some jobs. This case is similar in format to Power Design, in that this is a blatant disregards to fairly employ citizens promised job opportunities. The actions of both the developer and contractor [display blatant] disrespect of the laws of the government of the District of Columbia.”

Need Intercession!

He pleaded for the District government to:

“The community ask[s] for your intercession, similar [to what you did] for the Power Design case with the Office of the Attorney General. We ask[] for a special hearing to resend fines and/or stipulat[ions] on behalf of the community and [for] the government to find solutions to effectively implement the disposition agreement between the District of Columbia, and Hines, Urban Atlantic, Trident “the Developer of Record” for the government of the District of Columbia. if the developer does not agree to implement” the workforce agreement.

GABIDDC And Partner’s Role

GABIDDC, led by Mike Jackson has poured his heart into setting up to implement this agreement. He has worked with a number of DC groups and the District governent. And, he created 5

“courses prepared with curriculum for 7 EPA, and OSHA certifications required, by the code of federal regulations( CFR )”

And Struggled Valiantly to protect the rights of residents and working people in the District of Columbia. He has a vision of, as

“a first step” a “ladder to living wages.” based on a “curriculum [of] individual and apprenticeship classes to assist DC residents looking for work, and for the general public needs to generate permits for environmental issues.”

We need Your Help!

This issue needs the attention of the residents of DC. Once again developers use bait and switch promises and hollow contracts to deceive residents, and they shouldn’t be able to get away with it! We cannot, without working together:

“deliver inclusive development, affordable housing without the help of generating as many jobs as possible.”

And that requires the District have some power over it’s own territory

Inclusive Development

All the people associated with GABIDDC have a vision of inclusive development of the Georgia Avenue Business Development Area as a thriving community of communities, with thriving people, thriving businesses, and a system of development and sustainment that floats all boats. My friends with GABIDDC, all of them, are devoted to that vision. We seek to provide, spark, encourage, instigate the kind of education, training and job opportunities that make that possible.

The Developers of the Campus where Walter Reed historically stood, promised such inclusive development to the people of DC. That is why GABIDDC has sought to work so close with them and tracked their efforts and successes with such interest. They have a huge amount of environmental remediation work to be done.

Michael Jackson, Dr. Tony Johnson, Dean of University of the District of Columbia Community College are in negotiations, seeking to institute an “Environmental Training Center, (ETC),” or at least classes in environmental remediation, to train workers and young people in how to safely deal with environmental hazards. More importantly, the goal is to employ DC youth in this productive work. The goal is to work with, and maybe train for, companies like Tera Tech and NorthStar. NorthStar will be removing tons of concrete and hazardous waste. We would like to make sure the workers do this removal safely and without the kinds of exposures that make workers sick down the line.

Sustainable development involves using care in dealing with contaminated environments and using workers who are well trained, and preferably local.

We need your support Community

GABIDDC Workforce Training Initiative Community Forum Wednesday

This week, we are having a Community Forum leadership meeting towards finalizing efforts to get classes going. The gathering will be held on Wednesday June 28, 4:00-6:00 at the office of the Black Student Fund, 3636 16th St., NW, Suite A-21.

Our efforts to serve DC’s workforce, youth, and ensure that Walter Reed keeps promises to hire locally and support the community are ongoing. We aim at providing classes for folks seeking work, who need training and experience. Mike Jackson’s Training initiative in environmental remediation is on track. Hopefully we’ll be announcing further progress after this meeting. Walter Reed’s developer and the District Government see the need for these classes. Michael’s announcement to local leaders is here:

“GABIDDC.org and the Black Student Fund are sponsoring a community forum for businesses and leadership
interest of the government of the District of Columbia to discuss how to better build a city from within.
The topic of discussion is planning inclusive workforce applications, matched with CBE and DOES applications.
The questions to be answered, are how to generate the required threshold of 51% of the job’s opportunities
within economic development projects, matching scopes of work with CBE, non- CBE’s implementing projects
with developers and contractors over $500,000.00 dollars. The process currently in place lacks training for DC
residents requires prior to, rather than after bids for work are implemented.”

Finding the means to generate training application coupled within scopes of work is the basis of apprenticeship training. Please join us for this important forum. The objective is to develop best practice methodologies to grow a city from within. The gathering will be held on Wednesday June 28, 4:00-6:00 at the office of the Black Student Fund, 3636 16th St., NW, Suite A-21.

Open House and Public Hearing for the Foreign Missions Center at Walter Reed

The U.S. Department of State will hold an Open House and Public Hearing on April 20th to discuss the proposed Foreign Missions Center Master Plan at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC. The hearing will be held on the Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site in Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Open House 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Public Hearing 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Building 41, Dahlia Street, NW
Enter at 14th and Alaska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20012

The Department of State proposed action is to prepare a Master Plan for the long-term development of a FMC on approximately 31.7 acres of the northwest portion of the former WRAMC site located on 16th Street, NW, near the District’s border with Silver Spring, Maryland.

The evening will start with an Open House from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm which will allow individuals the opportunity to review summaries of the information presented about the master plan and ask questions. The Public Hearing will follow immediately in the same location from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The public is invited make comments during the Public Hearing concerning the need for the project and any other issues about the project would best serve the public interest.

For more information and to download the 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Foreign Missions Center Master Plan visit s available online at http://www.state.gov/ofm/property/fmc/index.htm. Copies are also available for public review at the following libraries: Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, and Petworth Neighborhood Library.

Workforce Opportunity at Walter Reed

The contractor installing the Water lines at Walter Reed is looking to hire a heavy equipment operator
and some laborers for implementation of his scope of work. We are also working with various contractors and the Department Of Employment Services (DOES) to develop apprenticeship and training opportunities for people seeking a job who first need experience.

If you are interested in paying labor, please fill out the provided form so you can apply to the job. We will review the applications and forward the information to:

Connally Contracting Corporation or other appropriate parties.
For more information call 202 604 3097
Form:

check box if yes

Walter Reed Dreams — Celebration April 29 2017

Walter Reeds dream image
Walter Reeds Dream

Please Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Brandon Todd, GABIDDC persons and Ward 4 community members in the “Walter Reed Dreams” celebration of the history and future of the Walter Reed Army Medical Site on April 29, 2017 from 2-5pm.

We will be participating in and celebrating the “Walter Reed Dreams,” a community-driven arts and culture tribute, featuring multiple activities as part of the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus.

“In 1904, Major William C. Borden envisioned a complex that would combine medical treatment, research, and education together– the framework for the future Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It was called “Borden’s Dream” by a doubtful congressman, and the ambitious moniker remained.

For More info visit: Walter Reed Dreams: http://walterreeddreams.com/

And http://www.walterreedtomorrow.com/

Progress on Walter Reed Campus

From: Sara Green
To: Sara Green
Sent: Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:54 PM
Subject: See Designs For Walter Reed’s First Ga Ave Bldg

Neighbors:

Walter Reed’s first residential and retail buildings are being designed right now — and you are invited to participate.

We’re working on the mixed-use building at Georgia & Aspen NW. Tell us what you think on Wed, April 5, 6:30 pm, Shepherd Park Public Library, 7420 Ga Ave., NW,

(Note: Another public meeting will be held in a few weeks to begin work on the second mixed-use building to be built near Georgia and Fern NW. An announcement will be made on ANC4b.org)

To see more background, go to ANC4b.org, click “Issues,” then “Economic Development.”

Also on the April 5 agenda is a discussion about a new roof design for the DCI School, now under construction on Aspen and 16th Streets. NW.

— Sara Green, Community Design Review Committee Chair, ANC 4B