The District City Administrator is exploring the installation of up to two active helicopter pads on Capitol Hill along the Southeast Waterfront, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (6B) announced Saturday. Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04) said the District is considering placing helipads at the old Washington Gas site at 12th and Water Streets SE, along the banks of the Anacostia River.
Commissioners Oldenburg, Kelly Waud (6B07) and Corey Holman (6B06) are holding a meeting to collect community feedback on the idea in order to share thoughts with the Mayor’s Office, Waud said in an email to constituents. The meeting takes place Monday, August 26 at the Southeast Library (402 Seventh St. SE). The heliopad location is in Holman’s SMD.
“A helicopter landing pad will cause noise pollution for nearby residents and for river activity along Boathouse Row and could impede the existing Anacostia River Trail,” said Oldenburg in an email to constituents. “In addition, placing a helicopter refueling station on site presents ecological dangers to a restored Anacostia River.”
The meeting takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, August 26 at Southeast Library. Community members can also reach out to ANC 6B Commissioners to provide input and for more information. Corey Holman [email protected], Kelly Waud [email protected] and Kirsten [email protected].