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District negotiates interim impoundment lot
June 19, 2001




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For Immediate Release
June 19, 2001
Contact: Mary Myers, DPW
(202) 671-2375

District Negotiates Interim Site for Vehicle Impoundment Lot:
Addison Road Location Is Bigger, More Accessible

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that a location has been chosen to serve as the city’s short-term impoundment lot for towed vehicles. The property, at 4800 Addison Road in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is readily available and meets the necessary criteria for size, zoning and access to public transportation. The District will be leasing the lot at $2.75 per square foot, or approximately $1 million per year, until a permanent impoundment lot is developed.

Part of a larger industrial tract, the Addison Road property is paved and offers roughly twice the capacity of the former Brentwood Road lot. The facility is also more accessible than the previous lot. Approximately 400 yards from the District border, the future impoundment lot is only ½ mile from the Deanwood Metrorail Station on the Orange line. There is also a Metrobus stop in front of the facility. Other significant on-site features include existing security fencing and a multi-use building.

Formerly a truck repair shop, the brick building in the center of the property provides a new maintenance and cost-saving benefit to the DPW towing fleet - indoor storage for approximately 12 tow cranes. Additional space, after basic renovation, will house offices, showers and lockers for DPW staff.

"Most of these folks have been working out of a drafty trailer at Brentwood for years, said DPW Director Leslie Hotaling. "We are very pleased to be able to give our employees a better work environment." The Department plans to begin accepting towed vehicles at the new impoundment lot within 30 days.

Under a flexible leasing agreement, DPW will be able to use the property until a permanent site is developed – a project anticipated to take a minimum of two years.

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