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Marge Maceda, President, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly
Committee on Economic Development and Committee on Finance and Revenue Joint Hearing on the “Ballpark Omnibus Financing and Revenue Act of 2004,” Bill 15-1028
October 28, 2004




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P.O. Box 70131, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8560
Marge Maceda, President

October 26, 2004

My name is Marge Maceda, and I serve as President of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA). SWNA's objectives are all focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of Southwest, D.C. We sponsor youth activities, scholarships and numerous outreach programs. We also publish a monthly newsletter, The Southwester and operate the Southwest website www.swdc.org which has everything you want to know about Southwest, D.C. and has seen over 20,000 visits in the past year. This year marks SWNA's 40th year serving the Southwest community.

These comments are meant to be constructive, and are premised on the assumption that the proposed baseball stadium goes forward at the South Capitol Street site in our Ward, Ward 6.

SWNA feels that the presence of a professional baseball team in our neighborhood could be a positive influence on our community kids if outreach programs can be formulated. We request that any legislation authorizing a baseball stadium in Ward 6 stipulate that the baseball team set up community programs to mentor, coach and work with our neighborhood boys and girls. This can be done through SWNA, through our new Greenleaf Recreation Center now under construction, through the D.C. Recreation Dept. or Southwest House.

Baseball players can serve as role models and positive influences for our neighborhood children. We respectively request that any legislation specify that neighborhood outreach programs be established.

At a community meeting on October 25, after hearing presentations by City representatives and comments by the community, the SWNA Board met and passed the following motion:

At its special board meeting Monday, October 25, 2004, the board of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly adopted the following resolution:

"The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly would support the construction of a publicly funded baseball stadium in or near our neighborhood if-

  1. We had confidence the current proposal would produce tax revenues to match the city's expenditures; and--
  2. We received--
    1. Convincing answers to serious questions about--
      1. Parking, street traffic, and public transportation;
      2. Noise; and--
      3. Displacement of current residents and businesses; and
    2. Guarantees that--
      1. Construction would yield increased employment for Southwest residents;
      2. The team would commit to an eight-week summer camp free for Southwest boys and girls; and --
      3. The team would commit to refurbish playing fields at Jefferson Junior High School and Amidon, Bowen, and Van Ness Elementary Schools.

Thank you very much.

Marge Maceda, President
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.

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