Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a bill today that would designate the alley between Irving Street NW and Columbia Road NW and between and 11th Street NW and Sherman Avenue NW as Theodore “Ted” Williams Alley.
According to a statement released today by Nadeau’s office, Williams, who lived in Pleasant Plains before his death in the 1960s, was the first African-American to work for the CDC and worked to promote integrated basketball and softball leagues in the District. He and his family were also prominent community leaders in Pleasant Plains.
Naming the alley would also allow developers to move forward with a proposal to turn an unused building that borders the alley into a three-lot, two-story building with condos, and art and office space. Development company Seven Five Three Development has sought to develop the building, which does not border a street, for several years. The alley needs to have an official name for the company to build a multi-unit building inside the block.
Seven Five Three has agreed to provide alley lighting and additional traffic signs as part of its development plans, the press release reads.
“Mr. Williams is remembered fondly by the Pleasant Plains community for both his personal accomplishments and his work to knit the community together,” Nadeau said in the release. “At the same time, this bill will help move a project forward that will add lighting and other amenities to the alley and surrounding property.”
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