What is the history of the WRAMC site?
Walter Reed General Hospital has been serving patients since May 1, 1909. The medical center, named in Major Walter Reed’s honor, was founded on principles that would integrate patient care, teaching and research. In nine decades, the hospital has grown into an innovative medical complex which had treated multiple thousands of wounded warriors. World War I saw the hospital’s capacity grow from 80 patient beds to 2,500 patient beds in a matter of months. Through World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the facility treated hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Through the years, Walter Reed has added tenant institutions and facilities to its roster: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Army Physical Disability Agency, and several smaller units. Walter Reed Army Medical Center (“WRAMC”) will continue to serve the military community until a complete transition of operations to Bethesda Naval Hospital can occur.
What area of the campus is a part of the Re-Use Planning Process?
After the May 2005 Base Realignment and Closure announcement for the complete downsizing of the WRAMC, the US General Services Administration and the US Department of State submitted claims for the Property. However, on March 25, 2009, the State Department notified the Army of its intent to reduce the acreage of the site previously requested. Subsequently, on August 7, 2009, the federal government declared 62.5 acres on the main post as surplus property, thereby making it available to a local redevelopment authority (“LRA”) for re-use.
When is the Army relocating?
In accordance with federal law, the Army’s mission at Walter Reed will cease in September 2011.
Why is the Walter Reed Re-Use Planning Process necessary?
As part of this BRAC process, the local community through a Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) must prepare a plan for reuse of the site in order to acquire a portion of the site for local use.
Who do I contact in the District about this process?
Please contact the Walter Reed Re-Use Plan Team Director, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 317, Washington, DC 20004, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 727-6365.