At Children's Law Center, we support the demolition of DC General—but only if all children and families who live there have safe, healthy homes. That is not the case right now. CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel has been closely following the situation and offers her thoughts to the DCist.
The D.C. Council considered legislation, proposed by Councilmember Trayon White in July, that would halt demolition until families are moved out, but ultimately passed a watered down version of the bill that requires stricter oversight of the demolition process at the site.
“These reporting requirements aren’t effective. They’re being reported to the council when the council is not even in session,” Kathy Zeisel, of the Children’s Law Center, told DCist at the time. “There’s nothing that triggers enforcement or any next step. It doesn’t even say what happens if they find [elevated levels of] lead and asbestos.”